People with high cholesterol levels need to be cautious about their diet and lifestyle. If not controlled timely, it can lead to various complications, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. The good news is that there are natural remedies that can help lower your cholesterol levels and promote your overall health. One such ingredient is arjuna bark tea, which contains essential nutrients that help in managing cholesterol levels. We spoke to Dr Ganesh Chaudhary, Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), PHC, Darbhanga, Bihar, who listed the benefits of arjuna bark tea and how to add it to your daily routine.
Understanding High Cholesterol
Before diving into the benefits of arjuna bark tea, it’s important to understand how important it is to manage high cholesterol levels.
“Elevated cholesterol, particularly Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, often termed ‘bad’ cholesterol, can contribute to the accumulation of plaque in the arteries, leading to atherosclerosis and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke”, said Dr Chaudhary. Therefore, adopting measures to regulate cholesterol levels is crucial for maintaining optimal cardiovascular health.
What Is Arjuna Bark Tea?
“Arjuna bark has been a staple in ayurvedic medicine due to its bioactive compounds, such as flavonoids, tannins, saponins, and antioxidants. These constituents are believed to provide various health benefits, particularly in heart health”, said Dr Chaudhary. The medicinal properties of arjuna bark are harnessed in a tea made by steeping the dried bark in hot water, providing a natural cholesterol-lowering solution.
As per findings from a clinical trial published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, the bark of the arjuna tree demonstrates notable hypocholesterolemic effects and antioxidant properties comparable to those of vitamin E.
Health Benefits of Arjuna Bark Tea for Lowering Cholesterol
LDL Cholesterol Reduction
“The bioactive compounds present in arjuna bark are thought to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines and promote its excretion from the body, contributing to overall cholesterol management”, added Dr Chaudhary.
Dr Chaudhary added, “The antioxidant properties of arjuna bark play a pivotal role in combating oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which are implicated in the development of cardiovascular disease.” By neutralising free radicals and reducing oxidative damage to the arteries, arjuna bark tea supports vascular health and enhances the integrity of the cardiovascular system.
Blood Pressure Regulation
In addition to its cholesterol-lowering effects, arjuna bark has been touted for its ability to regulate blood pressure levels. Hypertension, a common comorbidity in individuals with high cholesterol, poses significant risks to heart health. Arjuna bark tea may help promote healthy blood pressure levels, thereby further reducing the burden on the cardiovascular system.
Adding Arjuna Bark Tea to Your Routine
Integrating arjuna bark tea into your daily regimen is simple and convenient. Start by sourcing high-quality arjuna bark from reputable suppliers or ayurvedic stores. To prepare the tea, steep approximately 1-2 teaspoons of dried Arjuna bark in hot water for 5-10 minutes, allowing the beneficial compounds to infuse into the liquid. You can enjoy arjuna bark tea plain or add natural sweeteners like honey or stevia for added flavour.[Disclaimer: This article contains information provided by an expert and is for informational purposes only. As with any herbal remedy, consult your healthcare provider before incorporating arjuna bark tea into your routine, especially if you have existing health conditions or are taking medications.]