High cholesterol is the result of having too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in the blood. The condition is intimately tied to unhealthy lifestyle decisions such as eating fatty food, not exercising enough, being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol. Addressing these risk factors can help to ward off the threat of high cholesterol. Mounting research suggests a popular herb may also help to keep risks at bay.
After three months, those given the oregano oil had lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, and higher “good” HDL cholesterol, compared to those just given diet and lifestyle advice.
LDL cholesterol is often referred to as “bad cholesterol” because too much is unhealthy. HDL is often referred to as “good cholesterol” because it is protective, explained Heart UK.
Carvacrol, the main compound in oregano oil, has also been shown to help lower cholesterol in mice that were fed a high-fat diet over 10 weeks.
The mice given carvacrol alongside the high-fat diet had significantly lower cholesterol at the end of the 10 weeks, compared to those that were just given a high-fat diet.
Studies have shown that oregano oil may help lower cholesterol.
In one study, 48 people with mildly high cholesterol were given diet and lifestyle advice to help lower their cholesterol.