How to Reduce Cholesterol With Black Fungus
What Is High Cholesterol?
High blood cholesterol is a common consequence of prolonged unhealthy eating. It is not a disease, but a negative health condition that may contribute to a variety of diseases, including cardiovascular disease.
High cholesterol is defined by a measurement of 200 mg/dL or greater. Similarly, LDL cholesterol levels greater than 130 mg/dL and HDL cholesterol levels less than 60 mg/dL are considered high or abnormal.
What Is Black Fungus?
The most potent food for reducing high blood cholesterol is black fungus. The technical name for black fungus is Auricularia polytricha or Hirneola polytricha. What a mouthful!
The Chinese call it “yun er” which means “cloud ear.” It is usually sold in dried form. There are actually two types: a thick variety, and a smaller, flakey variety. Here, we are referring to the thick type.
Thick black fungus measures around 5 to 8 cm (2 to 3 inches), and is black on one side and grey on the other. It is very popular in Chinese cuisine. Although tasteless by itself, when cooked with other ingredients, it absorbs flavor while maintaining crunchiness. Black fungus is used in Chinese herbal medicine to increase blood fluidity and improve blood circulation, therefore, it can reduce high blood cholesterol.
Common Names for Black Fungus
Prepare Black Fungus to Reduce Cholesterol
Once you have acquired the fungus from a reputable source, you can prepare it as follows:
- 40 grams dried black fungus (remember to get the thick variety)
- 2 slices of ginger
- 10 red dates (pitted)
- 1.2 liters water
1. Soak the fungus for 2 hours.
2. Drain the water and transfer the softened fungus to a slow cooker.
3. Add the ginger and red dates to the slow cooker.
3. Add 1.2 liters of hot water.
4. Set the slow cooker to high and boil for 8 hours.
5. Discard the ingredients and retain only the liquid. You should get about 2 cups.
Do this every day for 2 weeks. It is recommended that you prepare the drink in the evening and have it ready to serve just before breakfast the next morning.
Is Black Fungus Really Effective?
We have been led to believe that cholesterol is the main cause of many heart problems. New findings are cautioning this belief. Anti-cholesterol drugs may be more harmful than good.
I can vouch for the effectiveness of black fungus. Many of my relatives enjoy its benefits and vouch for its effectivity as well. Incorporating natural foods into your diet to strategically reduce harmful cholesterol levels is the best way to go. Other natural foods that can help reduce high cholesterol include:
- oatmeal or oats
- eggplant, aubergine, or brinjal
- black beans
- enoki mushroom (the Japanese needle mushroom)
The purpose of this article is to inform readers that there are alternative remedies for all ailments. You are advised to consult a registered medical professional before proceeding with any recommendations.
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