* Smitha's 58-year-old father is suffering from high cholesterol and many other problems and he is sensitive to many allopathic medicines. Smitha wanted to know about natural products that can help reduce cholesterol. Kamala from Alwarpet says that honey has many therapeutic qualities. She recommends that to reduce cholesterol, mix half a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon (dalchini in Hindi and lavanga pattai in Tamil) with half a teaspoon of honey in quarter glass of warm water and drink this twice or thrice a day. Ramaswamy from Alwarpet says that to control his cholesterol, he went completely off ghee, butter, vanaspathi, palm oil, coconut and the related food items and started taking 'OG-3 VEG' capsules (available in medical shops). He uses gingelly oil on idlies and for podies and minimal amount of refined-sunflower oil for frying and eats plenty of fibre foods. After two years he has found that his cholesterol and tri-glycerides levels have come to normal. He does not know the scientific basis of this diet as he is not a professional but can only share his experience. Vrishali Vidhate (email@example.com) from Chinamalai, Saidapet markets cholesterol-reducing softgels of `Omega 3 fatty acids', which are manufactured in USA. She also has a range of products for diabetes, skin problems, stomach problems and many others. Ph: 9840081075. V.P. Narayanan markets a mushroom product for reducing cholesterol. Ph: 24465749. Nandakumar also markets a health supplement for cholesterol. Ph: 31162167
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RASHMI UDAY SINGH
(Rashmi Uday Singh is a food reporter, critic and author for 21 years. Food and health are her passions. )
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