Garlic may help lower triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins
Lipitor is a prescription drug commonly used in the United States to treat high cholesterol, a condition that promotes heart disease. This drug is classified as a statin -- it lowers triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins, which are the cholesterol components that cause blockages in your blood vessels. However, in rare cases, this prescription drug may increase your risk of kidney failure, according to Drugs.com. Certain herbs may replace Lipitor for lowering cholesterol. Check with your doctor before using any herb to treat high cholesterol.
Garlic is primarily regarded as a culinary spice -- it adds a strong flavor and pungent aroma to Caribbean, Asian, Indian and Italian dishes. Garlic also has a long history of use as a medicinal herb. It contains allicin, a chemical that may help reduce "bad" cholesterol levels in your bloodstream, according to Phyllis Balch, author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing." Consult your physician before using garlic to replace Lipitor -- allicin may thin your blood and interfere with clotting.