One falls victim within every 24 hrs. Every year hundreds of thousands of families are affected. Precisely a quarter of a million Americans die of heart disease annually. Advertisements, promoting exercise for outer appearances, scroll across media daily, but toning and maintenance of the heart plays a major part in longevity and overall health.
Along with diet and exercise, heart health is linked to the emotional state- stress, heartbreak, love, anxieties, etc. So, heart disease and health is largely determined by lifestyle factors. The goal for good heart health is free flowing blood circulation which entails clean, unclogged vessels, veins, arteries and steady pumping of the heart.
Besides a balanced diet and exercise, some herbs to consider are:Cacao, also known as chocolate in its natural state, contains theobromine, a heart tonic and mild stimulant. Epicatechin, a flavonol that improves the function of the blood vessels, has also been found in cacao. When deciding a flavonol-rich cacao treat, skip the chocolate bars at the checkout counter and choose those that are minimally processed, without milk, dark, or say “raw cacao”.
When taking as supplement or added to food daily cayenne or capsicum, becomes the cure all for overall heart condition. It strengthens, stimulates, and tones the heart. It also supports blood circulation, and regulates palpitations. Adding cayenne to food can spice up a dish and intensify flavors. Even adding it to cacao is delicious. It can also be added to fresh vegetable juice. Ideally up to 1/2 teaspoon proves most effective.
A clove of garlic (approximately 600 to 900 mg) prevents bad cholesterol (LDL) and raises the good (HDL). Garlic melts away the cholesterol that contributes to the clogging of arteries. Garlic has the same affect on blood pressure, preventing blood clots and improving circulation.
Hawthorn berries, rich in flavnoids, increases oxygen and blood supply as well as normalizes blood pressure. Most importantly it lowers cholesterol and fat deposits in the liver and aorta. The suggested amount of 15 to 25 drops of the tincture should be taken three times daily.
Some supplements to consider are:
Niacin (500 to 2,000 mg daily). Red yeast rice (600 to 1,200 mg twice a day with food). Stanols and sterols (2 g daily) are plant fats that can lower LDL and block the absorption of dietary cholesterol. Coenzyme Q10 (100 to 300 mg daily). L-carnitine (1 g twice a day). L-arginine (2,000 to 3,000 mg three times daily. Vitamin C (1,000 mg daily in two doses). Nattokinase 2,000 and Vitamin K-2 D-ribose.