Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to talk about fixing your heart. OK, maybe not in the sense of Valentine’s Day and your emotional heart. Now is a great time to learn about herbs that can promote heart and circulatory system health.
Today I want to focus on 4 different herbs that I find very helpful for my clients with heart disease. Those are hawthorn berry, beet root, turmeric, and garlic.
In traditional medicine, hawthorn is the go to herb for safe and effective treatment of heart and circulatory disorders. The berries contain an assortment of bio-flavonoid complexes. Hawthorn improves blood flow in arteries and improves circulation to the heart. Improved heart circulation reduces the risk of heart attack. Some studies have shown that hawthorn can even lower blood pressure. One UK study used hawthorn to lower blood pressure in diabetics and was a success. When looking at 14 randomized, placebo-controlled clinical studies it was found that hawthorn (and a combination of herbs) improved heart function in patients with heart failure. Several recent studies have found hawthorn to reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack! It’s hard to beat that.
As with all natural health products, you must allow time for them to work. Allow at least 2–4 weeks for this herb to take effect, and remember that it is a long-term therapy, so the effectiveness of hawthorn may still increase even after one to two months.
Researchers have concluded that one glass of beetroot juice a day is enough to significantly reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. They conducted a placebo-controlled trial with dozens of participants. The researchers found that "Inorganic nitrate and beetroot supplementation was associated with a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure."
To put the importance of these findings in context: The authors noted that for every 2 point increase in blood pressure, the risk of death from heart disease goes up 7 percent and the risk of stroke by 10 percent.
Beetroot contains high levels of dietary nitrate (NO3), which the body converts into biologically active nitrite (NO2) and nitric oxide (NO). In the human body, nitric oxide relaxes and dilates blood vessels.
Other leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and cabbage, also have high levels of the compound. They take it up from the soil through their roots.
More than 200 studies have confirmed the efficacy of turmeric and its active constituent, curcumin, in various heart conditions. It does about everything you could need to rejuvenate heart tissue. It has antioxidant properties, promotes heart circulation, helps heal the arterial lining, and reduces blood clots.
A really interesting study in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism showed that a daily dose of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, significantly improved the blood vessels of healthy adults within two months.
Other research shows that curcuminoids reduce the frequency of heart attack after coronary artery bypass.
To heal a heart, blood pressure has to come down and stay down. Spiking or wildly fluctuating blood pressure is not healthy to the heart, brain, or blood vessels. Research shows that garlic can reduce blood pressure by about 5 to 10 percent. And in higher doses it may result in even greater decreases.
One study looked at 47 people with mildly high blood pressure. For 12 weeks, the patients received a daily dose of 600 mg of garlic powder. The results were that systolic blood pressure (the top number) was reduced by 6 percent, and diastolic pressure (the bottom number) by 9 percent.
Larger doses are safe, and you will likely have better results if you include more garlic in your diet or use a higher dose of tablets.
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