One out of every 3 Americans over the age of 30 are at risk for heart
failure Hawthorne berry is most associated with its widespread use as
a tonic for the heart.
Specifically it protects arterial walls, has the ability to dilate
coronary blood vessels and strengthen the heart's pumping abilities. Those
who suffer from angina, therefore, would most likely benefit from
hawthorne's berry's ability to increase blood flow through the arteries.
Additionally, for the same reason, those afflicted with hypertension
(high blood pressure) may alleviate their condition since narrowed arteries
require the heart to work more strenuously in getting blood through them.
People who suffer from tachycardia (rapid heart beating) and cardiac
arrthymia (irregular heart beating) may also find relief.
It also has antioxidant properties which may help offset arterial damage
from plaque formation and accumulation.
In short, Hawthorne berry is seen by some as an all-purpose heart medicine.
Hawthorne berry, because of the powerful cardiac benefits listed above, it
is now one of the most prescribed heart remedies in Europe.
The hotness produced by cayenne is caused by its high concentration of a
substance called capsaicin, which has been widely studied for it's pain
reducing effects, its cardiovascular benefits, and its ability to help
prevent ulcers- it also effectively opens and drains congested nasal
passages. Cayenne and other red chili peppers have been shown to reduce
blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation, while
increasing the body's ability to dissolve fibrin, a substance integral to
the formation of blood clots Traditionally used as a tonic for the heart,
cultures where hot peppers like cayenne are used liberally have a much lower
rate of heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.
Research suggests that the volatile oils found in the leaves of the
coriander plant, commonly known as cilantro, may have antimicrobial
properties. It is also rich in beneficial phytonutrients and flavonoids such
as quercitin. Cilantro is widely used in the Middle East, Asia, North
America and southern Europe, but its roots can be traced back as far as
5,000 BC due to its use for medicinal purposes.
Guglipid is a standardized
extract prepared from oleogum resin (gum resin) of Commiphora mukul, an
Indian medicinal tree that has been clinically proven to reduce the levels
of harmful serum lipids in the bloodstream. Whole books have been written
about garlic, which is rich in a variety of powerful sulfur-containing
compounds that are the source of many of its health promoting effects.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that regular consumption of garlic
lowers blood pressure and decreases platelet aggregation, serum
triglycerides and LDL- cholesterol (the potentially dangerous form) levels
while increasing serum HDL-cholesterol (the protective form) and
fibrinolysis (the process through which the body breaks up blood clots). As
a result of these beneficial actions and others attributed to the manganese,
selenium, and vitamins b6 and C it contains, garlic helps prevent
atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, and reduces the risk of heart
attack or stroke.
Recent studies have found that ginger lowers blood cholesterol and
reduces blood clotting. The pungent compound, gingerol has been found to
have a structure similar to the well-known anticoagulant, aspirin, which may
explain the similar effect that the two compounds have on prostaglandins.
Ginger has been shown to have significant effects aggregation, important in
cardiovascular health and arthritic conditions. Ginger has been shown to
relieve pain, improve joint mobility, decrease swelling and morning
stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger is also a very effective
antibiotic agent and strong antioxidant. Traditionally used in Chinese
Medicine, ginseng is thought to strengthen the heart, and aid recovery from
surgery and serious infectious disease and help reduce stress.
Ginseng increases circulation and oxygen uptake. Arjuna is a unique herb
that helps maintain a healthy heart and reduces the effects of stress and
nervousness. Arjuna's ability to suppress the blood`' absorption of lipids
indicates that it has cholesterol-regulating properties. Its principle
constituents are sitosterol, ellagic acid, and arjunic acid. The bark of
Arjuna is useful as an anti-ischemic and cardioprotective agent in
hypertension and in ischemic heart disease, especially in disturbed cardiac
rhythm, angina, or myocardial infarction.
Arjuna, used by herbalists in the Far East for four centuries, is the
Ayurvedic herb of choice for cardiovascular health. Recent studies have
shown arjuna can lead to a slight increase in the HDL-to-total cholesterol
ratio and an overall improvement in the cardiovascular profile. The bark of
Arjuna inhibits the oxidation of LDL and accelerates the turnover of LDL-cholesterol
in liver. Scientists first became interested in grape seed extract in the
latter part of the 20th Century due to an outgrowth of research about the
The French Paradox shows a low incidence of heart disease (nearly half
that of the United States) among the French despite a high incidence of
known dietary and other contributing factors to heart disease. Some
scientists believe that the secret of the French Paradox is red wine, which
is an integral part of the French diet. Further research suggests that OPCs
present in red wine can promote cardiovascular health.
Grape seeds have been found to be the richest source of OPCs. Grapeseed
extract is 20 times more powerful as an antioxidant than vitamin C and 50
times more than vitamin E to protect against free radical damage. Also has
been shown to possess anti-viral potential. Contains powerful antioxidants
known as OPCs. European doctors prescribe OPC containing drugs for various
vascular disorders that are likely to benefit from increased blood flow.
Macular degeneration and cataracts may also improve by means of the
extract's effects on circulation.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA
and were not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.