It is a sad fact that the number of individuals affected with heart disease these days is much larger than it was in the past. Health experts agree that heart disease was not as common among our ancestors back in the days.
Fortunately, people are rediscovering the benefits of using wholesome herbs to decrease tendencies of getting a heart disease.
According to Kathi Keville, director of the American Herb Association, author of the book Herbs for Health and Healing, “Nothing can completely offset the effects of an unhealthy modern lifestyle, but in addition to eating healthily, exercising and not smoking, the use of humble herbs can reduce your risk of heart disease… Herbs do offer some of the best support for a healthy heart, especially when combined with exercise and a well-balanced diet.”
She, however, was quick to emphasize “No, I do not suggest that you toss your heart medication into the trash and head for the garden, but herbs can help keep many heart and circulation problems from getting worse and can even prevent some of them from developing at all.”
Here are some of the much-recommended herbs for a healthier heart:
According to KeVille, a study revealed that Russian Olympic athletes who regularly consumed Siberain ginseng tea before training had better performance than those who did not take the herb. It improved their endurance and energy levels. Experts also confirm that ginseng can help boost muscle strength, stamina, and cardiovascular health.
Licorice is also good but KeVille warns individuals who already have high blood pressure as the herb may sometimes raise blood pressure levels.
Hawthorn is considered by some herbalists as the “most reliable herb” when it comes to preventing heart problems. In Germany, more than 30 heart pharmaceutical preparations use hawthorn as an ingredient.
In Egypt, chicory is used to slow rapid heartbeat. Chicory can be eaten as a healthy salad or even as an alternative to your caffeine consumption.
- Ginkgo, reishi
Ginkgo and reishi are traditionally used in China to treat heart concerns. Ginkgo lowers blood pressure while reishi can aid in steadying irregular heartbeat.
Eating garlic, according to science, leads to significant benefits such as keeping arteries healthy, thinning the blood, and decreasing cholesterol levels.
Another proven cholesterol buster is the fenugreek. It is also considered as one of the “oldest cultivated medicinal herbs.”
- Cayenne pepper
Believe it or not, the red hot cayenne pepper is a popular remedy for high blood pressure.
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Also known as the yellow ginger, turmeric can prevent high cholesterol from getting into your bloodstream.
It is said that taking three onions a week along with five garlic cloves can be great for your heart’s health.
Lemongrass is not only an antimicrobial herb but also an effective anti-depressant.
- Green tea
Japanese neurologist Dr. Yoshikazu Sato said in a study that lethal stroke has been avoided by Japanese women who regularly drink green tea.
via : philstar