Cardiovascular disease is a growing epidemic in the western world but herbs can be one way to help combat the issue. First and foremost of course, diet and lifestyle play a huge part in reducing cardiovascular risk and in helping to overcome existing cardiovascular disease. The power of these two factors alone should never be underestimated. However, preventing cardiovascular disease with herbs is possible when the correct herbs are taken under qualified supervision.
Green tea, both the actual steeped tea and the professional, medicinal extract of Green tea, can be fabulous for improving health. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant so it boots those nasty free radicals out and it helps reduce cholesterol too. Lowering and moderating the HDL/LDL and general cholesterol levels goes a long way to improving vascular strength and supporting the heart to do what it needs to do. As an added bonus Green tea also helps with weight loss. Often excess weight is a contributory factor to cardiovascular disease and so reducing weight by as little as 10% can have a dramatic impact.
Garlic is also a great herb to improve those blood vessels. It reduces cholesterol like Green tea, it reduces blood pressure (always a good thing!) and it’s an antioxidant. Garlic does come with a proviso or two though. Garlic tablets tend to be medicinally effective than extract and it should never be taken within 10 days of surgery. This is because it has an antiplatelet activity so it could impede surgical wound recovery. It should also be avoided if you have to take antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs.
So preventing cardiovascular disease with herbs and reducing your risk of cardio related health issues is something you can take control of with the help of your naturopath or herb expert. Add some healthy food choices and exercise to that and you should be well on the way to reducing your cardiovascular disease risk.
This is also another cardiac herb article to read that details more herbs that can help with reducing cardiac health risks as well.
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Smiles and abundant health, Ziggy