Heart Health Preventions

We all know we should be eating several servings of fruits and vegetables every day as part of a heart healthy diet. We also all know how difficult it can be to do that. Even if we do get our full servings in, the condition of our produce these days is questionable. Our soil is overworked and drained of nutrients needed to produce healthy fruits and vegetables. In many cases processing of fruits and vegetables destroys the nutrients and antioxidants. It seems nearly impossible to rely on food to bring us the nutrition that our bodies need to be strong and vibrant.

Perhaps now you can see why cayenne is regarded as a “miracle herb.” With over 700,000 Americans experiencing a stroke each year and almost half a million dying of heart disease, the cure to a healthy heart is as close as your local grocery store. The cayenne detoxification drink, when taken religiously, will dramatically improve your heart health as well as your venous structure.

Some herbal remedies for heart health contain Hawthorne Berry, because of its traditional use as a heart tonic. Components in the plant, probably flavonoids and procyanidins, improve the strength of heart muscle contractions, help the body maintain a healthy blood pressure, and have been reported to reduce blood lipid concentrations.

Heart health supplements and some important lifestyle changes offer promise for people in the prevention of heart disease and heart attack, and for the support of the heart and cardiovascular system if you have heart disease or have had a heart attack.

Heart Supplements

Omega 3 fatty acids. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the American Heart Association have recognized the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids for supporting heart health by helping to maintain normal cholesterol levels.

CoQ10. This vitamin-like substance is concentrated in the heart muscles and provides energy for its functions.

Lifestyle Treatment

1-Avoid fried foods and margarine – use butter and extra virgin olive oil on low heat when cooking.

2-Have a high fibre diet low in animal fat.

3-Exercise regularly as this can help improve the ‘muscle tone’ of your arteries – a 30-minute walk or a swim each day is enough.

4-Reduce stress – research clearly shows that enzymes and hormones associated with stress will cause an increase in your heart rate and increased blood pressure – not good if you’re at risk of a heart attack.

5-Work closely with your health care professional

A positive family history and symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, unproductive chronic cough, blue or painful extremities, extreme sensitivity to cold, leg ulcers, swelling of the ankles, pain over the chest, left arm or up the neck at rest or during exertion, have to be thoroughly evaluated with a complete physical examination, basic blood tests and an exertion or stress electrocardiogram.

Clinical trials in Europe in 2003 and 2006 support the use of cinnamon to lower blood glucose levels in patients with type-2 diabetes. Since this is one of the risk factors for developing heart disease, these studies may have lead to the promotion of cinnamon for heart health.

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