It is estimated by the National Centre for Health Statistics that more than 68 million American people is diagnosed with one or more types of cardiovascular diseases.
Fortunately, there are several herbs that are considered beneficial for fighting heart disease as a result of their natural alkaloids and terpenoids, as well. Also, excepts have to conclude additional researches about these natural remedies. However, we are going to present you the top 10 miraculous herbs and natural foods, i.e., there are encouraging results about them.
But, you should always keep in mind these natural remedies are not actually strong medical advice or a recommendation to self-medicate for any heart disease. So, it is recommended to consult your physician before using them, particularly in case you are already using certain medications or suffer from any heart condition.
Here are the top 10 excellent herbs that help you maintain a healthy heart:
There are a lot of studies that have shown just a clove of garlic on a daily basis is able to decrease bad cholesterol and at the same time to increase the good one. Also, according to small clinical trials, garlic has a capacity to regulate blood pressure levels, improve blood circulation and inhibit platelet aggregation that contributes to a stroke. In addition, it was concluded by another study that garlic extract possesses cardio-protective effects against cardiac as well as mitochondrial dysfunction.
Thanks to its abundant natural source of theobromine, and epicatechin, i.e., a flavonol that stimulates the blood vessels healthy function, cacao can maintain the optimal heart health. Moreover, according to a randomized controlled trial in Switzerland, the chocolate abundant in flavanols has been proven to contain extremely positive effects for vascular and platelet function in congestive heart failure patients on a long and short term basis by elevating nitric oxide bioavailability and also reducing oxidative stress. In fact, they actually consumed cacao every day within a period of 4 weeks.
It has been scientifically confirmed that hawthorn is able to dilate the blood vessels, strengthen the heart and at the same time reduce the cholesterol, blood pressure, and fatty deposits within a human body, as a result of its active phytochemicals that possess antioxidant ingredients. Also, hawthorn has been proved to help in the distribution as well as usage of vitamin C for fortifying of capillaries. But, according to some studies this herb doesn’t possess any significant effects on those people who suffer from heart failure.
Motherwort has been traditionally used in the alleviation of a racing heart caused by nervous tension, with long-term usage. In addition, this herb has also been concluded to lower the formation of blood clots, triglycerides, cholesterol, as well as strengthen the heart muscles. Also, motherwort is an excellent source of phenolic acids, volatile oils, phenylpropanoids, tannins, flavonoids and also sterols.
Bilberry is primarily considered as a great natural option for maintaining microcirculatory health, strengthening vascular walls and boosting the new capillaries formation. But, in 2011 a study was carried out that has concluded bilberry extract possesses powerful protective effects against cardio-toxicity as a result of its amazing antioxidant properties.
Despite a lot of findings about the beneficial effects of ginseng root for various health issues, nowadays, there are more and more studies showing that this herb has clinical value in the treatment of heart disease. Actually, they have shown its beneficial effect in fighting arrhythmia, heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiac hypertrophy, contractility and energy metabolism, as well.
7. Ginkgo biloba
A great number of studies that have examined the effects of ginkgo leaf extracts showed that they are able to cause dilation and elevate the blood flow through veins, capillaries and arteries. Also, they can lead to inhibition of platelet aggregation, blood clots and function by using anti-oxidants in order to protect vascular walls from free-radicals.
Cayenne is actually a powerful herb and an excellent source of more than 26 healthy nutrients, i.e., Vitamins A, C, magnesium, calcium, dietary fibre, etc., which make it able to prevent heart attack. This herb is considered to help in the elimination of arteries plaque and harmful toxins from the bloodstream, provision of hearth nourishment, stimulation of blood circulation, emulsification of triglycerides, re-building of blood cells and reduction of cholesterol levels, as well. In addition, one study has demonstrated that despite cayenne can prevent blood clots, but it can also act as a painkiller.
9. Butcher’s broom
Butcher’s broom is not so popular herb, but it is an excellent option for decreasing the cardiovascular disease risk. It contains sterols and fatty acids, which are known to have positive effects in the improvement of blood vessel health and also reduction of the atherosclerosis susceptibility.
It is important to know that butcher’s broom is only recommended for people who have low blood pressure, i.e., hypotension. Moreover, this herb helps in the elevation of diastolic blood pressure, and so this herb should be avoided by people who suffer from hypertension.
It is believed that the grape consumption on a regular basis can be beneficial for heart health. According to a research grapes are abundant in flavonoids, which help in the treatment of hypertension and reduction of the cardiovascular disease and heart muscle damage risks.
Furthermore, another study carried out at the University of Michigan Health System concluded that grapes are excellent source of antioxidants, which are able to improve the diastolic heart pressure, and decrease the occurrence of fibrosis, heart muscle enlargement and hypertensive heart failure, as well.