Herbs in­clud­ing hawthorn do the heart good.

Re­search demon­strates that af­ter a heart at­tack, these botan­i­cals can as­sist in re­cov­ery

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, DN-C, RH

“As

se­ri­ous as a heart at­tack.” at’s what they say. A clichŽ, but so true. Hope­fully you will never have one, but statistics are not in your fa­vor. Car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease is the lead­ing global cause of death, accounting for well over 17 mil­lion deaths per year, a grim gure pre­dicted to grow to more than 23.6 mil­lion by 2030. About one in three deaths in the United States is at­trib­uted to car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease. It claims more lives than all forms of cancer com­bined.

Modern medicine of­ten helps peo­ple sur­vive a heart at­tack, but once a pa­tient has been sta­bi­lized, it’s crit­i­cal to com­mit to some se­ri­ous re­cov­ery. ink ex­er­cise, of course, but three out­stand­ing heart herbs may speed the heal­ing.

HAWTHORN

Hawthorn is the Euro­pean Swiss Army knife of herbs for safe and e ec­tive treat­ment of heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­or­ders.

e plant con­tains an as­sort­ment of bioflavonoid com­plexes; tra­di­tion­ally, the berries have been used, but modern re­search has con­firmed the con­tent of ac­tive in­gre­di­ents in other parts of the plant.

Hawthorn im­proves ow in ar­ter­ies and im­proves cir­cu­la­tion to the heart. Sev­eral stud­ies have shown that hawthorn ex­tracts lower blood pres­sure. One Bri­tish study suc­cess­fully used hawthorn to lower blood pres­sure in di­a­bet­ics. A meta-analysis of 14 ran­dom­ized, place­bo­con­trolled clin­i­cal stud­ies found that a com­bi­na­tion of herbs in­clud­ing hawthorn leaf im­proved heart func­tion in pa­tients with chronic heart fail­ure. Sev­eral re­cent stud­ies have found hawthorn to re­duce heart dam­age dur­ing or af­ter a heart at­tack.

A com­mon dose is 80–300 mg of a stan­dard­ized ex­tract two to three times per day. If you are tak­ing hawthorn berry in capsules, or us­ing it as a tea or jelly, the rec­om­mended dose is at least 4–5 gm per day. Al­low at least 2–4 weeks for the herb to take e ect, and re­mem­ber that it is a long-term ther­apy, so the e ec­tive­ness of hawthorn may still in­crease even af­ter one to two months.

TURMERIC

Turmeric might be just what the doc­tor or­dered for heart heal­ing. More than 200 stud­ies have con­firmed the ef­fi­cacy of turmeric and its ac­tive con­stituent, cur­cumin, in var­i­ous heart con­di­tions. It does about ev­ery­thing you would want to re­ju­ve­nate heart tis­sue, in­clud­ing hav­ing an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties, pro­mot­ing heart cir­cu­la­tion, heal­ing the ar­te­rial lin­ing, and re­duc­ing blood clots. A com­pelling study in the Jour­nal of Nutri­tion and Metabolism showed that a daily dose of cur­cumin sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved the func­tional state of the blood ves­sels of healthy adults within two months. e study

in­volved 59 healthy adults, who were as­signed to ei­ther a placebo or 50 mg or 200 mg cur­cumin, for 8 weeks. e study looked at a pri­mary un­der­ly­ing cause of car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease, the in­abil­ity of the in­ner lin­ing of blood ves­sels to di­late fully. e 200 mg cur­cumin dose re­sulted in a “clin­i­cally sub­stan­tial” 3 per­cent in­crease in di­la­tion.

e lower 50 mg dose re­sulted in a 1.7 per­cent in­crease. Other re­search shows that cur­cum­i­noids re­duce the fre­quency of heart at­tack af­ter coro­nary artery by­pass.

GAR­LIC

To heal a heart, blood pres­sure has to come down and stay down. Re­search shows that gar­lic re­duces blood pres­sure by about 5 to 10 per­cent. Gar­lic in higher doses may re­sult in even greater de­clines.

One study looked at 47 peo­ple with mild hy­per­ten­sion. For 12 weeks, the pa­tients re­ceived a daily dose of 600 mg of gar­lic pow­der, stan­dard­ized to 1.3 per­cent al­liin. e re­sults? Sys­tolic blood pres­sure was re­duced by 6 per­cent, and di­as­tolic pres­sure by 9 per­cent. An­other study found gar­lic to be e ec­tive at re­duc­ing blood pres­sure in men with mild and mod­er­ate ar­te­rial hy­per­ten­sion. Nu­mer­ous other stud­ies show sim­i­lar re­sults. Gar­lic may also re­duces heart tis­sue in­jury by way of its sul­fur com­pounds, ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search.

Gar­lic pow­der ex­tract stan­dard­ized to con­tain 1.3 per­cent al­liin is typ­i­cally given in a dosage of 900 mg daily. Larger doses are safe, and you will likely have bet­ter re­sults if you in­clude more in your diet or use a higher dose.

di you'yn­wuw+ Hawthorn berries are called “haws” for short, and are of­ten made into jelly.

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