Help protect your circulatory system from high blood pressure and heart disease using these four herbs in combination with proper diet and doctor-approved exercise. Cardiovascular patients of the New York Heart Association have participated in a study about the possibility of a benefit of using the herb Hawthorn. While more testing needs to be done, there is hope that long-term use of Hawthorn Berry may increase quality of life and lift oxygen levels allowing for mild exercise. Patients with both type II and III heart failure were given Hawthorn in addition to conventional treatment methods.
Dr. Robert Linde, AP, RH of St. Petersburg, Florida claims that Shan Zha, another name for Hawthorn, helps fight LDL, or bad cholesterol by aiding in quick digestion of fatty foods that raise cholesterol. He recommends that adults with stomach ulcers not use Shan Zha/Hawthorn for fear that a rise in stomach acids brought on by the herb may cause discomfort for some. Dr. Linde, as well as the Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, Paul Bergner suggest a tea or tincture of raw dandelion leaves may also reduce cholesterol as well as detoxify the liver and kidneys. According to a Korean study, raw dandelion included in a daily salad is an antioxidant-rich leafy green that lower lipids in the blood. Cinnamon has been shown to improve lipid profile. It may also have help lower blood sugar and reduce inflammation. It’s only a specific cinnamon called cassia that can aid in the break down of bile salts and reduce blood thickening and blood clotting. Cinnamon may be an effective substitute for aspirin, where aspirin can be damaging to the stomach, cinnamon actually aids in digestion.
Aronia Berry, or choke berry contains high levels of vitamins A, C and K. Since many cardiac patients suffer from metabolic syndrome as well as heart disease, Aronia, being high in antioxidants, is a smart choice to decrease LDL cholesterol. Vascular function for patients with high cholesterol, but without coronary heart disease, has been shown to improve due to intense flavonoids found in Aronia berries. A study has shown that risk-factors for those patient dramatically fell while taking a daily Aronia Berry supplement. It’s clear that there are many well-studied, doctor recommended herbal options for cardiovascular heart health. Hawthorn berry, Dandelion leaves, Cassia cinnamon, and Aronia berry can all be great additions to help reduced and control bad LDL cholesterol, which will lead to a healthy heart, regardless of whether you already have heart disease.