Heart disease is a fearful diagnosis. Everyone knows you need your heart to be working to live. And you need it working well to live well. Ideally, natural remedies are used to prevent heart disease, but even if you already have a problem with your heart, some remedies can often improve your heart health significantly.
Heart disease is an umbrella term for a number of different problems related to the heart and the blood vessels. These conditions include heart attacks, strokes, build up in the arteries, irregular heart rates, and high blood pressure.
Heart disease can be a silent health problem, until it become severe, or it can cause a range of chronic or acute symptoms.
Natural Remedies for Heart Disease
Top natural remedies for heart disease according to Earth Clinic readers include apple cider vinegar, a variety of herbs, supplements and important dietary changes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is commonly taken in water on a regular basis. This tonic has valuable nutrients in it and helps to alkalize the body.
There are a number of herbs which are used to strengthen the heart and prevent disease. These herbs can be taken as supplements or you can include them regularly in your diet.
Dried and powdered cayenne pepper is considered by herbalists to be a heart tonic. Its high content of vitamin A, C and Zinc may contribute to its heart benefit. It is a stimulant herb and removes congestion from the circulatory system. It is a natural blood regulator.
Research has even found that capsician, the main component of cayenne, when used topically, significantly reduced cardiac cell death during a heart attack!1
Like cayenne, ginger is a stimulant herb. It has blood purifying properties and is common in heart tonics, especially in combination with cayenne pepper since it tends to tone down the shock to the stomach that cayenne can cause. Ginger is an herb used to reduce cholesterol.
Garlic has blood thinning properties. It also is used for high cholesterol, blood clots, and arteriosclerosis.
The berries of the hawthorn plant are dried and powdered. This heart tonic is used by herbalists to treat high or low blood pressure, arrhythmia, heart palpitations, and congestive heart failure.
Motherwort is an herb that is especially useful for women who have heart irregularities during menopause. It can relieve a racing heart and palpitations. Possibly it helps with these issues because of its calming effect on the system.
The 5 Mix
The Five Mix is a home made tonic to be taken daily to prevent or heal heart problems. It combines herbs, vinegar, citrus and honey in a special recipe. Find out how to make this tonic on this page!
Vitamins and Supplements
CoQ10 is a coenzyme that is in every cell of your body. It is an antioxidant and helps your body to repair cells. CoQ10 deficiency has been linked to heart problems.
Vitamin E helps the circulatory system by thinning the blood. It is best to use the natural form of vitamin E, d alpha tocopherol.
Magnesium is needed by your body for many functions, including keeping your heart rate regular. Its relaxing effect on the body is important as well.
Nattokinase and Serrapeptase
The enzymes nattokinase and serrapeptase are used to clear congestion in the heart and blood vessels by breaking down non-living tissue. These enzymes are commonly used for blood clots, cholesterol and high blood pressure. Either or both enzymes can be used. Some supplements contain both.
A poor diet can certainly be a factor in heart disease. If your diet is lacking in nutrients, your will starve your heart of necessary vitamins and minerals that are critical for its function. Additionally, certain chemicals, like MSG, can aggravate heart problems.
Focus on eating a variety of whole foods. Avoid processed foods and fast foods.
Drink plenty of water or herbal tea. Limit coffee, tea and soda. In fact, some with heart issues, will find that even a small amount of coffee aggravates their heart problem.
Some foods are particularly helpful to the cardiovascular system.
Blackstrap molasses is highly concentrated source of vitamins and minerals, many of which are helpful to your heart, including magnesium.
Old fashioned oatmeal is an easy and delicious way to start your day. Oatmeal is highly nutritious and has been found to reduce cholesterol when eaten on a regular basis. Add a bit of coconut oil and blackstrap molasses for extra nutrition and energy.
Your body repairs itself when you sleep. If you are shortchanging your body of sleep and rest, you are shortchanging it the opportunity to heal itself. Short periods of inadequate rest will happen to everyone at some point, but if you do not get enough sleep on a regular basis, you need to rearrange your life to get the benefit to your body.
Everyone knows that stress is bad for your heart. Many stressors that enter your life are out of your control. But if there are stressors you can reduce, do so. Your heart will thank you. You should also find ways to relax to counterbalance the stress in your life. Find a hobby you enjoy and allow yourself to enjoy it a few times a week, or ideally, on a daily basis.
If you do not have the habit of regular exercise, it is never too late to start. You don’t have to start with marathons and the gym. A simple walk is a good place to begin. Exercise moves your blood, increases your energy, improves your sleep and reduces stress.
Linus Pauling’s Heart Disease Therapy
Linus Pauling, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1954, established a protocol to prevent heart disease. He believed, as many others do, that heart disease is caused by inadequate vitamin C in the body.
- 2-4 grams Lysine
- 2-4 grams Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate)
For those who already have heart disease, the amounts are increased by 50%.
- 6 grams Lysine
- 6 grams Vitamin C
Because your body uses vitamin C and Lysine quickly, it is best to take these supplements several times a day. If you take them four times a day you will end up taking
- .5 – 1 gram each of Lysine and Vitamin C for heart disease prevention (four times daily) or
- 1.5 grams each of Lysine and Vitamin C for those with heart disease (four times daily).
Taking these supplements several times daily will also reduce the risk of side effects. (The primary side effect of concern is that of diarrhea from a large dose of vitamin C.)
The jury is still out as to the exact cause of heart disease. Sometimes it is surprising to see someone who seems to break all the health rules with a strong heart and long life. Other times, a young person in seemingly excellent health will have a significant heart problem. No one can say for sure whether the biggest factor affecting your heart is nutrition, stress, genetics, your lifestyle or something else entirely. You will hear plenty of theories. But whether you are seeking to prevent heart disease or improve your current heart health, the remedies here are ones our readers have shared because they worked for them! We hope that you will let us know what your try and how it works for you!
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