Heart Disease

Natural and herbal remedy recipes for treating and preventing heart disease


Heart Disease 

 

When the supply of blood to the heart is interrupted or cut off, the lack of oxygen will cause portions of the heart muscle to die. Heart attack can be a problem with the cardiac muscle, or problem with the valves that direct the flow of blood into and out of the heart causing blood clot, or hardening and narrowing of the arteries. The primary symptoms are severe pain in the chest, heavy pressure as if the chest is being squeezed, and shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting. People with overweight, and high blood pressure and cholesterol are more vulnerable to heart attack. But high cholesterol is only the symptom, high inflammation in the arteries is the cause.

Smoking, stress, lack of exercise, excessive caloric intake, a diet high in processed and denatured foods grown in denatured and chemically damaged soil, and exposure to environmental toxins are all factors contributing to the increasing risk of heart disease.

Western dietary advice is less saturated fat, sugar and salt; and more vegetables, vitamin C to lower cholesterol, vitamin E to prevent and dissolve blood clots in veins, garlic and onions to clear blood vessels and corn to lower cholesterol.

Chinese medicine relates the problem to obstruction of qi in the chest, energy congestion, blood coagulation and deficiency of yin and yang. The deficiency of spleen and kidneys are the main causes of the problem and the stagnancy of blood and qi and phlegm are the symptoms. Treatments are to activate yang and to remove obstruction, nourish blood and to regulate the flow of qi.

Avoid sugar in a diet

Sugar is highly acidic which feeds inflammation, increases systolic blood pressure and contributes to diabetes and metabolic syndrome. High sugar in the blood can also cause atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease. High oil and high sugar food is a deadly combination which stimulates high inflammatory response in the body.  

Avoid saturated fat

Avoid saturated fats as in animal products and dairy products and avoid polyunsaturated fat as in vegetable oils. Saturated fat increases the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL), which tend to stick to the sides of the arterial wall and form plaque. Plaque stiffens the arteries and narrows the passages through them. Avoid eating skin of poultry. Heart disease rates begin to climb when animal protein consumption is above 10 percent of the diet. Several studies have clearly shown that trans fats are closely associated with heart attacks.

Eat only heart healthy fat and limit total fat calorie to not more than 30% of total calorie intake per day and keep 1:1 ratio for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Eat at least 2 to 3 times a week fatty fish which is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 found in salmon, tuna, sardine, turbot, halibut, bluefish, striped bass, shark, rainbow smelt, swordfish and rainbow trout.

Boost omega-3 intake

Boost omega-3 intake by eating a dozen walnut halves each week. Choose olive oil, flax seed oil and peanut oil which are high in omega-3. Eat foods highest in artery-protecting fats: hazelnuts, avocados, almonds. Eat beans high in omegar-3 fatty acids such as Great Northern, kidney, navy and soy beans.

Salmon contains a huge dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which can ward off heart disease. A diet of heart-healthy fats, like those found in salmon and olive oil, raises good HDL cholesterol levels. Antioxidants found in olives have been shown both to raise HDL and lower LDL (bad cholesterol), making olive oil   a doubly potent protector against cardiovascular disease. Polyunsaturated fat found in almond, peanut and walnut have beneficial properties to protect against heart disease.

Fiber

Go heavy on vegetables and fruits to increase dietary fiber to lower LDL cholesterol. Eat complex carbohydrates to get energy and fiber. Fiber can prevent weight gain, lower LDL and benefiting blood pressure.

Fiber is particularly well suited to help heart health because of its ability to bond with cholesterol and take it out of the body. Oat bran, pectin, broccoli, legumes, ground seed, whole grains, and rice all constitute healthy sources of natural fiber that, if taken daily, may not only make you regular, but provide a terrific source of cholesterol reduction.

Reduce salt

Reduce salt intake to prevent water retention and lower blood pressure.

Drink water

Drinking five or more glasses of water daily (versus two or fewer) reduces fatal heart attack risk in men by 51% and women by 35%. Water seems to protect against heart attacks by making blood less likely to clot. Minerals in hard tap water, such as calcium and magnesium also may help guard against heart disease.

Do take a drink a day especially wine with meals which may act as antidotes to heart disease.

Hawthorn

Hawthorn is nature’s heart specialist. It has been shown in studies to help the heart pump more efficiently, increases the contractions of the heart muscle, dilates blood vessels, improves left ventricle ejection fraction, improves blood flow to the heart, acts as a powerful antioxidant and as a mild diuretic. It is effective remedy for stage I and II congestive heart failure, improve heart performance, heart rate, blood pressure, arrhythmias, shortness of breath and stamina, reduced symptoms and improved quality of life.

Garlic

Garlic and onion lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and decrease the tendency of blood clot in arteries, with similar effect as aspirin. Purple grape juice has similar effect.

Sweet potato

Sweet potato is regarded as a perfect food by Chinese. It has higher protein content than egg, more fiber than most vegetables, low in calorie and high in beta carotene, vitamin C & E, It can lower cholesterol, lower acidity in the body and prevent hardening of arteries. It helps in losing weight which is good for heart health.

Green tea

Green tea has superb antioxidant properties and can provide protection against heart disease and many other illnesses. In a study of more than 40,500 Japanese men and women, those who drank five or more cups of green tea every day had the lowest risk of dying of heart disease and stroke. Researchers attribute the protective effect to catechins, powerful antioxidants. Trouble is, less than 20% of these relatively unstable compounds survive digestion. To get more out of every cup, squeeze in some lemon juice. The vitamin C in lemons helps your body absorb 13 times more catechins than it can obtain from plain tea alone, according to a Purdue University study.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon can prevent heart disease and type II diabetes. Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they eat this daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. As we age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins. 


Pineapple, grapefruit, hawthorn, bok-choy, Chinese celery, chive, ginger, eggplant, mushroom, green onion and Chinese yam are also found to have heart health benefits of either opening up arteries, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol or thinning blood properties.  

Summer time is when the heart is most vulnerable because of hot weather. Bitter taste like bitter melon is effective in clearing heart fire with symptoms such as biting tongue when eating, mouth sore and blister in tongue. Eating red color food such as red beans is good for heart health.

 

The Chinese Heart Secret Revealed

A Special Report from the Doctors Health Press Board:

Researchers in Texas may have just unlocked a key secret as to why ancient Chinese herbal formulas help treat heart conditions. Straight to the answer: the herbs may be producing large
amounts of nitric oxide.

Nitric oxide is a chemical crucial to your cardiovascular system. What it does is tell the inner walls of blood vessels to relax. This helps blood flow freely and healthily through the heart and
circulatory system. Nicknamed the "messenger molecule," nitric oxide also eliminates dangerous clots, lowers high blood pressure, and reduces artery-clogging plaque formation.

That is quite the bundle of responsibilities. And it seems that the wisdom of thousands of years in the Far East is directly related to it -- though I'm certain they didn't know it at the time.

The study reveals that ancient Chinese herbal medicines seem to have a "profound" ability to activate nitric oxide in the inner walls of blood vessels. But they seem to have a dual role as well:
they could help convert nitrite and nitrate (which we find in many foods) into nitric oxide.

Herbal formulas are a huge part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, right up there with acupuncture and Qigong. In a press release, the researchers state that this form of medicine has provided many leads to safe and effective medications used in cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. This new study is significant, they say, because heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S.

The study consisted of tests on a variety of Chinese herbs, including DanShen and GuaLou. They were all readily available at the local health store. Chinese herbal formulas used primarily for heart conditions are made up of between three and 25 herbs. They can be taken as tablets, soups, teas and elixirs. (Most Chinese herbal formulas are not considered drugs by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but instead dietary supplements.)

Further to the laboratory tests, scientists also tested store-bought herbal medicines in an animal model. Sure enough, each of the ones tested helped widen blood vessels, thus relaxing them and making for an efficient blood flow.

These great preliminary studies show that experiments in the future should focus on humans. These herbal medicines could be very beneficial to people with heart issues. The next step on the agenda is to determine what ingredients in the herbs are producing the nitric oxide.

These herbal medicines are a full part of the healthcare systems in some parts of Asia. Here, they are considered alternative medicines. The researchers believe part of the reason is that, until recently, little was known about how they work. Studies like this are sure to help.

 

All Heart Disease Recipes:

Walnut Hawthorn Tea (5401)

Clear blood clot and lower blood lipid

Chrysanthemum, Hawthorn and Senna Tea (5402)

Prevent heart disease and stroke

Wood-ear Mushroom Sweet Tea (5403)

Relieve symptoms of coronary heart disease

Hawthorn Seaweed Sweet Drink (5404)

Treat heart blood coagulation syndrome with chest congestion

Persimmon Sweet Drink (5405)

Treat hardening of the coronary muscles, irregular heart beat, swollen of myocardium

Tomato, Eggplant and Tofu (5406)

Treat high blood pressure and hardening of arteries

Notoginseng and Fish Soup (5407)

Treat hardening of coronary arteries, high cholesterol

Kudzu, Mushroom & Dates Soup (5408)

Invigorate blood and promote circulation, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, remove blood stasis

Ling-chi Pig Heart Soup (5409)

Calm heart and nerve

Astragulas Herbal Pig Heart Soup (5410)

Treat immobility of hands and feet after stroke

Deer Tendon and Double Trotters Soup (5411)

Treat stiffness and lack of energy in body and extremities after stroke

Eucommia and Quail Soup (5412)

Treat deformed lower limbs due to stroke or poliomyelitis

Morinda Root and Burdock Chicken Feet Soup (5413)

Treat difficulties in body movement after stroke

Deng Shen Bass Soup (5414)

Treat weakening of heart, cold extremities, deficient blood and bumpy heart

Jelly Fish, Water Chestnut and Mung Bean Dessert (5415)

Treat high blood pressure, congested heart feeling and numbness in limbs

Mung Bean and Seaweed Dessert (5416)

Lower blood pressure and cholesterol, detoxify and prevent stoke