Often as a new year dawns we make all sorts of new promises to ourselves… “This year I am going to lose those extra 5 kilos I put on over Christmas, or start running, spend more time with the kids and wear sun screen every day!”
Often these ‘promises’ never stick. However if you would like to take better care of your heart in 2015 I have one resolution you can start today and it’s as easy as drinking tea.
Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes. With an estimated 50 thousand Australians wandering around right now unaware that they too have heart and blood vessel diseases because they have no symptoms.
The coronary arteries provide blood to the heart and if the blood vessels narrow the blood supply will become insufficient to supply oxygen to the heart. The oxygen deprivation causes angina pectoris also known as chest pains. The heart attack or myocardial infarction happens when the coronary arteries responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients gets blocked.
Here are the common heart problems:
Hypertension is when the interior diameter of the arteries reduces because of high blood pressure due to stress, nutritional deficiencies, sodium metabolism and enzyme imbalances.
Arrhythmias are the disturbances in the normal rhythm of heartbeat and can be dangerous even life threatening.
Vascular disease happens due to an impaired function of the heart’s valves.
Other factors including adverse cholesterol level, diabetes, obesity and unabsorbed Calcium due to lack of vitamin C and vitamin D, lack of exercise and excessive bad cholesterol (LDL) can promote plaque buildup in the arteries specially in people over the age of 50.
Along with eating a well-balanced diet, moderate exercise and prescription medications, some garden variety herbs have been proven to also help reduce blood pressure and increase cardiovascular health.
Here is a list of herbs that can promote your cardiovascular health.
Cordyceps is a Chinese herb that can slow down heart rate and blood pressure and increase the blood supply to arteries and heart.
Ginkgo Biloba can increase cardiovascular health by preventing accumulation of free radicals.
Mountain Meadow Green Rooibos Tea with Lemon Grass is also a great source of antioxidant.
Grape Seed Extract can lower high blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health and Hawthorn can increase the blood flow and lower blood pressure.
People with cardiovascular health can also potentially benefit from herbal teas such as Barberry, Black Cohosh, Cayenne Pepper, Dandelion, Valerian Root and Butcher’s Broom.
However do not use Black Cohosh and Barberry during pregnancy and do not use Ginseng, Ephedra and Licorice if you have high blood pressure as they can increase your heart rate.
NOTE: Like any new health or exercise program please seek medical advice before ingesting certain herbs as they may interact with medications and your body.