While not ever ailment of Heart Disease is preventable, it is highly agreed upon by both the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization that an Ayurvedic approach to health may improve overall heart health by significantly lowering the risk of heart attack.
Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic “whole-body” healing medical ideologies. Originating more than 3,000 years ago in India. Treatments are based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. In the United States, it’s considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine. Ayurveda suggests a unique combination of food, exercise, meditation and herbs promotes a lifelong way of living. (1) The use of Ayurvedic herbs in daily cooking can stimulate the function of specific organs in the body, possibly by altering hormones, affecting immunity and neurotransmitters, and conveying antioxidant properties. Herbs commonly used in Ayurveda to address heart health and longevity include:
- Guggul-reduces the serum cholesterol levels.
- Green tea-helps to avoid clogging arteries.
- Garlic-prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol and liver from producing excess fat and cholesterol. Effective aid in decrease amounts of stored food in the intestines and cleansing for the arteries.
- Hawthorn- dilates coronary blood vessels, improves blood flow; strengthens heart muscles and helps to rid of excess salt and water.
- Turmeric- lowers blood cholesterol levels and checks blood clots.
- Ginkgo biloba – improves blood flow.
- Alfalfa leaves and sprouts- help to reduce blood cholesterol levels and plaque deposits on artery walls.
- Ginger – reduces cholesterol and prevents blood clots.
- Cinnamon-both flavorful and aromatic, noted for its bioactive properties, and antioxidant activity.
- Cinnamon may directly reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering the levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. At the same time, it can preserve, or in some cases even increase, levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. This reduces the risk of blockage formation or progression of partial to full blockages published in the journal Diabetes Care
Feel free to incorporate any of these herbs into your diet by adding it fresh and chopped or as a powder to your meals.