Does heart disease run in your family? Or have you already been diagnosed with some form of heart condition? Neither one of these outlooks seems easy, and both can be life-changing. You might be worried that you’ll have to start taking medication – and even worse, keep taking medication . . . for the rest of your life. And that leads to other concerns, such as the cost and side effects of such medication. Are you stuck in a no-win situation? Not in the least. There are ways to protect your heart – the natural way. Let’s take a look . . .
First of all, this isn’t a new concept. There are a number of people out there with heart conditions and family predispositions for such conditions who have taken charge of their health and sought out alternative treatments or more healthy ways to treat and prevent heart disease. This is not to say that you should ignore your doctor's advice, or refuse to take prescription medications if necessary. But, many doctors encourage and even suggest that patients try "alternative" therapies either prior to or in accompaniment to prescription medications.
Herb, Spice, and Flower Power
Not only the United States - but around the world, many people use common herbs or spices that contain healing properties which have been known to man since the beginning of time. But for some reason, modern man looks at such approaches as archaic. Such is not the case, and the natural way to deal with heart or other health issues may be to look closer to nature in the first place.
A majority of medicines that have been created in the past few decades come from herbal plants as well as flowers and tree bark and roots (yes, tree bark). So it is really not so odd that you should look to nature when it comes to maintaining a healthy heart. Preventing and even, to some degree, treating heart issues by eating common herbs and spices not only helps to maintain healthy heart levels, but benefits the digestive and immune system as well.
Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants – Oh My!
Many foods contain vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants that help prevent heart disease and conditions. These nutrients help in maintaining proper balances within the body which ultimately helps prevent a variety of illnesses and disease processes.
Vitamin E is known to reduce the risk of heart disease. A nutrient called Coenzyme Q10, more commonly known as CoQ10, is also an effective antioxidant that helps to protect cells throughout the body from free radical damage, which leads to clogged arteries, strokes and heart attacks. One of the primary fuels within the intestine, called L-Glutamine also supports and promotes healthy heart tissues. Magnesium has been known to offer beneficial protection against conditions such as atherosclerosis.
Natural vitamins and minerals found in everyday foods also help to reduce chances of heart issues and also in some cases, the need for some medications. Heart specialists around the world recommend eating well and ingesting adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids – which you can get through food sources such as salmon, or through nutritional supplements.
Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Diet, exercise, avoiding smoking and too much alcohol are also suggested as natural health alternatives for the prevention and care of various forms of heart disease.
Neither a history of heart disease, nor a current diagnosis is a life-sentence when it comes to your heart health! Instead of relying heavily on pills and medications, you can take charge of your own health through such natural methods and be on your way to reaping immeasurable rewards as a result.