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How Herbs Complete a Holistic Approach to Heart Health

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by St Francis Herb Farm

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart is known as the “king of all organs”, representing self awareness, the ability to connect and living a fulfilling, happy life.

Physiologically, it is the centre of the cardiovascular system – an elaborate network of veins and arteries that flow blood into every area of the body, to ensure that we are oxygenated, nourished and that our hormones and immune response can function properly.

Unfortunately, heart disease is the second leading cause of death among Canadians, with several contributing risk factors, including age, family history and lifestyle factors. Experts agree that the best approach to protecting cardiovascular health is through preventative measures –  with the Heart and Stroke Foundation stating that 8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke cases are preventable through healthy lifestyle behaviours.

Prevention is at the core of many traditional systems of health and healing and differ from the usual health strategies too many of us are accustomed to – waiting for symptoms to arrive and then looking to cure and treatment. When it comes to heart disease, this “wait and see” approach can be dangerous.

Supporting the body holistically is an important approach in preserving wellbeing and prevention, and many of us are familiar with the lifestyle basics of cardiovascular health:

  • Building a healthy diet based on whole, fresh foods with plenty of fibre, fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and plenty of healthy fats.
  • frequent exercise.
  • stress relief.
  • reducing damaging, unhealthy habits.

But did you know that an effective way to complement these lifestyle factors in reducing your risk of heart disease is by fortifying your cardiovascular system with targeted, therapeutic herbs?

St Francis Herb Farm's HeartBeat Formula

HeartBeat® is a blend of time-honoured herbs that help maintain and support cardiovascular health. This synergistic formula naturally supports heart health with a blend of effective herbal ingredients, including:

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) – a plant often referred to as “the heart herb”, is a member of the rose family.  Its benefits are derived from its flower, leaf and bright red berries, which are all rich in protective flavonoids -- potent antioxidants that can help decrease inflammation. Hawthorn has a long history in traditional medicine as a circulatory tonic that increases cardiac output (pumping out blood efficiently) by improving the heart's muscle tone and vascular integrity.

Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna ) – has long been revered in Ayurveda – the ancient medicinal practice of India – as a valued heart tonic. Modern researchers have identified the bark as effective in supporting the function of the heart muscle and promoting healthy lipoprotein (cholesterol) balance.

Garlic (Allium sativum) – well known for its widespread benefits of excellent antioxidant properties, garlic has also shown cardioprotective features in supporting healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)  -- traditionally used in Indian cookery and in Ayurvedic medicine for circulation and to quell inflammation. Its trademark bright golden hue comes from phenolic compounds called curcuminoids that make up 2-5% of turmeric. These curcuminoids have strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory cardioprotective effects which have positive effects on cholesterol.

Learn more about Turmeric in our blog Turmeric – Hello Herb

Along with other traditional heart supportive herbs, like linden, cayenne and reishi, HeartBeat® can easily be incorporated into a heart-protective lifestyle routine.

It’s as easy as upgrading your water – simply add 2 ml (60 drops) to a glass and take with each meal. What’s more, HeartBeat® can be taken over long periods for a daily proactive, preventative practice in supporting your cardiovascular health.

For more tips on heart-healthy lifestyle habits, check out 4 Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Swaps You'll Want to Try This Month.

 

References available upon request.

Have questions? Just visit our Great Questions Answered page to learn more or to submit a question.

HeartBeat®

Ingredients

Arjuna
Garlic
Hawthorn
Reishi
Turmeric

Arjuna

(Terminalia arjuna ) – has long been revered in Ayurveda – the ancient medicinal practice of India – as a valued heart tonic. Modern researchers have identified the bark as effective in supporting the function of the heart muscle and promoting healthy lipoprotein (cholesterol) balance.

Garlic

(Allium sativum) – well known for its widespread benefits of excellent antioxidant properties, garlic has also shown cardioprotective features in supporting healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Hawthorn

(Crataegus monogyna) – a plant often referred to as “the heart herb”, is a member of the rose family.  Its benefits are derived from its flower, leaf and bright red berries, which are all rich in protective flavonoids -- potent antioxidants that can help decrease inflammation. Hawthorn has a long history in traditional medicine as a circulatory tonic that increases cardiac output (pumping out blood efficiently) by improving the heart's muscle tone and vascular integrity.

Reishi

A mushroom that enjoys near mythic status in Traditional Chinese Medicine, reishi has been valued in the cultures of the East for millennia as the "king of herbs." Ming Dynasty texts describe it as a remedy that "mends the heart." Use it as an adaptogen to lower the effects of stress and to modulate immune system response.

Turmeric

(Curcuma longa)  -- traditionally used in Indian cookery and in Ayurvedic medicine for circulation and to quell inflammation. Its trademark bright golden hue comes from phenolic compounds called curcuminoids that make up 2-5% of turmeric. These curcuminoids have strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory cardioprotective effects which have positive effects on cholesterol.

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