How good diet, herbs and nutrients can help prevent and control Heart attack and other heart problems.

Heart attack treatment

The underlying cause of most heart disease is atherosclerosis. This is brought on by high blood cholesterol levels which are themselves caused by a diet low in antioxidants and high in animals fat, butter, and hydrogenated vegetable fats.
Cardiovascular disease (which includes heart attack, stroke, and other disorders of the heart and blood vessel system) is the leading health problem in the western world. Here is a brief overview of some facts you need to know, if you would avoid a later buildup of conditions leading to heart attack.

Good diet to help prevent and control heart problems.
  • Be sure to drink enough water everyday, and frequently throughout the day! This cannot be stressed too much. Sludged blood is a very real cause of heart and vessel problems. If you sense your heart is bothering you, immediately drink two glasses of water.
  • Do not eat meat. Fat is in all meat. Do not eat meat and you will have a longer life. It is well-known that vegetarians live longer than others. They have less coronary disease, fewer heart attacks, and less heart failure.
  • Do not use refined, processed, fried, white flour, or junk foods.
  • Do not eat type of grease or oil (fatty foods, meat, margarine, butter, peanut butter, hydrogenated oils), saturated fats (animal fats), hydrogenated vegetable oils, or overheated or oxidized vegetable oils. Dean Ornish says: “Only a diet almost entirely free of animal fat, oil and cholesterol will significantly lower blood cholesterol levels reliably in just about everyone.” Do that which will keep you from having elevated cholesterol, triglyceride, and uric acid levels.
  • Vegetables, fruits, grains, and beans are low in the heart-hurting saturated fat found in meat and dairy products. But they are high in heart-healing fiber, and loaded with heart-nourishing vitamins and minerals. Avoid an excess of carbohydrates (especially refined ones) and sugar. Sugar increases triglyceride levels, platelet adhesiveness, uric acid levels, and blood pressure.
  • Garlic lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL (the “good cholesterol”)
  • Use cold-pressed vegetable oil. Take 1-2 tablespoons daily of uncooked flaxseed oil. It contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which reduce the stickiness of platelets, blood components that can bunch together and form the kind of clot that lodges in an artery and causes a heart attack. You want a high HDL-to-cholesterol ratio, in order to avoid cholesterol deposits in your blood vessels.
  • Be sure to include natural fat emulsifiers (especially lecithin) in your diet.
  • Eat a high-fiber diet, using whole grains, brown rice, beans, and fresh fruit and vegetables. A 6-year Harvard study of more than 40,000 men showed that those who ate the most fiber had only one-third the risk of heart attacks.
  • Do not eat many peanuts; but, when you do, leave the papery red skin on them because they contain the heart-protective compounds called oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs). OPCs are potent antioxidants that help prevent, not only heart attacks but also, cancer and stroke. OPCs are also in number of other vegetables including grape skins.
  • Do not use MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • Locate your food allergies and eliminate them.

Top nutrients to help control and prevent heart problems.
1.Through nourishing food and supplements, obtain all vitamins and minerals you need. Calcium, magnesium, and potassium are important; so are the vitamins (A, B complex, C, and E). Eat Nova Scotia dulse or Norwegian kelp for trace minerals.

2.Helpful antioxidants include white germ oil, which raises oxygen levels 30%. Also good: Vitamin E (400 IU) with selenium, pycnogenol, ginkgo biloba extract, and rosemary.

3.Three  B vitamins (folic acid, B6, and B 12) help convert the amino acid, homocysteine to two other amino acids which do not injure your coronary arteries (by scarring them so arterial plaque can stick). As much as 30% of heart problems are partly due to high homocystteine levels. Each day take 800-1,000 g of folic acid, 400 mcg B 12, and 50 mg B6.

4.Heart attacks were reduced 40% in nurses who took vitamin E supplements. In another study, the arteries of men who had undergone bypass surgery were examined; and those who had taken vitamin E for the two previous years were found to have smaller lesions.

5.If you are an adult, avoid very much Vitamin D intake (from meat, milk, eggs, or sunlight). Taking over 3,000 units a day adds to the plaque development and hardening of atherosclerosis. It can result in calcification of the coronary arteries. But carotene (pro-vitamin A) in the diet, from orange and yellow vegetables and fruits, will not cause this problem.

Helpful herbs
1.Tonic herbs which help strengthen the heart include hawthorn extract, cayenne, ginger, garlic, and Siberian ginseng extract.

2.L-carnitine helps dissolve fat deposits around the heart. Germanium strengthen veins and provide oxygen to the blood and cells.

3.In Europe, people use hawthorn (as a syrup, extract, or fresh juice) as a heart tonic. The berry leaves, and flowering tops contain proyanidin flavonoids which help patients with cardiac insufficiency. American herbalists also strongly recommended this.
Hawthorn has been used for thousands of years as an herbal medicine to strengthen the heart. It has been studied scientifically since the 19th century. The flowers mainly (with lesser amounts in its fruits) contain flavonic glycosides (polyphenols), which is known for its action on the heart and circulatory system. Several other chemicals enhance its cardiotonic effect. It blocks the destruction of ATP, thus providing more energy in the cells and increasing the contractile strength of the heart. It is good for coronary insufficiency (weak heart) and arrhythmia (heartbeat disorders). It reduces angina pectoris by increasing the amount of blood in the coronary arteries and reducing spasms. Like garlic, hawthorn has balancing effect on blood pressure, decreasing it in those with high blood pressure.

4.Rosemary tea is a quieting tonic and helps the kidneys reduce edema caused by a malfunctioning heart.

5.Grapespeed extract contains oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs); and it tends to lower high blood, which can cause heart disease.

Other suggestions and recommendations to get rid of Heart problems
  • Do not put much salt and other sodium products (look at the labels!) into your body. Do not drink chemically softened water. Water softeners have sodium in them.
  • Do not use coffee. Caffeine blocks the breakdown of adrenaline, resulting in the same response as heavy stress. Heavy caffeine consumption doubles the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Do not use alcohol.
  • Do not use tobacco. The dangers of tobacco in producing heart attacks and other heart problems are well-documented.
  • Do not use drugs.
  • Make sure you are getting enough exercise. Sedentary living can kill you. Go outdoors and do something. Doing this is extremely important! All the nutrition in the world cannot help you, if you sit all the time. Regular exercise helps control weight, brings down high blood pressure, lowers blood sugar, increases HDL (the good cholesterol), reduces emotional stress, and helps reverse heart disease. Exercise outside 4-6 times a week. But if you have already had a heart attack, you will have to exercise more cautiously –but you must still exercise.
  • Hot and cold showers are a good way to increase circulation.
  • Keep weight down.
  • If you have high blood pressure, use natural ways to reduce it.
  • Special problems: Diabetes or gout. Taking birth control pills. Heavy metal poisoning. A family history of heart trouble, living under heavy stress, having a type-A personality.

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