The Heart is regarded as one of the most important organs of any living organism. It functions day and night, pumping blood across our body. Any problem with its functioning can lead to multiple ailments.
In this era of technology, sedentary lifestyle has resulted in multiple lifestyle diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol etc., which in turn have resulted in a rising trend of heart related issues. More than 50% of individuals in their mid-30s, have some or other kind of heart related issues or have symptoms which may lead to severe heart related diseases.
To counter as well as to prevent such issues, here are the top 10 natural remedies which anyone can use and embrace the bliss of a healthy heart and soul:
1. Garlic: Garlic is one of the best natural remedies to counter the effect of high blood pressure and high cholesterol level. Studies have shown that garlic slows down the process of atherosclerosis or the hardening of arteries. In addition to this, garlic improves blood circulation and has antiplatelet aggregating effects.
- Eating garlic cloves (freshly crushed) daily is recommended. Consuming milk is good if you intend to kill the strong taste of garlic.
2. Turmeric: One of the most widely used components of Ayurvedic Medicines since the Medieval Era, turmeric has been proven to slow down the effects of multiple heart disorders. An excellent anti-oxidant, turmeric has been a key component in our diet that slows down the process of aging and prevents many chronic diseases. Turmeric has an active ingredient known as curcumin which is helpful in maintaining the health of your heart. It does so by reduction of cholesterol oxidation, plaque build-up and clot formation. Additionally, it is useful in lowering LDL and provide anti-inflammatory advantages.
- Use turmeric regularly in cooking.
- Boil turmeric powder (one teaspoon) in milk or water (one cup). Drink it once or twice daily for several weeks to few months.
3. Oatmeal: Oatmeal is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, as well as in many minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium and soluble fibers. A steaming bowl of oats and milk provides the required nourishment to the body, plus the fiber keeps you filled up for a longer period of time; thus helping in weight management. Eating oatmeal regularly reduces LDL cholesterol level and helps in clearing out arteries.
- To reap benefits, start your day with a steaming oats bowl and keep on enjoying oat-based diet for the entire day. Plain, unprocessed oatmeal is preferred over instant and flavored varieties.
4. Red Wine: A glass of red wine daily can greatly improve your “good” HDL cholesterol level, that is vital for proper functioning of your heart. Red wine contains the antioxidants resveratrol and catechins which aid in the protection of artery walls.
- Resveratrol also aids in the prevention of cancer. It is advisable not to exceed one drink a day for women; one to two drinks for men. However, it is not recommended for people taking aspirin and certain other medications.
5. Walnuts: Walnuts contain Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, fiber and mono- and poly unsaturated fats that promote healthy hearts. Adding walnuts to your daily salad, oatmeal, cookies, pasta etc. can add to the flavor as well as the nutrition of your meal.
- Try to have unsalted walnuts as a daily snack between your meals.
6. Cayenne (Red Chilli): One of the most used ingredients in curries, cayenne is very beneficial for the heart. The spice contains a substance capsaicin which improves the elasticity of blood vessels and prevents clotting in arteries, thus helping them stay healthy. It also lowers the LDL levels in the blood, thus preventing high LDL cholesterol level related issues.
- Regular use of cayenne in curries not only enhances the flavor of the dish, but also has so many benefits for the heart. Though care must be taken as excessive use of red chilly results in ulcers, burning in the food pipe and stomach etc.
7. Green Tea: Green Tea is regarded as one of the best anti-oxidants in the world. It is also known for its wondrous effects in improving heart health. Prepared from unfermented tea leaves, it has slightly bitter flavors as compared to black tea. Green Tea is rich in epigallocatechin gallate, the substance responsible for its excellent anti-oxidant properties. This anti-oxidant has been proven to improve the health of the cell that forms the inner lining of heart and blood vessels. Green tea reduces blood pressure in addition to lowering of cholesterol level.
- Consumption of 3-4 cups of green tea daily is beneficial in keeping our heart and blood vessels in good shape and also help in cutting down the risk of developing heart related diseases.
- Excessive consumption has its side effect too, so care must be taken by monitoring your consumption.
8. Fenugreek (Methi): Another widely used ingredient in Indian Cuisine, Fenugreek is very well known for its anti-oxidant properties. But, did you know that it also has cardio-protective properties? Fenugreek has a strong modulating effect on blood lipid levels.
It also reduces platelet aggregation, thus decreasing the risk of abnormal blood clotting associated with heart attacks and strokes. Plus, it helps lower cholesterol, blood sugar and excess fat.
- Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight.
- The next morning, eat the soaked seeds on an empty stomach.
- Do this daily for a few months.
9. Exercise: Daily exercise for 45 minutes is very beneficial for improving the overall health of an individual. Regular exercise results in lowering of heart rate, increased oxygen flow, better stamina; thus increased life expectancy.
A particular set of exercises known as cardio, emphasize on the betterment of the cardio-vascular system of an individual.
10. Yoga: Since the ancient era, yoga has been practiced to have full control on oneself. The various asanas and pranayamas are all eccentric to the idea of controlling your heart rate and breathing rate. Yoga provides a pathway to connect to your inner-self, to have full control over your body, mind and soul. Yoga relieves stress and helps in the production of happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin which relive stress. Stress is regarded as one of the biggest reason for the rise in heart related issues.
Adding these best of best natural remedies in your day to day life can help you lead a healthier life. These small changes when practiced over a long period of time, will be very beneficial in maintaining your health.
Understand that, as per today’s lifestyle trend, people are more prone to heart disease and the major cause is the presence of plaque in arteries and this plaque may be detected by angiography. To know more the procedure and treatment cost of angiography
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