Herbs for Your Heart
Serrapeptase (Silkworm Enzyme)
When my son had a mild heart attack, serrapeptase was suggested to keep the arteries clean and prevent future attacks.
Serrapeptaseis a proteolytic enzyme which during digestion breaks down proteins into simpler, soluble substances such as peptides and amino acids. When consumed in unprotected tablets or capsules, the enzyme is destroyed by acid in the stomach. However, enterically-coated tablets enable the enzyme to pass through the stomach unchanged, and be absorbed in the intestine
Serrapeptase prevents swelling and fluid retention activity in a number of tissues, and its anti-inflammatory effects are superior to other proteolytic enzymes. Besides reducing inflammation, one of serrapeptase's most profound benefits is reduction of pain, due to its ability to block the release of pain-inducing amines from inflamed tissues. Physicians throughout Europe and Asia have recognized the anti-inflammatory and pain-blocking benefits of this naturally occurring substance and are using it in treatment as an alternative to salicylates, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDs.
Co-enzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is a nutritional supplement used around the world as a heart energizer. Researchers found that in most of the cases of heart problems, there was an associated deficiency of CoQ10. On the corollary, all the well functioning hearts had an adequate amount of CoQ10 in the tissue. Furthermore, when supplemental CoQ10 was administered, the ailing hearts started showing signs of new life.
Co-enzyme Q10 is an essential ingredient in the body's production of energy and in the normal metabolism of fat and energy. It participates in biochemical reactions in our bodies that provide energy. It is of extreme benefit to sufferers of angina. It prevents the accumulation of fatty acids by improving the conversion of fatty acids and other compounds into energy. When a person is suffering from cardiomyopathy, the supplements of co-enzyme Q10 are thought to help the remaining muscle cells do their jobs more efficiently.
STATIN DRUG CAUTION: Co-enzyme Q10 research has shown that cholesterol lowering drugs, known as statins, can actually decrease the body's supply of CoQ10. These drugs act to inhibit the enzymes that are involved in cholesterol production, which takes place in the liver. However, they also inhibit the production of CoQ10 in the process! So the problem with CoQ10 and statins is that while these drugs can help decrease cholesterol in the body, they are also depleting the important CoQ10 that your body needs.
This is why if you must take a statin (and there are natural alternatives), you should supplement with CoQ10 to ensure that your heart has enough of this important compound.
Reservatrol has been a fairly recent addition to the world of supplements. It is naturally created by certain vines, pine trees, peanuts, grapes, and other plants. In the early ‘90s, researchers realized that the resveratrol content of wine might be the secret ingredient behind the healthy heart effects attributed to it and the traditional Asian medicines.
Resveratrol’s antioxidant action helps stop free radical damage and opens the arteries by enhancing nitric oxide and allowing blood vessels to “relax.” This characteristic is similar to prescription drugs, which also affect nitric oxide. However, whereas prescription drugs only affects small blood vessels, resveratrol affects the main arteries.
Resveratrol also may work against a wide range of cancers, both at the preventive and treatment stages. Its ability to stop cancer is connected to its capability, first, to distinguish a cancer cell from a normal cell. Unlike chemotherapeutic drugs that affect normal as well as cancer cells, resveratrol does not damage healthy cells. Not only is it not harmful to normal cells, it protects them. Second, resveratrol is sophisticated in its actions. It doesn’t just scavenge free radicals, it activates and deactivates critical enzymes and genes, hormones and chemicals.
In Europe, hesperidin is used to treat venous insufficiency and hemorrhoids. Hesperidin also treats vascular disorders in humans, cancer, and some autoimmune diseases. Hesperidin, along with other bioflavanoids, can improve capillary health and connective tissues. Due to this, it has been stated that it can help with bruising, varicose veins, and fragile capillaries.
Hesperidin is an important nutrient that works together with Vitamin C to maintain the health of collagen. Sagging and wrinkling of the skin is due to the result of a breakdown of collagen. To get the best benefits from hesperedin, and to use this nutrient the best way, you need take the nutrient synergistically with Vitamin C.
Garlic's most common uses as a supplement are for high cholesterol, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Garlic is also used to prevent certain types of cancer, including stomach and colon cancers. Care should be taken to avoid interactions with other supplements
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