By Jing Struve
CEO & Executive Director of Farlong Pharmaceutical
Although heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. among women and men, it can often be preventable. This February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to evaluate your heart and cardiovascular health and understand your personal risks. This month, learn how you can adapt a healthy diet and exercise routine, manage your stress, and take natural supplements and ingredients in effort to reduce your risk of heart disease, including the most common type – coronary heart disease.
Take Note of your Existing Risks
It’s important to understand your risk of developing heart disease, which is different for each person, and can include high blood pressure, obesity, high blood cholesterol, lack of physical activity, diabetes, smoking, poor diet, age and family history of heart disease. Some risk factors can be changed and improved with diet and exercise, which in turn can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.
Food fuels your body and exercise keeps your body in motion. Evaluate your diet and try to increase fruits and vegetables while eliminating unhealthy fats. Portion size is just as important as the food you eat, so always try to avoid overloading your plate. Many people find it helpful to create menus and plan meals ahead of time so you are not trying to find a quick, fast meal and be steered toward unhealthy options.
Many heart ailments stem from contaminants built up in the bloodstream. Narrowed arteries and plaque accumulation in your blood vessels can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Supplements and all-natural ingredients can help boost your heart health by promoting blood flow which in turn helps regulates your body and maintain optimal vital signs.
Panax notoginseng is a particular type of ginseng plant whose flowers, leaves, fruit and roots are used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes, including several significant cardiovascular and neuromuscular benefits. It can help restore blood pressure to normal levels and reduce fat accumulation in the blood vessels. Notoginseng root is traditionally used to help alleviate angina (chest pain) and heart attacks.
The popular spice turmeric gets it yellow color from curcumin, which comes from plants of the Curcuma longa species. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound that can help counteract free radicals because of its chemical structure. Studies have shown that curcumin can help reverse the progress of heart disease by improving the function of the endothelium, a thin membrane lining the inside of your heart and blood vessels. The spice may help lower bad cholesterol, decrease inflammation and work to prevent blood clots.
Cacao is recognized for its impressive antioxidant properties and providing a tasty way to fight against cardiovascular and cellular damage. Cacao powder also contains a large amount of potassium, which has been proven to lower the risk of heart disease by decreasing body inflammation and stress on cells.
Studies have shown that garlic in food and supplements may help slow the accumulation of plaque buildup in your arteries due to its abundance of blood-thinning compounds. The polysulfides in garlic dilate blood vessels that can help maintain normal levels of blood pressure and cholesterol.
Your heart is one of the most essential organs in your body that is responsible for keeping the blood pumping throughout your vessels while providing your body oxygen and nutrients. Spend American Heart Month evaluating the health of your heart and make the appropriate lifestyle changes to protect your heart as much as possible. Eliminate as many risks as you can, in order to reduce your chance of developing heart disease.
About the Author:
Jing Struve has over 16 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and is the executive director at Farlong Pharmaceutical. Inspired by the healing power of ancient Oriental remedies, Jing is passionate about applying these techniques in concert with modern technology to assist people in living healthier and better lives. For more than 23 years, her company has focused on discovering, developing, and providing safe, effective, and unique medicinal herbs, plant extracts, and formulas with its own GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) certified cultivation base, cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) certified manufacturing facilities and distribution channels. Jing studied Traditional Chinese Medicine with the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and is currently enrolled in The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine PhD program at Alhambra Medical University.