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Alternative medicine: Stay relaxed and eat right for a healthy heart

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Both conventional and alternative medicine experts agree and say that one's lifestyle can create the conditions for heart disease or prevent it. For example, doctors say that exercise, eating a healthy diet and daily relaxation exercises can not only prevent heart disease but also help in its reversal after suffering from a heart attack.
In fact, alternative medicine gives the magic pill for prevention of heart disease: regular physical activity, diet low in saturated fat, and nutritious diet with high fibre will guard against heart disease. Here's what you need to do to ensure that you keep your heart healthy and avoid heart disease through these natural remedies to prevent heart disease.

Alternative medicine mantra: For a healthy heart keep a healthy mind

First, make sure that you keep your stress levels under control. Higher stress and regular stress will keep your blood pressure high and put pressure on your heart's arteries, veins and muscles.

There is no magic pill for stress. Use meditation, and deep breathing to bring down stress level. Avoid negative thinking, have an aim in life, and always know when you are getting tense and remember to de-stress as soon as possible. Find activities that relax you - such as reading a book, watching a movie, listening to music, and working on a hobby. Anger is the enemy of stress, keep it under control.


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Value of omega-3 fatty acids

As per alternative medicine, right eating ensures heart health, and omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most powerful cardiac risk reducers. They reduce inflammation, which is a risk factor for heart disease; increase "good" cholesterol; and act as a mild blood thinner, which prevents blood clotting.

Studies show that increasing your levels of omega-3 fatty acids by eating fish or taking fish oil supplements can keep your cholesterol and blood pressure in
check, lower risk of heart attack, stroke, slow the progression of atherosclerosis or tightening of veins.

Why Vitamin C deficiency is the root cause of heart disease

Cholesterol is not the root cause of heart disease. Leading scientist Dr. Matthias Rath and biochemist named Dr. Linus Pauling discovered the root cause of heart disease.

In 1991 Pauling and Rath published their paper: "Solution to the Puzzle of Human Cardiovascular Disease: Its Primary Cause is Ascorbate Deficiency Leading to the Deposition of Lipoprotein(a) and Fibrinogen/Fibrin in the Vascular Wall."
In other words, if you don’t drink enough of orange juice, lemon juice, guavas, and other fruits or take vitamin C supplements, then it will lead to heart disease. Artery walls can’t be repaired if there’s inadequate vitamin C in the body. Those who advise alternative therapy have been insisting on including lots of vitamin C in their diet through naturotherapy or in a changed diet plan in the prevention and control of heart disease.

Dietary supplements reduce heart risk

Niacin is a B vitamin, which works in the liver to reduce the fatty acids that form cholesterol. Niacin helps lower low-density lipoprotein bad cholesterol and triglyceride or fat levels while boosting good cholesterol.

Red yeast rice is a Chinese supplement that can lower LDL and triglycerides. Red yeast rice contains monacolin K, which is a statin – a chemical compound that lowers cholesterol.

Naturally rich super foods that keep your heart in top shape

Alternative medicine lays a lot of emphasis on nutritious diet to combat, prevent and control heart disease.

1) Flaxseed
A number of studies have demonstrated that flaxseed may reduce total and bad cholesterol levels. Postmenopausal women and individuals with higher cholesterol levels are more likely to gain from flaxseed's cholesterol-fighting effects.
2) Garlic
Many research studies show that garlic may hinder the development of atherosclerosis, which could result in a heart attack.
3) Vitamin D
In 2009, a study of 3,408 older adults, scientists found that participants with inadequate vitamin D were three times more likely to die from heart disease when compared to participants with optimum D levels.
4) Hawthorn
Animal studies indicate that the herbal remedy hawthorn extract may reduce blood pressure, levels of blood fats, and help in the prevention of atherosclerosis.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: May 28, 2014