Put Some Herbs on your Life!

Improved functioning of the heart depends highly on the quality of blood and blood flow. This can be achieved by proper intake of quality food, a healthy exercise regime, and a general diet and lifestyle that are both healthy and balanced.
Below are six of the most effective herbs for a healthy heart.
-Oregano. Known for its ability to prevent and cure several ailments to a great extent, oregano is a rich source for controlling cholesterol& fighting dietary fiber, as well as antioxidants such as vitamin-C. (To store fresh oregano, snip off its tips and keep the stalks upright in some water, just like flowers.)
-Green Tea. Green tea is becoming increasingly known for its benefits to the heart. Cells that line the blood vessels in and around the heart are delicate, and consumption of green tea briskly improves their health, condition and performance. Green tea has a high concentration of the antioxidant/flavonoid.
-Hawthorn. Scientific research provides evidence for positive correlation between hawthorn and blood vessel dilation, which lowers blood pressure. It thus leads to an overall stronger heart that can then function better, providing improved blood circulation and oxygen reach to the rest of the body. Hawthorn berries, flowers and even its leaves, which contain strong antioxidant properties.
-Lavender. Lavender oil is known for its abundant antiseptic, antibacterial and sedative properties. Its balancing effects help strengthen the heart’s cardiac muscles.
-Chokeberry. More formally known as Aronia berries and rich in vitamins A, C and K, chokeberries were found by researchers to be beneficial for people with metabolic syndrome, patients of which suffer from several health problems that increase the risk of heart disease. A rich source of antioxidants.
-Ginseng. Ginseng is essentially an immune system booster. Studies have provided promising correlations between ginseng and reduced blood pressure as well as reduced heart disease risk. Slight precaution is advised as ginseng increases blood pressure in some people.
The easiest and most effective way to consume these herbs is in their tea form – just brew these herbs in water, add a bit of lemon or cinnamon here and a bit of honey there for additional taste, and you’re good to go.
Video: Blood Circulation

Red Wine and Resveratrol: Good for your Heart?

Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.
While the news about red wine might sound great if you enjoy a glass of red wine with your evening meal, doctors are wary of encouraging anyone to start drinking alcohol. That’s because too much alcohol can have many harmful effects on your body.
Still, many doctors agree that something in red wine appears to help your heart. It’s possible that antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called resveratrol, have heart-healthy benefits.
Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. A polyphenol called resveratrol is one substance in red wine that’s gotten attention.