Men's Health Week: Guidelines for Good Arterial Health
From a healthy heart to a good sex life, the proper flow and circulation of
blood in our arteries is one of the most important things we can do to maintain
good health and push back the aging process.
There is a common denominator between good arterial health and disorders such as
heart attack, obesity, diabetes and high glucose levels, as well as sexual
health. That common denominator is blood.
One of the single most preventatives is a proper diet. Because diet strongly
influences weight, sex hormone production, including testosterone, the health of
our arteries and its flow, it is important to cut back on excess meat
consumption, full fat, dairy products and a lack of vegetables and fruits in the
Herbal medicine is a wonderful preventative solution. Complications can arise
when taking herbal medicine and allopathic drugs your doctor has prescribed.
Great caution should be used especially if you are on blood thinners, diuretics
or any other heart related medication. Consult your doctor with any questions
you may have, before taking additional herbs or supplements.
Blessed Thistle: Strengthens the heart.
Capsicum: Blood pressure and health of blood vessels, Capsicum stimulants
circulation, enhances blood flow and is considered to be food for the
circulatory system. Capsicum assists in lowering blood pressure and breaking
down cholesterol buildup.
Cayenne Pepper is renowned, not only for healing the entire digestive system,
and for arthritic pain relief, but also for the heart and circulatory system. It
acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used with
them. Cayenne has been known to stop heart attacks within 30 seconds. Cayenne
has a high source of Vitamins A & C, has the complete B complexes, and is very
rich in organic calcium and potassium, which is one of the reasons it is good
for the heart. Consider the synergy of taking both cayenne and Hawthorne berry
Cornsilk: Natural diuretic.
Folate (800 mg daily), a B complex and Zinc (15 mg daily) have shown to increase
fertility and improve sperm motility.
Garlic: A rich source of potassium, zinc, selenium, vitamin A and Vitamin C, is
commonly used to fight infection, increase circulation and help prevent
cardiovascular disease. Consider eating raw Garlic every day; since it is a very
effective antifungal agent, or use it in tincture form. Research has shown that
garlic is an anti-cholesterol remedy and is recommended for heart and
circulatory problems. This is a wonderful natural antibiotic and detoxifier
which protects the body against infection by enhancing immune function, as well.
Goldenseal: Berberine, an active ingredient of goldenseal, can dilate blood
vessels. Therefore, it may prove useful in the treatment of certain causes of
both irregular heartbeat and heart failure.
Gotu Kola: Strengthens the heart and helps lower blood pressure.
Hawthorn Berry: a member of the rose family, was recognized by physicians in the
early 1800s for its ability to treat disorders related to circulation and
respiration (breathing). Considered a "cardiotonic" herb, the flowers and
berries of the hawthorn plant have been used in traditional medicine to treat
irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, chest pain, atherosclerosis, and
congestive heart failure. Hawthorn berries contain large amounts of
bioflavonoids, which help dilate and strengthen the walls of blood vessels,
relax arteries, and improve circulation of blood to heart muscles. studies
suggest that Hawthorn berry extract improves heart function and exercise
capacity in those with CHF. Participants in research trials also report
significantly improved symptoms (like reduced shortness of breath and fatigue).
Hawthorn extract may even prove to be as effective as low doses of ACE
inhibitors (a leading class of heart medication) in improving symptoms of
congestive heart failure. Hawthorne must be taken daily to be affective.
Kelp: Helps to clean and maintain the arteries.
L-arginine (2 grams daily), an amino acid found in pumpkin seeds and
L-citrulline (500 mg twice daily) may possibly increase nitric oxide production,
which in turn increases blood flow and therefore can prevent erectile
dysfunction and increase sperm count. Foods high in both these amino acids
include pumpkin seeds, almonds, cocoa and real (dark) chocolate, garbanzo beans,
peanuts, salmon, soy and walnuts.
Mistletoe: Used as a cardiac tonic to stimulate circulation, reduce blood
pressure and arteriosclerosis and strengthen capillary walls. Constricts blood
vessels and stimulates heart beat.
Motherwort: Improves blood flow circulation and reduces heart blood pressure and
Myrrh: Quickens the hearts action.
Olive Leaf Extract: Naturally support the circulatory and immune systems.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in flaxseed and fish oil, appear to help protect
against prostate cancer. Take 3 grams daily.
Rosemary: Is considered a heart tonic.
Saw Palmetto has been clinically proven to inhibit the enzyme involved in
converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. These powerful berries from
the saw palmetto palm tree, improve urine flow and decrease inflammation of the
prostate gland. Take 160 mg, twice daily.
Consider Vitamin E, especially mixed tocopherols, which appears to work in
synergy with lycopene to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Take 400 IU
Vitamin C works in synergy with Vitamin E and helps increase its function. Take
600 mg, twice a day.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
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