Here are some important natural alternatives to prescription drugs that help you take care of your heart.
Make Garlic a Staple of Your Diet
Garlic is the herb of legend and myth. It is mentioned in the Bible, in Homer’s Odyssey, and in ancient Chinese texts, and it has been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians. Now we have dozens of scientific studies to back up the folklore claims for garlic’s prowess in keeping us healthy.
While garlic may or may not work to ward off vampires, it does a great job at neutralizing three risk factors for heart disease: high blood fats, high blood pressure, and abnormal blood clotting. After raw garlic, the most effective form of garlic appears to be aged extract of organic garlic with a high allicin content, but they all have some beneficial effects.
Keep Your Fibrinogen Low
You may not have heard a lot about fibrinogen as a risk for heart disease, but it is a key factor. Fibrinogen is a protein substance found in blood that plays an important role in blood clotting. As with so many substances in the body, having enough fibrinogen is essential to good health, but too much can cause disease.
In nearly every study done on heart disease, high levels of fibrinogen in the blood were found to be directly related to coronary artery disease, probably by interfering with blood flow. Excess fibrinogen is also related to atrial fibrillation (rapid heartbeat), strokes, intermittent claudication (pain in the legs when walking), and high blood pressure. Reducing fibrinogen levels may be your single best protection against having a stroke. The good news is that most of the factors that raise or lower fibrinogen are the same ones that raise or lower other risk factors for heart disease.
What Makes Fibrinogen Levels Rise?
• Psychological and mental stress can increase fibrinogen levels.
• High blood sugar raises fibrinogen levels.
• Very high LDL cholesterol levels will raise fibrinogen levels.
• Excess natural estrogens and the synthetic estrogens found in birth control pills and conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) raise fibrinogen levels, which makes it ironic that the pharmaceutical industry was making claims that estrogen prevents heart disease—they are no longer allowed to make this claim.
• Smoking has a direct effect on raising fibrinogen levels.
• Obesity significantly raises fibrinogen levels.
What Lowers Fibrinogen Levels?
• Exercise is the single biggest factor in lowering fibrinogen levels.
• A glass of wine with dinner may slightly lower fibrinogen levels.
• Fish oil supplementation may lower fibrinogen levels.
• Eating plenty of garlic lowers fibrinogen.
• Olive oil lowers fibrinogen.
• Vitamin E lowers fibrinogen.
• Nattokinase may help lower fibrinogen.
Prescription Alternatives: Hundreds of Free, Natural, Prescription-Free Remedies to Restore & Maintain Your Health, by Earl L. Mindell, R.Ph, Ph. D, & Virginia Hopkins, M.A. Published by McGraw-Hill.