The rampant cause of the deaths worldwide is rooted in the diseases related to heart that occur due to age, tobacco, smoking, family history, lack of physical activity, air pollution, etc. But the two major factors resulting in heart related diseases are high blood pressure and cholesterol.
High Blood Pressure
One of the major risk factors for heart attack is High Blood Pressure, also known as Hypertension. It is a chronic medical disorder in which the blood pressure in the arteries reaches a higher level, forcing the heart to work harder than usual in order to circulate the blood through the blood vessels. It is also responsible for chronic kidney disease, blood clotting and stroke. Blood pressure is bifurcated into two categories, primary, or essential hypertension, and secondary hypertension. When the blood pressure increases with the number of angiotensinogen (AGT) gene, it causes primary hypertension while endocrine diseases, kidney diseases, tumors and medication side-effects like steroids have been examined as the cause for secondary hypertension.
Another culprit to the heart ailments is Cholesterol. It is the substance created and used again by our body to make us healthy. Though it is an inseparable part of the body and resides in every human, a high level of cholesterol can be risky too. It varies from good to bad type of cholesterol. “Good” cholesterol is known as HDL (high-density lipoprotein) while “bad” cholesterol is known as LDL (low-density lipoprotein). The heart faces difficulty when too much of LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood and clogs the arteries. HDL, the good cholesterol, helps keep away the LDL from getting blocked in the arteries. A balanced, nutritious diet is useful for improving the level of good cholesterol which will further keep the heart healthy.
Keep Them in Control
Some nutritional supplements have shown promise to help in curing the problems of Hypertension and Cholesterol to a great extent. Co-enzyme Q10, Omega 3-6-9, Salmon oil, Acai Juice, Reishi Mushroom, Aloe Vera Juice and Chromium Picolinate are amongst them.
Co-enzyme Q10 Uses & Side Effects: Co-enzyme Q10 helps in creating ATP (Adenosine-5′-triphosphate) which is required by the heart to function in an efficient manner. Besides this, it also has few side effects like loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, severe dizziness and allergic reactions like rash and itching. Sources rich in Co-enzyme Q10 are red meat, soybean, peanuts, walnuts, broccoli, spinach etc.
Omega 3-6-9 Benefits & Side Effects: Omega 3-6-9 are essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized by the human body, rather, they are derived from linoleic, oleic and linolenic acids. Main side effects seen after the intake of Omega are chest pain and upset stomach. Sources rich in Omega fatty acids are fish oil, algal oil, squid oil and flaxseed oil. These reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke.
Chromium Picolinate Benefits and Side-Effects: Chromium Picolinate, rich in Chromium metal, is needed by the human body to help insulin transfer glucose to the body cells. It is also responsible for the breakdown of glucose and fat, maintaining a normal level of blood sugar, increasing energy, lowering “bad” cholesterol and raising “good” cholesterol. Hence, medications involving this element cure heart ailments. Its main side effects are headache and vomiting. Foods like tomatoes, oysters, whole grains, potatoes, onions, etc. are sources of Chromium Picolinate.
Salmon Oil Uses and Side-Effects: Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, Salmon Oil boosts up HDL in the blood and lowers high blood pressure. Its most common side effects are upset stomach, brief nausea and flatulence (overabundance of gas in stomach or intestinal track).
Acai Juice Benefits and Side Effects: Derived from acai berries, Acai Juice is high in dietary fiber which lowers the cholesterol and helps the body get rid of the excess fat. Avoid it if you have hypersensitivity to the fruit.
Reishi Mushroom Benefits and Side Effects: Consumption of Reishi Mushroom lowers blood pressure and promotes heart health. The drawbacks of this mushroom are- it can drastically lower the blood pressure and patients with Thrombocytopenia cannot use it.
Aloe Vera Juice Uses and Side Effects: Aloe Vera Juice helps control bad cholesterol but also creates problems related to itching and burning of the skin, nausea and liver dysfunction.
Home Remedies to Remember
• Drinking Acai Juice daily helps reduce blood pressure.
• Apply Aloe Vera juice on the roots of the hair to reduce dandruff and hair fall.
• A diet rich in Reishi mushrooms controls heart problems and chest pain.
Say No to Drug Treatments. Go Natural.
Why does one have to resort to medications if there are easy and natural ways to confront various health related issues? Adopt some useful natural therapies and rescue your body from getting hampered. Build a healthy life and let your heart beat!