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According to the American Heart Association,
Coronary Heart Disease caused close to five hundred thousand deaths in 2003. I lost my grandmother, grandfather and father to forms of heart
disease or stroke, as well as other relatives, so this is getting VERY personal for me.
I have taken agressive steps to prevent myself from becoming a family statistic. Perhaps, the most important step has been to reprogram any it runs in my family thinking.
In addition, I have taken several heart-healthy supplements over the years, including the hawthorn herb.
I take Flaxseed Oil capsules and drink quality protein shakes in flax milk. In the past, I've taken Salmon Oil Gels as well. Krill Oil is probably the best option, and the most expensive. It pays to buy the best if you can, when it comes to Omega-3 supplements. The cleanest fish source for salmon oil supplements, the fish most free of contaminants, is the Alaskan Sockeye.
Bioflavonoid-rich Hawthorn assists the body in restoring healthy heart function
Few herbs have the history of cardiovascular health benefits that Hawthorn enjoys. Since the middle ages, hawthorn berries have been a favorite of herbalists when addressing the need
to support the heart and normalize cardiovascular functions.
All the way thru to these modern times, hawthorn berries remain one of the most valuable medicinal herbs.
Hawthorn has even been used as part of a holistic approach to helping the body heal itself in cases of congestive heart failure and circulatory disorders.
The fame of hawthorn spreads beyond the alternative health care community, however. It is one of the most-tested natural remedies around.
According to European studies on the effects of hawthorn, this tonic herb increases blood flow to the heart and brain, protects the heart from irregular beats, enhances the strength of the heart's contractions, and mildly lowers blood pressure.
Compounds in hawthorn can help protect the heart against oxygen deprivation, a condition that often leads to angina, a disease marked by intense chest pain.
Part Two: Bioflavonoid-rich Hawthorn Benefits
Part Three: Heart-Specific Benefits of Taking Hawthorn
Part Four: Longterm Use / Drug Interactions
Please read: Coronary Heart Disease is a serious, often life-threatening, health challenge and no single health care article can hope to span the length of treatment options or information for this or any other serious cardiovascular health condition.
If you suspect you may have heart problems, consult with a qualified specialist in the cardiovascular field.