Improper diet and a lack of exercise are common causes of heart problems. The heart becomes over burdened as a result of poor circulation, a bloodstream loaded with impurities and a sluggish system. Our sedentary lifestyles saddle the heart muscle with unnecessary adipose (fatty) tissue, and the extra layers of fat on the body require many more miles of capillaries to supply blood and nutrients to the superfluous cells. The chances of heart failure or of acute heart attack are increased by arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure.
(See also Syndrome X)
A teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of warm water is an effective first aid remedy for an acute heart attack. If the victim is still conscious, and able to drink it, this will regulate the heartbeat. If cayenne is unavailable, black pepper may be substituted but requires three times as much to achieve the same results. Regular and vigorous exercise is the primary preventative heart care measure. Remember to start off slowly! It is also important to avoid salt, sugar, or excessive amounts of alcohol, coffee, red meat and all refined carbohydrates in the diet. Supplements such as Vitamin E and lecithin are very beneficial to the heart, and potassium is critical to the proper function of all muscles, including the heart. Daily doses of elderberry extract will supply the necessary potassium. Cayenne and hawthorn berry are the two most important foods for the heart. A malfunctioning thyroid gland is often linked with heart and circulatory problems. In a sense, this is the master regulator of all the body’s systems and so should be fed and strengthened with appropriate herbs. Reishi is a herb that can both strengthen the heart and calm it down. It is excellent for heart arrhythmia.
Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, B complex, Vitamin B15, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Calcium/Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Chromium, Essential Fatty Acids, Coenzyme Q10, Dimethylglycine (DMG), L-Aginine (2 -3 grams), L-Carnitine (500 mg twice daily).
One of the most important causes of circulatory problems is free radical degeneration of the arterial walls. This degeneration puts a large strain on the heart and all of the following foods have the potential to enhance free radicals and should be avoided:
preservatives, food dyes, partly saturated vegetable oils (especially margarine), rancid oils, chlorinated water, cola drinks, high sugar beverages, coffee, tea (most herb teas are alright), table salt (including sea salt), alcohol, protein-carbohydrate combinations, smoked meat, cooking with vegetable oils.
The following guidelines should also be adhered to:
1. Roughage should always be present.
2. Meals should be small and fairly frequent; avoid large meals.
3. Food should be chewed extremely well.
Breakfast: Grain with good roughage, Multiminerals (1 tablet), Multivitamins and minerals (1 tablet), B complex (1 tablet), Vitamin C (500 mg), Selenium (100-200 mcg), Calcium/Magnesium (1 tablet), Hawthorn Plus Formula (2-3 capsules), Cayenne Plus Formula (1-2 capsules), Reishi Extract (3 capsules), Krill / Black Currant Oil (1 – 2,000mg), Coenzyme Q10 (50mg).
Lunch: Salad or soup. Vitamin E (start with 100 IU and build up to 400 IU), Vitamin C (500 mg).
Supper: Salad with grains, lightly cooked vegetables and/or some fish or lean poultry.
Supplements: same as at breakfast.
Before retiring: Vitamin E (100 IU, gradually build up to 400 IU).