by Judith G. Cobb, MH, CI, NCP
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Several months ago I shared ideas on nutrition that can help protect and even enhance one’s cardiovascular system and brain. Today, I am going to continue developing the idea of what the circulatory system is and natural supplements you can use to protect it and possibly reverse damage that has already happened.
The circulatory system is made up of the heart and blood vessels. The purpose of these organs is to circulate the blood. Blood serves to disperse nutrients throughout the body. Blood also gathers up much of the metabolic debris and carries it back to the kidneys to be extracted and passed out in the urine.
The heart itself has four compartments, also known as ventricles or chambers, with two on the right side and two on the left side. Each side functions as a pump, and both halves pump simultaneously.
The pump on the right side of the heart takes in blood from the body and sends this blood out to the lungs for re-oxygenation. The left side of the heart takes in oxygen-rich blood from the lungs and sends it out to the body. The lower ventricles are more thickly walled with muscle because they must exert enough pressure to push the blood out to its destination.
It takes less than a minute for blood to complete its course of heart-lung-heart-body.
Hawthorn berry is an herb that has been used traditionally for angina pain, heart palpitation, heart failure, high and low blood pressure, arrhythmic heartbeat, and rapid pulse, as well as to enhance cardiovascular health, strengthen blood vessels, and improve circulation. Several studies have indicated it may also increase the flow of blood to the heart and strengthen the heart muscle.1
There is a story told of an herbalist who had attended a workshop taught by John R. Christopher (Christopher was a well-respected herbalist in the mid-1990s who authored, among other books, the herbal reference book The School of Natural Healing.) The topic of the workshop was heart health. Christopher has spent the entire time singing the praises of hawthorn berry for all things heart related. The herbalist approached Christopher and asked, “What is your second choice for a heart herb?” Christopher’s response was “hawthorn.” When pressed again, the answer remained “hawthorn.” On the third attempt the herbalist asked, “What if I don’t have any hawthorn?” Christopher responded with “Get some.”
Recently, Co-enzyme Q10 (also known as Co-Q10) has produced some fascinating research results. According to the Mayo Clinic2 and the University of Maryland Medical Center,3 Co-Q10 shows positive results in protecting against heart failure, reducing blood pressure, and solving chest pain. It’s important to note that not all Co-Q10s are created equal. Co-Q10 is a fat-soluble nutrient. “Co-Q10 material is often marketed in a crystalline state, which is less-absorbable by the body. Nature’s Sunshine uses a patented lipid blend to keep Co-Q10 from crystallizing, and it yields maximum bioavailability. A double-blind human clinical trial showed that this form of Co-Q10 was at least eight times more readily absorbed by the body than competing (crystalline) products.”4
Clinical experience and research show that hawthorn herb and CoQ10 are among the best supplements for heart health. If you have concerns about your heart, or just don’t know where to begin making improvements with your health, please contact me, Judith Cobb, to book an appointment. Skype, phone, webinar, and face-to-face appointments are available.
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