HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR Herbal Formula
This HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR herbal blend is formulated to powerfully tonify and strengthen both the heart and the cardiovascular system, and to assist in countless factors as shown below. Please enjoy this formula and read below many of the benefits of each herb, that also go beyond just the heart and cardiovascular system in their benefits!
The 2 main herbs in this formula are POWERFUL all round super herbs that are VERY famous and extremely scientifically tested. Please read below for an in-depth reasoning why I chose these as the 2 main herbs, supported by the other herbs also!
GYNOSTEMMA - aka Miracle Grass
"Gynostemma is also capable of lowering serum cholesterol, bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides, and at the same time increasing good cholesterol (HDL). It can lower high blood pressure and improve the function of the cardiovascular health by increasing coronary blood flow and decreasing vascular resistance. It has the ability of releasing nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels.
As far as anti-aging goes, Gynostemmas ability to increase the antioxidant, superoxide dismutase (SOD) is believed to be what gives this herb its longevity enhancing properties. SOD is very helpful in preventing oxidation damage from harmful free radicals. This could allow a person to remain healthy, long into old age.
This herb is very popular with athletes and bodybuilders because of its strength and endurance enhancing properties. It can actually help build lean muscle and reduce fatigue.
Gynostemma also contains many important mineral, trace minerals, amino acids and vitamins that are helpful to the body in general. It really is a powerful herb." (1)
"For example, in a Japanese study of gynostemma 30 participants experienced as much as an 85% reduction in LDL cholesterol.
Gynostemma may support the heart in other ways as well. For example, it seems to strengthen the heart helping it beat more powerfully. A Chinese study of 220 athletes found that it helped increase cardiac efficiency without a concurrent increase in the heart rate or blood pressure. Participating athletes were able to produce more blood flow and send more oxygen to their muscles, without forcing their hearts to work harder, thus boosting their endurance.
People with elevated blood pressure or those who are prone to arteriosclerosis may also benefit from gynostemma. A Vanderbilt University study found one of its saponins facilitated the release of nitric oxide by the blood vessels; this in turn caused them to relax permitting increased blood flow. In addition, studies show it has blood thinning properties, reducing the aggregation of blood platelets and ameliorating the build up of plaque. For this reason, if you take blood thinners, it is recommended that you first consult your doctor before trying gynostemma.
Gynostemma also benefits heart health by improving metabolism and facilitating weight loss when it is used in conjunction with exercise and healthier diets. Today it is popular as part of weight loss programs, especially in Asia. However its adaptogenic qualities mean it can also be helpful for people who are too thin and want to gain weight as well as for athletes wanting to put on muscle." (2)
Other benefits of Gynostemma:
- Anti-Anxiety and Anti-Stress
- Promotes Weight Loss
- Cleanses the Body From Toxins
- Protects the Liver
- Protects and Improves Kidney Function
- Fights Respiratory Issues and Supports the Lungs
- Protects the Gastro-Intestinal System
- Balances Hormonal Function
- Protects and Benefits the Reproductive System
- Treats Insomnia
- Protects the Skin From Sun Damage
- Helps Against Psoriasis
- Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal and Anti-Bacterial
- Headaches and Migraines
- Increase strength and endurance
- Build lean muscle
- Reduce fatigue
- As a powerful adaptogen
- Treat bronchitis and breathing problems
- As a powerful antioxidant
- Reduce stress
- Treat depression and anxiety
- Maintain optimal weight
- Maintain normal blood sugar levels
- Remove toxins from the body
- Assist liver functioning
- Improve sexual function
- As a general tonic for overall health and wellbeing
- Decrease bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides
- Increase good cholesterol (HDL)
- Lower high blood pressure
- Increase coronary blood flow
- Decrease vascular resistance
- As a nitric oxide releaser
- As a healthy source of natural vitamins and minerals
- Prevent senility
- For its anti-aging benefits
- Maintain healthy brain function
- Enhance immune system
- Treat Diabetes (3)
REISHI - The Queen of Medicinal Mushrooms
"Besides cancer, reishi can help and treat another of America's top killers: cardiovascular disease. The protection reishi offers against heart disease and stroke is truly remarkable because it helps prevent so many different risk factors, due to its high content of heart-saving substances like sterols, ganoderic acids, coumarin, mannitol and polysaccharides. Experts believe that the ganoderic acids in particular lower triglyceride levels, remove excess cholesterol from the blood, lower blood pressure, reduce platelet stickiness and even help correct arrhythmia. In fact, for 54 people with hypertension unresponsive to medication, taking reishi extract three times a day for four weeks was enough to significantly lower blood pressure, according to a study reported by Burton Goldberg in "Heart Disease." Just imagine how the incidence of cardiovascular disease could be reduced if using reishi really caught on in the Western hemisphere.
While you protect your body against infectious disease, cancer and heart disease, your use of reishi can also help relieve your everyday discomforts. Do you have allergies? Japanese researchers discovered that the lanostan in reishi acts as a natural antihistamine. Do you suffer from muscle aches or arthritis? Dr. William B. Stavinhoa of the University of Texas Health Science Center found that reishi is as powerful as five milligrams of hydrocortisone, but with minimal side effects. What about anxiety or insomnia? According to "Mind Boosters" by Dr. Ray Sahelia, the reishi mushroom can calm the mind, as well as improve memory, concentration and focus. With all these benefits, reishi truly is the "medicine of kings.
"An immunostimulant, it is helpful for people with AIDS, leaky-gut syndrome, Epstein-Barr, chronic bronchitis and other infectious diseases. It is used as an aid to sleep...." (4)
IMMUNE SYSTEM, Cancer and Tumors:
"This immune-boosting action also works wonders in the prevention and treatment of cancer, as the T-cells are then able to fight cancer cells more effectively. However, reishi may help the body defeat cancer in not just one, but four ways. In addition to boosting the immune system, the glucan in reishi helps immune cells bind to tumor cells. Many experts believe that it also actually reduces the number of cancerous cells, making it easier for T-cells and macrophages to rid the body of them. Another substance in reishi, called canthaxanthin, slows down the growth of tumors, according to "Prescription for Dietary Wellness" author Phyllis A. Balch and other experts. As a result of these amazing anti-cancer abilities, laboratory research and traditional medicinal usage of reishi to fight cancer is so positive that the Japanese government officially recognizes it as a cancer treatment."
Other benefits of Reishi:
One of the most revered herbs ever, builds health on every level
Excellent for stress reduction
Uplifting for the spirit
Leads you to resolve emotional issues and grow as a person
Increases a sense of nobility of spirit
Fine tunes the moral compass
According to continuing research, astragalus health benefits include:
1. Protects the Cardiovascular System
The flavonoids present in astragalus are antioxidants that help prevent plaque buildup in arteries and narrowing of vessel walls by protecting the inner wall of the vessel. In addition, a 2014 study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine suggests injection of astragalus, combined with conventional treatment for viral myocarditis (inflammation of the middle layer of the heart wall), makes treatment more successful in heart conditions.
Other studies have shown its ability to reduce blood pressure and level of triglycerides. (10) High levels of triglycerides put individuals at risk for many forms of heart disease, such as stroke, heart attack and hardening of artery walls.
During a heart attack, heart muscle damage occurs when there is a lack of blood supply and oxygen. At that time, calcium overload creates secondary damage. Astragalus can prevent additional heart muscle damage by regulating calcium homeostasis in the heart.
2. Boosts the Immune System
In terms of reputation, boosting the immune system is astragalus claim to fame. Its been used in this capacity for thousands of years. A study out of Beijing displayed its ability to control t-helper cells 1 and 2, essentially regulating the bodys immune responses. Although the full extent of the herbs capabilities are yet to be determined, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that astragalus, used as an adjunct therapy, will someday be used to cure many diseases.
3. Slows or Prevents the Growth of Tumors
Many recent screenings have shown the success of astragalus saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides in decreasing or eliminating tumors. In instances of chemoresistance treating liver cancer, astragalus has shown potential in reversing multidrug resistance and as an addition to conventional chemotherapy, according to a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
4. Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation is at the root of most diseases. From arthritis to heart disease, its often the culprit of the damage. Many studies show that thanks to its saponins and polysaccharides, astragalus can reduce inflammatory response in connection to a number of illnesses and conditions, from helping to heal wounds and lesions to reducing inflammation in diabetic kidney disease.
5. Regulates and Prevents Diabetes and Illnesses Related to Diabetes
Astragalus has been studied progressively as an antidiabetic. Studies show its ability to relieve insulin resistance and treat diabetes naturally. The herbs collection of saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides all are effective in treating and regulating type 1 and 2 diabetes. Theyre able to increase insulin sensitivity, protect pancreatic beta cells (the cells in the pancreas that produce and release insulin) and also act as anti-inflammatories in areas related to diabetes symptoms. (11)
Kidney disease in diabetics is also a common problem, and astragalus has been used to treat kidney illness for many years. More recent studies have shown astragalus can slow the progress of kidney problems in diabetics and protect the renal system.
6. Contains Antioxidative and Anti-Aging Capabilities
Oxidation due to free radical damage is the main component in disease and aging, and many elements found in astragalus fight free radical damage and prevent of oxidative stress. The herbs polysaccharides have positive effects on the immune system and improvement of the function of the brain, both of which could lengthen life span.
7. Heals Wounds
Because of its anti-inflammatory qualities, astragalus has a long history of treating wounds. Radix astragali, another name for the dried root of astragalus, has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the repair and regeneration of injured organs and tissues.
In a 2012 study by the Institute of Pharmaceutics at Zhejiang University, wounds treated with astragaloside IV (the active ingredient in dried astragalus root) showed recovery rates increase two- to threefold over 48–96 hours. It was concluded that astragalus is a promising natural product for anti-scarring and healing in wounds.
8. Alleviates Symptoms of Chemotherapy
Astragalus has been shown to help patients receiving chemotherapy to recover more quickly and extend their life spans. In cases of severe chemotherapy symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bone marrow suppression, astragalus has been given intravenously and in combination with other Chinese herbal mixtures. Early research suggests its ability to reduce these symptoms and increase the efficacy of the chemotherapy treatments.
9. Treats Colds and Flu
Because of astragalus antiviral capabilities, it has long been used to treat common colds and the flu. Its commonly combined with other herbs like ginseng, angelica and licorice. As with many other natural cold remedies, it seems to work better when used when healthy individuals use the supplement regularly in order to prevent the illness before it happens. A regimen of astragalus before the colder months of winter is said to prevent or decrease the number of colds and upper respiratory illnesses individuals will have throughout the season.
10. Provides Supplemental Therapy for Chronic Asthma
Astragalus has been used to treat chronic asthma and determined to be a successful supplemental therapy and asthma natural remedy. After being treated, hypersensitivity in airways decreased substantially and mucus production and inflammation were reduced in studies. By preventing or reducing asthma attacks, individuals could be relieved of chronic asthma issues.
DANG GUI/ ANGELICA
"Dang gui (Angelica sinensis [Latin]), also called Chinese angelica, dong quai, is highly respected in Traditional Chinese Medicine, second only to ginseng. It is commonly used to treat womens reproductive health issues, but is also recommended to help prevent and treat some forms of cardiovascular disease." (10)
"The herb has many therapeutic properties and can benefit the heart, lungs and kidneys. It is also used for detoxification and can be consumed to purify blood. This is one of the reasons it is sold as a tonic. Since it helps in promoting healthy flow of blood, it is also used by those who have anemia or other blood related disorders.
Dang gui is a blood-moving and blood-nourishing herb that can be used for a wide variety of complaints."
"Dang gui root is among the most important of Chinese blood tonics, perhaps sharing the stage only with shou wu root. Dang gui root is indicated when there are signs of blood deficiency such as pale tongue, hormonal problems and circulatory issues, and is used to treat dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, female infertility, anemia, tinnitus, hair loss, blurred vision, mental fogginess and heart palpitations.
Caution: Do not use during pregnancy without consulting a qualified medical practitioner. Do not use with heavy menstrual bleeding. Do not use if taking blood-thinning medications such as Coumadin." (12)
Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses
- Apart from helping women with different menstrual problems, Dang Gui can also help improve mens fertility as well as the health of the prostate gland.
- Another health benefit of Dang Gui is its high level of antioxidants, thus offering all the benefits of antioxidants such as fighting signs of ageing.
- Compounds contained in Dang Gui also help increase energy levels and give you vitality. They also help produce chemicals in your brain, which elevate moods and help you control your emotions.
- Dang Gui also benefits the digestive system by maintaining proper metabolism and improved immune functioning. By boosting immunity, the herb also helps you protect your body from various diseases and infections.
- Since Dang Gui can help control inflammation, it can also be applied topically to contain inflammation and pain. This can be used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other joint problems.
"Rhodiola has also been shown to be effective for cardiac problems caused or aggravated by stress. Its action for these conditions is in its ability to decrease the amount of catecholamines and corticosteroids released by the adrenal glands during stress. The abnormal presence of these stress hormones will subsequently raise blood pressure, cholesterol, potassium levels and increase risk factors for heart disease. Rhodiola has been found to decrease harmful blood lipids and thus decrease the risk of heart disease. It also decreases the amount of cyclic-AMP (c-AMP) released into cardiac cells. Cyclic AMP is related to ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the body's primary energy molecule. C-AMP acts as a 'second messenger' or liaison between the outer and inner environments of the cell. It assists in the uptake of more intracellular calcium into the heart thus promoting a greater potential for heart muscle contraction. Rhodiola thus regulates the heartbeat and counteracts heart arrhythmias." (13)
Powerful adaptogenic vitalizer
Improves endurance and mental capacity
Improves a persons capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen
Reduces stress and fatigue levels
One of the top natural antidepressants
Extremely beneficial to the cardiovascular system, and has been found to prevent heart disease
Helps burn belly fat
Improves brains function
Helps lower stress and cortisol
"Combats high blood pressure
Gotu Kola can relieve high blood pressure and helps the body defend against various toxins. It is used to treat rheumatism, blood diseases, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases, hepatitis and high blood pressure. It is a mild diuretic that can help shrink swollen membranes and aid in the elimination of excess fluids. It hastens the healing of wounds.
Improves circulatory system
Gotu kola has a positive effect on the circulatory system. It improves the flow of blood while strengthening the veins and capillaries. It has been used successfully to treat phlebitis, leg cramps, and abnormal tingling of the extremities. It soothes and minimizes varicose veins and helps to minimize scarring.
Blood Pressure: Studies have linked gotu kola with a decrease in many diseases, including congestive heart failure, and one of the positive associations with the herb was blood pressure. By relieving tension and anxiety in the arteries and blood vessels, it is able to regulate blood pressure and reduce strain on the cardiovascular system. This lengthens the “life cycle” of the heart and prevents things like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes from occurring." (17)
Other benefits :
Great for skin
Calms and helps relieve anxiety
Great for brain, memory, focus
Ligusticum, Dang Gui and Astragalus all improve blood circulation. Dang Gui and Astragalus are major Blood tonic herbs that build blood, improve blood constituent profile and, when combined with herbs that generally improve blood circulation, help support normal, healthy blood circulation.
What are herbal extracts? Herbal extracts are an excellent way of getting the nutrition and goodness from a herb, without the trouble of sometimes elaborate preparation. They are also a way of getting the goodness in as concentrated a form as possible.
How are herbal extracts made? The raw herbs are prepared by hot water extraction, the water is then evaporated off until all that is left is the essential oils and active ingredients. These are then bound together in an excipient, small amounts of non-GM corn flour. This is the most pure and unadulterated way to enjoy tonic herbal extracts possible.
Purity: this vegan product is free from wheat, gluten, soya, added sugar, salt, test, lactose, preservatives, or any other fillers. Not tested on animals.
Directions: Suggested uses are either to add 1/2 a teaspoon to 1tsp to a healthy juice or smoothie, or to prepare them as an instant tonic tea, but simply putting 1/2 a teaspoon in a cup or mug, and adding hot water.
Recommended upper limit: do not exceed 1 teaspoon of herbal extract today unless guided to by a qualified healthcare professional.
ASTRAGALUS INFO: https://draxe.com/astragalus/
Dang gui- www.home-remedies-for-you.com/herbs/dang-gui.html
17 www.herbwisdom.com/herb-gotu-kola.html and www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-gotu-kola.html