Who can resist a plateful of delectable mithai or fried savouries at a feast or a family gathering? None perhaps, given that a warm gathering and heartfelt exchanges on the couch can only be complete with some choicest food at the dinner table. While there is no denying that, we also need to be mindful of the effects our rich food and lifestyle have on our health and metabolism in the long run.
It is a well-known fact that lifestyle diseases like heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver, various cancers and auto-immune conditions are promoted by a diet rich in refined and processed foods, sweets, sugared drinks, and pesticide-laden produce.
Of these, heart disease is the most common lifestyle disease in India.
The results of the Global Burden of Disease study also state an age-standardized CVD death rate of 272 per 100,000 population in India which is much higher than that of the global average of 235. CVDs also affect Indians a decade earlier than the Western population.
Recent research also finds that heart conditions are increasingly occurring among younger people in particular. As many as 35 lakh deaths occur in India due to cardiovascular disease, which is more prevalent among the younger population.
According to the Indian Heart Association (IHA), the incidence of heart disease among Indians is high because of risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, and smoking among others. The main culprit for heart ailments, however, is increased LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) in the blood.
Diet is a major factor in influencing the risk of heart disease
In the light of comprehensive medical evidence, our health can be significantly impacted by our food choices. So, it is prudent that we make the right choice. Eating a varied diet rich in organic, natural, whole and unprocessed plant-based foods can significantly bring down inflammation, lower bad cholesterol and promote healthy metabolism, ultimately helping to boost your heart health and function.
Power of whole herbs for heart health
In addition to this, Mother Nature has blessed us with an abundance of herbs that can help restore heart health and boost cardiac function.
We at Organic India have curated some of the best heart-friendly herbs into supplements.
Certified organic, and processed in their natural whole herb form, our heart-friendly range of supplements has been formulated by Ayurvedic experts to provide the pure, unadulterated healing power of these herbs packed in a capsule. Many of these herbs work together synergistically to even better improve heart health and hence have been formulated in potent blends that help reduce the inconvenience of popping multiple supplements.
On this occasion of World Heart Day, let’s explore some of these supplements:
- ARJUNA HERB for a strong heart
Terminalia arjuna, commonly called Arjuna has long been revered in Ayurveda for its heart-nourishing and strengthening properties. In Sanskrit, “arjuna” also means “bright,” “white,” or “shining” attributing to its light or white inner bark.
A majestic deciduous tree that can reach up to 100 feet, medical research now confirms that its inner bark exudes a red resin that contains essential bioactive compounds like triterpenoids, glycosides, and flavonoids that act as excellent supplements for heart ailments and even help with digestion.
Arjuna has potent heart-protecting abilities that can help strengthen the cardiac muscles, improve blood flow to the arteries, and prevent ischemic damage in the heart muscles. Studies show that arjuna provides these cardioprotective properties by enhancing endogenous antioxidant enzyme activities and suppressing cytokine and LPO levels.
ORGANIC INDIA’s Arjuna capsule strengthens heart muscles, reduces high blood pressure and boosts circulation to promote cardiac health.
While it is commonly known now that having high blood sugar and diabetes can damage blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart, Arjuna’s naturally rich complex of flavonoids and tannins helps regulate your blood glucose levels in the body and inhibit sudden surges, thereby ultimately protecting your heart from inflammation and the ravages of diabetes.
Research has also shown that the arjuna bark can reduce total cholesterol and triglyceride levels through its hypolipidemic properties.
Arjuna contains effective antioxidants like gallic acid, ellagic acid and oligomeric proanthocyanins that can help protect the body from harmful toxins, thus protecting your heart from the effects of environmental pollution and inflammation.
Arjuna is also helpful in managing conditions of angina pectoris, mild hypertension, and dyslipidemia.
- LIPID CARE for healthy cholesterol levels
Another major factor that affects heart health is cholesterol.
The level of cholesterol in the blood affects the lipid balance in the body. A diet high in trans fats, sugar and refined carbohydrates can lead to increased lipid levels and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Unhealthy or bad cholesterol can create fatty deposits in your blood vessels, making it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries. Also at times these deposits can break suddenly and form a clot that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
To this end, ORGANIC INDIA’s Lipid Care capsules contain a potent blend of herbs like Arjuna, Harjor, Amalaki and Vana Tulsi, which have immense medicinal value for regulating healthy lipid levels in the blood.
While the Vitamin C-rich Amla helps to lower inflammation and triglycerides, promote healing and prevent oxidative stress and tissue damage, Harjor helps to lower the serum lipid level and LDL cholesterol and boosts the levels of good HDL cholesterol.
Additionally, Vana Tulsi helps to boost metabolism, regulate blood sugar and lipid levels and reduce stress, thereby lowering the strain on the heart.
Additionally, Lipid Care capsules also help to lower fat mass and thereby help maintain a healthy weight, thereby boosting cardiac function in the long run.
FLAXSEED OIL for anti-inflammatory and arterial health support
Flaxseeds contain a lot of protein and fibre and are proven to have health benefits by way of reducing the risk of heart disease, apart from improving digestion and preventing diabetes. Studies show that flaxseed and flaxseed oil can benefit people with heart disease and help lower high blood pressure. Flaxseed Oil from ORGANIC INDIA is a rich source of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3 acids are a vital energy source that also works to lower inflammation, fight Coronary artery disease by reducing blood triglyceride levels and boost the health of the heart and blood vessels. Their strong anti-inflammatory properties also help in lowering the risk of platelet aggregation, nonfatal and fatal myocardial infarctions, and heart disease.
Daily consumption of flaxseed oil can help you boost your heart health in the long run. Improved brain, skin and joint health are added benefits of this heart-friendly oil.
Combined with an active lifestyle and varied diet, these herbs can play a significant role in helping to lower your risk of heart disease while boosting overall health and energy levels.
Certified organic and completely whole and pure, just as Mother Nature intended, Organic India’s heart-friendly range of herbs can be your ideal ally in your journey to boost heart health without any side effects.
This World Heart Day, harness the power of Mother Nature to boost your heart health. Shop now @ https://organicindia.com/collections/condition-specific