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Hawthorn: Effective Herbal Remedy for Heart Failure

Hawthorn berries and leaves
Hawthorn berries and leaves

Several recent clinical research studies have demonstrated that the herb Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxyacantha) can be of great benefit to those suffering from heart failure. Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure or chronic heart failure, as described by Dr. Ed Zimney, MD, is “a condition in which the heart muscle cannot pump out blood effectively or efficiently. […] Left untreated, heart failure can become progressively worse because a vicious cycle develops wherein the heart gets further and further behind in its ability to pump the blood, which can lead to worsening symptoms and to acute heart failure requiring emergency medical treatment.”

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The Benefits of Coenzyme Q10

By Brennan Howe

Coenzyme Q10Coenzyme Q10 has exploded onto the health scene. This powerful mineral has many health saving properties. It is responsible for essential chemical reactions in your body as well as being a dynamite antioxidant.

What’s more, Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 occurs naturally in your body, (and that’s good), but unfortunately, as you age, have nutritional deficiencies or get sick you are producing less of this essential mineral.

And check this out…studies show that an estimated 25% deficiency will cause serious metabolic health problems. At 75%, death will follow and that would mean no more birthday cake for you!

CoQ10 plays a key role in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) needed for energy production in every cell. It also has a powerful antioxidant that helps guard against damage from free radicals.

And that is just for starters, cardiologist Peter Langsjorn explains “Like the vitamins discovered in the early part of this century, CoQ10 is an essential element of food that can now be used medically.”

It gets even better…

Here are just a few of the health benefits:

In various other studies CoQ10 was a tremendous benefit in lowering high blood pressure and helped with angina and congestive heart failure.

So you may be asking yourself, “Wow, where do I find this stuff??” well, good news and bad news. A small amount, 10 to 20 milligrams of CoQ10, can be found in fish and organ meats of animals. Well…that slowed me down a little! I don’t like organ meats of animals, do you? Yuck! Here is another solution. An easily available source of this nutrient is in many high quality nutritional systems.

Safe scientific formulated blends of vitamins and minerals including CoQ10 are specially formulated for maximum absorption. For adults taking Coenzyme Q10 in a supplement, the optimal amount should be between 30 and 90 mg per day. Under a doctors care, higher amounts may be prescribed.

Regardless of age or health almost everybody would benefit from taking CoQ10 daily. Our health and quality of life are based on feeling good and having healthy energy supplies.

And really people… this is so much better for your energy levels than a cigarette and a diet soda!

About the Author:

Brennan Howe is owner of the free hair loss information site keepingyourhair.com. Find out how good nutrition will help your hair loss.

Sad Heart, Happy Heart: Here’s How To Keep It Ticking Happily

By Sandra Prior
Happy heart cartoonIt may be an age old symbol of emotion, but everyone knows that the human heart is really nothing more than a pump. Or is it? New research suggests a direct link between your state of mind and the state of your heart. Here’s how to keep it ticking happily.You’ve seen it on TV. A hospital humming with urgent activity, the echo of footsteps on shiny floors, a roomful of white coated figures, and an unbroken note that pierces the air. A flurry of gloves, a jolt of electrical energy, and the note shifts into a regular, rhythmic pattern. The human heart, pulsing back into life.But the industrious organ that shepherds your blood and its vital cargo of oxygen through the body is also an age old symbol of emotion. Be it aching or breaking or brimming with love, the heart has always overruled the brain as the supposed wellspring of the way we feel.

As it turns out, this may not be such a fanciful notion. A growing body of clinical research seems to confirm what poets and songwriters have long proclaimed. There’s a real and direct link between our hearts and our minds. Or to put it in the language of the white coated figure; psychosocial factors may present stronger risks for acute myocardial infarction than diabetes, smoking, hypertension and obesity. Which means that stress at work or home, along with your perceived ability to cope with life, can significantly increase your risk of heart disease. The mortality rate in heart failure patients with major depression is two and a half times higher than in heart patients without depression.

Yet, depression in heart failure patients often goes undiagnosed. This is partly because of the overlap in the symptoms of the two conditions (among them: fatigue, loss of energy, poor appetite, and sleep disturbance) and partly because many patients see depression as a character weakness or personality flaw, when it’s really a common clinical condition that affects as many as one out of five patients with heart disease.

It is here that the big question of cause and effect comes to mind. Is depression a natural consequence of the life changing impact of heart failure? Or is heart failure a likely outcome of the physical effects of depression? The answer, in both cases, is yes. If you’re depressed or anxious, you are more likely to develop a cardiovascular problem. How, exactly?

A heart attack is cause by a blocked blood vessel to the heart and depression is one of the known contributors to the development of such a blockage. Inside the blood vessels we find the lumen, where the blood is able to flow. Factors such as smoking, high cholesterol and depression can cause fatty deposits to accumulate on the wall, forming a plaque that juts into the lumen. If this plaque becomes damaged or ruptured, your body’s repair system shoots to the rescue, building a blood clot to patch up the gash.

But the clot also seals off the artery’s lumen, blocking the blood flow and leading to possible bypass surgery. Depression is a risk factor for heart disease, but heart disease is also a cause of depression. When your heart is heavy, you may lose your natural inclination to get out and get active, and you’re more likely to drink and smoke and eat the wrong things. Heart failure patients should be screened for depression and treated when depression is found to be present. This may help to improve the patient’s quality of life, and potentially improve long term outcomes.

But it’s not only all up to the doctors. We all need to learn how to make our hearts happy. The heart is an easy organ to please. It all begins with proper exercise and nutrition. Nobody can change their family history, but we can all do something about the foods we eat and the activities we do.

A healthy diet consists of the four essentials: Fats, Fiber, Fruit and Vegetables.

Your body doesn’t need a lot of fat to stay healthy, so try to keep your fat intake low. Fiber is a must because it lowers your cholesterol and fills you up so you eat less. Physical activity is equally important. It boosts your circulation, reduces stress levels and stimulates the release of happy hormones or endorphins. Even if you have a heart condition, exercise can help you get back on track.

Goal number one? Do whatever it takes to keep your heart happy. Love your body. Live your life. And above all, never lose heart.

About the Author:
Sandra Prior runs her own bodybuilding website at http://bodybuilding101.110mb.com

Increase Your Heart Lifespan: How Daily Exercises Strengthen Your Heart And Help You Lose Weight

By Philip Rotich
Power walkingExercising for at least 30 minutes everyday is great for your health! You may have heard or read about this phrase more than once before and on many occasions while looking for health related help. Where you encountered these golden words of wisdom is not really the big deal, but knowing their importance is.I refer to them as words of wisdom first, because they are true and secondly because if you act on them they will change your life. We have heard or read time and time again that daily exercises when added to healthy eating can be the difference between spending our hard earned finances to pay for hospital bills and going on our favorite well deserved vacations.To understand why exercising daily is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle in the modern world; we need to understand how the human heart functions. This is not to scare you, I am not about to tire you with hard to understand terminology, but rather layman’s reader digest version.We all know that a normal adult human heart rate is around 72 beats per minute. Of course this will vary depending on what the person is doing at any given time, for example the heart rate will drop significantly when one is asleep and rise beyond 72 when a person is working. Other factors such as stress, body weight or sickness may also cause the heart rate to rise. As I said before, I am going to restrict this explanation to exercising or involving in your favorite recreational sport.

The increase or decrease in heart rate – assuming all other factors are kept constant, will dictate the amount of energy the heart will require to pump sufficient blood to all parts of the body. Remember the body systems need oxygen in order to accomplish their particular functions. The heart on the other hand needs energy as well, but is usually self sufficient as long as one is not extremely starving.

By the way if you do not know, the heart is made up of muscles. These muscles depending on their strength, determine how much blood goes out of the heart to rest of the body. It therefore means a heart with stronger muscles pumps more blood than a weaker one. Also remember it does not matter whether you are sleeping, sitting in your living room or doing recreational running, a heart beat is a heart beat. What this means is, we can only manipulate the heart rate but not the type of heart beat.

What makes a strong heart? Well literally speaking, stronger heart muscles. This sounds easier than done, but with determination it can surely be done. I am not talking of surgical procedures, I am talking of exercising. When you exercise or engage in any of your favorite recreational sport such as walking, jogging, swimming, running among others daily, you are actually pushing or training your heart to work harder.

A word of caution, do not be tempted to start and accomplish everything in one day if you are beginner, take one step at a time. You can read more about this in another related article at Recreational sports for life website. When you continue stressing your heart with exercise, you are increasing its strength. This in turn makes it more powerful and as a result pumps more blood (oxygen) with fewer heart beats. The arteries become bigger and stronger allowing for more and more blood to flow out of the heart. This is what makes it easier for athletes to play their sports successfully.

If you started out walking for one mile in 30 minutes, you will soon see one of these two things happening. You will cover the same distance with less time or cover more distance with the same time, whichever way you win. Now if you are looking to cut down some weight, you will begin to see some positive results especially if you continue exercising daily.

Do not forget that the amount of calories burned depends on the amount of work done, the more the better. So the more you exercise, the stronger your heart will be and consequently, the more work you will accomplish without overworking your heart. Using fewer heart beats to do more work (or burn calories) is the main goal. Another word of caution though is to eat healthy; you need energy to burn calories!

It is a fact that extra body weight causes the heart to work harder to supply enough blood to the whole body. That is why before you begin exercising your resting heart rate may be as high as 70, but after few weeks of committed daily exercises, you will see a significant drop. What this means to you is, if you help you heart to work less, by exercising daily, you will help it to last longer. Save those heart beats now when you can for later on in life, they will be precious when you cannot exercise as much due to age.

About Philip Rotich:
The author has masters in sports and leisure management. He is a former professional track and field athlete. He is currently coaching and counseling athletes and recreational sports individuals of all ages. For more information visit http://www.recreationalsportsforlife.com