HRT vs Natural Remedies for the Heart

HRT vs natural remedies for the heart. HRT has been used in hormone replacement therapy to protect the heart with serious side effects, these herbal remedies can protect your heart naturally.


| November/December 2001


Learn about HRT vs natural remedies for the heart and the natural remedies you can use instead to protect your heart.

HRT vs Natural Remedies for the Heart

For many years now, doctors have believed that HRT provides protective effects for women’s hearts. More than 20 million American women receive prescriptions for supplements containing estrogen and progesterone, with an estimated 20 percent of women taking HRT specifically to prevent heart disease.

Recent guidelines from the American Heart Association, published in their journal Circulation, indicate that the long-held belief that HRT is cardioprotective is incorrect and that HRT does not prevent heart disease. In fact, in some cases, women had a higher risk of heart disease if they took HRT, even for only one year.

While HRT does raise HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind) and lowers LDL cholesterol, it has other side effects that might outweigh the benefits, including causing blood vessel inflammation and blood clotting. Therefore, it’s preferable to look to safer and more natural means of protecting the cardiovascular system. Avoiding smoking, eating a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, soy and other legumes, good-quality protein, and plenty of fiber, and exercising are important ways to prevent heart disease. Stress reduction is also essential.



Herbal remedies can serve as beneficial health supplements to your cardioprotective lifestyle. Studies indicate that garlic (Allium sativum), for example, can reduce total serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels by as much as 9 to 12 percent, can reduce blood pressure by 5 to 7 percent, and can prevent blood clots. Garlic can be added raw or lightly cooked to the diet, or taken as a supplement in capsule form.

Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is another herb widely used by herbalists for its beneficial effects on the heart. This herb, which can be taken as a tea, tincture, concentrated extract, capsule, or even in jam, supports and tones the blood vessels, improves the contractility of the heart muscle thus improving blood flow, and acts as an overall heart tonic.







mother earth news fair 2018 schedule

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: August 4-5, 2018
Albany, OR

Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on natural health, organic gardening, real food and more!

LEARN MORE









Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265