HRT vs Natural Remedies for the Heart

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Hawthorne can be used for heart health. What are the differences between HRT vs natural remedies for the heart?

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.

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) has long been used to protect the
heart, mostly by reducing stress. Motherwort may be used for heart
palpitations and mild high blood pressure, particularly when caused
by stress. It also nicely supports the female reproductive system,
making it a perfect herb for many menopausal women. Because it is
quite bitter, the herb is generally taken in tincture or capsule
form.


Read more about natural remedies for hormone therapy: Natural Alternatives to Hormone Replacement.

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