Cardamom is well-known for helping with stomach problems such as indigestion, upset stomach, heartburn, and more. But it also can lower blood pressure, which is good for the heart. Cardamom has powerful antioxidant compounds which help to fight the damage free radicals can cause to the heart and other tissues in the body.
You might not think that by adding a bit of thyme to your dishes you are making much of difference in your life, but the truth is that adding some thyme to food can add time to your life. Thyme carries an impressive array of antioxidant power, which fights the damage free radicals can cause to the entire cardiovascular system. Thyme also has powerful antimicrobial compounds that can help to keep the body free from harmful fungi and other types of dangerous bacteria.
Garlic is the king of heart-healthy herbs. This highly beneficial herb has been proven in literally hundreds of studies to have anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet, and antithrombotic compounds. In 2006, The American Society for Nutrition published study showing a powerful link between the consumption of garlic and benefits to the heart. Garlic can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, lower hypertension levels, and increase platelet aggregation. Crush and eat one or two fresh cloves of garlic each day for best results, or ask your doctor for the proper dosage of garlic supplements you should take for your condition. If you take any type of prescription medications, always speak to your doctor before consuming garlic, as it can cause serious interactions.
Hawthorn is another herb that is well-known for its heart-healthy benefits. Hawthorn dilates the blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure levels. It also improves cardiac muscle contractions, lessening palpitations and giving you an overall stronger heartbeat. It increases blood flow to the heart and its anti-arrhythmic effect steadies the heartbeat. Researchers doing a review of clinical trials in the 2010 Pharmacology Review found that hawthorn was a safe, nontoxic, and very effective herb for the treatment of ischemic heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Hawthorn might react with other medications, so speak to your doctor first about whether or not hawthorn is right for you and what the best dosage would be for your situation.