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Foods That Support Heart Function

If you would like to support your heart function and fight off a predilection towards diabetes and heart disease it is suggested that you start ingesting at least a few of the following foods.



Artichoke leaf extract: This food extract, which reduces the level of LDL in your blood whilst also helping to protect your liver. The extract also exhibits antioxidant qualities, which it is believed, help to reduce the oxidization of LDL whilst ‘encouraging’ it to leave your body more quickly.  This prevents the cholesterol form building up in the arteries and other disorders like high blood pressure from happening.



Brewer’s yeast: In one study a group of volunteers were given a daily dose of brewer’s yeast for eight weeks. At the end of the test, only one of the 11 original test subjects did not show lowered LDL rates as well as increased good cholesterol levels.


Green tea: Green tea is an ancient herbal remedy that has been popular in many Asian countries for centuries. In the West, it is recognized that green tea is very helpful for keeping blood pressure under control and also for reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood. This is due to the high levels of antioxidant substances in green tea.


Garlic: Garlic is another powerful antioxidant, which helps to prevent the oxidization of LDL in the body and bloodstream. This was confirmed in one study where a few drops of garlic juice added to a fatty meal lowered the ‘bad’ cholesterol level by around 7%. Another study suggests that 600 mg of garlic powder every day could reduce your LDL levels by around 10%.


Ginger: Ginger is another food that possesses many of these same qualities as garlic.  Including just a little ginger in your diet every day significantly reduces the risk of heart attacks as well as lowering your blood pressure at the same time.


Gingko biloba: This herbal remedy stimulates blood flow and helps prevent the formation of potentially harmful free radicals that can damage arterial walls.

Guggul: This is another herbal remedy derived from Ayurvedic medicine that is capable of lowering blood fat levels whilst helping to increase the levels of high-density lipoproteins – ‘good’ cholesterol – in your blood.


Turmeric: Turmeric is a spice that not only adds a delicious kick to your cooking but also lowers your LDL levels at the same time by stimulating the production of bile. It has certain anticoagulant properties similar to those demonstrated by aspirin too, but without the potentially harmful side effects.


Is Heart Disease Hereditary?

Yes! You can inherit a predilection to heart disease but thankfully there are ways around the condition.  You may have a little more control over the situation than you think if you pay attention to your fitness.



As an example, there is evidence that if your family has a history of coronary artery disease at an early age (younger than 55 in men and 65 in women), your risk of suffering heart disease is increased, with some sources suggesting that this single factor could represent up to 15% of your susceptibility to heart disease.



However you may be relieved or upset to hear that it is actually a combination of conditions that can play a far more important role in determining how healthy your heart remains.



For instance, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and cholesterol abnormalities are all factors which play an important role in determining whether you will suffer heart problems or not. If you bring diabetes onto yourself by living an unhealthy lifestyle then you very well might develop heart disease sooner than later than life.



It is for example widely recognized within medical circles that one of the reasons behind the explosion in childhood diabetes over the past two or three decades has been the vast increase in sugar intake.

For people who have a family history of diabetes however, there is no need for this massive sugar overdose for them to suffer the condition. It is a genetic thing rather than something that is caused by greed and overindulgence.


In many situations, there may therefore be an established link between illnesses and medical problems suffered by parents and the likelihood of their offspring suffering heart problems at some point.



If you know that one or both of your parents suffered diabetes and that your chances of suffering the condition are therefore increased, logic suggests that you have a superb early warning system in place.

You know that your chances of getting diabetes are higher than normal, you know that excessive sugar speeds the onset of diabetes and you are fully well aware that diabetes is a contributory factor to heart disease.



This is positive because you have a clear warning about the disease an idea of what you need to do in order to prevent the onset of diabetes and then the heart problems that usually follow it.



So, yes, there is an element of genetics involved in the likelihood of you contracting some form of heart disease or problem.

But once you know this you can use the information to help yourself avoid the entire ordeal of heart disease altogether.