Natural remedies and lifestyle changes provide the key to preventing heart disease and controlling blood pressure, according to Gary Null, author, talk radio host and proponent of alternative medicine.
Null has supporters and critics of his all-natural approach to fighting America's number one killer, but he proposes solutions backed by scientific evidence that shows inflammation and plaque build-up in the arteries contribute to heart disease.
According to the Lemire Clinic,
Null looks at it from a positive standpoint, saying that the disease is "one of the most preventable of all illnesses." A healthy heart with clean arteries benefits from nutrients in foods and supplements and a regular exercise program, done in conjunction with advice from your doctor, Null explains.
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Choose healthy unsaturated fats over the saturated fats found in meat and dairy products, he writes in the book "Get Healthy Now! A Complete Guide to Prevention, Treatment and Healthy Living."
Unsaturated fats are found in olive and flaxseed oil, walnuts, almonds, avocados, and omega-3 fatty fish such as salmon and sardines.
"Healthy fats improve cholesterol levels and also protect the heart against deadly arrhythmias," Null points out.
"Fruits and vegetables have long been an integral part of the alternative movement's dietary recommendations," he adds. They "reduce the likelihood of heart attack or stroke," also protecting against cancer and other diseases.
Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E in supplements increase oxygenation to the heart and protect cells against damage. Niacin, a B complex vitamin, improves cholesterol levels. Cayenne pepper has natural blood-thinning properties and can be sprinkled on food.
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Garlic is among the healing remedies to help lower blood pressure, according to Null. Calcium citrate and magnesium relax the heart muscles. Juicing with green vegetables thins the blood to lower blood pressure.
Regular exercise increases circulation for healthy arteries. Aerobic exercise can be a simple as brisk walking. Null recommends aerobic exercise about 45 minutes a day four times a week and advises slowly working up to that amount if you are not used to exercise.
A healthy diet also includes limiting your intake of sugar. Null points to research by the American Heart Association, which stated that high sugar intake "is a definite cause of cardiovascular disease and death."
The World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization reported that excessive consumption of sugar in snacks, drinks and processed foods caused a worldwide increase in heart disease, according to GlobalResearch.
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