In the fast moving world, 2 things- peaceful mind and healthy lifestyle is something everyone wants. The heart is a muscular organ which pumps blood to the whole body. The heart consists of 2 atria and 2 ventricles. This division helps in separating the oxygenated blood from the deoxygenated blood. Each and every time we breathe, the valves in the heart contract and relax. There are various kinds of Heart diseases which can occur due of blockage of blood vessels, fatty plaques in the arteries, lack of strength and flexibility of the arteries.

How Heart Diseases are Caused?

  • High blood pressure in the arteries can make them thick and stiff. This arterial hardening is known as Atherosclerosis and can restrict the blood flow to tissues and other organs in the body. Lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, smoking and obesity are the main risk factors for the heart diseases.
  •  Abnormal heart rhythms can cause heart arrhythmia.  The causative agents for this disease are excess drug abuse, coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, smoking, diabetes, stress, valvular heart disease, high blood pressure, consumption of alcohol or caffeine, over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements
  •  When bacterium, virus and chemical reach the heart muscle, myocarditis, endocarditis and pericarditis occurs.
  • Heart infections are caused by bacteria, medications [illegal and banned drugs], blood vessel inflammation and tissue disorders.
  • Damage or trauma to valves of heart can results in valvular heart diseases.
  • In today's generation, heart diseases is one of the main reason for death.

Life Style Changes

Heart diseases which are congenital cannot be prevented but if these diseases are due to unhealthy lifestyle, they can be prevented by following below lifestyle:

Regular Exercise

  • Exercise daily and regularly. Exercise will reduce the heart disease risk. These days, one of the most common problem is obesity especially in children. So obese people need to concentrate on weight loss. Extra fat deposition on different parts of the body results into discomfort and can lead to harmful diseases in later. Exercise will lower the risk of developing heart diseas.
  • Daily physical activity burns extra calories and decreases high cholesterol level, blood pressure, diabetes and stress. The recommended exercise is of 30 minutes each day. Duration can be increased. A huge tummy can harm you and be shameful too. Abdominal fat also leads to heart disease.

Avoid Tobacco, Smoking

Consumption of Tobacco or smoking harms our body in various ways. These are major risk factors in heart disease. Chemicals found in these drugs can damage the heart, arteries and blood vessels. The narrowing of the arteries leads to heart attack. Type and frequency of smoking and intake of drugs is injurious to heart’s health. Nicotine in cigarette and smoke constricts the blood vessels which makes it difficult for the heart to function normally.

Healthy Diet

The best diet plan is to consume all kinds of healthy food items to maintain a healthy and happy heart. One should eat food items that are low in fat, salt and cholesterol. Low-fat dairy products, vegetables, fruits and whole grains are rich food items that can protect your heart from heart problems and various other diseases. Foods that can reduce the risk of heart disease includes certain types of fish, beans and other low-fat sources of protein.

Saturated fat and Trans- fat are known to cause coronary artery disease and increase blood cholesterol level.  The major sources of saturated fat are dairy products, red meat, palm and coconut oils.  The major sources of trans- fat are bakery products, crackers, margarines, packed snack food and fast food (especially deep fried).

Polyunsaturated fats like omega-3 fatty acids can help you to lower risk of developing heart abnormalities. Fish like salmon and mackerel are a natural source of omega-3s. Walnut oil, canola oil, flaxseed oil and soybean oil have smaller amounts of omega-3s.

What are The Herbal Remedies To Prevent Heart Diseases?

There are several natural herbs which can be used to prevent heart diseases which are very effective and safe.

1. Ginger

Ginger is one of the common spices available in Indian kitchens. According to some studies, it is believed that ginger helps in prevention of most of the cardiovascular diseases. Ginger helps in prevention of atherosclerosis, due to its lipid lowering effect. Ginger helps to get rid of blood clotting. Ginger blocks the voltage dependent calcium channels and helps in lowering the blood pressure. Ginger is available in root form, powdered form and in the form of capsules. Including ginger to your daily diet will lower the risk of development of heart diseases. Do not take more than 4gm of ginger per day.

2. Garlic

Garlic is available as extracts, pills and oil. It is a natural herb and remedy to reduce Bad cholesterol [LDL] in the body. Garlic is known to reduce atherosclerosis. Consumption of garlic is good for health but it should not be consumed in high quantity.

3. Bilberries

Bilberry is similar to blue berry. Bilberry is an effective natural remedy to treat different types of problems in the body. It is also available in the form of capsules. Bilberries are rich in antioxidants. They help in keeping a check on cholesterol level and protect from developing heart diseases. Bilberries can be cooked in jellies, pies. It can also be taken in the form of tea also.

4. Grapefruit juice

Grapefruit is perfect for the heart and we can get it easily from the market. One can drink fresh juice or get it from the market. Grapefruit is also helpful to lose weight along with promoting heart health. A glass of juice of grapefruit will double the amount of calcium channel blocker available in the body.

5. Green tea

Green tea is also a wonderful remedy to prevent heart diseases. Green tea is available in capsules or leaves form. One can get it easily from the market. It is very good herb for weight loss and in lowering cholesterol.

6. Fenugreek seeds

It is used in Indian kitchens. It helps in lowering cholesterol and is an amazing remedy for heart related issues.

7. Cayenne

The cayenne has capsaicin which is wonderful for heart health. It helps in balancing the LDL levels and lowers the risk of blood clot formation. It helps in bringing the blood pressure to normal level.


Author's Bio: 

Dr. Vikram Chauhan, MD - AYURVEDA is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company. For more info visit our website: