Remedies for Cardiovascular Disease (Heart Disease and Stroke)
Studies have reported the following to be effective in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases:
- • Pomegranate: Due to its antioxidant properties, pomegranate has been found to attenuate atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events related to it. The consumption of 240 mL of pomegranate juice per day for 1 year can increase arterial elasticity (Aviram and Rosenblat 2013).
- • Aged garlic extract: 4 mL/day of aged garlic extract for 1 year was found to decrease the rate of progression of coronary artery calcification compared with the placebo (Budoff et al. 2004).
- • Vinegar: In a large cohort study of women it was found that those who consumed vinegar and oil salad dressing >5-6 times/week had a lower risk of fatal ischemic heart disease compared with those who rarely consumed it (RR 0.46, 95% CI 0.27-0.76) (Hu et al. 1999).
- • Fish: The Health Professionals Follow-Up Study in men reported that eating fish once a month or more decreases the risk of ischemic stroke (He et al. 2002). A meta-analysis of cohort studies found that increased fish consumption is inversely related to the risk of stroke, especially ischemic stroke (He et al. 2004).
- • Ginger: Pharmacologists have suggested that ginger extract can reduce the risk of stroke (Chang et al. 2011).