Generally speaking, a daily or frequent workout can pay off without much work. In medicine, when we talk about tonics , we mean herbs and foods that do the conditioning work for us, that encourage us, support us, or strengthen our energy, blood, and organ function from the inside out.

While physical workouts are still important, maybe it’s time to look a little deeper. The heart, for example, also affects (and reflects) our emotional state, its rhythm is often mandated by the condition of our nervous system.

Daily stress, nervous tension, and anguish (among other emotional stresses) can interfere with heart palpitations, lack of sleep, and an anxious mind.

The best way to avoid serious heart problems is to keep it healthy, supporting the circulatory system and balancing the emotions that plague us.

5 simple and amazing heart tonics

You can keep your blood flowing clean and unobstructed, and your heart at a steady and steady rhythm, by making regular use of the following herbs that make excellent heart tonics.

Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) of the best tonics for the heart

A natural source of theobromine, long considered a mild heart tonic and stimulant , cocoa also contains epicatechin, a flavonol that improves blood vessel function.

Eat the pulp of the cocoa fruit. Take ½ to 1 teaspoon of cocoa flour, accompanied by a glass of water, take it in the morning, type 10 in the morning, daily. It is the food that contains more magnesium (heart tonic), helping circulation in the heart.

Cayena (Capsicum frutescens)

Daily consumption of this Indian spice strengthens, stimulates and tones the heart, improves circulation and palpitations. Start with a few grains at a time (up to 1/2 teaspoon), and add to the juice.

If you are feeling indecisive due to cayenne pepper’s spicy reputation, start with a small pinch of it and increase the amount until you feel comfortable.

(Allium sativum)

Garlic has been recognized by many ancient cultures as a therapeutic agent in plants of the Egyptians, for example, found in more than 200 naturopathic medicinal uses.

Several studies have shown that one clove of garlic per day inhibits bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the production of good type (HDL).

Smaller trials have also shown garlic’s promise in normalizing blood pressure, preventing aggregation of platelets in the blood, and improving circulation.

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycanthus)

Rich in flavonoids that protect small capillaries from free radicals, hawthorn normalizes blood pressure and reduces cholesterol and fat deposits in the liver and aorta. Recommended for angina pectoris, arrhythmias, arteriosclerosis, blood clots and hypertension.

We are not likely to see results in a few months, but it is safe for long-term use. Tea infusions with Hawthorn 2 times a day.

Agripalma, Cardiac or Lion’s Tail (Leonurus cardiaca)

It is traditionally used to treat a racing heartbeat caused by nervous tension. It is one of the best cardiac tonics since, with long-term use, it reduces the formation of clotting factors, reduces total cholesterol and triglycerides, and strengthens the heart muscle.

Prepare a tea by steeping 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of dried motherwort in about 5 ounces of boiling water for five to 10 minutes. Drink throughout the day, or take 10 to 20 drops of a tincture as often as every 10 minutes, if necessary.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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