Valentine’s Day is over, but we at Pure On Main made a conscious decision to leave our heart decorations up all month.
Not because we’re Valentine’s enthusiasts, but because we believe in the power of natural medicine for the heart.
The three things that come to mind when someone seeks our help for heart health concerns are
Hawthorn, Fish Oil, and CoQ10.
An herb, a food, and an antioxidant.
The Herb: Hawthorn
Hawthorn is a member of the rose family, and the grandmother to the beautiful flowers we think of so frequently in association with love. According to herbalist, Robin Rose Bennet, in her book The Gift of Healing Herbs, “Hawthorn strengthens and protects the heart and cardiovascular system, as well as the coronary circulation…Hawthorn increases the ease of circulation by toning the arteries as it strengthens and soothes the heart, and is considered specific for angina pectoris and functional heart disease. She is…a direct tonic to the heart, arteries, nerves, blood, and intestines.” Bennett also notes that hawthorn is abundant in quercetin, as well as a variety of other anti-inflammatory bio-flavonoids. Because of its tonifying nature, Hawthorn is recommended for a variety of different concerns, from promoting the healing of hemorrhoids, to supporting healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. We love it as a tincture or a capsule.
The Food: Fish Oil
When someone walks into our store and we offer them a sample of fish oil, the looks on their faces tell us a story. We find our customers are used to fish oil the old fashioned way, complete with fishy tasting burps long after they’ve swallowed a handful of large fish oil capsules.
But times have changed, folks!
The fish oils we offer in our shop taste like dessert, and are in a form so easy to digest that our livers and gall bladders get a much needed break. Stop in to try some today!
Fish oil is recommended by herbalists and nutritionists, such as Phyllis A. Balch, in her book, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, to support conditions, from heart disease and high cholesterol, to achey joints, to depression. Every cell in our body requires good, healthy fats, and fish oil is an excellent source of those Omegas.
The Antioxidant: CoQ10
CoQ10 is present in the mitochondria of every cell in the body. It is vital because of its role in energy production, but it is “believed that as many; as 75 percent of people over fifty may be deficient in coenzyme Q10,” (Balch, 79). Balch also states that without enough of this crucial coenzyme, “the heart cannot circulate the blood effectively,” (79). CoQ10 is recommended to support a number of health projects, including migraine prevention, improving energy, blood pressure management, and for chronic cardiac failure. In fact, CoQ10 is used in Japan for use in treating congestive heart failure!
We’re excited about heart health, and about hawthorn, fish oil, and CoQ10. Call us or come in today to learn more about these diverse and useful remedies!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.