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Hypertension and Hypercholesterolemia

Cardiovascular disease is prevalent in the modern-day world. Cardiovascular disease is an issue that impacts patients and families alike. In the United States, there are 27.1 million non-institutionalized adults who are diagnosed with heart disease, or 11.8% of U.S adults. One in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, a factor that increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. One in six American adults has high cholesterol. Approximately 25.8 million or 8.3% of the United States population has diabetes. These diseases are connected to lifestyle choices through diet, exercise and other health factors. The rampant spread of cardiovascular disease can be minimized through proper education, diet, exercise, good lifestyle choices and the use of botanical medicines.

Herbal medicines have many benefits. Perhaps most importantly, they provide an alternative to many pharmaceutical drugs. In addition, many herbal medicines have fewer side effects than statin drugs, making them a good option for patients concerned about side effects from long term use of statin drugs and other cardiovascular medication. Herbs also provide effective options to enhance outcomes of other types of protocols or efficiencies in protocols. In fact, some botanical medicines can optimize the outcomes of a drug that is already being used to manage a problem, such as hypertension or hypercholesterolemia. Botanical medicines offer other types of health benefits including improving circulation in cardiovascular disease, blood vessel integrity and strength and insulin issues. Unlike many drugs that target one specific condition, botanical medicines often target one primary aspect and give support to other aspects, systems or organs.

Webinar - Botanical Insights for Blood Pressure, Lipid, and Cardiovascular Health

Heart disease continues to be a primary health issue in the western world. Botanical research along with traditional herbal knowledge offers new insights into medicinal plants that impact blood pressure, cholesterol metabolism, and the cardiovascular system as a whole. Herbs to be discussed include Hibiscus sabdariffa, Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion), Cynara scolymus (Artichoke), along with the isolated constituent Resveratrol. Herbal discussion will include recent research, traditional applications, safety, and dosages used.

Download webinar Recorded March 14, 2012. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND