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Heart of Gold Formula™ was developed following scientific research into the health benefits of five natural ingredients: GARLIC, HAWTHORN, BILBERRY, SEA BUCKTHORN and CAYENNE PEPPER. Please continue reading for further information about these benefits and research:
Daily use of garlic in the diet has been shown to have beneficial effects on the body, especially the blood system and the heart. Scientific data reveals that garlic reduces glucose metabolism in diabetics, slows the development of arteriosclerosis and lowers the risk of heart attacks.
• cardiovascular and other metabolic diseases
• atherosclerosis – hardening and/or thickening of the arteries, a process in which deposits
of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium and other substances
build up in the inner lining of an artery
• hyperlipidemia – an elevation of lipids (fats) in the bloodstream
• thrombosis – formation of a blood clot within a deep vein
• hypertension – condition in which blood pressure is persistently elevated
• microbial infections
The Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association publicly acknowledged garlic’s potential in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.
The November 1998 conference in Newport Beach, CA., on garlic and garlic supplements, sponsored by the Bethesda, Md.-based National Cancer Institute and Pennsylvania State University in University Park, showed that garlic supplements may prevent heart disease and cancer, help memory and extend life.
The Aged Garlic Extract in our formula provides the nutritional composition and therapeutic effectiveness of garlic, without irritating the stomach and producing the offensive smell.
Aged Garlic Extract – protecting the liver and fighting cancer.
Another priceless benefit of garlic for health and long life is liver protection. Many of the studies would indicate that aged garlic is a powerful detoxifying agent that can protect against various liver toxins. In addition to its liver and heart-protective activity, aged garlic may also provide protection against cancer by mobilising the effectiveness of the body’s immune system.
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Hawthorn has been one of the most popular of all the botanical cardiovascular medicines for decades. Herbalists found that hawthorn restores blood pressure to normal; it lowers high blood pressure and raises low blood pressure.
Hawthorn is used to treat angina and coronary artery disease. It is also useful for:
• mild congestive heart failure
• irregular heartbeat
• increasing coronary blood circulation
• preventing the deposition of cholesterol in arterial walls
Modern studies show hawthorn helps treat elevated cholesterol levels.
Hawthorn berry extracts have been shown to effectively reduce:
• high blood pressure
• angina attacks
• serum cholesterol levels
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Bilberry fruit has been used in traditional European medicine for nearly one thousand years reported by twelfth century German herbalist Hildegarde von Bingen (1098-1179 C.E.) and later by sixteenth century herbalist Hieronymus Bock.
Modern clinical trials on bilberry extracts suggest the fruit may improve vascular health.
In European herbal remedies, bilberry fruit preparations are now used to enhance poor micro-circulation, including eye conditions such as night-blindness and diabetic retinopathy.
In France, bilberries have been prescribed since 1945 for patients with diabetic blindness. In Italy, fruit preparations are used to treat microcirculatory disorders, which include varicose veins, atherosclerosis, venous insufficiency, and degenerative retinal conditions, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.
Modern laboratory studies on bilberry fruit extracts have confirmed that bilberry produces a slight relaxation effect on vascular smooth muscles. Extracts of the fruit have also been shown in laboratory experiments to inhibit enzymes such as elastase, which can cause the degradation of collagen. This can lead to a reduction in factors associated with inflammatory conditions such as atherosclerosis, pulmonary emphysema, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Bilberry extracts help to keep atherosclerotic plaques from forming on the lining of the arteries by strengthening the collagen that makes up the arterial walls. This helps to keep the arteries flexible, which helps to normalize blood pressure.
Research suggests that Bilberry (extract) can help to:
• Improve microcirculation in various venous diseases (reduced capillary flow as well as an elimination of microstagnation and blood stasis of the foot)
• Prevent ischemic stroke without increasing the risk of hemorrhagic stroke
• Improve venous microcirculation
• Protect LDL from oxidative stress
• Inhibit platelet aggregation
• Improve lymph drainage
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The fruit extract contains numerous active constituents that benefit not only the cardiovascular system, but general health as well. Traditional texts have extensive reports of the fruit’s use to promote blood circulation and remove blood stasis.
Seabuckthorn is an excellent source of plant based polyunsaturated (essential) fatty acids for maintaining good health and normal growth and development. These essential fatty acids are important in the prevention of heart disease, cancer and maintaining an overall healthy immune system.
Seabuckthorn contains more than 190 kinds of bio-active substances, and its oil contains 106 of these substances. These compounds include many fat soluble vitamins (A, K and E), water soluble vitamins (C, B1, B2, folic acid etc.), 22 fatty acids, 42 lipids, organic acids, amino acids, carbohydrates, tocopherols, flavonoids, phenols, terpenes and tannins.
These organic acids are known for certain physiological functions in the body such as reducing the toxic effects of some medicines like barbitals and antibiotics, and preventing teratogenesis and damage from X- rays.
Research suggests that Seabuckthorn fruit (extract) can help to:
• Provide beneficial effects in prevention of coronary heart disease and arteriosclerosis
• Remit angina
• Improve cardiac rhythm • Improve functioning of the cardio-vascular system
• Provide beneficial effects in the treatment of coronary heart disease
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The New England Journal of Medicine (under: Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices) reported that residents of Thailand have virtually no blood clot problems because of their frequent consumption of red pepper. (This claim can be found on Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices)
Cayenne Pepper is helpful in boosting blood flow in blood vessels by increasing nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and it helps to remove metabolic waste. According to scientific data, this is one of the best body cleansing agents.
Cayenne shares some of the same health-promoting properties as certain herbs, in particular those of garlic and hawthorn.
Research suggests that Cayenne Pepper can help to:
• Provide beneficial effects in prevention of coronary heart disease and arteriosclerosis
• Prevent in the development of atherosclerosis
• Reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels
• Reduce platelet aggregation
• Increase fibrinolytic activity
• Purify the blood!
As for its cholesterol-lowering capabilities, research showed that when cayenne was taken along with dietary cholesterol, it prevented significantly the rise in liver and serum cholesterol levels.
Clinical evidence suggests that cayenne pepper can be utilised to carry other substances, such as herbal nutrients into the bloodstream.
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