Herbs and spices enhance heart health

The mainstream’s anti-fat machine has been the adage to promote heart health. They’ll talk themselves hoarse about what your cholesterol numbers should be, and all the dangerous prescription drugs that can help get you there.

But ask them about triglycerides… a powerful predictor of your heart disease risk… and they’re all quiet. That’s because even though some doctors may still try to push statins to control triglyceride levels, they know there’s no effective triglyceride prescription drug on the market.

We know that triglycerides can destroy your heart AND your liver while steadily expanding your waistline in the process — a triple whammy nobody needs.

One of the best ways to begin bringing down those triglyceride levels is to limit your calories, which isn’t a lot of fun. So you’re going to be delighted to hear that some brilliant researchers have found a way to whip your triglycerides into shape by making mealtimes tastier than ever!

In a new study, researchers fed prepared meals to men who were healthy but overweight. One meal was just chicken, bread, and a light dessert. The other meal was identical, but contained a mix of nine high-antioxidant spices: cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, rosemary, cloves, garlic powder, oregano, paprika, and black pepper.

Blood tests taken after the spiced meals showed triglyceride levels plummeted by as much as 30 per cent. Even better, antioxidant activity increased 13 per cent.

A few delicious spices managed to accomplish what no drug has been able to do. And it could literally be a lifesaver.

The good news doesn’t end there. There are a few more simple steps you can take to help put a lid on triglycerides. Along with cutting calories and kicking high fructose corn syrup out of your diet, a little daily exercise helps keep triglycerides low.

Then add in a couple of key nutrients including vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, niacin and Berberine and watch those numbers take a nosedive.

One word of caution: If your doctor wants to prescribe Lovaza to lower triglycerides, take a pass. Lovaza is a ridiculously expensive fish oil product that’s achieved drug status. But no need to empty your wallet when there are high quality fish oils available at a tiny fraction of Lovaza’s cost.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
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