3- Garlic (Allium sativum)
Garlic is an extremely beneficial bulb with a specific aroma and pungent taste, which is excellent for the heart health.
Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the Austin, Texas-based American Botanical Council, claims that atherosclerosis patients who consumed garlic dramatically lowered the plaque in their arteries.
He explains that “Garlic slightly lowers LDL, or bad cholesterol, and raises HDL, the good type. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces the potential for a stroke, because less plaque means there’s less possibility that pieces will break off from the artery walls and lodge in the brain or heart.”
For best effects on the health of the arteries, it is recommended to take 200 to 300 milligrams of standardized garlic powder three times daily.
Caveats: Garlic can excessively thin out blood do avoid taking it as a supplement combined with aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin).
“For the same reason, stop taking garlic one to two weeks before surgery, “advises James Snow, chair of the herbal division of the botanical healing program at the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland.