Top 6 Herbs for a Healthy Heart

by | Updated: January 29th, 2021 | Read time: 2 minutes

For centuries, herbs have been used to promote overall health. Gifts from nature, these botanically derived extracts may provide natural support for your body’s already healthy-functioning systems. Here’s a quick guide to five herbs that have been used traditionally to support the various aspects of cardiovascular health, from normal circulatory function to healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Herbs for Heart Health with Jar of Supplements Spilling onto Wooden Table | Vitacost.com/blog1. Garlic

Minced, whole, raw, roasted, powdered – there are many different ways to enjoy the pleasantly pungent flavor of garlic on your favorite foods. But there’s more to this herb than flavor – it contains a compound (allicin) that may support cardiovascular health and platelet function, as well as healthy cholesterol levels already within normal range.* Pro tip: pick an odorless supplement to prevent garlic odor or aftertaste.

2. Hawthorn

Here are the facts: The leaves, flowers and fruit of the hawthorn tree contain substances which may act as antioxidants. Hawthorn may also support healthy circulation as well as healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range.*

3. Cinnamon

The spice invokes warm feelings of cozy winter nights curled up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa – but cinnamon is so much more than just a sprinkling for desserts and beverages. The extract of cinnamon bark offers powerful antioxidant protection and can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels already within normal range.

4. Gingko biloba

Did you know that Ginkgo biloba is the oldest known living species of tree? With roots like that, it should come as no surprise that the extract of its leaves has been used for centuries in traditional medicinal practices. Today, Ginkgo biloba is known for it’s ability to support healthy healthy circulation.*

5. Gugulipid

A natural substance extracted from the guggul tree, gugulipid is well known in Ayurvedic medicine for its many health benefits. In addition to having anxtioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels already within normal range.*

6. Black currant oil

Extracted from the seeds of the multi-purpose black currant plant (the same one that produces purplish-black berries used in tart jams, jellies, juices and preserves – yum!), black currant oil is a natural source of omega-3 essential fatty acids which may help support cardiovascular health.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.