Estrogen is a key hormone for women’s cardiovascular health. But, estrogen levels can decline temporarily or permanently during a woman’s lifespan. Estrogen levels can drop during perimenopause, menopause, postpartum, while using hormonal contraceptives, and/or during times of intense exercise or stress.
It’s always a delicious idea to include healing culinary herbs and spices as a part of nourishing day-to-day cooking.
But, especially during higher risk times, these powerful herbs and spices can reduce a woman’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
One of the key factors that contributes to cardiovascular risk is the flexibility of the arteries.
When the walls of the arteries become stiff and inflexible, it can lead to an increased risk of a serious cardiovascular event such as a stroke or heart attack.
The following herbs and spices specifically support women’s arterial flexibility to reduce her cardiovascular disease risks:
Turmeric: This spice is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce the risk of heart disease by improving blood flow and lowering cholesterol levels.
Garlic: Garlic is known to help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to improve blood flow.
Ginger: This spice is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce the risk of heart disease by improving blood flow and reducing the risk of blood clots.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon supports lower blood sugar levels and improves blood flow, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Rosemary: Rosemary is rich in antioxidants and can help to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Cayenne Pepper: This spice contains capsaicin, a compound that helps to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Cardamom: This spice has been traditionally used to support cardiovascular health and can help to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow.
Fennel: This herb contains compounds that can help to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Guggul: This herb is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine and has been found to have cholesterol-lowering properties.
Ginkgo Biloba: This herb is known to improve blood flow, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
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