[permaculture] Nutritional Health for Heart and Arteries
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Mon Nov 2 01:12:57 EST 2009
Larry, you wrote:
"...Anyway to start the ball rolling what is the best route to heart and
artery health (ignoring inherited genetic factors)?
I think of grass fed meat on occasion [2-5 times (meals] per month), a
high fiber diet lots of fresh raw vegetables and
fruits, maybe muscadine grape seed and skin freeze dried extract. Start
early in life with good dietary habits...."
That would all be great which you wrote, but the fastest acting things I
can think of are Cayenne Pepper in capsules + Hawthorn Berries. The
Hawthorn Berry can be taken any time, but make sure the Cayenne is
surrounded by food, both in front of the capsules and behind them.
The Hawthorn Berry feeds the Heart muscle and the Cayenne tonifies and
clears the arteries and heals tissues.
The above info is per Dr. John Raymond Christopher, whose works on herbs
I have collected and studied for years.
Glad you are also interested in the pchealth list. I've been wanting to
get a good heath & nutrition forum going for years, just never thought
of orienting it toward the permaculture community. I guess the time is
right for that now.
Crops, foods, food preparation are favorite topics of mine, have been
since I discovered macrobiotic foods, primarily vegetarian, in the late
sixties thanks to a few Meher Baba fellow travellers and a macrobiotic
genius from California who taught me how to make miso soup, whole grain
brown rice and generally the whole conservative, disciplined approach to
macrobiotic dieting. He came to it by way of noticing one day when
standing up and looking down he could not see his feet (remember the
Rolaids ad with the schmoo-shaped guy with indigestion gyrating around
to the beat of a kettledrum). He decided he needed to go on a diet.
The world of macrobiotics saved him.
I am not familiar with the use of hawthorn berries but I will learn.
Maybe I have some supplements with that in them.
Rhodiola is an interesting medicinal herb. New Chapter offers a nice
supplement with this as the primary ingredient. Also, for same reasons,
ginkgo, fo-ti & gotu kola.
For heart and artery health I would add the following to your list
containing cayenne and hawthorn:
probiotics: kombucha, kim chee, unpasteurized kraut, rejeuvelac, seed
cheese, soy yoghurt, any of the many refrigerated powdered supplements
offered by such companies as New Chapter: All Flora, Smooth Food II,
anti-agring formula, others; their vitamins have a probiotics component
garlic and onion
whole grains and beans (I like the canned beans offered by supermarkets
and Whole Foods (their house brands are very competitively priced and
equal to all others); also white and yellow grits, steel cut and rolled
oats, barley, rice (long, medium and short grain, jasmine, red, black,
sweet, sticky, wild, etc.)
get plenty of fiber in your diet
oat bran, flax seed meal
soy products: tofu, soy milk, soy yoghurt, tempeh
probably all kinds of antioxidant foods: carrots, citrus, various berries
probiotics should be taken at every meal
proper food combining for maximum nutrition through maximum digestion
always wait until you have fully digested one meal before you eat another
only eat when you are hungry
reduce salt intake
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