Cardana 120 capsules - Terminalia arjuna, hawthorn, Coleus forshkoli, Ashwagandha and Boerhaavia diffusa | AOR

Cardana 120 capsules - Terminalia arjuna, hawthorn, Coleus forshkoli, Ashwagandha and Boerhaavia diffusa | AOR

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AOR Cardana is a an Ayurvedic formula of 5 different herbs among which Coleus forskohlii, hawthorn and aswagandha that support cardiovascular health by dilating blood vessels and therefore reducing blood pressure blood pressure and heart rate.

• a combination of the most effective herbs known to support the heart
• promotes healthy heart function, blood flow, blood pressure & vascular health
• reduces the heart-compromising effects of stress

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Cardiovascular Danger
While cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in North America, not all countries struggle to the same extent with heart problems. Cardana Caps contains a mixture of Ayurvedic herbs found in diets that promote a healthy heart, and that are associated with fewer cardiovascular disorders.

Ayurvedic Heart Helpers
Terminalia arjuna is an extract that has been well studied for its heart benefits. It decreases blood pressure and heart rate, and enhances the force of heart contractions.
Coleus forskohlii also lowers blood pressure, and relaxes the muscles of arteries.
Crataegus laevigata , or Hawthorn, helps dilate blood vessels and dissolve deposits in the arteries.
Withania somnifera , or ashwagandha, is a potent adaptogen. Besides its beneficial heart protective effects, it helps to lower stress, which is an important contributor to heart disease.
Boerhaavia diffusa is another Ayurvedic extract with cardiovascular actions

An Alternative Path to Heart Health
The ingredients in Cardana Caps work together for optimal heart health. This formula provides a safe and effective way to deal with the threat of heart disease.
North America has one of the highest rates of heart disease in the world. Since the 1940s, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the region. It is estimated that over 56 million Americans have some form of CVD. Although CVD is increasingly common as people age, it is not an inevitable consequence of the aging process. Atherosclerosis and other forms of CVD are almost non-existent in some countries, even in elderly citizens. However, when these people migrate to the US and consume the western diet and adopt a sedentary life style, their risk increases to match their US counterparts.
In addition, as developing countries gain affluence and convert from grain-based to high-fat, processed food diets, the incidence of CVD escalates. Since an entire population cannot change dietary habits, it has become imperative for the population to have remedies to counter this disease.
In most instances, prescriptive drugs have considerable side-effects. Note that cholesterol “statin” drugs create a deficiency of Co-enzyme Q10, a nutrient essential for heart health.
Ayurved Formulas offer a series of products to address these problems and bring together some of nature’s most potent herbs, which have been scientifically studied and formulated.

1.) Terminalia arjuna bark. This Ayurved herb has been conclusively proven to have cardiovascular activity. Studies have shown that extracts of Terminalia arjuna produce sustained hypotension and slowed heart rate. They have also been shown to increase the force of contraction of the heart.

2.) Coleus forskohlii. Detailed pharmacologic studies established that forskolin lowered significantly high blood pressure in different animal species, as well as man. In addition, it positively alters the force of heart muscle contraction. The anti-hypertensive effects of forskolin were attributed to the relaxation of the smooth muscle in arteries.

3.) Crataegus laevigata (Hawthorn). The fruits from this plant benefit the heart and act as coronary vasodilators. Hawthorn is reputed to dissolve deposits in thickened and sclerotic arteries. Various clinical studies have shown increased cardiac performance and output, decreased peripheral resistance, decreased pulmonary arterial and capillary pressures, reduced blood pressure at rest and during exercise, and improved metabolic parameters.

4.) Withania somnifera. Also known as ashwagandha, it has been described as the most important medicinal plant in India. This herb has been the focus of hundreds of clinical studies and is one of the most exhaustively researched herbs. The anti-stress activity of the roots has been reported in multiple clinical studies. Ashwagandha has been used as a treatment for the most debilitating diseases and is included for its cardioprotective activity. In addition, Type A personalities or people in consistent high stress conditions are more prone to high blood pressure, which is an independent risk factor for heart disease, making ashwagandha an important inclusion in this blood pressure- reducing formula.

5.) Boerhaavia diffusa. The cardiovascular action of this herb has been clinically studied. The rationale for its inclusion is due to its powerful diuretic activity.

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Ever since Boris Johnson barely survived an infection with COVID-19, he embraced a healthier lifestyle. He doesn't just want to live healthier himself, but also wants the British people to eat and live healthier as well. 
The question is, how? Over time, manufacturers of junkfood have mastered the game of tricking us into buying calorific foods while these foods are also attractive because we have evolved to enjoy that kind of foods. 
Aside from financial incentives to make us buy less junkfood (sugar tax) and more healthy foods (by lowering VAT) the best bet seems to be a mix of methods that 'nudge' us into making better choices.
There have been countless behavioural science-based initiatives intended to nudge healthier eating. But which ones actually work, leading to a sustained behaviour change? And of those, which are most effective? What concepts, tools and styles of intervention are best at getting us to eat healthy foods, or less of the unhealthy foods...?

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Past week there was attention for new documentary called "De slag om het vrouwenhart", made by Hella de Jong, in which she relates about her quest for heart health. She suspected health problems, but wasn't sure why. After having been told her problems were psychosomatic, caused by her parents' traumatic WWII experiences, she wasn't satisfied and kept pushing for more research. Finally she got a massive heart attack while perfoming a stress test in the hospital.

This interview sent me on an immediate flashback to 1985, when my mom felt ill enough to visit the hopital after what was probably a minor heart attack. Her complaints weren't taken very seriously, yet they admitted her to hospital, though without being tied to a heart monitor. It was here she died that same day in the presence of my brother. When listening to Hella's story it seems there hasn't changed much in 35 years.

For a very long time, women were not taken into consideration when research was conducted on heart diseasae. Nor were they taken seriously when they went to their doctors with health complaints. Yet, among women, heart disease has also become the leading cause of death.

Determining heart disease risk in women

Women and men share many heart disease risk factors, but recent studies are showing what previous male-focused studies have not shown: Women also have their own unique heart disease risk factors.

Traditional risk factors common to both women and men:

  • obesity
  • smoking
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • family history
  • metabolic syndrome – the co-existence of high blood pressure, obesity, and high glucose and triglyceride levels
  • high levels of C-reactive protein – a sign of inflammatory disease that can occur along with other cardiovascular risk factors

Some risk factors that relate specifically to women or that can affect women disproportionately include:

  • relatively high testosterone levels prior to menopause
  • increasing hypertension during menopause
  • autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis – more common in women than in men
  • stress and depression are more common among women
  • low risk factor awareness: lack of recognition of many of the above conditions as risk factors for heart disease is a risk factor in itself

How to beat andropause, the condition that ails all elderly males

Andropause is a medical condition, similar to the female menopause, that can affect men between the ages of 40 and 65. Men do not have a clear-cut signpost to mark the transition. In women estrogen drops dramatically at menopause, but testosterone levels in men drop very gradually over many years and decades. The bodily changes in andropause occur very gradually in men and may be accompanied by changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive, stamina, and physical agility.
Andropause may be triggered not only by declines in testosterone, but in the "female" hormone estrogen as well.

There is a growing interest, as well as a booming industry, in the use of testosterone therapy for middle-aged and older men. This interest has led to the definition of a new condition, termed 'andropause' implying that this condition is due to falling levels of testosterone. This trend risks replicating both the rejuvenation fads of a century ago and the recent experience in estrogen therapy for menopause that has been propelled for decades by advocacy substituting for reliable scientific evidence. Is testosterone therapy appropriate for men with symptoms of male menopause? There is no scientific agreement on this topic.
But it stands to reason that hormones should be used only as a last resort since they have serious risks if misused.

Usefulness of herbal medicine in modern times

Natural plant products have been used throughout human history for various purposes. In fact, written records of the use of herbal medicine date back more than 5000 years, and for much of history, herbal medicine was the only medicine.

Today, plants are being used to treat a number of health concerns and conditions, including allergies, arthritis, migraines, fatigue, skin infections, wounds, burns, gastrointestinal issues and even cancer, proving that it’s true that food is medicine. These herbs are less expensive and they’re a safer means of treatment than conventional medications, which is why so many people are choosing to go back to this traditional idea of medicine.

How to reduce stress with ASMR

Our brain is programmed to stress us. It does that a lot and on just about any subject. Like a lot of behavioral reactions, stress used to be and still is a survival mechanism that our brain used in order to inject alertness when needed. It’s there so we could harness internal resources and spring into action in a matter of seconds when hunted or hunting.

Fortunately for us, we rarely need to spring into action nowadays to avoid a prowling lion. Today, stress is not helpful and is often counter-productive. When stressed, most of us lose focus and are immersed in unpleasant feelings.

In the past, we needed all that “potential energy” when we faced fight or flight situations. It probably saved our lives more than once. Today, this energy still exists in each of us in certain situations; if it is not discharged via some sort of conduit (either physical or of a more neural nature), it slows us down.
That’s why we need to get creative in the way we release stress. We don’t have time to go on a vacation every week; often we even can’t step away from the almighty computer, tablet, or cell phone.

recommended use
Take 1-2 capsules twice a day with or without food, or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.

contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
Terminalia arjuna (8-10:1) 113mg
Crataegus laevigata (hawthorn, 2.2% flavonoids as hyperoside) 100mg
Coleus forskohlii (10% forskolin) 50mg
Withania somnifera (ashwagandha, 10:1) 50mg
Boerhaavia diffusa (8:1) 50mg

active ingredient (herbs), filler (microcristalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate from milk, dextrin, maltodextrin) anti-coagulant (silicon dioxide), filler (potassium sorbate), capsule (hypromellose)

keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C, may be stored in refrigerator as well
keep out of reach of young children

consult a health care paractitioner prior to use if you are taking cardiac glycosides such as digitalis/digoxin, blood pressure medication, diuretics or anticoagulants/blood thinners.
Consumption with alcohol, other drugs or natural health products with sedative properites is not recommended.
Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Symptoms such as mild gastritis, constipation, headaches and/or vomiting have been known to occur.
Do not use when pregnant or nursing

allergy information
contains lactose (from milk)
contains no other familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)

suitable for vegetarians and vegans

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