15 of the Best Herbs and Spices for a Healthy Heart (#10 is Little Weird)

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7. Fenugreek Seeds

This herb isn’t as popular or as common as some of the other herbs here, but fenugreek has powerful cardio-protective benefits due to its high level of antioxidants. There are numerous compounds in fenugreek that help  clear up clogged arteries, lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and prevent heart attacks. It also helps to prevent obesity by stabilizing blood sugar levels, two major contributors to heart disease. To use these seeds, soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in one cup of water overnight. In the morning, strain out the seeds and eat them on an empty stomach. Do this every day for best results.

 

8. Rosemary

This wonderfully scented spice is a huge boon to the immune system and the brain. Your immune system can help keep your heart healthy by fighting short term dangers, like the flu or a cold, and long term risks like heart disease. Rosemary improves the circulation, which is also good for the heart. Improved circulation helps every single organ in the body, including the brain. So add rosemary to your cooking or try some rosemary tea.

 

9. Coriander

Sometimes coriander is called cilantro, but no matter what you call it, coriander seeds and leaves are great for the heart since they contains natural antioxidants and antiplatelet compounds. This can help reduce platelet aggregation, which impairs blood flow to the heart. Coriander seeds can reduce LDL cholesterol, as well as triglycerides. The Journal of Environmental Biology published a 2008 study proving that coriander seeds were very beneficial to blood cholesterol levels. Coriander can also help manage diabetes, which is a major risk factor in heart disease.

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