Many Medicines Come from the Plant World
Many pharmaceutical drugs have come from the plant world like digitalis from fox glove, Tamiflu from the Chinese Star Anise plant and many more. Now, a Japanese study published July 23, 2018 in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that a giant-sized radish called the Sakurajima Daikon might have compounds that can treat cardiovascular disease and prevent heart attacks and strokes. This radish can reach an enormous size and weight with one reported, as weighing in at 69 pounds! Radishes are good sources of antioxidants and some reports show that they might reduce high blood pressure and prevent blood clots that can lead to strokes. The researchers specifically wanted to examine nitric oxide production in the radish, which is a significant regulator of the function of coronary blood vessels.
Giant Radish Induces Nitric Oxide and Contains Trigonelline
The researchers discovered that the giant radish induced more nitric oxide into human and pig blood vessels, as compared to a smaller radish. They also discovered that a plant hormone called trigonelline, is the active component in Sakurajima Daikon that triggers a cascade of changes in coronary blood vessels that result in improved nitric oxide production.
Cardiovascular Disease is the Leading Cause of Death in the United States
Cardiovascular disease that leads to heart attacks and strokes is the number one leading cause of death in the United States and also a leading cause of disability, especially for people who have strokes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year (1 in every 4 deaths).
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but more than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
- Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease and kills over 370,000 people every year.
- About 735,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 occur in people who have already had a heart attack.
Risk Factors for Heart Attacks
Half of Americans (47%) have one of these three main risk factors:
High blood pressure
Make sure you have your blood pressure under control. New guidelines are now that more than 130/70 is high blood pressure.
The oxidation of LDL cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.
If you do not smoke, do not begin and if you do smoke, try to quit, as nicotine and smoke causes damage to blood vessels and also raise blood pressure.
These main three risk factors are followed by:
According to a recent study in Cell Metabolism, some people can reverse diabetes by losing weight, which leads to losing the build-up of fat in the pancreas and liver. This can lead to remission of type 2 diabetes.
Overweight and Obesity
Since cardiovascular disease is mainly silent until an attack or stroke, most people do not take being overweight seriously.
Bad Nutritional Dietary Choices
Fast foods and snacking on junk foods cause more damage than most people realize.
A sedentary lifestyle is just asking for trouble. Try to walk more, as even a brisk 10 minute walk a day can do a lot to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Excessive Alcohol Use
Americans are big social drinkers and alcohol also raises the risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Few Americans would want to return to the days of prohibition, but too much drinking is just looking for trouble.
Warning Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Unfortunately these symptoms can also be for many other medical conditions. People do not always act in time in response to these early warning symptoms and for this reason 47% die of sudden heart attacks outside of hospitals.
- Chest pain or tight or uncomfortable feeling.
- Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach.
- Shortness of breath.
- Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats.
Rehabilitation after a Heart Attack or Stroke
Research has shown that those who participate in rehabilitation after a cardiovascular event like a heart attack or stroke heal faster, regain motor function and or less likely to have a second heart attack or stroke.
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Since cardiovascular disease is the number one killer, any new discovery that could lead to new medicines should be welcomed such as the recently published discoveries about the giant Japanese radish. However, lifestyle changes must also be made so that we take better care of our bodies.