In an earlier trial in people with both stable and unstable angina, three
months’ of Arjuna supplementation cut angina attacks by 50% among the
stable angina patients. These patients also experienced significant
reductions in systolic blood pressure, while exercise tolerance
improved, with patients taking longer to develop chest pains and signs
of oxygen starvation on the electrocardiogram (ECG). While patients with
unstable angina did not gain these benefits, both patient groups
experienced improvements in the function of the left ventricle, the
chamber of the heart that sends blood out to the rest of the body and
whose dysfunction is a key part of unstable angina.
Arjuna in Congestive Heart Failure
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study in patients
with congestive heart failure, people taking Arjuna experienced
improvements in the signs and symptoms of heart failure. The grade of
heart failure was reduced from class IV (the most serious degree, when
your symptoms are present even at rest, and any physical activity simply
makes things worse) to an average class III (where you may become tired
and have difficulty breathing when you exercise, but you’re comfortable
at rest). As well, their hearts were able to pump 10% more blood with
each stroke while using Arjuna, while their hearts’ efficiency at
emptying blood out the left ventricle (ejection fraction) jumped by
nearly one-fifth (19.5%).
This group of people with heart failure was then tracked after the
trial itself had ended as they continued taking Arjuna along with more
conventional medications. As a group, these people’s symptoms, exercise
tolerance, disease class, and quality of life continued to improve over
the course of the next two years (on average) of Arjuna use.
Other Heart Health Benefits
Other trials have found that Arjuna has additional, long-term
benefits, providing antioxidant protection and supporting healthier
cholesterol balance. Animal studies also suggest that Arjuna may reduce
damage to the heart muscle after a heart attack, providing protection to
the heart in the worst possible crisis.
Heart disease and heart ailments are a common
concern, especially among the elderly population. Usually,
pharmaceutical cocktails are used to help control these severe diseases.
Though not well-known in modern medicine or in North-American
supplement markets, arjuna has been clinically demonstrated to support
healthful heart functions by improving blood flow to the heart, reducing
blood pressure levels and by balancing cholesterol.
is an effective natural remedy to use
for heart health management which has been successfully used in
traditional and non-traditional medicine realms.
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