Recommendations

Rationale

Notes

Allium family
(chives, garlic, onion)
2 cloves garlic or 900 mg/day

Garlic helps prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

Discuss use with doctor if you take coumadin, ginkgo or vitamin E.

Cayenne
200,000-400,000 heat units/day

Reduces cholesterol.

Take gelatin cayenne capsules with food.

Ginger
1g dried powder or 1/4-inch slice of fresh root/day

Inhibits blood clotting, lowers LDL.

Also used for nausea and motion sickness.

Ginkgo
40-60 mg 3x/day

Enhances circulation.

Should contain at least 24 percent ginkgo heterosides.

Green tea
3 cups/day or 100-150 mg 3x/day

The polyphenolics in tea may keep arteries from clogging.

Discuss use with your doctor if you take MAO inhibitors or coumadin.

Hawthorne
100-200 mg 3x/day

Dilates coronary blood vessels and reduces cholesterol.

Choose a standardized extract of 1.8 percent vitexin-2-rhamnosides.