Updated: Jan 2
Arjuna is renowned and reputed in central and southern Asia as being able to help heart health. So it was included as a lesser ingredient of Himalayan Harvest Super Superfood Gold.
But please, if you have any inkling of a heart condition, please consult a physician. Neither this website nor any of the products it promotes or sells are for illness. If you have a condition and have a doctor, please consult that doctor before consuming any of our products. The same applies if from reading this website you wish to go and buy any single herb from another source, for any medical condition, please consult your doctor. Medicine is their field of expertise.
The original article that the below summarizes is in Advances in Human Biology. Immediately below is a snippet from the paper which explains more of this herb:
Arjuna bark powder taken along with vasodilator and diuretics improves the symptoms of heart failure. Findings in the animal studies show that therapy with Arjuna bark reduces total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides and increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol in blood.
The original article is in Advances in Human Biology.
WHAT IS ARJUNA USED FOR?
Research on this herb has been conducted based on traditional use for supporting cardiovascular health*. Several antioxidants including gallic acid, ellagic acid and oligomeric proanthocyanidins have been identified in Arjuna bark. One research study conducted in ninety six humans looked at several indicators of cardiovascular health as well as blood sugar metabolism and showed promise for more research to be conducted.
Regards side affects the following was found:
So far, no serious side effects have been reported with arjuna therapy. However, its long-term safety still remains to be elucidated. Though it has been found quite useful in angina pectoris, mild hypertension, and dyslipidemia, its exact role in primary/secondary coronary prevention is yet to be explored.
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