There are various medications that help to relieve the chest pain, but they don’t actually completely cure it. Natural remedies like minerals and vitamins may improve it or they may prevent it from worsening. Angina is nothing but the crushing or squeezing pain that is felt typically when heart isn’t getting enough blood, in fact oxygen. Usually this pain starts from breastbone and slowly radiates to the shoulder, arm and jaw, thus increasing its intensity until it reaches plateau and then declines. Angina attack can last up to 15-20 minutes.
- The buildup of plaque, which is atherosclerosis in the arteries that supply blood to the heart, results in angina.
- Similar to various other muscles in the human body, heart also need blood and oxygen to perform the pumping action throughout the body resulting in circulatory function.
- Atherosclerosis is the condition where the arteries may be wide enough to supply blood during rest condition, but they cannot supply oxygen-rich blood when physical activity and demand increases, thus heart demand increases.
- Any physical activities such as climbing stairs, running and while even having sex would result in angina attacks.
- Various other similar cases also causes angina, when there exists a block in the blood flow thus hindering the blood flow and supply of oxygenated blood to the heart comes to a halt and forms a blood clot on the surface of blood vessel’s plaque and these temporarily blocks a coronary artery, which is heart attack.
- If coronary artery gets into spasm, that may also result in angina.
- Crushing or squeezing chest pain.
- Shortness of breath.
- Vitamin C – 1000mg 3 times a day. Reduce dose if diarrhoea develops.
- Vitamin E – 500 IU twice a day with food. Check with your doctor if taking anticoagulant drugs.
- Magnesium – 200mg twice a day. Be careful taking magnesium if you have kidney disease.
- Arginine – 500mg L-arginine 3 times a day on an empty stomach. If using longer than 1 month, add mixed amino acids.
- Carnitine – 500mg L-carnitine 3 times a day on an empty stomach. If using longer than 1 month, add mixed amino acids.
- Taurine – 500mg L-taurine 3 times a day on an empty stomach. If using longer than 1 month, add mixed amino acids.
- Coenzyme Q10 – 20-30mg 3 times a day with food. Capsules may be more effective than tablets.
- Hawthorn – 100-150mg 3 times a day. Standardized to contain at least 1-3% flavonoids.
- Essential fatty acids – 1 tbsp flax seed oil a day; 2000mg fish oils 3 times a day. Take fish oils if you don’t eat fish at least 3 times a week.
- Quit smoking and avoid smoky places.
- Eat a low-fat high-fiber diet.
- Use cold-pressed olive oil instead of butter.
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Various oily fishes such as salmon, sardines, mullet and herring are very good for heart health, but the fishes must be fresh and steamed and must not be fried under high temperatures, since that would damage the oils.