4 tonics to prevent the number one killerGuess what, despite cancer concerns, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death by disease in America, including both heart attacks and strokes, in men and women. But it’s wise to stay away from statin drugs if you have any of the “considered” warning signs of poor heart or cardiovascular health.

Reducing overall cholesterol encourages early dementia as your brain is constructed with cholesterol. It also reduces the capacity for your skin to begin its conversion of sunlight into vitamin D, a process which relies on the cholesterol in your skin. Besides, more and more MDs, even some cardiologists, are convinced that cholesterol is not the primary villain for cardiovascular disease.

Daily low dose aspirin has mixed results: Slightly less heart attacks with a higher incidence of fatal attacks; higher stroke events; lots of gastrointestinal side effects.

So here are three proven herbal approaches for maintaining cardiovascular health and a vitamin C with an essential amino acid formulation from Linus Pauling that has proven to help even those who have had heart attacks. I’m sure the name Linus Pauling will attract Big Pharma shills to troll and attack this article.

The Linus Paul Solution for Heart Health

This is my current favorite because it’s so easy to use, the ingredients are very accessible, and lots of daily vitamin C is beneficial for overall health. Linus Pauling recommends high daily doses of Vitamin C as ascorbic acid with lysine or L-lysine, an essential amino acid.

Vitamin C is a source of collagen, a vital building block for arterial walls strength and flexibility. There is a certain type of lipoprotein that is never screened with normal cholesterol tests, it’s lipoprotein or Lpa, which is sticker, smaller, and denser than LDL. Some experts believe this Lpa is a derivative of heavy sugar and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) consumption, not healthy saturated fats.

Either way, it’s small and heavy enough to borough into the outer layers inside arteries and create arterial fractures. The other cholesterol tries to patch up those fractures and then plaque builds up. Since Lpa molecules have lysine receptors, enough lysine in the blood can remove them.

But that’s like ripping off the scab on a wound before it heals. You need an abundant amount of vitamin C with its collagen production to heal the arterial wall itself. I use 3,000 to 6,000 mgs of China free, GMO free, corn free ascorbic acid with 1500 mgs of lysine daily.

The Vitamin C Foundation has a product called Cardio-C which contains the mixture, but I prefer using their pure powder with L-lysine capsules. I am not an affiliate, just a happy customer. You can explore more details on the Linus Pauling approach from the sources below.


Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn Berry has been used as a tonic for the heart and cardiovascular system for quite some time. It is used considerably as a heart condition remedy in Europe, and the tea has been used in China or by Chinese families elsewhere as a heart tonic.

The New York Heart Association has had success with using Hawthorn for functional congestive type two heart failure (CHF) in clinical trials. Hawthorn Berry tea has been a bedrock of heart tonics for many years. If there is a Chinese food market nearby, it may have Hawthorn Berry tea available.

But for therapeutic doses tinctures or extracts are recommended. Those forms are available from health food stores, herbalists, or online. For realized heart conditions, consult with a holistic health practitioner or herbalist for proper dosage.



The famous herbalist Dr. John R. Christopher, was nicknamed Dr. Cayenne because of the extent that he had advocated cayenne. He even declared that by using large doses of cayenne, he had stopped heart attacks in progress! There are other health benefits as well, including even aiding the digestive system!

Dr. Christopher recommended one teaspoonful of cayenne powder in warm water taken three times a day. Herbalist Dr. Richard Schulz recommends a half teaspoon twice a day with a higher heat rating. I was using a heat rating of 40 SHU (Scoville Heat Units), but Schulz recommends 90 SHU. These Scoville heat ratings are important. Anything under 35 SHU is useless.

Capsaicin is the essential ingredient of cayenne. You may be able to acquire capsaicin in a supplemental form by itself. Capsaicin is considered a powerful overall immune system stimulant, along with its well established effects on cardiovascular activity and its unfailing ability to revive organ secretion.


Jamaica (huh-my-ka) or Hibiscus Tea

Served cold, this is the ideal chaser for that hot cayenne pepper solution. This inexpensive flower tea is popular in Mexico, the Caribbean, and throughout the Philippines and Southeast Asia, including Taiwan. It’s very easy to purchase the dried flower leaves used to make the brew here from Mexican stores, but you may have to go online to order online.

Simply fill the bottom of a pan or pot liberally with the dried leaves, add hot water and let it steep for several minutes. It’s a good idea to make two quarts or liters (or more) at a time and refrigerate. It tastes somewhat like cranberry juice, though not nearly as bitter. The stronger the brew, the better the benefits. Make it so it turns out a deep, dark red brew. Sweeten with honey or real grade A or B maple syrup if desired.

The American Heart Association’s research has concluded that natural anthocyanins, which help strengthen collagen and improve capillary function are present in this brew. Jamaica or Hibiscus tea aids in the removal of triglycerides, which contribute to high blood pressure, blood clotting or blockage, and subsequent heart problems.

Any combination, even just one of the described tonics will give you a substantial cardiovascular health boost if you are consistent with them or it.


Paul Fassa is a contributing staff writer for REALfarmacy.com. His pet peeves are the Medical Mafia’s control over health and the food industry and government regulatory agencies’ corruption. Paul’s valiant contributions to the health movement and global paradigm shift are world renowned.


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