Garlic is rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C and selenium. The two antioxidants--a water-soluble vitamin and trace mineral, respectively--help expel free radicals from the body. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that can cause extensive damage to the body's cells and tissues, and are believed to promote a variety of diseases, including heart disease, asthma, diabetes and cancer.
Ginger is referred to as Zingiber officianale known to help improve circulation. Ginger inhibits the production of COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes, resulting in a blood thinning effect similar to that of aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs. Ginger also has warming properties that promote the generation of body heat, which can help stimulate blood flow.
Green Tea is derived from the same plant as black tea, but is treated differently. Both types are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, but black tea is fermented and this process removes some of the beneficial qualities of the tea by reducing its polyphenol content. Polyphenols are antioxidants that stabilise free radicals within the body which could lead to damaging cells and it is the polyphenols within Green Tea that have been associated with its cardioprotective effects and the reduction of inflammation of blood vessel walls.
Nattokinase is a low-cholesterol food that supplies a good amount of protein, vitamin K and the minerals magnesium, copper, iron and manganese. Its vitamin K content is particularly high and helps with bone-building by promoting the use of calcium. Japanese folk medicine uses natto as a cardiovascular remedy and to help with fatigue.
Vitamin E is a group of eight fat-soluble compounds, divided into four tocopherol types and four tocotrienol types. Tocopherols are the better-studied group and are referred to as alpha, beta, gamma and delta types.
Alpha-tocopherol is a powerful antioxidant and eliminates potentially damaging free-radicals associated with aging, degeneration and cancer. The alpha-tocopherol displays anti-inflammatory effects, platelet aggregation inhibition and immune system enhancement, which has translated into lower rates of heart disease, reduced risk of macular degeneration and protection from age-related dementia.
N-acetyl cysteine is a derivative of cysteine, which is a nonessential amino acid. Cysteine itself is produced in small quantities in your body, but N-acetyl cysteine is not produced within your body, nor does it come from dietary sources. It is available in supplement form only, usually in capsule form. N-acetyl cysteine is not an essential nutrient, so no symptoms of deficiency exist. Its three primary roles as a supplement include protecting the liver, acting as an antioxidant, and aiding many bronchial conditions.