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Product Description - Strauss Naturals Heartdrops Original Herbal Extract 3.4 fl. oz. (100 mL)
Strauss Heartdrops® is a 300-year old European herbal formula crafted by the unique methods of the Strauss family of herbalists with 8 powerful herbs and a proprietary process that remains unduplicated. Strauss Heartdrops®, an alcohol-based extract of aged garlic, hawthorn fruit, hawthorn leaf & flower, cayenne, European mistletoe leaf and bilberry leaf in combination with motherwort and trace amounts of white willow bark, has been marketed for over 35 years.
In a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomised parallel group study to determine if in patients with chronic stable angina Strauss Heartdrops® at a dosage below the current minimum dose (15 drops, three times/day, placed under the tongue and held for a minute) for 12 weeks could reduce selected markers of cardiovascular risk (vascular compliance, exercise tolerance, blood lipid profile, inflammatory markers, blood pressure) and improve quality of life, the reduction in symptom frequency was statistically significant (p<0.05) from the 6th to 11th week compared to baseline, while the reduction in symptom severity was significant in weeks 7-8 and 10-12 compared to baseline. The results of this study suggest that supplementation with Strauss Heartdrops® improved quality of life by reducing the frequency and severity of heart disease symptoms, and without adverse effects or changes in blood chemistry despite patients concurrently taking other heart medications1.
In a one-year observational study to determine safety and efficacy, fourteen volunteer subjects ingested label-recommended dosages of Strauss Heartdrops® three times per day while maintaining their usual life-style and habits. Blood pressure was monitored monthly throughout the entire study period, and all 'at risk' blood lipids, including total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and the total cholesterol/HDL ratio were calculated using the CardioChek device. Over the one-year study period, the blood lipid values that indicated increased risk to coronary heart disease in the treatment group improved to values that were 'normal' or indicative of reduced risk. The reductions in blood lipid values and diastolic blood pressure were statistically (P<0.05) significant. The results of this study supported the safe and efficacious use of Strauss 1. Petrella R, et al. Effect of Herbal Strauss Heartdrops in Patients with Chronic Stable Angina. Study Report. KGK Synergize Inc.; 2005. Heartdrops® as a supplement for people at increased risk of heart disease2. Additional actions of Strauss Heartdrops® suggested by this study included improvement of lipid profiles, as well as in endothelial function and exercise tolerance. In a single-blind, placebo-controlled study, 150 hyperlipidemic participants were divided randomly into three equal groups and were given either enteric-coated garlic powder tablets (equal to 400 mg garlic, 1 mg allicin) twice daily, anethum graveolens tablets (650 mg) twice daily, or placebo tablets twice daily for 6 weeks. While anethum had no significant effect on lipid profiles, garlic had a statistically (P<0.001) significant favourable effect, decreasing total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol and increasing HDL-cholesterol3. Individuals with heart disease often have impaired endothelial function. As a result, vasodilation becomes limited and is worsened by oxidant stress and increased systemic inflammation. In a randomized, placebo-controlled, cross-over study involving 15 men with angiographically-proven coronary artery disease that was being treated with aspirin and a statin, 2-week supplementation (with washout periods) with aged garlic extract (AGE) led to a significant (P = 0.04) increase (44%) in brachial artery flow mediated endothelium-dependent dilation (FMD), although circulating markers of oxidative stress (plasma oxidized low density lipoprotein and peroxides), systemic inflammation (plasma C-reactive protein and interleukin-6) and endothelial activation (VCAM-1) did not change significantly during this study4. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial involving 152 participants, the plaque volumes in both carotid and femoral arteries in the group taking 900 mg/day of garlic powder over a 4-year period significantly reduced the normal increase in arteriosclerotic plaque volume by 5-18%, or even effected a slight regression within the study period. The age-dependent representation of the plaque volume that increased between 50 and 80 years in the placebo group was diminished under garlic treatment by 6-13% over 4 years. In fact, within the age-span of 50-80 years, plaque volume remained practically constant within the garlic treatment group. From these results, the authors concluded that garlic not only decreased atherosclerotic plaque progression, but could be useful in arteriosclerosis therapy, by helping to effect plaque regression5. AGE has demonstrated similar anti-atherosclerotic and anti-atherogenic effects which, on the basis of human, animal and in vitro studies, are attributable to multiple actions, including reduction of oxidative stress, reduction in platelet aggregation, vasodilation and inhibition of abnormal angiogenesis6,7. While previous studies have demonstrated that AGE inhibits the progression of coronary artery calcification7,8, the effect of AGE on noncalcified plaque (NCP) has been unclear. However, a recent study investigated whether AGE reduces coronary plaque volume measured by cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS). Fifty-five patients with MetS (mean ± SD age: 58.7 ± 6.7 y; 71% men) were prospectively assigned to consume 2,400 mg AGE/day (27 patients) or placebo (28 patients). Both groups underwent CCTA at baseline and follow-up 354 ± 41 days apart. Coronary plaque volume, including total plaque volume (TPV), dense calcium (DC), NCP, and low-attenuation plaque (LAP), were measured based upon predefined intensity cut-off values. Results of multivariable linear regression analysis, adjusting for age, gender, number of risk factors, hyperlipidemia medications, history of coronary artery disease, scan interval time, and baseline %TPV, revealed that the %LAP reduction in the AGE group compared with the lack of change in the placebo group was significant (-1.5% ± 2.3% compared with 0.2% ± 2.0%; P = 0.0049). In contrast, no difference was observed in %TPV change (0.3% ± 3.3% compared with 1.6% ± 3.0%, P = 0.13), %NCP change (0.2% ± 3.3% compared with 1.4% ± 2.9%, P = 0.14), or %DC change (0.2% ± 1.4%, compared with 0.2% ± 1.7%, P = 0.99) compared to placebo9. Thus, in addition to multiple risk reduction based upon its pleiotropic action profile6 and a specific anti-arteriosclerotic effect at the molecular level suggested by the garlic-mediated hindrance of membrane calcification7,8 and/or docking of deleterious lipoproteins to their scavenger receptor5,9, the use of garlic helps to maintain cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular incidents5.
Garlic bulb at 0.5-12 g/day is Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve the symptoms associated with upper respiratory tract infections and catarrhal conditions, as well as to help reduce elevated blood lipid levels/hyperlipidemia and maintain cardiovascular health in adults10.
Cayenne fruit is traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help support peripheral circulation when taken at a dry weight equivalent dosage of 15-650 mg/day11. Cayenne has long been recognised as one of the most powerful and persistent of cardiostimulants known, with a primary influence on circulation12, even when only very small amounts are consumed13.
Hawthorn fruit when taken at 0.6-3.5 g/day, and hawthorn leaf & flower at 0.5-5 g/day, is used in Herbal Medicine to help maintain and/or support cardiovascular health in adults14. Hawthorn has a long-standing reputation as one of the most valuable tonic remedies for the cardiovascular system15. While hawthorn fruit has Traditionally been used to strengthen and invigorate the heart and circulatory function16, leaf & flower preparations have been most studied and shown to possess cardiotonic and coronary vasodilator properties17. When taken in recommended dosages, both types of hawthorn preparation have been indicated for early or mild functional cardiac insufficiency, i.e. Stages I and II according 8. Hom C, Luo Y, Budoff MJ. The effects of aged garlic extract on coronary artery calcification progression. J. Nutr. Food Sci. 2015; S5: 005. 9. Matsumoto S, Nakanishi R, Li D, Alani A, Rezaeian P, Prabhu S, et al. 2016. Aged garlic extract reduces low attenuation plaque in coronary arteries of patients with meta bolic syndrome in a prospective randomized double-blind study. J Nutr. 2016;13. pii: jn202424. [Epub ahead of print]. 10. NNHPD Monograph on Garlic. May 2008. 11. NNHPD Monograph Cayenne-Capsicum annuum L. September 2013. 12. Lyle TJ. Physio-Medical Therapeutics, Materia Medica and Pharmacy. Ohio: Chicago Physio-Medical College; 1897. 13. Blumenthal M. (ed.) Cayenne. In: The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs. Austin, TX: The American Botanical Council; 2003. 14. NNHPD Monograph Hawthorn-Crataegus laevigata. July 2013. 15. Ellingwood F. The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy. 11th Edition. Chicago, IL: Bennett Medical College; 1919. 16. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, Gruenwald J, Hall T, Riggins CW, et al. (eds.) The Complete German Commission E Monographs—Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, TX: American Botanical Council; 1998. 17. Upton R, Petrone C. (eds.) Hawthorn Leaf with Flower. Santa Cruz, CA: American Herbal Pharmacopoeia; 1999a. to New York Health Association's classification, as well as for mild forms of arrhythmia and tachycardia17,18. The available evidence supports the combination of hawthorn with garlic in Strauss Heartdrops® for maintenance of cardiovascular health in adults.
Motherwort is described in Traditional Herbal Medicine sources as an excellent cardiac tonic, being particularly useful for heart palpitations and cardiac insufficiency associated with anxiety and/or nervous conditions16,19, especially when combined with hawthorn15, and when taken at a dosage of 2.4-6 g/day20.
European mistletoe leaf preparations are used orally in Traditional Herbal Medicine as cardiotonic and cardioprotective agents with mild hypotensive action19,21. They have been described as particularly helpful in the relief of subjective symptoms associated with cardiovascular deficiencies19,21, supporting use of the herb as a complimentary and supportive ingredient of Strauss Heartdrops®.
Similarly, bilberry leaf preparations are used Traditionally in Herbal Medicine for, among other things, poor circulation and circulatory disorders, functional heart problems, and metabolic stimulation and blood purification16,19. Use of bilberry leaf in Traditional Chinese Medicine to raise Central Qi and thereby help in venous insufficiency, capillary fragility, and atherosclerosis22, also supports its use as a complimentary and supportive ingredient of Strauss Heartdrops®.
White willow bark, best known as a natural remedy for relief of fever and pain16, may mildly potentiate the effects of anticoagulants23 and may therefore contribute, as a minor ingredient of Strauss Heartdrops®, to improving blood flow properties helpful in the support and/or maintenance of cardiovascular health.
- The only heart formula with European Mistletoe
- A 300-year old European family formula
- Scientifically validated in 3 Studies
- A product with over 1000 Personal Testimonials
- Employ a proprietary process method that yields aged garlic with stabilized allicin
- Complete with Unfiltered Bioactives
- Manufactured in a NNHPD and USFDA inspected facility
Our Herbal Formula is useful to:
- Help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system
- Support healthy circulation
Factors to Check For in Vascular Health
Blood Pressure, Chronic Stress, Circulation, Rhythm of the Heart, Arteries, Triglycerides, Blood Sugar Level, LDL Cholesterol Level
Medicinal Ingredients: Viscum album (European Mistletoe Leaf), Crateagus laevigata (Hawthorn Fruit), Crateagus laevigata (Hawthorn Leaf & Flower), Leonurus cardiac (Motherwort Herb Top), Capsicum annuum (Cayenne Fruit), Allium sativum (Aged Garlic Bulb), Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry Leaf), Salix alba (White Willow Bark).
Non Medicinal Ingredients: Non-medicinal ingredients / Ingrédients non-médicinaux: water, ethanol. The ethanol in Strauss Heartdrops™ is from a natural source. It is non-GMO and gluten-free.
Suggested Use: Adults shake well; take 1 mL - 2.5 mL (15-40 drops) 3 times daily sublingually. Swish or dilute in a small amount of liquid. Hold under tongue for 1 minute.
Warning: Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anemia, bleeding/clotting disorders, stomach ulcer, diabetes, or if you are taking other medications and/or supplements. Consult with a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Do not take if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or within 24 hours of surgery. See insert for additional information. Do not purchase this product if seal is broken or missing. Store away from children, in original container out of direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate.
Known Adverse Reactions: Hypersensitivity/allergic reactions are known to occur; headaches, dizziness, and light-headedness, and thirst may occur, in which case reduce dosage or discontinue use.
Can I take Heartdrops® while on prescribed medication?
There are no notable contraindications with medications. However, we do recommend that you leave 1 hour between taking medications. In some cases your prescription may require a dose adjustment. Please work with your health care practitioner with regards to your specific situation. Please read the product label for complete directions of use.
Can I take more than one Strauss product?
Yes, however some people prefer to leave time during the day between different supplements.
How long before I will notice any results?
The length of time it takes to feel results will depend on the product amount that you are taking and the individual. If you take the product consistently you should begin to notice an improvement in 2-6 weeks. For The Heartdrop® Guarantee please allow 90 days between clinical tests to qualify.
What if I do not get the results promised?
We offer a 90 day money back guarantee on Heartdrops®.
Are there any side effects or adverse reactions?
Generally there are no adverse reactions or side effects with Strauss products, however with some of our products some people do experience a detoxification stage in the initial week or two which may include mucous discharge from sinuses and lungs, mild headaches, skin rashes, and diarrhea. Please read the product label for complete risk information.
What type of alcohol is used in the preservation of the Heartdrops® ?
We use only NON-GMO ethanol alcohol made from corn.
Do Heartdrops® contain gluten?
No, they do not contain gluten but in order to avoid price increases we do not test every batch for gluten content as required to have a gluten-free label.
Are all the herbs organic?
Our herbs are predominantly sourced from European countries. All herbs are NON-GMO and many are ethically wild-crafted from their native habitat. Other herbs are either organic, natural or grown with traditional farming practices. All are naturally sourced and all batches are third-party tested to be free of heavy metals, pesticides, and microbial contamination.
- Petrella R, et al. Effect of Herbal Strauss Heartdrops in Patients with Chronic Stable Angina. Study Report. KGK Synergize Inc.; 2005.
- Hornby P. A One-Year Observational Study to Determine the Efficacy and Safety of Strauss Heartdrops in Reducing Risk to Coronary Heart Disease. Study Report. Hedron Analytical Inc.; 2006.
- Kojuri J, Vosoughi AR, Akrami M. Effects of anethum graveolens and garlic on lipid profile in hyperlipidemic patients. Lipids Health Dis. 2007; 6: 5.
- Williams MJA, Sutherland WH, McCormick MP, Yeoman DJ, de Jong SA. Aged garlic extract improves endothelial function in men with coronary artery disease. Phytother. Res. 2005; 19: 314-319.
- Koscielny J, Klüssendorf D, Latza R, Schmitt R, Radtke H, Siegel G, Kiesewetter H. The antiatherosclerotic effect of Allium sativum. Atherosclerosis 1999; 144(1): 237-249.
- Siegel G, Walter A, Engel S, Walper A, Michel F. Pleiotropic effects of garlic. Wien Med Wochenschr. 1999; 149(8-10): 217-224. Siegel G, Malmsten M, Pietzsch J, Schmidt A, Buddecke E, Michel F, et al. The effect of garlic on arteriosclerotic nanoplaque formation and size. Phytomedicine 2004; 11(1): 24-35.
- Budoff M. Aged garlic extract retards progression of coronary artery calcification. J Nutr. 2006; 136(3 Suppl): 741S-744S.
- Hom C, Luo Y, Budoff MJ. The effects of aged garlic extract on coronary artery calcification progression. J. Nutr. Food Sci. 2015; S5: 005.
- Matsumoto S, Nakanishi R, Li D, Alani A, Rezaeian P, Prabhu S, et al. 2016. Aged garlic extract reduces low attenuation plaque in coronary arteries of patients with meta bolic syndrome in a prospective randomized double-blind study. J Nutr. 2016;13. pii: jn202424. [Epub ahead of print].
- NNHPD Monograph on Garlic. May 2008.
- NNHPD Monograph Cayenne-Capsicum annuum L. September 2013.
- Lyle TJ. Physio-Medical Therapeutics, Materia Medica and Pharmacy. Ohio: Chicago Physio-Medical College; 1897.
- Blumenthal M. (ed.) Cayenne. In: The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs. Austin, TX: The American Botanical Council; 2003.
- NNHPD Monograph Hawthorn-Crataegus laevigata. July 2013.
- Ellingwood F. The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy. 11th Edition. Chicago, IL: Bennett Medical College; 1919.
- Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, Gruenwald J, Hall T, Riggins CW, et al. (eds.) The Complete German Commission E Monographs-Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, TX: American Botanical Council; 1998.
- Upton R, Petrone C. (eds.) Hawthorn Leaf with Flower. Santa Cruz, CA: American Herbal Pharmacopoeia; 1999a.
- Upton R, Petrone C. (eds.) Hawthorn Berry. Santa Cruz, CA: American Herbal Phar macopoeia; 1999b.
- Weiss RF. Weiss's Herbal Medicine, Classic Edition. New York, NY: Thieme; 2001.
- Bradley PR. (ed.) British Herbal Compendium, Vol.1. Bournemouth, UK: British Herbal Medicine Association; 1992.
- BHP (British Herbal Pharmacopoeia). Bournemouth, UK: British Herbal Medicine Association; 1983.
- Holmes P. The Energetics of Western Herbs. Treatment Strategies Integrating Western and Oriental Herbal Medicine, Revised Third Edition, Vol.2. Boulder, CO: Snow Lotus Press; 1998.
- Mills S, Bone K. The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety. St. Louis, MI: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2005.
|Product Type||Herbal Extract|
|Days of Use||13|
|Volume||3.4 fl. oz.|
|Country of Manufacture||Canada|
|Herb Extract Base||Alcohol|
|How Many Drops?||3.4 fl. oz. = 1,550 Drops|
|How Many Teaspoons?||3.4 fl. oz. = 20.4 teaspoons|
|How Many Tablespoons?||3.4 fl. oz. = 6.8 Tablespoons|
|Has A Dropper?||Yes|
Strauss Naturals™ has been helping people regain their health for decades and we feel privileged to represent the result of eight generations of development, experience and production of its herbal formulas.
Strauss Naturals™ head office and two manufacturing facilities are located in the beautiful city of Kamloops, found in the heart of Thompson Valley, British Columbia. Strauss Naturals™ is a GMP certified, NNHPD licensed, and a US FDA inspected manufacturer. We are the sole producer and worldwide supplier of the 300 year old Strauss Heartdrops® herbal formula.
Strauss Heartdrops® are sold in the US as a supplement to help support a healthy cardiovascular system.
The 8th generation family formula follows an ancient yet revolutionary method of aging garlic, making it the world's first known source of aged garlic with stabilized allicin (both aged garlic and allicin have profound heart health benefits). Strauss Naturals™ also developed the world's first test method for analysing European Mistletoe compounds and makes the only heart formula to contain it. Strauss Heartdrops® is the subject of over 1000 testimonials, 3 scientific validations, and is currently in multiple studies worldwide.
Strauss Naturals™ and its traditional products are the result of eight generations of practice in development, production, and application of herbal formulas. Most of our products have been in use for centuries, having been passed down through generations in the Strauss family of herbalists.
The chain was almost broken when my father's herbal practice - under his grandmother (the town herbalist) - was interrupted by World War II. My Dad lost most of his friends, schoolmates, and fellow citizens to the Mukachevo (Munkács) Ghetto and eventually found himself starving in a Russian work camp. Dad later escaped from Russia-occupied Hungary with his family, across mine-fields and over electric fences, while avoiding machine gun fire and perimeter tanks. What he did not escape was the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) that commonly affects veterans like him.
Due to the cardiovascular stresses and challenges that PTSD causes, it is no wonder my Dad began to be very concerned about his heart health at age 57. He reached a low point with his circulation, and everyday functionality. But thankfully he remembered the traditional approach of using synergistic blends of beneficial herbs. I was 15 at the time, and Dad had me obtain and process a collection of herbs, until he was satisfied with the taste. This formulation is now known as Strauss Heartdrops.® This experience and his improvement to good health convinced us we had to return to our family tradition.
Since then, we have been helping people regain their health for decades and feel privileged to represent the result of generations of experience, and our family's unique understanding and approach to making herbal formulas. It has always been my desire, and I know Dad would want the same, to help as many people as possible. Please help us spread the word of good health.
Peter Strauss, Co-founder & Master Herbalist
P.S. My Dad passed away on Easter Sunday, 2009 due to accidental aspiration. His heart never gave him any further problems.
All Strauss dietary supplements are free of caffeine, dairy, gluten, preservatives and soy. Our products are made only with the highest quality natural ingredients and do not contain artificial colors or sweeteners.
Strauss Naturals™ LTD.
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