Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna) – an Indian tree, whose bark extracts are used due to its cardioprotective properties. It shows the ability to optimise the lipid profile and thus reduces the incidence of atherosclerotic lesions. In addition, it influences beneficially cardiac function, may lower elevated blood pressure and increase the rate of myocardial contraction.
Because of a high content of antioxidant flavonoids, arjuna is also a strong antioxidant. It decreases the amount of free radicals in the body, thereby reducing oxidative stress. It shows thus a wide range of health benefits. The regulation of oxidative stress is indicated as a preventive measure against cancer.
Supplements with Terminalia arjuna should be taken with caution by persons with low blood pressure. These preparations should not be taken together with antihypertensives.