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Excess Iron Causes Heart Attack and Stroke

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Most heart attacks and strokes do not result simply from plaque buildup and blockage in an artery. Rather, most heart attacks and strokes are caused by the sudden appearance of a blood clot at the site of an unstable plaque.
 
When all this inflammation is occurring within a blood vessel, the body tries to contain the problem by various means:
 
• Cooling down the inflammation
 
• Encasing the inflammation in a wall of tough collagen
 
• Boosting antioxidant defenses
 
If successful, blockage of the vessel is unlikely. But in many cases, the inflammation only worsens, and eventually the collagen cap over the inflammation weakens and ruptures, spilling toxic pus out into the blood vessel.
 
This pus triggers a blood clot to form in an effort to keep the inflammation from spreading further — unfortunately, it also shuts off the blood supply in the blood vessel.
 
Of critical importance to containing this toxic pus is the strength of the collagen cap over the plaque. One of the major causes of weakening of the plaque cap is release of an enzyme called MMP-9 (matrix metalloproteinase-9). This enzyme dissolves the cap, making a rupture more likely. Excess iron seems to promote MMP-9 activation.
 
A number of nutritional compounds can significantly strengthen the cap, including:
 
• Grape seed extract (anthrocyanadins)
 
• Curcumin
 
• Quercetin
 
• Ellagic acid
 
• Hesperidin
 
• Luteolin
 
• Vitamin C
 
• Zinc
 
These are also powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which help cool the reactions within the wall of the blood vessel. Not only are these natural substances more effective by far than statin drugs, they are much safer.
 
There is compelling evidence that excess iron is playing a major role in a number of diseases. The most compelling evidence links iron to neurodegenerative diseases and cardiovascular
diseases.
 
While the evidence is not strong enough to say iron overloading is the cause of these disorders, it is playing a major role in driving the process that is at the root of each disorder.
 
Research suggests that lowering iron levels may prevent many of these disorders and slow the progression of others.

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Most heart attacks and strokes do not result simply from plaque buildup and blockage in an artery. Rather, most heart attacks and strokes are caused by the sudden appearance of a blood clot at the site of an unstable plaque.
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