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Heart Protection – Naturally

Thursday, 16 December 2010 08:34 AM

Traditional medicine’s prescriptions for atherosclerosis — stainless steel stents to open blocked arteries, the so-called “heart healthy diet,” and more — haven’t worked. But there is compelling evidence demonstrating that some nutraceuticals, such as folate, curcumin, and vitamins D3 and B12, not only halt the progression of atherosclerosis, but in many cases reverse it.

Most people have heard that Bill Clinton suffered a major heart attack and was treated with stent insertion, in which a small metal tube is placed at the site of blocked coronary arteries. He has since had to undergo repeat surgery to replace the stents, which had become blocked off with atherosclerotic buildup.

What this means is that despite carefully following an orthodox medical diet recommendation, exercising, and religiously taking his statin drugs, Clinton’s atherosclerosis progressed as if he had done nothing. It is accepted that a large percentage of people having coronary artery stent surgery will have the same result as Clinton within three to five years of the surgery.

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There are several reasons why traditional medicine’s treatments for atherosclerosis have been unsuccessful:

• The stents are made of stainless steel that contains nickel, which often stimulates immune reactions leading to atherosclerosis

• The recommended heart healthy diet is high in omega-6 fats, which have been shown to accelerate atherosclerosis

• Statins are overrated and dangerous. In fact, every study shows they are no more effective than taking an aspirin a day.

However, nutraceuticals — a term combining “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical” coined by Dr. Steven DeFelice in 1989 — can prevent and sometimes reduce atherosclerosis. Those that do include:

• Ellagic acid (high in pomegranates)
• Curcumin
• Quercetin
• Resveratrol
• Natural vitamin E
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin D3
• Vitamin B12
• Vitamin B6
• Folate
• Magnesium
• Omega-3 oils
• Garlic extract

Unlike the research on statin drugs, the research on nutraceuticals looked at their ability to actually inhibit atherosclerosis through pathological examinations of blood vessels. Most statin research deceptively refers to “reducing risk factors,” but never looks at the blood vessels themselves.

One of the most powerful links to the risks of having a heart attack — coronary artery calcification, high blood pressure, and heart failure — is low vitamin D3 levels. A 2008 Health Professionals Study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found a direct relationship between low vitamin D3 levels and risk of heart attack in men, with the risk increasing over 200 percent at the lowest vitamin D3 levels. Even men with a slightly lower vitamin D3 level (near the recommend level of 30 ng/ml) had an increased heart attack risk of 60 percent.

Vitamin D3 is thought to inhibit atherosclerosis by reducing inflammation, inhibiting the renin-angiotensin system (related to hypertension), suppressing foam cell formation, preventing cell proliferation in the heart and blood vessels, and preventing lipid oxidation. Combining magnesium and vitamin D3 dramatically increases the effectiveness of preventing atherosclerosis.

For the latest information on how to protect your heart, see my report "New Heart Revelations."

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