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Strategies for a Healthy Heart

Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 08:47 AM

Heart failure is one of the fastest-growing causes of hospitalizations and deaths in the Western world, and the condition is hitting senior citizens especially hard. A 7-year study found that heart failure in people over age 65 increased 131 percent, with women showing the greatest increase. Among younger people, men are more likely to suffer heart failure. When conventional treatments are used, about 50 percent of both sexes will die within five years of diagnosis.
Several strategies can change the odds in your favor. Below are four of the most important.
Take Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is being shown to be one of our most important supplements. In truth, vitamin D3 is not a vitamin; rather, it is a neurohormone. As we have discovered, the primary cause of heart failure, or at least its progression, is chronic inflammation. Therefore, anything that reduces inflammation should also improve heart failure.
A number of studies are confirming this observation. Vitamin D3 has been shown to suppress the release of the inflammatory cytokine TNF-a and to increase the anti-inflammatory cytokine called IL-10 — the higher the dose of the vitamin D3, the greater the beneficial effect. To learn more about vitamin D3, read my special report "Vitamin D's Hidden Role in Your Health."
Avoid Statin Drugs. Statin drugs have been shown to dramatically lower CoQ10 levels in the heart. It is interesting to note that the dramatic rise in congestive heart failure started about the same time as the widespread use of these drugs. Only recently have some cardiologists started recommending CoQ10 supplementation to their patients who use statins. Many still do not use it.
Increase Omega-3’s. Omega-3 fats play a major role in reducing heart disease and especially death from heart disease. One of the major ways omega-3 oils reduce cardiovascular deaths is by reducing fatal arrhythmias. "Omega 3: Nature’s Miracle Panacea" explains how omega-3 oils also lower your risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
Reduce Excitotoxins in Your Diet. Excitotoxins in the diet have been shown to raise blood glutamate levels anywhere from 20-fold to 50-fold higher than fasting levels. At high levels, glutamate overstimulates the heart and can lead to destruction of heart muscle cells and the electrical conduction system. This can lead to heart failure and arrhythmias.
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