Heart Disease

Boost Your Heart Health

10 More Ways to Boost your Heart Health
Posted: 29 May 2013 04:23 PM PDT
In addition to taking ProArgi-9+, here are some healthy ways to boost your heart health:

1. Get active and stay active; take 30 minutes five times a week or more to get some wonderful exercise. Set a healthy heart-rate target and enjoy the movement!

2. Veggies! They are so good for your heart. Don’t be a stranger to the produce section of your local market.

3. Drink plenty of water. The body dehydrates quickly, often before we even feel thirsty.

4. Keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels in check with regular screenings.

5. Control your cholesterol by eating very little processed sugars and starches. Need something sweet? Two servings of whole fruit each day can satisfy that in a healthy way.

6. Get a good night’s sleep. Instead of staying up to watch the Late Show, go hit the sack. If you are struggling to get a healthy amount of sleep, see a doctor for some help. Your heart will thank you.

7. If you smoke, stop; it’s the best thing you can do for your heart.

8. Stop stress in its tracks by making time for activities that you find relaxing. Exercise also helps with stress (see list item #1 above).

9. Talk to your health care provider about your heart disease risk facts at your next checkup.

10. Supplement your diet with Omega-3 fatty acids, and Coenzyme Q10 as these ensure an adequate supply of energy and nutrition for your body’s most important muscle – your heart.

High Desert Heart Institute Study Results

Dr. Sive Arunasalam, from the High Desert Heart Institute in Victorville, California announced the results of the study using Proargi9, which are now public record though unpublished.

A few compelling results were as follows:
• 18% increase in HDL Cholesterol
• 40% decrease in triglycerides
• 8% Glucose reduction
• 25% decrease in c-reactive proteins
• 11% reduction creatine levels
• 35% increase in magnesium levels (even though there is no magnesium in the product) magnesium is very important in improving heart health

• Decreases in platelets in the blood
• Albumin decreased by 70%
• Bilirubin decreased significantly
• Vitamin D levels increased by 183%
• Systolic BP decreased by 13%
• Diastolic BP decreased by 17%
• Peripheral blood flow increased to the feet (an ankle reading) by 16%
• CASP (Central Aortic Systolic Pressure) decreased by 6%
• Pulmonary Hypertension dramatically improved
• Quality of life measurements significantly improved for all participants

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

Risk Factors
There are many cardiovascular disease risk factors of which to be aware. While all of these factors are serious, it is important to remember that with a diet based on heart healthy foods, nutritional supplements, and exercise, you can prevent and even reverse these cardiovascular disease risk factors. Below are some of the most common risk factors.

Asymmetric Dimethylarginine (ADMA) – This modified amino acid is a better indicator of endothelial dysfunction than the blood level of cholesterol.

Smoking – Tobacco smoke has about 4,000 different substances in it, and any of them can cause problems with your blood vessels. Even second-hand smoke damages blood vessels and speeds up plaque formation. There are several poisons, one being nicotine, that damage blood vessels. John P. Cooke, M.D., Ph.D. and head of vascular research at Stanford University School of Medicine has shown in his research that nicotine can cause plaques and tumors to grow much more quickly. (Short-term use of nicotine patches or gums to stop smoking is safe).

Obesity – Excess body fat is a cardiovascular disease risk factor that puts strain on the heart, elevates blood pressure, and raises cholesterol levels. It also increases the chance of developing diabetes. Overweight individuals tend to lead more sedentary lifestyles, have high blood pressure, and higher blood sugar levels, which all can damage to the endothelium.

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension – This disorder is caused by too much pressure of the blood against the blood vessel walls and heart. This damages both the blood vessels and heart over time. High blood pressure may be caused by high levels of circulating hormones such as angiotensin and adrenaline. These “stress” hormones are useful if you are in a flight-or-fight situation, but if they are constantly increased, then blood vessels will form free radicals that can damage the endothelium and reduce production of nitric oxide.

Diabetes – Often termed the silent epidemic, diabetes involves high blood sugar levels, which seriously increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you have excessive amounts of sugar in the blood, the sugar sticks to the proteins in the blood vessels. These “glycosylated” proteins function abnormally, and the body does not recognize them. The body’s immune system thinks they are a foreign substance and may attack them. This results in inflammation in the blood vessel wall that can damage the vessel and speed up hardening of the arteries or arteriosclerosis (the general term for any hardening of the arteries; atherosclerosis is hardening of the arteries caused by fatty deposits of plaque in the arterial wall).
High Cholesterol – While high cholesterol is a heart disease risk factor, to what extent depends on several variables. If you have a healthy endothelium that produces adequate nitric oxide, then cholesterol is not much of a risk factor. Knowing your HDL to LDL cholesterol ratio is also an important factor, as your body needs plenty of HDL cholesterol for the structure of our cell membranes.

Homocysteine – This cardiovascular disease risk factor is a modified amino acid that comes from another amino acid, methionine. Our bodies can produce methionine, and we also ingest it from protein we eat. Methionine is converted to homocysteine in a chemical reaction that is important for cell function. However, homocysteine in high levels can damage endothelial cells. The most common reason for high homocysteine levels is vitamin B deficiency. Supplementing with B vitamins can lower homocysteine, and l-arginine or antioxidants like vitamin C may reverse the effects of homocysteine.

C-reactive protein (CRP) – CRP is a protein found in the blood, the levels of which rise as a response to inflammation. Recent research indicates that patients with elevated basal levels of CRP are at an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Stress – Stress is another cardiovascular disease risk factor that can cause damage to the blood vessels. Like other muscles in your body, blood vessels contract and expand according to signals from the nervous system. Fear, anxiety, and stress can activate nerve fibers in the blood vessels, which release adrenaline-like substances into the vessel wall, causing it to either relax or constrict. This helps explains why angina (chest pain) can occur when you have blood vessels that are narrowed by plaque, by activating the nerves in the blood vessels, causing them to constrict.

Vasoconstrictor nerves activated by anger or other stron emotions also stimulate the adrenal gland to release adrenaline into the blood stream. Adrenaline causes the heart to race, along with constricting vessels in the skin and gut, and relaxes vessels to the heart and brain. This is in order to redirect blood to where it is needed in a fight-or-flight situation. Adrenaline also improves the ability of blood to clot. This reaction is beneficial in certain situations, but not if you feel stress from work, traffic for example.

Parasympathetic nerves are ones that slow the heartbeat and cause blood vessels to relax and open. Obviously it is better for these nerves to have more influence over your coronary arteries and heart. This should be the goal with any stress reduction plan.

Sedentary Lifestyle – Is a cardiovascular disease risk factor that makes you twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke than an active person. Exercising daily benefits cardiovascular health in many ways. Exercise increases your production of good cholesterol (HDL) and decreases your production of bad cholesterol (LDL). It also reduces your blood sugar levels, stress hormones (adrenaline), lowers your resting heart rate and blood pressure, helps with weight loss, and directly benefits the health of your endothelium and blood vessels. Even moderate daily exercise, such as vigorous walking for 30 minutes, can help add years to your life.

One quarter of the Unites States population suffers from at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor, but by taking proper steps through a heart healthy diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise you can take steps toward preventing and even reversing heart disease

L-arginine – ProArgi-9+

Named the “Molecule of the Year” by the American Academy of Science, l-arginine is a vital amino acid that is essential to your cardiovascular health.

In the body, l-arginine is converted to nitric oxide, a molecule that helps blood vessels relax and open for greater blood flow. This reduces stress on the heart, helps maintain already-normal blood pressure levels, and improves circulation and overall cardiovascular function.

ProArgi-9+ is an industry leading product containing l-arginine and has quickly emerged as a serious source of cardiovascular protection. By providing support to an already-healthy heart, ProArgi-9+ has revolutionized the fight against heart health concerns.

Statin Drugs by Dr Mercola

Statins are the world’s most-prescribed class of medications. A staggering one in four Americans over the age of 45 now take cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Pravachol, Mevacor, Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, and others. A majority of them are taking these drugs for primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

However, mounting research suggests this could be a critical mistake.

Most recently, two separate studies have concluded that progression of coronary artery calcification, which is the hallmark of potentially lethal heart disease, is INCREASED with statin drug use.

Statins Increase Prevalence of Coronary Calcification by More than 50 Percent!

A new study in the journal Atherosclerosis1 shows that statin use is associated with a 52 percent increased prevalence and extent of calcified coronary plaque compared to non-users. None of the participants in the study – 6,673 in all – had any known coronary artery disease at the time of undergoing coronary CT angiography (CCTA) – a non-invasive method that allows you to see coronary atherosclerotic features, including plaque composition.

Arterial plaque is a hallmark of cardiovascular disease and increases your risk of all-cause mortality, so clearly, anything that increases calcification and stiffening of your arteries is wisely avoided. And statins seem to fall into this category.

These disturbing findings come right on the heels of another study published in the journal Diabetes Care,2 which discovered that type 2 diabetics with advanced atherosclerosis who are frequent statin users have significantly higher amounts of coronary artery calcification compared to less frequent users of the drug.

Furthermore, in a subgroup of participants who initially were not receiving statins, progression of both coronary artery calcification as well as abdominal aortic artery calcification was significantly increased when they began frequent statin use.

The authors concluded that:

“More frequent statin use is associated with accelerated coronary artery calcification in T2DM patients with advanced atherosclerosis.”

So much for statins being the answer for diabetics… Diabetes is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is why many diabetics are prescribed a statin drug to reduce their risk. Alas, as these studies show, statins actually accelerate the progression of disease!

Making matters worse, statins have also been shown to significantly increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you don’t have it already. This is a risk everyone needs to be aware of. In one study, statins increased the risk of type 2 diabetics in postmenopausal women by 48 percent.

Few People Really Benefit from a Statin Drug

Statins, I believe, are one of the most unnecessary drugs on the market. A small group of people with familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic defect that causes cholesterol levels above 325-350, do seem to benefit from statins. However, in my clinical experience over more than two decades and tens of thousands of patients, I had a grand total of three patients that fell into this category as it’s a relatively uncommon genetic problem.

The fact that one in four Americans over the age of 45 is now taking a statin drug as a form of “preventive medicine” does not bode well when you consider the massive increases in disease risk these drugs are now associated with. It’s downright shocking that doctors are so slow to realize the potential damage inflicted on their patients for no reward at all.

The research that led to statins being heavily promoted as a form of primary prevention of heart disease and stroke was funded by AstraZeneca, the maker of Crestor. Since the release of that study in 2008, none of their claims have turned out to hold water in subsequent research. On the contrary, as the two featured studies show, they actually worsen cardiovascular disease progression.

The drugs also come with an avalanche of other potential side effects, which tend to be dose dependent. In fact, as of 2009 there were well over 900 studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from muscle problems to increased cancer risk. One of the primary mechanisms of harm appears to be CoQ10 depletion. If you take statin drugs without supplementing with CoQ10 (or ideally, the reduced form, called ubiquinol, which is far more effective), your health is at serious risk.

GreenMedInfo.com has compiled over 300 documented adverse health effects associated with statins, some of the most common of which include:

Muscle problems, polyneuropathy (nerve damage in the hands and feet), and rhabdomyolysis (a serious degenerative muscle tissue condition), Anemia,
Acidosis, Sexual dysfunction, Immune depression, Cataracts, Pancreas or liver dysfunction, including a potential increase in liver enzymes, Memory loss.

What You Need to Know About Cholesterol in Order to Understand the Dangers of Statins

Statin drugs work by preventing the formation of cholesterol and reduce LDL cholesterol, which is considered the “bad” cholesterol. There is no argument that these drugs can effectively lower your cholesterol levels. However, what has NOT been proven is that they significantly lower your risk of dying from heart disease. In no way, shape or form do they treat the underlying cause of your problem. They are nothing more than a toxic band-aid.

So just what makes statins so dangerous, and why are they not the answer for managing your cholesterol levels?

First you need to understand the biological workings of cholesterol. In fact, there is no such thing as “good” or “bad” cholesterol. Both HDL and LDL cholesterol perform vital functions in your body, which is why it’s actually dangerous to bring your LDL levels down too low.

HDL (high density lipoprotein) and LDL (low density lipoprotein) are actually proteins that transport the cholesterol to and from your tissues. Cholesterol in turn is a precursor to your steroid hormones, bile acids, cell membrane walls and vitamin D. For example, cholesterol is essential for you to make testosterone or estrogen, cortisol, DHEA or pregnenolone, or a multitude of other steroid hormones that are necessary for health, without cholesterol. Even more importantly, your cells cannot regenerate their membranes without it.

The reason you have LDL to begin with is to transport the cholesterol to the tissues in order to make new cells and repair damaged ones. However, there are different sizes of LDL particles and it’s the LDL particle size that is relevant, and statins do not modulate the size of the particles. Unfortunately, most people still don’t know about that part, and very rarely, if ever, get tested for particle size. The particles are sticky, so very small LDL’s can easily get stuck in different areas, and the build-up eventually causes inflammation and damage.

The only way to make sure your LDL particles are large enough to not cause damage is through your diet. In fact, it’s one of the major functions of insulin.

Conveniently enough, a healthy diet is also the answer for type 2 diabetes, so by focusing on what you eat, you’re treating both your diabetes and your cholesterol levels, and reducing your associated risk of heart disease. If you eat properly, which is really the only known good way to regulate LDL particle size, then it does the right thing; it takes the cholesterol to your tissues, the HDL takes it back to your liver, and no plaque is formed.

The Critical Importance of CoQ10

Again, if you’re on a statin drug, you MUST take at least 100-200 mg of ubiquinol or CoQ10 per day. Ubiquinol is also beneficial for those not taking statins. If you’re not on a statin drug, the amount of CoQ10 or ubiquinol you might need depends on how sick you are. The sicker you are, the more you need. As a general guideline if you’re not ill, taking 50-100 mg per day would probably be sufficient. If you’re over the age of 70, double that dose, or up to 200 mg per day. This is because your natural CoQ10 levels begin to drop after the age of 40, and by the age of 70, levels begin to precipitously drop.

Ideally, you’ll want to split the dose up to two or three times a day, rather than taking it all at once, as this will result in higher blood levels. Other dosing guidelines include:

Hypertension 200 mg/day; World class athletes who need extra ATP turnover, 300-600 mg/day; Heart transplant or severe CHF, 300-600 mg/day in divided doses; Arrhythmia 200 mg/day; Typical athlete 100-300 mg/day; Mitral valve prolapse, a combination of 400 mg magnesium and 100-200 mg of CoQ10

How to Help Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

There’s really virtually NO reason to take statins and suffer the consequences from these ill-conceived drugs. If you truly want to normalize your cholesterol levels, following these simple lifestyle changes can help get you there:

First, normalize your insulin levels by eliminating sugar (particularly fructose) and grains. A fasting insulin level is easy to draw and is very inexpensive. It should be below 3. Take a high-quality animal-based omega-3 supplement, such as krill oil. Eat a good portion of your food raw (ideally organic to avoid agricultural chemicals). Eat healthy, preferably raw, fats, such as:

Olive oil; Coconut and coconut oil; Organic raw dairy products; Avocados; Raw organic nuts; Seeds; Pastured eggs (raw, or lightly cooked with yolks intact); Organic, grass-fed meats

Regular exercise is another important tool. When you exercise you increase your circulation and the blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of fighting an illness before it has the opportunity to spread.

If you are a man, or a woman who is in menopause, you should check your iron levels, as elevated levels of iron can cause major oxidative damage in the blood vessels, heart and other organs. Excess iron is also one of the major contributing factors of cancer risk.
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol excessively.