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Heart Disease Nutrients

This post covers many important nutrients shown to help maintain a healthy heart and cardio-vascular system and reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Vitamins and Supplements

The nutrients listed below are believed to help lower your risk factors for heart attack, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.  They may also help recovery from these conditions.

  • B Vitamins – Folic acid (B9), B6, and B12 — The B vitamins help the body break down homocysteine, an amino acid that’s been linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Researchers believe that homocysteine may also contribute to atherosclerosis by damaging artery walls, making it easier for blood clots to form.
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – in high doses has been shown to reverse damage to arterial walls … Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling MD believed insufficient Vitamin C contributed to heart disease and a host of other diseases due to the body’s inability to regenerate tissue including collagen synthesis. High oral doses of Vitamin C causes diarrhea but use of high doses in Nutritional IV therapy has had amazing results for all types of disease treatment including cancer. Dr. Cowden MD believes taking as much as 10,000mg daily can prevent cardio-vascular disease in those inclined towards it genetically although 3000mg is considered a maintenance dose. These are really high levels by most standards. Note high doses of Vitamin C over extended periods may cause depletions of certain minerals including leeching calcium from teeth and bones.  Many experts suggest magnesium, potassium, zinc and manganese supplementation with high C regimens.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – There is good evidence that omega-3 fatty acids (known as EPA and DHA) can help treat atherosclerosis by preventing the development of plaque and blood clots. Omega-3s can also help prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and reduce the level of triglycerides (fats) in the blood. For people who have had a heart attack, several studies show that eating fish or taking fish oil reduces the risk of both fatal and nonfatal heart attacks, as well as lowers your risk of death from any cause. Because fish oil at high doses can increase the risk of bleeding, talk to your doctor before taking a high dose (more than 1 g per day), especially if you already take blood thinning medication.
  • Beta-sitosterol, a plant sterol that can stop cholesterol from being absorbed by the intestines. A number of well designed scientific studies have shown that beta-sitosterol does lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels in the body. Beta-sitosterol may lower the amount of vitamin E and beta-carotene absorbed by the body, so you may want to ask your doctor if you need to take extra E, carotene and other antioxidants.
  • Policosanol – Policosanol is a mix of waxy alcohols usually derived from sugar cane and yams. Several studies have indicated it may lower LDL (‘bad”) cholesterol and possibly even raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol. One study found that policosanol was equivalent to fluvastatin (Lescol) and simvastatin (Zocor) in lowering cholesterol levels. It may also help stop blood clots from forming. However, almost all the studies have been conducted in Cuba by a research group that uses a proprietary form of policosanol and is funded by the manufacturer, so it is hard to evaluate the evidence. Policosanol may increase the risk of bleeding, and should not be taken by people who also take blood thinning medications.
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) — Researchers believe that CoQ10 may help stop blood clots from forming and boost levels of antioxidants. One study found that people who received daily CoQ10 supplements within 3 days of a heart attack were much less likely to experience another heart attack and chest pain. They were also less likely to die from heart disease than those who did not receive the supplements. Statins, drugs that lower cholesterol, can actually interfere with the body’s natural ability to make CoQ10, so your doctor may recommend taking a CoQ10 supplement.
  • Psyllium, a type of fiber, helps lower cholesterol levels as well as blood sugar levels. If you take medicine for diabetes, talk to your doctor before taking psyllium. Increasing evidence suggests most people in developed countries have fiber deficient diets.
  • L-carnitine – Studies suggest that people who take L-carnitine (an amino acid) soon after a heart attack may be less likely to have a subsequent heart attack, die of heart disease, experience chest pain and abnormal heart rhythms, or develop congestive heart failure. (Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart can’t pump blood properly and blood backs up into the lungs and legs.) Studies also suggest that people with heart disease who take carnitine may be better able to exercise. Carnitine is a common weight loss supplement, may improve brain function and increase energy levels along with many of the B vitamins.
  • Astaxanthin
  • Resveratrol and other antioxidants like Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Lauric Acid
  • Trace Minerals
  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Selenium
  • Potassium
  • Proanthocyanidins
  • Niacin
  • Beta Carotenes
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid, a potent antioxidant that should be part of your daily intake is included in many advanced product formulations.
  • Glutathione helps protect all cells from oxidative damage and can help improve quality of your blood. Your body can only produce a limited amount daily and evidence suggests the only way to meaningfully supplement with glutathione is through advanced nutritional IV therapy.
  • Melatonin.

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