Americans struggle with heart health. Statistics prove it. Many professionals agree that the best approach to maintaining heart health is a holistic one. Quality nutritional supplements combined with diet, activity and stress management can greatly improve how the body addresses cholesterol, blood sugar and energy, all of which can critically impact overall heart health.
FACTS: 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease every year! Triglycerides are fats that circulate in the blood. Some studies show elevated levels can lead to narrowing of the arteries, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Very high levels also can cause pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. Growing rates of obesity and diabetes, which raise triglyceride levels, are making the problem more common. About 25% of U.S. adults have a level above 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood, which is considered borderline high.
GENERAL HEART INDICATIONS
Crease in ear lobe
Large, red, bulbous nose (rule out acne, rosacea or alcohol)
Crease in tongue from tip to back, cold hands and feet Swelling in the feet and ankles,
Family history of heart disease
CoQ10-100 1. Reduce Inflammation and Free Radical
Damage with Antioxidants
When it comes to protecting your heart one of the best
antioxidants is Co-Q10.
It reduces blood pressure, aids recovery from heart attacks, keeps LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and improves energy production in the heart muscle. Statin drugs deplete Q-10, so this supplement should always be taken by people using statin drugs to lower cholesterol.
Recommended Use: Take 1 softgel with a meal, twice daily for circulatory support.
2. Get an "Oil Change" to reduce the risk of heart disease
What has blown the whole high fat equals heart disease
myth is the discovery of cultures (such as Mediterranean
and Eskimo) that have both high fat diets and low incidence of heart disease. Part of the secret is an essential fatty
acid called Omega-3, an essential fatty acid in short supply
in most western diets. Taking omega-3 fatty acids actually
reduces the risk of heart disease. Reduces Triglycerides level.
Use other good fats. Butter from organically raised, grass-fed cows is a very healthy
fat. So is organic, virgin coconut Oil. For a particularly healthy spread, try blending one pound of softened
butter with 1 cup of flax seed oil to make a tasty and nutritious soft spread butter. The flax seed oil will add additional
Recommended Use: Take 1 softgel with a meal three times daily.
Other symptoms indicating heart/circulatory issues
Chest pain (angina) -
Shortness of breath
Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed
Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back
Fluttering in your chest -
Racing heartbeat (tachycardia) -
Slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
Fainting (syncope) or near fainting
Shortness of breath.
Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet -
Irregular heartbeats that feel rapid, pounding or fluttering
Gum Disease There is a high correlation between inflammation of the gums and the risk of dying of a heart attack.
your gums are inflamed, so are your arteries.
Varicose Veins and Hemorrhoids
These problems are reflections of sluggish circulation and poor blood vessel tone.
Seek emergency medical care if you have these heart disease symptoms:
Chest pain -
Shortness of breath -
II. PREVENT/REVERSE HEART ISSUES
There are numerous herbs and nutritional supplements
that can help to both prevent and reverse heart disease. We
cannot cover them all, but here are a few of the most important ones besides Co-Q10andOmega 3 (which we have already discussed above and in this article).
ALWAYS DISCUSS YOUR NATURAL APPROACH WITH YOUR MEDICAL DOCTOR.
L-Carnitine for Heart Energy, weight loss.
This important amino
acid, found primarily in red meat, transports fatty acids to
be metabolized for energy in the mitochondria.
L-Carnitine is part of every muscle cell.
It draws fatty acid molecules into the mitochondria where they are burned to produce energy. In doing so, the level of blood triglycerides are reduced.
A deficiency of L-Carnitine can result in the buildup of fat in muscles, heart and liver. A deficiency can occur from crash dieting or when too much fat is consumed.
Also a weak digestive system, certain prescription drugs and fatigue can interfere with liver production of L-Carnitine.
Recommended Use: Take 1 to 3 capsules daily with a meal.
Magnesium to Prevent Spasms
A critical mineral for heart
health. Magnesium helps the heart and blood vessels to relax
properly, which reduces stress on the heart, helps protect the
heart against spasms and helps lower blood pressure.
More than 300 enzymes require the presence of Magnesium. Seventy percent is found in the bones, and the rest mainly in the soft tissues and blood.
There is more magnesium than calcium in muscle tissue. The brain also has twice as much as any other tissue. Magnesium is necessary for the metabolism of vitamin C, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. It is important to the nervous system and the synthesis of certain proteins. It governs how calcium is used in the body.
Magnesium is also essential for energy production in the heart.
Recommended Use: Take 1 to 3 capsules daily with a meal.
Cardio-Assurance for Cardiac Health
This blend contains nutrients that help to metabolize homocysteine and
acts as an antioxidant to protect the heart. Cardio Assurance promotes a regular heartbeat and offers potent antioxidant effects. Isoflavonoids in Cardio Assurance may help improve artery elasticity, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
* Supports Blood Flow For Cardiovascular Health
* Helps Keep Homocysteine Levels in the Normal Range
It can help maintain normal cholesterol and inhibit the formation of clots in
the circulatory system.Use it as a preventative supplement
to strengthen and support the heart.
Recommended Use: Take one capsule with a meal three times daily.
Mega-Chel to Remove Arterial Plaque - Key Product for the circulatory system.
oral chelation product can be used to help reverse arterial
plaque buildup and improve circulation to the heart, brain and
peripheral areas of the body.
Mega-Chel is a key NSP product for the circulatory system. It contains a large array of nutrients to support the entire circulatory system-arteries, veins, capillaries-and the tissues and organs they service.
Mega-Chel is one of the most remarkable and effective products ever offered by Nature's Sunshine. Formulated to promote strong, healthy circulation through clean circulatory passageways
It can also be used in place of
a daily multi-vitamin and mineral for people who wish to
maintain healthy circulation.
Ginkgo enhances peripheral circulation and improves
blood flow to the brain. It also helps prevent blood clots
from forming. General strengthening for effects of aging.
Ginkgo has been used by Chinese for centuries to build vitality and alertness.
Hawthorn berries build the heart and improve vascular and coronary blood flow.
Together, the combination is used to help recover from a wide range of diminished mental and physical capacities.
It is combined with hawthorn, one of the
best general herbs for heart health.
Recommended Use: Take 1 capsule with a meal three times daily.
Vari-Gone is a unique combination of standardized herbal extracts and nutrients specifically intended to support vein health, strength, and resilience. Continued use should improve hemmorrhoidal conditions and the appearance of varicose and spider veins.
Ginger has been cultivated for thousands of years in China and India. It was written about in many ancient Chinese herbal texts and is an ingredient in as many as half of all Chinese herbal combinations. The Chinese use it to buffer the effects of stronger herbs, and they drink it widely in tea.
Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death
in western civilization. One out of two people die from it.
So, it makes sense to do what we can to reduce our risk of
becoming one of the "one in two" statistics.
much of the information in the popular media about reducing one's risk of heart disease is based on outdated research.
For instance, most people believe that high cholesterol
causes heart disease and that the lower your cholesterol
level, the less risk you have of dying of heart disease. This
simply isn't true. More recent research shows that chronic
inflammation (not cholesterol) is the cause of heart disease
and that having your cholesterol get too low is more dangerous to your health than having high cholesterol.
Most people also believe that fats cause heart disease and
that low fat diets will prevent heart disease. This is partially
true because the wrong kinds of fats (such as margarine and
partially hydrogenated vegetable oils) do contribute to the
development of heart disease. However, it is also true that
good fats (such as olive oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids and the medium chain saturated fats found in organic butter
from grass fed cows) actually protect your heart and reduce
your risk of heart disease. Foods marketed as "fat free" or
"low fat" often contain high amounts of refined sugars that
increase inflammation and heart disease risk.
Furthermore, eating refined carbohydrates is far worse for
your heart than eating fats. This is because Sugar, white flour
and other products spike insulin levels. High insulin levels
are a bigger risk factor for heart disease than high cholesterol
or high triglycerides. So, if this information comes as a surprise to you, it's time to update your knowledge a little by
reading this article.
But first, let's look at some tools for
evaluating your risk of heart disease.
Other ways to evaluate your risk of Heart Disease
Most people feel that heart disease strikes without warning, but the truth is that there are many subtle clues that
demonstrate the heart needs help long before a person has
a heart attack. Besides high blood pressure and high cholesterol, here are some things to consider.
If you know an iridologist or are familiar with
iridology, markings in the heart area of the iris, having a
spleen heart transversal and/or having a lipemic diathesis
(lipid ring) are all indicators of a genetic tendency to heart disease.
Besides cholesterol and triglycerides, consider tests for homocysteine, fibrinogen, C-reactive protein,
hemoglobin AIC Lp(a) and ferritin (iron) checked. These
tests can be more revealing of heart disease risk. If you are
concerned about your heart and circulation, consider getting these blood tests done.
If you show signs of needing help with your heart, take
action now. Don't be one of the statistics. Alter your lifestyle and start
using some of the many supplements that can keep your
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