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Nutrients and Supplements for Preventing and Reversing Cardiovascular Disease
From our book Bypassing Bypass, published in 2002
 

We present the following as a summation and supplement to all that you’ve read up to this point. Dr Rath’s Basic Cellular Program is a good starting point; Dr West’s recommendations and Dr Garry Gordon’s protocols and the rest we’ve found set the standards for orthomolecular medicine and do not compete with each other, but complement each other. We list the following for a quick review. Afterwards we will list some products we’ve found that can also be helpful to you.

Agaricus Blazei Muril mushrooms. When these were discovered, the people living in the surrounding communities had never heard of cancer or heart disease. This is just one good preventative and makes a great addition to any stir-fry.

Antioxidants are simply needed for good health and longevity. They keep the cholesterol in your blood stream from oxidizing.

A Special Note on Antioxidants [from Health Alert, Oct 2000, 17:10]: Most vitamins are worthless. They cannot be absorbed by the body because they are simply chemicals and the body needs food. However we cannot get the antioxidants our body needs from our diet, according to a lot of the research we’ve dug through, mainly because modern society is so toxic.

There are myths and there are myths. In the past, I’m sure we’ve even been responsible for promulgating a few of them, and hopefully we can make up for them in each publication/update.

Two of the most powerful antioxidants known to us are chlorophyll and bile. We get chlorophyll from green vegetables (broccoli has chlorophyll and even more vitamin C than a glass of orange juice not to mention more calcium than the same amount of milk). Bile is created in the liver. However, after taking garbage vitamins for years (not to mention industrial strength toxins from our food, water and environment) our livers are clogged and stagnant. Performing a liver flush can give us back a healthy liver and then we get antioxidants for free. For information on a liver flush, click here: Cleaning House―The Correct Way To Detox.

Get your antioxidants from your fruits and vegetables and, if you supplement, research and find the best vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin C is beneficial in the health and maintenance of collagen tissue of the vascular system. It also helps to decrease the formation of clots, decreasing your risk of stroke as well as heart attack. Additionally it binds with iron to reduce the amount of iron in your system. Three thousand milligrams is a minimum daily requirement for most individuals in today’s world (Dr Gordon uses 9,000mgs). Do not believe the fear mongers spreading rumors of diarrhea and kidney stones. At one time large doses of vitamin C were used as a cure for constipation (what a healthy remedy). Start there and add 500 to 1000mgs daily till you reach your bowel tolerance level (loose stools) and then cut back 500 or 1000mgs. Vitamin C and lysine reduce arterial plaque together better than either one alone.

Great sources of Vitamin C are collard greens, kale, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, snow peas, broccoli, citrus, tomatoes (green too, but not as much as the red), red and yellow bell pepper (4 times more than a peeled orange), kiwi fruit. Vitamin C is fragile and is lost in cooking.

Vitamin B6 stops platelet aggregation and converts homocysteines (from overcooked meats) to cystathionine thus preventing damage to your arteries. Foods containing B6 are bananas, watermelon, salmon, chicken (white meat) pork (center loin chop), potato (baked with skin), brewer’s yeast, sunflower seeds, tuna, pacific halibut, brown rice, wheat germ, navy beans, green peas, spinach, and blackstrap molasses.

Vitamin B12 along with folic acid is an important B vitamin that helps control the build-up of homocysteine in the arteries and blood and aids in red blood cell formation. You need 100mcg daily. Good sources of B vitamins include whole grains, yeast, meat, low-fat dairy products, lentils and leafy greens, beef liver, beef kidney, chicken liver, salmon steak, tuna, yogurt, beef, halibut, milk, Swiss cheese, eggs, and chicken.

If you are missing what’s known as “intrinsic factor” or have poor digestion, you might have to take B12 sublingually.

Vitamin E is a truly valuable factor here. A European study released by the World Health Organization and published in the Jan 1991 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states emphatically that a low concentration of vitamin E in the blood is more of a risk factor for dying from heart disease than high cholesterol or hypertension (high blood pressure). Vitamin E is a very, very complex vitamin, yet the FDA in all its wisdom has labeled alpha tocopherol as the only active ingredient. There are many synthetic vitamins on the market that should be prescribed and used widely by synthetic people. Find a source of real vitamin E, made from real organic foods.

At 800 IU/day, Vitamin E clearly prevented oxidation of cholesterol. [Med Tribune, Jan 20, 1994] For many menopausal women this is a very good dosage for hot flashes. This dosage also helps to thin the blood.

What many don’t seem to know is (this includes your physician who, statistically speaking, knows nothing about vitamins) that vitamins are complexes. Vitamin E is not just alpha tocopherol or just mixed tocopherols. The truth be known, we do not know everything that makes up the vitamin E complex, but we are beginning to see that it is mixed tocopherols, tocotrienols, and selenium. We’re learning more each day, so expect a few minerals to be discovered that are also part of the vitamin E complex. Getting your vitamins from your food will guarantee you get everything in vitamin E, but our requirements today can hardly be satisfied by foods alone and we must supplement. Which supplement do you get? We’ve let you in on some research so far on alpha tocopherol, but here’s something new: in 1999, Clinical Biochemistry reported the activities of tocotrienol were far superior to alpha-tocopherol.

Two more studies (reported in Nutr Cancer 33(1): 26-32, 1999 and Lipids 33(5): 461-9), 1998) show that tocotrienol induced cellular death (apoptosis) in breast cancer cells.

A 1996 study demonstrated a reduction by 77% in non-fatal myocardial infarctions among 1,035 patients taking 400 and 800 IUs of alpha tocopherol daily for a median of 510 days. However, in contrast with the tocopherols, which have no effect on cholesterol, tocotrienols have significant cholesterol-lowering effects. These effects have been demonstrated in chickens, guinea pigs, rats, pigs, Japanese quail and humans.

One study published in 1995 reported on the use of a gamma-tocotrienol and alpha-tocopherol enriched fraction in 50 patients with cerebrovascular disease over a period of 18 months. Carotid arteries were monitored by use of bilateral duplex ultrasonography. The authors reported apparent carotid atherosclerotic regression in seven, and progression in two, of the 25 tocotrienol patients—while none of the control group showed regression and ten of 25 showed progression. Published duplication of these findings has not yet occurred. [“Tocotrienols and the Modification of Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors” Randall E. Wilkinson, M.D.]

Bioflavonoids. Lancet [93;342:1007-1011] reported on a study in the Netherlands that watched the intake of flavonoids in men, aged 65 to 84, over a period of 5 years. The group with the highest intake of flavonoids (79 grams or more daily) had a 50% lower risk of dying from heart disease or heart attack than those with the lowest (19 grams) intake. Was their intake of flavonoids from fresh fruit? No, it was from four cups of black tea. Quercetin is the suspected flavonoid in this study. Quercetin reduces the oxi- dation of cholesterol. It can be taken as a supplement (50 to 150 mg/day), but should be taken with vitamin C (to boost its effect) and copper (with which it binds to cut the destruction of vitamin C). Quercetin is found in the pulp portion of grapefruit, onions, apples (skin), broccoli, shallots and summer squash, and green tea also.

Quercetin, Rutin, and Hesperidin are vital in their ability to increase the strength of the capillaries (blood vessels) and to regulate their permeability. They assist vitamin C in keeping collagen, the intercellular “cement,” in a healthy condition; are essential for the proper absorption and use of vitamin C, and prevent vitamin C from being destroyed in the body by oxidation.

People who drink tea reduce their risk of heart attack by 44%. Tea contains flavonoids and antioxidants that significantly slow the oxidation of cholesterol.

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Hematrex® is an herbal circulatory system support formula that promotes blood vessel strength and elasticity for healthy blood flow throughout the body.

Hematrex® is specially formulated to promote normal venous circulatory health by increasing vein durability, wall strength and elasticity. This promotes normal blood flow and helps keep blood moving through sensitive areas where vein constriction and blood pooling can cause daily - even constant discomfort.

Bromelain is a form of proteolytic enzyme obtained from the stems of the pineapple plant. Bromelain has been shown to be beneficial in breaking down arteriosclerotic plaques as well as decreasing vasoconstriction of the coronary arteries. Bromelain also decreases the risk of blood clots (reducing platelet aggregation) which cause heart attacks and strokes. It has also been shown to break down the formation of fibrin in the blood that could be a cause of varicose veins.

Butcher’s Broom is widely used in Europe today for disorders of the venous system, such as venous fragility and varicose veins.

From Web MD:

A Polish study tested an oral dose of 75 mg of the entire butcher’s broom plant extract showing improvement in diabetic retinopathy (Archimowicz-Cyrylowska et al., 1996). The same study showed the extract inactive for hypocholesteremic activity and active in lowering triglycerides. In a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover trial, the effectiveness and tolerability of a venotropic drug (RAES) were evaluated in 40 patients (30 female, 10 male), between the ages of 28 and 74 years, suffering from chronic phlebopathy (venous insufficiency) of the lower limbs. Each RAES capsule dose contained 16.5 mg butcher’s broom extract (presumably root) combined with 75 mg hesperidin and 50 mg ascorbic acid. There were two treatment periods of 2 months duration with an interim period of 15 days for wash-out. The daily dosage was 2 capsules, 3 times daily. The authors reported an overall trend toward improvement in the treatment group. Symptoms (e.g., edema, itching, paresthesias, leg heaviness, and cramps) and plethysmographic parameters improved immediately and significantly with the RAES treatment compared to placebo. (A plethysmograph is a device for finding variations in size due to vascular changes.) No side effects were reported (Cappelli et al., 1988).

From another source (Viable Herbal Solutions 888-206-5376 ) we get :

Contemporary Herbals refer to Butcher’s broom to support venous circulatory disorders (heavy legs) as well as hemorrhoidal ailments. Practitioners also recommend Butcher’s broom for supporting women experiencing menstrual problems and troubles associated with the use of estrogen and pregnancy related cramps.

Butcher’s broom is generally considered a safe herb when taken as a diuretic, though it may cause blood pressure to rise. Those under treatment for hypertension should use this herb under the supervision of a competent health care professional. Those currently taking anticoagulation medications should also check with their physician or health care provider before taking Butcher’s broom to avoid problems.

Butcher’s broom is also an anti-inflammatory, containing rutin that strengthens capillary walls, tightens veins, and pulls iron from your blood.

Carnitine and Taurine, two amino acids considered non-essential by most dieticians, are absolutely essential to a healthy heart and stroke recovery. Both are found in meats and eggs.

Cayenne Pepper. From the Master Herbalist, Dr John Christopher, often referred to as Dr Cayenne, we have received volumes of information on cayenne pepper. When Dr Christopher was just 35 years old, his doctor told him that he would not live eight more years. He had hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, and stomach ulcers. No insurance company would cover him. He began taking a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in hot water daily. Within two months, his ulcers were gone. At 45, he went in for a physical. They discovered his blood pressure was perfectly normal and one doctor described his venous structure as that of a teenage boy.

Christopher has many stories of the successful use of cayenne pepper. His clinical experience has shown it to reverse heart disease and heart arrhythmia, lower blood pressure, reverse hemorrhoids, heal ulcers, heal varicose veins, heal tonsillitis, reverse allergies, reverse tendonitis, heal sinusitis and congested sinuses, stop heart attacks (if administered immediately), heal extreme cases of frostbite (where doctors claimed that amputation was the only solution), and stop bleeding in gunshot wounds. He often told the story of one of his students who heard a gunshot, ran outside to find an eight-year-old boy, who had been playing with his father’s gun, shot clean through his abdomen and bleeding to death. The ambulance was 18 minutes away. She ran home, mixed a tablespoonful of cayenne in a glass of water and poured it down the boy’s throat. When the boy arrived at the hospital, he was the center of attention. There was no bleeding. Christopher claims that once you’ve administered cayenne pepper, the bleeding will stop before you can count to ten. He often uses a cayenne solution on open wounds. Yes it stings a bit, but actually cayenne is a counter-irritant. It brings the blood to the surface to remove toxins and start the healing.

He has rescued many a heart attack victim with hot cayenne tea. He states that hot cayenne tea works faster than tablets, capsules, or cold tea because it opens up the cell structure and accepts the cayenne faster. Just one cup of hot cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a small cup of water) will stop a heart attack within two minutes. If cayenne pepper isn’t around, Christopher suggests using triple the amount of black pepper.

Cayenne is heart food. To prove this, a group of physicians put some live heart tissue into a sterile beaker and filled it with distilled water. They fed it nothing but cayenne pepper. They did clean the sediment off of it occasionally, but added nothing but distilled water and cayenne. The tissue, having no pituitary or pineal glands to control the rate of growth, had to be trimmed continually every few days. The tissue was kept alive for 15 years, and eventually had to be destroyed.

Just one teaspoon cayenne pepper contains Calcium 2.671mg, Iron 14mg, Magnesium 2.74 mg, Phosphorus 5.28mg, Potassium 36.25mg, Zinc .05 mg, Copper 0.007mg, Manganese .04mg, Selenium .158mcg, Vitamin C 1.376mg, Thiamin .006mg, Riboflavin 0.017mg, Niacin 0.157mg, Vitamin B6 0.037mg, Folate 1.908 mcg, Vitamin A 748.980 IU, and Vitamin E _ATE 0.086 mg. No wonder it is considered heart food.

Christopher writes: “One of the most important uses of cayenne is as a circulatory stimulant, an herb that feeds the necessary elements into the cell structure of arteries, veins, and capillaries. It helps to reduce and normalize the blood flow.

“Cayenne equalizes the blood pressure, influencing the heart immediately, and then extending its effects to the venous structure. It also works to cut the mucus in the venous system, and indeed, all the systems throughout the body.

“The healing power of the body is in the blood. Cayenne purifies the blood.”

From the World Research Foundation we learned that in the West Indies “Mandram” is used for a weak digestive system, weak circulatory system, and an overall immune system tonic. It consists of sliced, unskinned cucumbers, shallots, and chives. Cayenne pepper is mixed with lemon juice and stirred in. They also soak cayenne pods in water, and add it to the juice of sour oranges for a fever, or to break a cold. In Russia cayenne is steeped in Vodka and served as a tonic.

Dr Schulze sent us a list of maladies and his recipe for healing them using cayenne pepper.

  • Memory, Hearing, and Depression: 3 parts Ginkgo Biloba leaf, 1 part Cayenne

  • Blood Pressure (high or low): 2 parts Garlic bulb, 1 part Cayenne, 1 part Ginger root

  • Heart problems: 2 parts Hawthorne berry, 1 part Cayenne

  • Fatty Blood or High Cholesterol: 2 parts Red Clover blossoms, 1 part Garlic bulb, 1 part Cayenne

  • Circulation problems: 1 part Cayenne, 1 part Ginger root

  • Colds and Sore Throat: 4 parts Echinacea root, 2 parts Peppermint leaves, 1 part Garlic bulb, 1 part Cayenne.

For each of these, take one teaspoon 3 times daily. Schulze feels a tincture is even better, taking three droppers-full three times daily. Here is a simple formula for making a tincture: 80 proof vodka and the herbs. For every cup of herbs, add a cup and a quarter of the vodka. Shake daily. 2 weeks is usually enough time to make a good strong tincture, however Schulze lets his formulae soak for three full months.

Citrus pectin is a form of fiber that has been known to bind with the fats in the body. It has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol as well as serum triglycerides. Studies have shown that this can lead to a reduction in coronary artery disease.

CoQ10, also known as Ubiquinone, is present in every cell of the body and is responsible for cellular respiration. It has been shown to improve cardiac function, reduce episodes of angina, be beneficial in decreasing arrhythmias, improve cardiac strength and contraction, slow the heart rate, lower blood pressure and, most important, decrease the oxygen demand on the heart.

It is a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance present in every cell of the body and serves as a coenzyme for several of the key enzymatic steps in the production of energy within each cell. Normal blood and tissue levels of CoQ10 have been well established by numerous investigators around the world. Significantly decreased levels of CoQ10 have been noted in a wide variety of diseases in both animal and human studies.

The severity of heart failure correlates with the severity of CoQ10 deficiency [16. Mortensen S.A., Vadhanavikit S., Folkers K. (1984) Deficiency of coenzyme Q10 in myocardial failure. In: Drugs Exptl. Clin. Res. X(7) 497-502]

There have been at least nine placebo controlled studies on the treatment of heart disease with CoQ10: two in Japan, two in the United States, two in Italy, two in Germany, and one in Sweden. All nine of these studies have confirmed the effectiveness of CoQ10 as well as its remarkable safety. There have now been eight international symposia on the biomedical and clinical aspects of CoQ10 (from 1976 through 1993).

These eight symposia comprised over 300 papers presented by approximately 200 different physicians and scientists from 18 different countries. The majority of these scientific papers were Japanese (34%), with American (26%), Italian (20%) and the remaining 20% from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, Austria, France, India, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, USSR, and Finland. The majority of the clinical studies concerned the treatment of heart disease and were remarkably consistent in their conclusions: treatment with CoQ10 significantly improved heart muscle function while producing no adverse effects or drug interactions. The antioxidant or free radical quenching properties of CoQ10 serve to greatly reduce oxidative damage to tissues as well as significantly inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (much more efficiently than vitamin E).

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Crataegus, commonly known as Hawthorne berry, contains flavonoids called proanthocyanidins. These flavonoids have been shown to be beneficial for the treatment of angina, hypertension, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias. Taking extracts of crataegus have led to increased coronary blood flow, decreased blood pressure, decreased heart rate, increased peripheral blood flow and improved contractility (ability to contract) of the heart.

Curcuma, (turmeric) commonly used as a cooking spice, contains a flavonoid called curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to decrease cholesterol absorption and production and inhibit platelet aggregation, i.e., clotting. Studies have shown that it will reduce, and in some instances, reverse arteriosclerotic plaques.

Folic Acid (recommended dosage is 400mcg daily) has been shown to help decrease the formation of plaques as well as decrease the build-up of the amino acid homocysteine. Elevated levels of homocysteine have been shown to increase the risk of plaque build-up and heart attack. It also neutralizes xanthine oxidase found in homogenized milk. Folic acid is found in citrus, tomatoes, legumes, dried beans, liver, peanuts, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, bananas, and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli. However, ironically, folic acid is best absorbed in supplement form.

Garlic helps to block the clotting mechanism of blood, is anti-atherosclerotic and lowers blood glucose and lipid levels. A German clinical trial found that people who take daily garlic supplements have more flexibility in their major blood vessels and a lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t take garlic or use it in cooking. People who take garlic can slow atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by 20%.

This is the first study to look at garlic’s effect on the arteries. Previous research has shown that garlic can lower cholesterol and blood pressure; this could explain part of the result. It is believed that garlic may reduce the rate of blood clotting, which is a factor in the buildup of blockages on the inside of blood vessels.

To get all of garlic’s benefits, chop it or crush it and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before cooking; the beneficial phytochemicals in garlic have to be made by the enzymes that are released by chopping it up or crushing it.

Ginkgo is a tree that can live up to 1000 years or more. Besides containing a myriad of wonderful compounds with far reaching health benefits, ginkgo contains the bioflavonoids quercetin, kaempferol, and isorhamnetin, the terpene lactones, ginkgolides, lactone, and bilobalide. Ginkgo decreases blood viscosity (thus enhancing micro-circulation—something needed for the tiny veins and capillaries in your eyes), platelet aggregation, leukocyte (white blood cell) rigidity, and erythrocyte (red blood cell) flexibility. Additionally, ginkgo enhances the body’s utilization of glucose; higher blood glucose levels have been linked to stroke and heart disease and seem to increase with aging.

It has been shown that the active components of ginkgo last 2 times longer in the heart muscle versus skeletal muscle. It stabilizes membranes of cells and enhances the utilization of oxygen and glucose. It tones the smooth muscles of the blood vessels and at the same time allows a relaxation of the arteries and veins. This creates an increase in circulation to the heart and brain. It can also decrease the stickiness of the platelets which is a major cause of strokes and heart attacks. [Ogletree RL, Fischer RG. The Top 10 Scientifically Proven Natural Products. Natural Source Digest. Brandon, MS. 1997]

Grape skin (Vitis viniferous). Red grapes in particular contain the flavonoid proanthocyanin. This is what gives a grape its red color. Grapes also contain a substance called resveratrol. Besides the protective nature of the proanthocyanins, resveratrol has been shown to decrease cholesterol as well as decrease and prevent arteriosclerotic plaques. This is why, in cultures where they drink red wine regularly they have less incidence of heart disease.

Grapes. Pycnogenols derived from grape seeds has been praised high and low over the past ten or so years. We at the Wellness Directory of Minnesota agree with the research, but not with the conclusion: Buy Pycnogenol. Let your food be your medicine, is the tag line here. We in Minnesota are blessed with a wild Concord grape that grows everywhere (everywhere that we’ve left nature alone, that is). You can pick them in August, pop them in your mouth, and chew them up seeds and all. In September of 1999, the PRNewswire released information on a study out of the University of Wisconsin Medical School that showed remarkable results in drinking just purple grape juice. Dr John Folts, Ph.D. reported that “drinking purple grape juice reduced blood stickiness.” Grape juice also inhibits clotting and platelet aggregation. A bioflavonoid resveratrol has been singled out as the phytochemical responsible for the “French Paradox” (labeled so by Sixty Minutes, because the French diet is extremely high in saturated fats, yet their rate of heart disease is the lowest among developed countries). Wine may seem a wonderful elixir for heart disease, but pure purple grape juice has everything wine has, and doesn’t fry your liver. However, the best way to get everything your body needs from grapes, is to eat them whole, seeds and all. The phytochemicals in grapes are not damaged by cooking, just jellies and jams made from grapes (seed ground up as well) are a perfect way to get your pycnogenols, resveratrol, etc. So go out and pick yourself a bushel of grapes and start canning. Another way we’ve learned to use our homegrown grapes is to add a little pure water to the leftover skins and seeds and puree them in a blender, freeze the puree, and add that to your yogurt throughout the winter.

Green tea (Camellia sinensis), has been found to have exceptional cellular protective properties due to the content of polyphenols and flavonoids. It has been shown that the bioflavonoid catechin lowers cholesterol and has antioxidant properties. It has also been found that catechin helps you to retain vitamin C. It is thought that green tea might help to prevent coronary artery disease and stroke by preventing platelet aggregation (abnormal clotting).

Inositol, needed for insulin and calcium metabolism, is essential for hair growth, the production of lecithin, and the growth of cells in the bone marrow, eye membrane and intestines. It aids in the movement of fat from the liver to the body and also helps to lower your blood pressure.

Vitamin K. recent studies show that vitamin K keeps calcium in your bones and out of your arteries. It is now recommended to get 10mg per day for prevention, but you must consult with your physician or health care provider for any larger doses since this will require close supervision.

Korean Ginseng (Panax quinquifolia) is one of the most popular herbs used around the world. It contains triterpenes known as ginsenosides, as well as sterols, vitamins and minerals. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, decrease cholesterol, and slow and calm the heart.

L-carnitine, an amino acid, increases the strength of the heart and helps to build heart muscle.

Lecithin and Genistein, two of the phytochemicals (plant chemicals) in soy, have been found to inhibit platelet aggregation. Additionally lecithin contains chemicals used in every cell in your body, is high in brain nutrients, and helps keep blood lipids under control protecting your arteries.

Magnesium dilates blood vessels, aids in the absorption of potassium into cells (to prevent heart arrhythmia—irregular heart beat), acts as an anticoagulant (blood thinner), and stops platelet aggregation that can lead to clotting. It has been shown to be beneficial in decreasing coronary artery disease, sudden cardiac death, ventricular tachycardia, cardiac arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, angina and hypertension as well as mitral valve prolapse.

Aduki and fava beans are both very high in fiber, low in calories and are good sources of the mineral magnesium. More foods rich in magnesium: brown rice (1 cup/265mgs), dark green leafy vegetables (cooked spinach: 1 cup/157mgs), meat, milk (1 cup/33mgs), halibut, broiled (3oz/91mgs), nuts (almonds: ¼ cup/85mgs; pecans: ¼ cup/36mgs; peanuts: 1oz/53mgs; pistachios: 1oz/35mgs), wheat germ (1/4 cup/69mgs), oatmeal, cooked (1cup/56mgs), bananas med/33mgs, and legumes and whole grains.

Magnesium warning: excessive dosage (500 or more per day) can cause diarrhea, which will flush the bowel and cause the body to flush needed minerals and vitamins.

Mucopolysaccharides found in red seaweed protect against heart attacks. In a study Dr Garry Gordon related to us, heart attacks were induced in rats. Those that had eaten the red seaweed came right back; those that hadn’t died.

Niacin (Vitamin B3) is a well-known anti-atherosclerotic agent that helps to control blood lipid levels. Niacin is found in mackerel, swordfish, chicken, liver. Niacin is made in the body from l-tryptophan, so if you eat eggs, you’ll eventually get some from there.

Noni seems to, according to Dr Ralph Heinicke, reduce high blood pressure, reverse atherosclerosis and protect blood vessels.

Omega-3 EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids - they are essential to proper health, not optional) decrease platelet aggregation, keep triglyceride levels low, normalize all lipid levels in the blood, and are essential to our diets. EFAs carry oxygen from the hemoglobin to each cell and induces Nitric Oxide. These essential oils are found in flax,  purslane (a common weed that is perfect in salads), walnuts, halibut, salmon, shrimp, snapper, scallops, winter squash, and the green mussel from New Zealand. 

Potassium deficiency can lead to sudden heart failure. Good food sources are white potatoes, winter squash, dried apricots, low-fat yogurt, bananas, lima beans, oranges, prunes and baked sweet potatoes.

Potassium Broth: Fill a large pot with 25% potato peelings, 25% carrot peelings and whole chopped beets (half-and-half), 25% chopped onions and garlic (more onions than garlic), 25% celery and dark greens. Add hot peppers to taste (or cayenne pepper) and, if you must add salt, use Celtic Sea Salt only. Add enough distilled/purified water to cover vegetables and simmer at a very low temperature for a minimum of 2 hours. Strain and drink only the broth. The veggies “could” be eaten, or composted (I feed them to my chickens). You should make enough for two days, refrigerating the leftover broth. Do not store for more than two days. Drink up!

Rhododendrom Caucasicum regularizes blood pressure, aids in fragile capillary support (highly P-Vitamin active); increases heart output.

Rhodiola Rosea helps to lower blood pressure. Both the Rhodiola Rosea and Rhododendrom Caucasicum are considered longevity herbs, and can help you to lose weight.

Reishi Mushrooms (Ganoderma) is a natural analgesic that can help to normalize blood pressure and cholesterol levels while helping to clear out arterial plaque.

Resveratrol is the bioflavonoid responsible for the French Paradox and comes from the dark skin of grapes. You can get resveratrol in capsules, though it is also found in grape juice. Studies show it helps to prevent atherosclerotic plaque, blood clots, and has even helped to reverse deposits on your arteries. Foods high in resveratrol are concord grapes (the wild form are even more potent), red raspberries, blueberries, and red grapes.

Quercetin is a polyphenolic compound (bioflavonoid) found in fruits and vegetables. It is a potent antioxidant and helps to reduce arteriosclerotic plaques. It decreases platelet aggregation (abnormal clotting) which can decrease your risk of coronary artery disease and stroke.

Salmon Oil (See also above Omega-3 EFAs) besides containing a very powerful antioxidant (astaxanthin), contains a strong anti-platelet aggregation agent called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

Terminalia Arjuna is one powerful cardiovascular cure and, because it is an adaptogen, it also fights infections and cancer.

Unlike pharmaceuticals that are aimed at one job and one job alone (though the exceptions do exist), an adaptogenic herb normalizes body function irrespective of the condition. Its action is nonspecific despite a wide range of onslaughts to the body, i.e., stress, bacteria, etc.

But let’s get back to our subject, the heart.

Do not get yourself a bottle of this stuff and start treating yourself without physician supervision if you are already on heart medications. It is a powerful heart tonic and the combination could be too much. Alone, arjuna, as we will refer to it from here on, will not (according to animal studies) lower your blood pressure too low, but in combination with blood pressure meds, this could occur.  

Additionally, arjuna has been shown to reduce angina, improve congestive heart failure, reduce and reverse atherosclerosis, and lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Arjuna does this all without side effects.

And by the way, it beat all the so-called cholesterol lowering drugs at their own game, while doing so much more.

In our search on the web we ran across an interesting article on arjuna by a journalist truly trying to cover all bases. The journalist kept quoting allopathic physicians, like Dr K.K. Talwar who stated “There is an absence of scientific evaluation of drugs like Terminalia arjuna…. They would have a bright future if their qualities were proved by tests and not just theoretically stated. That’s why they have not got worldwide recognition. Medical tests are required to check if such drugs have any side effects.” [www.the-south-asian.com June 2001]

Others in the article suggested that this heart tonic get a thorough FDA testing, requiring millions (and millions) of dollars and ten to fifteen years of testing.

This is the insanity of our times. Something with a three thousand year history suddenly has to be tested to see if it’s safe? We made calls and sent out emails to 19 ayurvedic physicians, of which 18 responded telling us that there’s not been one reported death in 3,000 years. So, have there been studies? Of course: limited but successful studies that show us exactly why Terminalia arjuna has been used for 3,000 years and is called a heart tonic.

Here are some of the studies we found:

In patients suffering from ischemic heart disease, treatment with Terminalia arjuna helped to alleviate anginal pain and normalize the heart rhythm [Dwivedi, S. et al (1 994) J. Assoc. Phys. India. 42:287-289].

In a double blind placebo controlled study on 12 patients with congestive heart failure, patients treated with Terminalia arjuna bark extract (500 mg capsule) showed improvement in symptoms. Based on the results of an additional long-term open study, the authors concluded that Terminalia arjuna is a safe and effective remedy for patients suffering from refractory congestive heart failure [Bharani, A. et al (1995). Int. J. Cardiol. 49:191-199].

Now here is the really good news alluded to earlier. Because arjuna is an adaptogen, it has been used historically for a good number of things: liver disorders, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases, bacterial and viral infections.

For those of you who have been paying attention to the news and to our reasons for 85% of all heart attacks, you will note that arjuna fights off the infections in the blood that can lead to heart disease, while helping to heal the heart and vascular system in a variety of ways.

Now this is something. For us here at the Directory, it’s like the icing on the cake. After all our research, all our reading and note taking, we come across this simple, inexpensive herb that does all this.

Oh yes, and we found some research from the University of India and from the National Institute of Bioscience and Human Technology in Japan that shows this humble herb to be effective in stopping cell mutation that leads to cancer, and just as effective in inhibiting the growth of cancer.

If heart disease runs in your family, this is the perfect preventative. We should be growing this tree all over the USA. But don’t hold your breath. At twelve bucks for a bottle of sixty capsules, no one’s going to get rich off of this hidden treasure.

You can order Arjuna from Himalaya USA, 6950 Port West Dr, # 170, Houston, TX 77024, 800.869.4640, or visit their web site at www.himalayausa.com.

Trimethyglycine is a very special amino acid that protects cells and tissues from damage due to homocysteines and seems to strengthen cardiovascular function.

Tienchi Powder is a Chinese Herb. It dissolves blood clots. A good preventative and a perfect way to start the day is a teaspoon of the powder in a shot of apple cider vinegar. This is not to be used by pregnant women as it can cause a miscarriage.

Wheatgrass Juice is a superfood, for it is known to contain all the nutrients necessary to sustain life. Well, almost all, we’re sure. As we have said before and will say again: any superfood is better than any vitamin or supplement. Wheatgrass juice will help to build healthy blood and improve your circulation.

Willow bark (Salix alba), also known as nature’s aspirin, has been used to lower fevers and as an anti-inflammatory. Because of its aspirin-like properties, it has been shown to decrease the incidence of stroke and heart attack.

Zinc and Copper are essential to the health of your arteries and veins. The turkey industry nearly collapsed at one time because of an epidemic of aneurysms. The cure? They added copper to their diets.

Finally, for a complete list of anti-inflammatories, you will have to read our article on Chronic Inflammation.

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