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
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
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:
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
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
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.]
[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
People who drink tea reduce
their risk of heart attack by 44%. Tea contains flavonoids and
antioxidants that significantly slow the oxidation of cholesterol.
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.
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
From another source (Viable
Herbal Solutions 888-206-5376 ) we get :
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
excessive dosage (500 or more per day) can cause diarrhea, which
will flush the bowel and cause the body to flush needed minerals and
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
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!
regularizes blood pressure, aids in fragile capillary support
(highly P-Vitamin active); increases heart output.
helps to lower blood pressure. Both the Rhodiola Rosea and
Rhododendrom Caucasicum are considered longevity herbs, and can help
you to lose weight.
(Ganoderma) is a natural analgesic that can help to normalize
blood pressure and cholesterol levels while helping to clear out
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
contains a strong anti-platelet aggregation agent called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
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
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
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
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
a very special amino acid that protects cells and tissues from
damage due to homocysteines and seems to strengthen cardiovascular
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