In the West, we tend to be reductionists. We
reduce everything to its active ingredient. However, the active
ingredient in Vitamin C does NOT do what the Vitamin C Complex does.
Many, far too many, do not see vitamins as
complexes. You can still buy something called Vitamin E and find
only alpha tocopherol in it; synthetic at that.
And because little, if any, government dollars go
into researching nutrition, we still don’t know all the different
phytochemicals that make up Vitamin C Complex.
However, we’re pretty sure that there are many
bioflavonoids in a good Vitamin C Complex, and the three most important
seem to be: Rutin, Hesperidin, and Quercitin.
In general, bioflavonoids will reduce clots
associated with strokes, prevent damage to cholesterol (damaged
cholesterol is bad), and prevent vascular degeneration (bruising,
fragility, varicose veins, aneurisms, and hemorrhoids).
Stroke Prevention is Cardiovascular
It’s this last one, vascular degeneration, that
is most important, and we can look at these bioflavonoids as not
only preventing this damage, but as maintaining healthy capillaries,
as well being the building blocks of collagen (think connective
tissues) which assist in everything from wound healing to
So, if your diet consists of grains, cheese, and
meat, you’re not getting bioflavonoids. You need fruit and veggies
and as close to raw as possible: the white portion of citrus, the
skins of many fruits, especially red grapes (green grapes are just
sugar), colorful peppers, eggplant (skin), exotic fruits (mangoes &
papayas), garlic, dark greens (spinach, Brussels sprouts, broccoli),
and some teas. Many phytochemicals can’t take heat while some, like
those in green tea, can take the heat. Just don’t go around cooking
your fruit all the time. Fruit was meant to be eaten at the
temperature at which it was picked.
We’ve talked about Anthocyanins in our article
Chronic Inflammation, but in addition to fighting fat and
inflammation, they are also great for circulation and are found in
many of the fruits listed above, including mangosteen, goji berries,
and acai berries.
Eat fruit daily. Twice a day. Make our Raspberry
Vinaigrette. Eat salads with colorful veggies. And for a fun way to
get your flavonoids and anthocyanins, read our
article on Wine &
Chocolate. (We don't live by bread alone.)
Rutin uptake is slowed by chromium and Hesperidin
uptake is scotched by copper. There are many ways to detox these two
minerals, but increasing your Vitamin C and selenium will assist the
Rutin uptake and increasing your sulfur (MSM, cauliflower, broccoli)
will assist your Hesperidin uptake. [http://www.acu-cell.com/bio.html]
Put Out The Fire
You need to read our article on
Inflammation and start cooking with or supplementing with Turmeric.
There is hardly a meal that I don’t toss in a bit of Turmeric.
Many of the fruits, especially berries, mentioned
above, will also help prevent inflammation.
And start taking omega-3s and/or omega-7, such as
Cardia-7. My VA won’t give me an inflammation index test, so I go
out and pay for one twice a year. Cardia-7 has become a staple in my
home. A day does not go by in which I don’t take it first thing in
Cut the Fibrin
[My proofreader told me I really need to explain
about fibrin and hypercoagulability. So, here goes.]
Fibrin, as you can guess, is fibrous, or
consisting of fibers. It is a protein. It is created/formed when
thrombin breaks down fibrinogen, causing the fibrin to "polymerize,"
or turn into a polymer, which is a large molecule consisting of
repeatable parts/subunits. This polymer sweeps up platelets and
forms a clot. [Thank you,
Now, I could easily bore you by going into depth
on the biochemical coagulation cascade, but instead, I'll give you a link to an
animation at YouTube that is much more entertaining than I could be:
Instead, I need to tell you why we are
hypercoagulable, or overly leaning toward highly clottable blood.
Many of you know the dangers of diabetes. If you
don't, then you should know that diabetics tend to die of heart
attacks at rates significantly higher than non diabetics. You can
read more here:
Journal of Diabetes and its Complications.
Hypercoagulability can have many causes. I found
a long list of causes at the
Cleveland Clinic. They are divided into inheritable (from your
ancestors) and acquired. We already know about diabetes, but also
pregnancy and cancer can cause it. Women on the pill or taking
hormones can have it.
People with HIV/AIDS or inflammatory bowel
syndrome can have it. If you sit for a long time, say during long
flights, you can get deep vein thrombosis and, yes, you'll be
hypercoagulable. And don't get me started on smoking!
But the thing to really focus on here is our diet
and lifestyle. Everything we bring up about metabolic syndrome,
inflammation, and chronic degenerative illness will have a
hypercoagulable facet. Being pre-diabetic should be a warning that
you've probably got a bit more fibrin in your system than you want.
Studies show that people who have strokes have too much fibrin in
their system. Many of us, unknowingly, have too much fibrin, and we are just waiting
to stroke out. We have to cut the fibrin, and there are very simple ways to
do this. A good vitamin E will help; and by good, I mean a complete E
with mixed Tocopherols and mixed Tocotrienols and selenium. This is
one of the NOW versions I take daily:
Now Foods Advanced Gamma E Complex 120Sg
get selenium also from Brazil nuts. Selenium has been known to lower
Two more things:
(the link takes you to the best and most inexpensive serrapeptase on
the web, and no, it's not one of our affiliate programs). I
nattokinase daily, and about four times a week, I take
There are some expensive systemic enzymes that do
this also, such as Wobenzyme.
Finally, there's that
Pomegranate Juice just cleans up the gunk in your system and
fibrinogen contributes a lot to that junk.
At the same time that you cut the fibrin, you
also have to maintain a healthy clotting mechanism, so you’ll need
vitamin K which you can get from those dark greens. [More on that
You have to move your body. Our bodies were made
to move. If you have a job that requires sitting, stand up and
stretch at least once every hour. Get a big ball to sit on and
bounce. Go for walks. You have to move.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Everything you’ve done up to this point will help
your blood pressure: repairing your circulatory system, providing
the proper nutrition, and putting out the fire. We just need to
increase your “miracle molecule,” otherwise known as nitric oxide,
and keep those arteries from getting all guncked up (excuse the
technical language) and you’re hypertension will be in check.
First, many people take calcium supplements and
many of us are a bit acidic, and so we have free calcium floating in
our blood stream.
First I’d like to point out: never take calcium
without magnesium. This is a rule of naturopathy/nutrition. And
always take magnesium. It relaxes the muscles and helps relax the
body leading to lower blood pressure.
Vitamin D helps our bones uptake some of that
free calcium, and Vitamin K does it even better. Clearing your
arteries of calcium is of the utmost importance if you are going to
lower your blood pressure.
The best form of Vitamin K is
MK-7, or Low-Dose Vitamin K2 Menaquinone-7. As mentioned
above, Vitamin K2 also helps regulate coagulation (clotting). We’ve
learned so much more about Vitamin K2 in the past 10 – 20 years that
we now know it is just as important as Vitamin C. You get it
naturally from dark green veggies such as broccoli, spinach, and
kale. You can also supplement it.
As for Vitamin D, helping our bones uptake free
calcium is not all it does. Studies have shown that people with
reduced levels have increased arterial stiffness and impaired
vascular function. Normalizing their Vitamin D levels over a six
month period showed great improvement in vascular health and blood
pressure measurements and at the same time it's been discovered that
Vitamin D protects against the leading cause of blindness in adults,
macular degeneration. [Science
Newsline April 4, 2011]
So, we’ve got all that down and now we want to
charge up our bloodstream with Nitric Oxide.
Here is a short list of all the things Nitric
Oxide does for us:
As we age, we become less active and we slow the
production of nitric oxide. There are supplements and foods that
will assist us in producing enough to keep our blood pressure under
I dropped my blood pressure 40 points using L-Citrulline
Malate Complex and still use it when I’m not using beet juice.
All of these or any combination will be helpful,
and you’ll notice the extra energy within a half hour of
supplementing. People who work out always take one or more of these
All that’s left is to help clear the gunk off
your arteries (arterial plaque) and you’re home free.
Pomegranate juice, concord grape juice, and serrapeptase will do that. Personally, from my research, the
pomegranate juice works best, followed by the serrapeptase, and then
the grape juice. However, all of them (either of them) is better
than none at all.
Studies have shown that drinking pomegranate
juice regularly will reduce blood pressure.
Garlic and CoQ10
Garlic is hypolipidemic, meaning it lowers the
amount of fat in your bloodstream. It's also been known to help
reduce fatty deposits on the arterial walls, however, every article
you find on the web first tells you go cut back on your fat and that
saturated fat is what puts those fatty deposits on the walls of your
arteries and it's enough to make you scream. None of that BS is
backed up by science. But the science is well established as far as
garlic is concerned, and in a study using aged garlic extract and
CoQ10, researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute
found that after a year, they were able to reduce "soft plaque" in
people with metabolic syndrome up to 80%. [Aged
garlic extract and coenzyme Q10 have favorable effect on
inflammatory markers and coronary atherosclerosis progression: A
randomized clinical trial]
If you are going to prevent cardiovascular
disease, removing this soft fatty plaque early and reducing
inflammation is exactly what you want to do.
The Role of Adiponectin
Adiponectin, among other things, regulates fat
metabolism. Doing anything, taking supplements, and eating foods
high in anthocyanins to stimulate the release of
adiponectin are another route to cleaning up your arteries. I highly
recommend you read about
Adiponectin here, at this site.
I have found in my notes so much on hypertension,
I've also completed a paper called Hypertension Update (July 2015).