(NaturalHealth365) Let’s talk about 7 nutrients to prevent and reverse heart disease. It’s important to note that many health experts see heart disease as a nutritional deficiency. Of course, a poor diet filled with processed junk can also contribute to plaque buildup and cardiovascular disease. But, generally speaking, when you eat enough of the right nutrients – on a daily basis – you’re much less likely to crave junk food and have a strong heart.
A simple nutrient guide for a healthy heart
There are several ways in which vitamin C lowers the risk of heart disease. For example, vitamin C is known to repair artery walls which prevents cholesterol from being deposited and causing blockages.
As an antioxidant it reduces free radicals, which can damage the heart and blood vessels. Also, it protects the heart by raising HDL cholesterol and lowers overall cholesterol.
An associate of Dr. Linus Pauling’s, Dr. Matthias Rath writes “Animals don’t get heart attacks because they produce vitamin C in their bodies, which protects their blood vessel walls. In humans, unable to produce vitamin C (also known as hypoascorbemia), a dietary vitamin deficiency weakens these walls. Cardiovascular disease is an early form of scurvy.”
By the way, vitamin C is found in most fruits and vegetables including pomegranates, tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries, acai, and red bell peppers. Don’t forget to buy organic – if you can.
The value of vitamin E
A European study released by the World Health Organization and published in “The American journal of Clinical Nutrition” states emphatically that a low concentration of vitamin E in the blood is more a risk factor for dying from heart disease than high cholesterol or hypertension.
Many studies have confirmed that vitamin E retards the formation of atherosclerotic plaque, and vitamin E is effective at keeping plaque from rupturing, which is the very thing that causes heart attacks – most of the time.
Vitamin E is found in whole grains, nuts and seeds, green leafy vegetables, basil and apricots.
Magnesium dilates blood vessels; aids in the absorption of potassium into cells which prevents heart arrhythmias; and acts as an anticoagulant – stopping platelet aggregation that can lead to clotting.
Magnesium is referred to as “nature’s calcium channel-blocker” due to its ability to block the entry of calcium into heart and vascular muscle cells. When calcium enters it induces spasm, but when there is high enough levels of magnesium it prevent a spasm in the way calcium blockers do.
Magnesium is found in rice, wheat and oat bran, squash, pumpkin, flax, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, and dark chocolate.
Don’t forget those Omega-3 essential fatty acids
According to the Life Extension Foundation, research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids combat the development and progression of vascular disease via multiple mechanisms including, lowering triglycerides; lowering blood pressure; improving endothelial function and raising HDL cholesterol levels.
Omega 3 fatty acids is found in flax seeds, walnuts, salmon, sardines, halibut, scallops, shrimp, grass fed beef, and lamb.
CoQ10 is considered critically important for cardiovascular health; it is directly involved in the production of ATP – “energy currency.” The heart is a muscle that never rests; it needs a substantial amount of CoQ10.
CoQ10 is found in beef, chicken, pork, liver, sardines, herring, salmon, mackerel, and other oily fish.
The benefits of resveratrol and quercetin
Resveratrol can help improve the health of the endothelial lining of the blood vessel; it facilitates the generation of endothelial stem cells – providing new fresh cells.
Recent research shows one of the reasons people in France are protected from heart disease is a high intake of quercetin, a potent antioxidant found in red wine and certain fruits.
Numerous studies have shown quercetin to be a stimulator of nitric oxide, which inhibits endothelial proliferation, a hallmark of arthrosclerosis.
Resveratrol and quercetin are found in grapes, pomegranates, berries, apples and red wine.
Our society needs to get back to whole, natural foods. As processed vegetable oils and refined sugar, flour and processed foods started appearing on store shelves – heart disease rates started climbing. Never forget – the best building blocks for a healthy heart are fresh, locally grown and prepared foods. Eat a healthy diet; be consistent and you can live life – heart attack proof.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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