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Vitamin C and Your Heart

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What do gorillas, chimpanzes, and arangutans and other primates have in common with humans, the answer is the inability to make their own Vitamin C. Scientists tell us that we lack particular enzymes in the liver that allows the synthesis of Vitamin C. It is true that animals that can make their own Vitamin C don’t get heart disease, the kind of atherosclerotic plaque causing kind. Actually, the guinea pig actually doesn’t make its own vitamin C either. Like the guinea pig, humans must get their Vitamin C from their diet. They must eat foods which contain it, or else!

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Herbal Extracts and Lowered Heart Disease Risk

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Artichoke Extract

Artichokes are nutritional powerhouses that provide a volume of nutrients full of illness fighting phytonutrients. They date back to 4th century B.C., when both ancient Romans and Greeks alike used the artichoke for digestive problems. Additionally, artichokes contain quercetin, rutin, gallic acid, and cynarin, nutrients that protect consumers against maladies such as heart disease, cancer, liver dysfunction, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Through clinical studies, artichokes have been proven to be a safe, non-toxic, and natural way to prevent and treat high cholesterol. They are high in polyphenol antioxidants such as luteolin, cynarin, and silymarin, all of which provide important benefits to the body. Cynarin and silymarin, for example, have been shown to be a boon to liver tissue and may even help it regenerate. Cynarin increases the breakdown of cholesterol in bile salts, thus increasing both bile production as well as the flow of bile from the gallbladder.

A German study, published in 2000, studied the effects of artichoke upon high cholesterol. During the course of the study, 143 adults took 1,800 mg of artichoke extract in 450 mg tablets for 6 weeks.  Learn More Read More

Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease with Tea

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Black tea comes from the leaves of the tree (or shrub) Camellia sinensis. It’s teeming with antioxidant polyphenols, compounds that help you fight off illness and stay healthy. Black tea’s polyphenols have even been shown to help brain injury and hearing loss – and it also looks promising for treating Parkinson’s disease.

In 2001, researchers at Boston University found that black tea reverses the coronary disease known as endothelial vasomotor dysfunction. This condition is a precursor to more serious cardiovascular problems. By preventing the onset and worsening of endothelial vasomotor dysfunction, your chances of developing more severe problems is reduced. That means that you can help keep your heart healthy just by drinking black tea! This claim is supported by a 2006 online edition of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The edition featured a meta-analysis conducted from 1990 to 2004, and concluded that “a daily cup of black tea can reduce the risk of heart disease.” READ MORE Read More

Vitamin E, Heart Health and Inflammation

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What exactly is Inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s first line of offense, whether it serves to help heal a physical injury, protect against a foreign invader such as pollen or a cold virus, or fight bacteria. Chronic inflammation, however, is now thought to be the real culprit of heart disease. Experts are now finding that atherosclerotic lesions are being discovered as early as infancy and childhood. These earliest atherosclerotic lesions, called fatty streaks, consist of monocyte-derived macrophages and T lymphocytes – two types of immune cells whose presence in arterial walls provides evidence that the inflammatory response contributes to atherosclerosis. Read More Read More

Vitamin C, Hearth Health and Oxidation

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Many people think that vitamin C is an unimportant nutrient, but nothing could be further from the truth. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant. It was first made famous by the work of Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Laureate who pioneered much of the research on the health benefits of vitamin C, particularly with Heart Disease.

There are two types of cholesterol, and even more sub-categories. HDL has been described by experts as good cholesterol and LDL has been described as bad cholesterol. Think of HDL like garbage trucks and your blood vessels as major roadways. One of the reasons that doctors and dietary experts promote higher levels of HDL is that HDL transports cholesterol particles back to your liver for disposal in a process called reverse cholesterol transport.

During inflammatory conditions involving oxidative stress, HDL becomes pro-atherogenic rather than athero-protective.  In addition to taking measures to raise your good cholesterol, what else can be done to help prevent or treat heart disease? Lets start by making sure the good and the bad cholesterol does not become oxidized. Consuming foods that have high levels of antioxidants would be a good start, but supplementation may be an option too.

Vitamin C is one of those antioxidants that have been shown to have protective properties.  This good HDL has been demonstrated to be susceptible to oxidation, which can prevent its cardio-protective properties. However, a study in the Journal of Nutrition has shown that Vitamin c inhibits oxidation in human HDL. MORE Read More

Herbs for Heart Health

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Several wonderful Herbs to ward of chronic disease including Heart Disease are listed here below! Don’t miss out on these little miracles from Mother Earth!

Garlic

What can garlic do for you? Aside from keeping the vampires away, a whole slew of things! Garlic (Allum Sativum) is thought to have originated in central Asia, where it has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Garlic is even cited in a 3,500 year old document as being particularly useful for the heart in addition to a variety of other ailments. It reduces homocysteine and c-reactive protein, for example, and also has antibacterial and antiviral effects.

Garlic contains phytochemicals called saponins. Saponins have detergent like abilities to bind to bile acids in your intestines and prevent the re-absorption of cholesterol. Incidentally, saponins have the ability to form stable foam. For this reason, they are used in products like shampoos, beer, and root beer. Pharmaceutical companies actually put saponins in some of their vaccines to boost their effectiveness. Read More Read More

Plant-Based Eating and Heart Health

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With all of the conflicting and expansive information about how various foods affect the body, it can be difficult to figure out what kind of diet to which you should adhere. While many people might disagree about the specific “whys” regarding why it works, almost everyone seems to agree that eating more plant-based foods is a good idea. I’ll take a stab at the “why” myself, and say that eating plant-based foods is a great way to ensure that you’re taking in enough vitamins, minerals, nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber. Filling up on plant foods is also a good way to avoid overeating in other areas, like damaging fat. Read More Read More

5 Reasons to Eat More Carrots

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Think carrots should be left to rabbits? You couldn’t be more wrong. It’s International Carrot Day coming up on April 4, so we’ve done the digging to find out how the luminous veg can benefit your health.

When your parents told you to ‘eat your carrots’, they were definitely onto something. It will come as a surprise to know just how good they are for you – on the inside and out.

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The Perils of Soft Drinks

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Concept photo of a child in front of a soft drink. Next to it is the amount of sugar in a regular can of soft drink. The over-consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks is associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, dental caries, and low nutrient levels.

Concept photo of a child in front of a soft drink. Next to it is the amount of sugar in a regular can of soft drink. The over-consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks is associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, dental caries, and low nutrient levels.

Add a drug to your formula and get the folks hooked. Soft drink manufacturers know it. Coca-Cola was first created in 1886 by Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton, who modeled his beverage after a then-popular French refreshment, coca wine, made by mixing coca-leaf extract with Bordeaux wine. Read More