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Heart disease is the number one killer in the world today, with over 70 million people dying from it
every year. Yet, there are many who are learning the Truth behind their condition, and taking steps
to reverse it. It is not nearly as difficult as one might think, and a matter of supplementing the diet
with those nutrients that have been removed from foods within our society as a whole, in
exchange for a longer shelf life.
http://www.amazon.com/Good-Cholesterol-Without-Drugs-
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Specifics About Heart Disease and Nutrition

Many people are interested in learning more about heart disease and dietary supplements in order
to educate themselves on preventive strategies against heart disease. However, before we delve
into some of the best heart health supplements, let's highlight some important facts about this
disease.

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease is the general term for diseases or
conditions that affects the heart (cardio) or the blood vessels (vascular). As such, there are many
different types of heart diseases. However, coronary artery disease is the most common type of
heart disease.

Coronary artery disease means narrowing of the coronary arteries. It is caused by a process
called atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which is the gradual buildup of plague --
deposits made up of cholesterol, other fats, and calcium. Eventually, diminished blood flow can
"starve" the heart muscle and lead to angina (chest pain). A complete blockage can cause a heart
attack. In fact, coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the
U.S. each year.

Moreover, many studies indicate that individuals with high cholesterol levels are much more likely
to develop atherosclerosis than people that maintain low cholesterol levels. As such, many high
cholesterol level sufferers seek information about heart disease and dietary supplements. In
addition, it has been found that high levels of the amino acid homocysteine may be associated
with an increased risk of atherosclerosis.

Indeed, hearing words like heart disease, heart attack, and stroke is scary and, as such, many
people search for information in regards to heart disease and dietary supplements to promote
heart health. However, we believe before you can make an informed decision about health
disease and dietary supplements, it's important to understand the risk factors associated with this
condition, which is vital to your overall preventive strategies against heart disease. They include:



High LDL "bad" cholesterol
Low HDL "good" cholesterol
Diabetes
High blood pressure
Tobacco
Lack of exercise
Unhealthy nutrition
Overweight/Obesity
Heavy alcohol intake
Stress
Family history
Age
Men



Needless to say, the first step in preventing or reducing your chances for heart disease is
committing to a healthy lifestyle. In fact, aside from age, gender, and heredity, you have a great
deal of power in controlling each of the aforementioned risk factors of heart disease.

With that being said, let's move on to heart disease and dietary supplements.

While it's important to understand that no dietary or herbal supplement will counteract a poor diet
or the lack of exercise, it can be powerful components when used along with a heart healthy diet
and a health enhancing lifestyle. Now, in regards to your heart health strategy and/or strategies
against heart disease, you may want to address it having three main goals in mind and then use a
combination of diet, exercise, and dietary and/or herbal supplements that works best for you. We
believe that heart disease prevention must be addressed from several different perspectives since
the disease results from a number of related "risk factors" and not from a single cause.

The three main goals for heart health are:

Opening Blood Vessels
Strengthening the Heart Muscle
Controlling Free Radical Damage -- Antioxidants

Supplements that Open Blood Vessels

Our research indicates that when it comes to heart disease and dietary supplements used for
opening blood vessels, the following are some of the best and, as such, may be a part of your
preventive strategies against heart disease.

Lecithin- Lecithin is the natural emulsifying agent in grains that is removed during processing. The
wheat germ of the grain, contains all the nutrition, and is therefore the primary source of the
nutrition within all grains. If you ask any nutrition expert about wheat germ you will certainly
receive a glowing indictment on the many benefits of wheat germ. However, if you ask a doctor
you may or may not receive such a positive response. As with any food that contains healthy
vitamins and/or minerals, doctors will always argue with how much of a health benefit is actually
derived from the substance.
The fact is that wheat germ contains;

Lecithin- the main ingredient that will dilute and wash away saturated fats and cholesterol buildup,
Omega- essential fatty acids that raise HDLs, and lower LDLs
B vitamins-B vitamins are important for many functions in the body; especially the brain, helping to
prevent depression, stress and anxiety. They also boost the bodys metabolism, increasing energy
levels and in the production of red blood cell synthesis.
Vitamin E - The oil that is extracted from the wheat germ also contains a fair amount of vitamin E.
This is needed by the body for nerve and muscle function, to maintain a healthy reproductive
system, reduce the cells need for oxygen, promote healthy chromosomal devilment in all new
cells, and it has also been shown to benefit the skin by keeping its elasticity better, reducing the
effects of ageing. Vitamin E help helps to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood by preventing low
density lipoproteins (LDLs) from sticking to artery walls and narrowing blood vessels.
Major Minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc,
Protein- A one cup serving of wheat germ provides over 50% of our recommended daily intake of
protein. It can be added to all types of food such as pizza dough, breads, pancakes, muffins,
cereals and just about anything that you can think of. It has no taste to speak of, and blends well
with any food that will absorb it.

Fish oil is another rich source of omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) that benefits heart health.
Fish oil helps prevent platelets in the blood from clumping together, reducing the risk that blood
clots will form. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure, lower triglycerides (blood fats)
levels, and improve blood flow. Indeed, fish oil omega 3's are praised by many experts as being
one of the best heart disease and dietary supplements, meaning it should be a part of your
preventive strategies against heart disease.

Policosanol -- Some studies have shown that policosanol can lower one's bad cholesterol (LDL)
by up to 20% and raise beneficial cholesterol (HDL) by 10%.

Guggulipid is prized for its ability to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels as well as high blood
triglyceride levels. It has also shown to boost the levels of good cholesterol (HDL).

Vitamin B Complex, particularly vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid reduce levels of homocysteine.

Chromium is a mineral that plays a role in helping to manage cholesterol levels. In addition, it can
help improve blood sugar control for diabetes sufferers.

Garlic is noted to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as slightly lower blood
pressure. In addition, studies indicate that garlic can help reduce the likelihood of blood clots.

Other nutrients that help open blood vessels include: Niacin and Soy protein

Supplements that Strengthen the Heart Muscle

Our research indicates that when it comes to heart disease and dietary supplements to strengthen
the heart muscle, the following are some of the best and, as such, may be a part of your
preventive strategies against heart disease.

Magnesium The biggest role this mineral plays is that of aiding in the absorption of calcium. Even
if someone is getting enough calcium, without half as much magnesium along with it, the calcium
will not be absorbed into the bones, but left to roam around the body, landing as painful calcium
deposits all over the body. This mineral plays a vital role in controlling muscle contraction and
relaxation. It is also involved in regulating blood pressure (by relaxing blood vessels) and can help
reduce the tendency of blood clotting.

About Heart Disease and Dietary Supplements: Antioxidants

Antioxidants are believed to help prevent heart disease by fighting free radicals, substances that
harm the body when left unchecked. These nutrients are on a constant search and destroy
mission, fighting the continuous onslaught of free radicals. The following dietary supplements help
fight free radicals and, as such, should be a part of your preventive strategies against heart
disease.

Grape Seed Extract is a rich source of flavonoid compounds (oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or
OPCs) that perform as potent antioxidants and powerful blood vessel strengtheners.

Green tea contains a particular group of potent antioxidants called polyphenols. Green tea also
protects LDL cholesterol and blood vessel linings from oxidative damage.

Some other antioxidants noted to help with cardiovascular heart health include: Vitamins C and E,
and Resveratrol

Precautions

Indeed, educating yourself about heart disease and dietary supplements is important. However,
before you start any dietary supplement program for heart disease prevention or treatment, please
make sure you take them in moderation. Too much of even a good thing can backfire on you.



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Heart disease is the number one killer in the world today, with over 70 million people dying from it
every year. Yet, there are many who are learning the Truth behind their condition, and taking steps
to reverse it. It is not nearly as difficult as one might think, and a matter of supplementing the diet
with those nutrients that have been removed from foods within our society as a whole, in
exchange for a longer shelf life.
http://www.amazon.com/Good-Cholesterol-Without-Drugs-
ebook/dp/B006M60R40/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_3

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Description: Heart disease is the number one killer in the world today, with over 70 million people dying from it every year. Yet, there are many who are learning the Truth behind their condition, and taking steps to reverse it. It is not nearly as difficult as one might think, and a matter of supplementing the diet with those nutrients that have been removed from foods within our society as a whole, in exchange for a longer shelf life.