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					          Nutritional Supplementation
Antioxidant vitamins and minerals are essential
for circulatory health. Medical studies have
shown in particula, r tha, , t, vitamins C and E
and the trace mineral selenium help protect the
blood vessels and heart muscle from the
damaging effects of atherosclerosis. Even in
advanced cases of heart disease and arterial
plaquing, the benefits of these antioxidants have
in some cases proven to be more effective than
heart medications. Research suggests that 1,000
mg of vitamin C, and 800 IU of vitamin E daily
are necessary to have a significantly positive
effect on the arteries and the heart.
As you probably know, Vitamin E, has
repeatedly been in the news about heart disease.
Many medical studies, including an important
paper published in the June 1995 Journal of the
American Medical Association (JAMA), have
demonstrated the importance of this antioxidant
vitamin in the prevention of heart disease. In the
JAMA study, men with a previous history of
coronary heart bypass surgery who were given
more than 100 IU of vitamin E a day had
significantly less coronary artery progression
than those who did not receive vitamin E.
Another recent study of 130,000 nurses showed
that intakes of greater than 100 IU per day
reduced heart attacks by 46% in women and
26% in men. The reason for the lower figure in
men was probably due the low dose used in this
Vitamin E has been shown to be vitally
important in the prevention of many other health
problems in both men and women, including
prostate cancer in men. I recommend that
everyone supplement their diets with this
important antioxidant vitamin. My
recommendation for vitamin E is 400 IU a day
(800 IU for those who have heart disease or are
at risk for heart disease.) Avoid dl-alpha
tocopherol or synthetic Vitamin E. It is
important to use d-alpha tocopherol, or natural
source vitamin E, which is the most biologically
active form. Also, remember that natural vitamin
E is a complex, like vitamin B, and works much
better if taken with the other natural tocopherols.
For that reason I recommend Vitamin E
Complete, which includes the entire vitamin E
complex along with the important trace mineral
selenium. Vitamin E and selecium are
synergistic, meaning that the Vitamin E will be
of more benefit when it is taken with selenium.
Selenium has also been proven to be essential
for cardiovascular health. (More on selenium in
the next section below.)
(Note: Recently a new medical study was
reported prominently in the news media which
attempted to discredit the virtues of vitamin E,
even going so far as to claim that
supplementation with the vitamin could be
dangerous to your health. A closer look at this
study revealed that it was seriously flawed and
should be ignored. I believe that the drug
interests were behind this new study in the first
place and that it was nothing more than an
attempt to discredit a beneficial, and popular,
natural remedy, all because it was seen as a
threat to lucretive heart drug profits. Over the
years I have seen this happen numerous times
with many natural drug-free treatments. There
are many more studies that prove the
effectiveness and safety of vitamin E so don't be
dissuaded by this new "finding." The media is
always too eager to be a part of the drug
industry's agenda because it creates the sensation
they need to increase their ratings and sell more
advertising (much of which is to the drug
companies.) This should always be kept in mind
when reading or hearing any media report,
particularly when it involves bad news about a
very popular natural remedy; because it is when
a natural remedy becomes very popular and
widely used that it is perceived as a threat to the
drug industry's profits. The drug industry is a
very powerful and well-funded special interest
and your health is not their top priority.)
It is now well established that the trace mineral
selenium is essential for optimal health. It has
been shown to help protect against coronary
artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, and
peripheral vascular disease. The problem is that
our soils, in many parts of the country, have
been depleted of many important trace minerals
making it impossible for us to get optimal
amounts without supplementation. Choose
chelated selenium because it is absorbed much
better than the non-chelated form. The correct
type and amount of selenium is included in
Vitamin E Complete mentioned above.
In addition to its promise in the prevention of
heart disease, selenium has proven to have an
inhibitory effect on all of the hypothesized aging
mechanisms. Animals who have had their diets
supplemented with selenium live 50% longer.
Selenium has also been proven to help prevent
arthritis, emphysema, and cancer. It is no
coincidence that the states in the U.S. with the
highest incidence of breast cancer are also the
states with the lowest levels of selenium in the
                  Other Minerals
In addition to selenium, there are at least six
other minerals that are essential in the battle
against heart disease: calcium, potassium,
magnesium, zinc, chromium and copper.
Magnesium, in particular, is a key mineral for
the heart. It helps reduce heart attack, irregular
heart beats and heart spasms. Calcium,
magnesium, potassium and zinc have all been
shown to help control high blood pressure. And
copper is important for the structural integrity of
the walls of the blood vessels. Deficiencies of
copper have been linked to weaknesses in the
vascular walls leading to aneurysm and stroke.
                 Coenzyme Q-10
Coenzyme Q10(or Co Q10) is a "vitamin-like"
enzyme and a strong antioxidant which is
necessary for the cells to produce energy. It is
present in very small amounts in some foods,
such as seafoods, and is produced by all cells of
the body. Studies have shown that most heart
patients are deficient in coQ-10 and that
supplementation can sometimes dramatically
relieve heart disease symptoms. CoQ10
supplementation has been shown to help
normalize blood pressure and to strengthen and
protect the heart against cardiovascular disorders
and heart disease. It has been found to calm
arrhythmia and improve congestive heart failure
and angina. CoQ-10 also acts as a powerful
antioxidant by protecting the body against free
radicals and it improves the effectiveness of the
immune system. Results have been noted
particularly in patients with congestive heart
failure. A daily dose of from 50 to 150 mg of
Coenzyme Q10 has been suggested for
maintenance and to aid heart failure, however,
up to 300 milligrams a day may be needed when
heart failure is severe. (A stronger Co Q10
supplementwill be needed for heart failure.)
      Herbs for Cardiovascular Health
There are many herbs that are known to help the
heart, improve circulation, and prevent heart
disease. A few of ones that I consider the most
important are listed below:
Garlic is a powerful herb that has been used by
herbalists for centuries for a wide variety of
health problems. Recently scientists have
confirmed many of the claims made by
herbalists. Garlic has been shown to be effective
in helping normalize high blood pressure. It has
also proven useful as a "blood thinner," since it
inhibits blood clotting. Garlic has also been
shown to help lower cholesterol levels for those
who have high serum cholesterol.
Hawthorn Berries is widely used by herbalists
around the world for cardiac problems,
particularly to strengthen a weakened heart.
Scientists have discovered that hawthorn also
dilates blood vessels allowing blood to flow
more freely and thereby lowers the blood
pressure. It also acts directly on the heart muscle
to help heal damaged heart tissue.
                  Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba is the most popular herbal food
in Germany and France, outselling other herbal
products by 20 percent. Ginkgo contains
flavonoid glycosides like quercetin. Quercetin is
the "magic" ingredient in red wine that helps
protect the French from heart disease. It helps
prevent heart attack by preventing cholesterol
               An Aspirin a Day?
Before leaving the subject of heart disease, I
would like to talk briefly about the "aspirin a
day" recommendation that is being promoted by
the aspirin industry through mass media
advertising and the medical profession. It is true
that aspirin has been shown to reduce the risk of
heart attack. However, aspirin is a drug with
dangerous side effects, especially when taken
over a long period of time. These side effects
include (but are not limited to) potentially severe
and even fatal gastrointestinal bleeding. Two
thousand Americans die each year due to
gastrointestinal bleeding caused by regular
aspirin use. Some studies have also found that
aspirin, as well as other non-steroidal anti-
inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), may actually
speed joint destruction—bad news for the
millions who are taking NSAIDS for arthritis.
The reason it is being highly promoted is
because aspirin manufacturers have watched
their sales drop sharply with the introduction of
aspirin substitutes. They have therefore, and
quite successfully, devised a scheme to increase
their sales.
Before running out to buy a king-sized bottle of
aspirin, remember that natural supplements like
garlic and vitamin E with selenium work
better—and without the negative side effects!
The side effects of garlic include such benefits
as fewer colds and flu due to improved
functioning of your immune system. The side
effects of vitamin E with selenium include
increased protection against cancer! In my
opinion, the nutritional approach is by far A
BETTER WAY—unless of course you have
stock in the aspirin industry.

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