Is Heart Disease Prevention, Stroke and Coronary Artery Disease Prevention Possible?





As the number one cause of death in most of the Western World heart disease and heart disease prevention is an uphill battle for modern medicine. For years, we've been told that one of the major factors in heart disease is high cholesterol. We're told to eat healthier, exercise more, and quit smoking, and all may be good in the end. However, while all of the above is good advice, that may not be enough to keep us safe from this debilitating disease.

It's widely known that heart disease is caused by a certain type of oxidative stress wherein free radicals cause tremendous damage over time. But you'll rarely hear, from modern medicine's perspective, a recommendation for heart disease prevention by increasing your supplementation regimen, due to doctors' bias against supplements. Instead, most physicians prefer to prescribe drugs that have clearly failed to both prevent and correct the problem of heart disease and have had no success in heart disease prevention.

The truth is, proper cellular nutrition, along with a good exercise regimen and healthy habits, is your best bet to preventing and lessening the damage of cardiovascular disease. But because of the degradation of our food supply, good cellular nutrition can no longer be achieved through food alone.

In a moment, we'll talk about the right antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins you need to achieve and maintain a healthy circulatory system. First, let's look at what heart disease really is and how oxidative stress affects your cardiovascular health.

What is Heart Disease - Really?

We all know what our heart is and how our cardiovascular system works. Instead of focusing on the larger picture, it's important that we look at the mechanics of circulation and how it can go very wrong, very fast.

As blood is pumped through your system, monocytes (helper cells) roam through the body picking up waste cells and sweeping them away. However, when these monocytes encounter oxidized free radicals, they're left helpless and unable to do their job. Instead of being eliminated naturally, they begin sticking to the walls of arteries, which in turn causes clogging, stenosis, and heart disease.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

There are many risk factors attributed to heart disease - prolonged situations that hinder the body's ability to sweep away free radicals before they do damage. By eliminating some or all of these factors, you're closer to heart disease prevention and a lifelong healthy heart.

Obesity. The problem of obesity is a complicated one. Our diets in the western world are comprised of foods that don't just encourage weight gain, but condition our bodies to become less able to regulate our blood sugar. When this happens, more free radicals are created, leading to myriad diseases - heart disease, of course, being the main one.

Smoking. It's no secret that quitting smoking is imperative for a long, healthy life. Every time you inhale cigarette smoke, you're literally deluging your body with free radicals that build up in the system in various deadly forms.

Diabetes mellitus. As mentioned, as our bodies become less able to manufacture their own insulin, our abilities to regulate blood sugar worsen. This leads to rampant oxidized free radicals in our systems that can eventually lead to heart disease.

• High blood pressure. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, causes the heart to work harder and faster. As a result, if your body is laden with free radicals, it quickens the pace in which oxidized cells build up along artery and coronary walls.

• Hyperhomocysteinemia. This is one you may not have heard of, and for potentially nefarious reasons. For more than 20 years, physicians have concentrated on cholesterol as the main culprit in heart disease.

However, studies are now showing undoubtedly that homocysteine levels play a much bigger, if not the biggest, role in determining whether or not someone will suffer from heart disease. Thanks to the cholesterol conspiracy, we're just now beginning to understand how the importance of cholesterol levels pales in comparison to the importance of keeping homocysteine levels at a minimum.

Preventing Heart Disease

Heart disease prevention may seem like a daunting task, but it really comes down to lifestyle choices. Regardless of your age, you can begin to take steps to prevent or even reduce damage caused by free radicals in your system.

The first step is to greatly limit your exposure to free radicals - quit smoking, avoid air pollution, and watch the foods you eat to make sure they don't include harmful chemicals or are grown with dangerous pesticides. Secondly, begin a moderate exercise program to help strengthen your circulatory system and give it the tools it needs to regulate the regenerative processes.

Equally important, however, is to begin supplementing your diet with potent antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Two very good sources of necessary antioxidants are fish oil and grape seed extract - which has very high levels of bioflavonoids, which are vital in the neutralizing of free radicals.

It's also important to get the necessary amounts of calcium daily, as well as vitamin E and vitamin C. There are also some arguments for the benefit of garlic supplements. In addition, you should begin a daily regimen of CoQ10, a natural supplement that even most traditional doctors now recommend in the fight against heart disease.

Unfortunately, by the time it's recommended, the disease has set in and is difficult to reverse. For best effect, you should start a supplementation program that includes CoQ10 before you develop symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

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