Suma G. Nathan

Cardiovascular Health

For decades we have been giving money to research to find cures for heart disease, cancer, aids, Alzheimer's, however pharmaceutical drugs kill us nearly as often as many of the diseases they are suppose to fight. All of this from Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, PH.D. - Director of Cardiovascular Research for the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, credited with more than 50 research publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. And they say the nutritional field is not regulated — according to this report there is not good enough control system of medical drugs, once they have been approved by the F.D.A. We women are especially mentioned as we suffer from more diseases (all those hormones). Many of the drugs are taken to counteract the side-effects of other drugs. In 1998 pharmaceuticals companies were spending 1 billion on commercial advertising.

The monitoring of 5000 different meds currently available in the marketplace is being done by an F.D.A. staff of 52 people. The effectiveness of most drugs has not been tested in older people or in females. A classic example in a 1996 Journal of the American Medical Association report by the University of San Francisco — The Potential Carcinogenicity of the Statins, the lipid lowering drugs, that we discussed in last column. Don't you love those T.V. ads on Lipitor!! Inflammation of the heart muscle is called Myocarditis, the inflamed heart muscle is unable to do the pumping of the blood.

Myocarditis could be due to toxic chemicals (we experience that every day) and viruses. Recent research has found that the amino acid Carnitine, CO-Q 10 and Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oils play a big role in heart metabolism. Remember when mom was pushing that cod liver oil down our throats in the 1940s? There was more nutrition at work than my mom may have realized. The EFA'S not only provide fuel for the heart, but also have positive effects on three main factors of heart disease: cardiovascular breakdown, triglyceride levels and cholesterol. Improving the blood flow and increasing the ability to carry oxygen and nutrients to the muscles.

The amino acid Carnitine is the main transporter of fatty acids and oxygen into the walls of the cells, without enough CO-Q10 and Carnitine the heart muscles mitochondria becomes starve for fuel and the skeletal muscle cells for oxygen. Vegetarians should be aware and take supplementation of this. As Carnitine is responsible for transporting fatty acids into the cells CO-Q10's job is to transport the nutrients into the mitochondria. Another helper is the herb Hawthorn, which dilates the arteries that supply the heart muscles with blood, oxygen and fuel, acting as a powerful free radical scavenger.

Motherwort for is powerful for those suffering heart palpations. If you are on any blood thinners — caution — EFA's not only thin the blood but also lower blood pressure. And now because of the controversy about the statins a lot of people are jumping back on the Niacin bandwagon for lowering cholesterol. Just remember that a B vitamin and needs to be balanced with the rest of the B vitamins. Lest we not forget about the Maitkae Chinese mushrooms that also help heart inflammation and lower pressure includes blood sugar.

There is an Ayurvedic herb very old that is now just being recognized Arjuna—it's awesome! More about that later. Also scientists from Auburn University, Hames Heart Institute of Clayton, Georgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 200 mg of Niacin-bound Chromium a day or twice a day seemed to be significant in lowering cholesterol.

We have always been aware of men with heart disease. Now it seems that women have the same risk. 40 percent of angioplasty, which involves threading the tube into the heart arteries, closes again, sometimes within 6 months. Guggul, another Ayurvedic herb, has also clinical research. Hopefully red yeast rice that works so well will stay in our health nutritional field, it's already being threatened. Cardiovascular disease disorders are primarily manmade, which in turn incites chronic disorders. But manmade crisis solutions (drugs and surgery) only work for a period of time. Heart disease may be preventable for those willing to alter lifestyles. (Are we thinking about doing this before it gets too late?) Here I always stress the GH3 because of its Longevity and all the nutritional supplementation to become a mean lean fighting machine, because that's what we need to be!

Published: The Las Vegas Tribune
Date: March 5, 2003
Author: Suma Nathan C.N.C.