The medical approach to preventing atherosclerosis has centered around lowering cholesterol and measuring blockages. The main weapon in the doctor’s arsenal is the statin. Chemically lowering cholesterol is a woefully inadequate approach to preventing atherosclerosis and heart disease.
In one study, that lasted over three years, 2% of the subjects taking a statin had a heart attack and 3% of the subjects in the placebo group had a heart attack. This means that 100 people need to take the drug for three years to prevent a single heart attack. Omega-3 fatty acids perform much better than these drugs for preventing heart attacks.
The other issue about cholesterol lowering drugs is the side effects, which can be life-threatening. The most common side effect is muscle pain. It can make exercise difficult (just what you want in a heart patient–curtailed activity because of pain). The muscle pain can become severe; this is a condition known as rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis can lead to liver damage, kidney failure and even death. The drug must be discontinued IMMEDIATELY. Other side effects of statins include liver damage, digestive problems and some researchers have linked them to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Patients who take these drugs long term tend to lose muscle mass. Many are slightly anemic. There are supplements that you can take to minimize the muscle damage done by statins. These include:
- Coenzyme Q10: Also called CoQ10, it is necessary for energy production in the cell, and it is normally produced by cells. Statins block the production of CoQ10. Studies have linked low CoQ10 levels to heart failure. CoQ-Zyme 100 Plus™ supplies 100 mg of emulsified co-enzyme Q10, along with Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, folate, Vitamin B12, Biotin and Pantothenic acid.
- Carnitine: Low carnitine levels are also linked to heart failure. Use L-Carnitine HCL from Biotics Research.
- Gamma and Delta tocopherol: Vitamin E complex is made up of substances called tocopherols. Gamma and delta tocopherol are part of the vitamin E complex. Use a mixed tocopherol product, like E-Mulsion 200®, which supplies a supplemental source of vitamin E in an emulsified form, with mixed tocopherols, SOD, and catalase.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: These have a better track record for helping to prevent heart attacks than statins do. Use Biomega-1000™.
- Lipid-Sirt® provides support for vascular integrity and healthy aging by supporting and stimulating sirtuin activity. Specific nutritional compounds have been demonstrated to have a positive impact on cholesterol levels. Lipid-Sirt® supplies some of these specific nutrients, which have been demonstrated to: 1) modify the production of cholesterol in the liver by reacting with hepatic enzymes, 2) increase cholesterol excretion via the bile, 3) inhibit cholesterol uptake from the intestine, and 4) support increased levels of HDL.
Medicine has nothing to offer for ensuring the health and integrity of the vascular system. Fortunately, this can be done naturally. We have already mentioned ResveraSirt-HP®; here is another product.
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