I'm Gene Millen. In 1990 my cardiologist sawed open my chest and stitched in bypasses to six clogged arteries. This got my attention and propelled me on a journey to discover if heart supplements could cure or reverse heart disease.
There are several nutrients that benefit our heart muscle and arteries but one stands out head and shoulders above the rest. It is is coenzyme q10, commonly called CoQ10.
As I dug into the research to learn the essentials of keeping a healthy heart I came upon the website of Dr. Al Sears.
Dr. Al isn't your usual medical doctor. He is a and expert in nutrition, has been certified as a fitness trainer and has developed a Wellness Center in Florida.
Al Sears, MD, is a strong proponent of the value of CoQ10 to support heart health. Dr. Sears graduated from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine with honors in Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry and Physical Medicine.
He has been appointed to the international panel of experts for Health Sciences Institute, a worldwide consulting service for integrative healthcare. He is also an adjunct professor at Barry University.
Dr. Sears says, "I wouldn't be without CoQ10 and prescribe it to my patients."
High absorption CoQ10 is rated one of the best heart supplements. And with very good reason.
The heart is one of the few organs in the body to function continuously without resting; therefore, the heart muscle requires the highest level of energetic support. And any condition that cause a decrease in CoQ10 could impair the energetic capacity of the heart, thus leaving the tissues more susceptible to free radical attack.
If you are taking any of the statin family of drugs such as Vytorin, Lipitor, Crestor to lower your cholesterol you should not be without CoQ10.
Other drugs, such as beta blockers and some antidepressants, also interfere with Coenzyme Q10.
Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs can literally "kill" CoQ10 synthesis.
It might be time for you to change your oil. For years, the medical establishment touted fish as the ultimate heart healthy food, citing its abundance of omega-3s.
There's just one problem: most of the fish you find in the stores and restaurants has been raised on a farm.
That means the fish are fed a diet of fish flakes made from corn, cereal grains and other additives. This unnatural diet of Omega 6 food causes the salmon's omega-3 levels to plummet.
And that's just one of the many biological transformations they go through. Salmon and other fish raised in captivity are dramatically changed by the experience; the fish farmers have to inject them with an orange-colored dye to make their flesh look like real salmon. Trust me, this is not a good thing.
Krill are shrimp-like invertebrates or crustaceans that are harvested from the icy Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean.
Krill Oil is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids for the maintenance of a vital heart and brain.
Unlike fish oil, the Omega-3 fatty acids in Krill Oil are absorbed and carried to the body's cells in phospholipid form.
Phospholipids form the structural basis of cell membranes, so Phospholipids with Omega-3 fatty acids are easily recognized, absorbed and utilized by the body.
Best of all, there is no fishy after-taste and the
softgels are a lot smaller and easy-to-swallow.
Legend holds that the "Crown of Thorns" placed on Jesus? head was taken from a berry tree or bush which we know today as hawthorn.
Fast forward several millenniums to October 1896, when the New York
Medical Journal published a report describing a secret treatment by a
physician in Ennis, Ireland named
Dr. Green reportedly had developed a reputation for "curing" heart disease, but in the spirit of greed and selfishness, refused to share his discovery with his medical colleagues, or the rest of the world.
After his death in 1894 his daughter revealed that his "famous cure" was in fact a tincture of the ripe hawthorn berries.
Mark Stengler, N.D., who is known as The Natural Physician, says this about hawthorn benefits:
"I love to prescribe this powerful nutrient to patients. Most people begin feeling much better almost from the first instant they take it.
- Have you noticed that your memory is not as sharp as it used to be?
- Do you have pain or numbness in your legs?
- Has your sexual vitality gone south?
These are common side effects of the statin family of drugs.
These drugs do a great job of lowering cholesterol but is worth enduring the negative side effects.
Dr. Duane Graveline, MD, a former NASA astronaut relates on his website, SpaceDoc.com how Lipitor was the source of his transient global amnesia.
"My first book, Lipitor, Thief of Memory, was written after my two bouts of transient global amnesia (TGA) associated with the use of Lipitor® in the years 1999 - 2000. Predictably at that time, I was focused on cognitive dysfunction and Lipitor.
"I soon realized the adverse reactions involved far more than impaired cognition, including personality change, myopathy, neuropathy and a chronic neuromuscular degeneration similar to ALS and all statins were contributing to these adverse reactions, not just Lipitor."
Dr. Michael Murray, author of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, one of the most renowned doctors of natural medicine provides us with a second opinion about policosanol.
"In a 1997 head-to-head study policosanol was compared with statin drugs lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol) Policosanol and ZOCOR were found to be equally effective in lowering cholesterol during an eight week study...but policosanol also significantly increased HDL-cholesterol levels and Zocor did not."
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