A piece of the heart disease puzzle that is rarely mentioned by the medical mainstream is oxidation from free radicals which causes cholesterol to turn rancid and stick to the walls of the arteries...especially in the heart and brain.
A common illustration of the oxidation definition is the browning of an apple slice not long after it is exposed to the air. The biochemical reaction gets a little technical but in nutshell the oxygen is altered by what is known as a free radical.
Free radicals are nutritional terrorists that bombard our cells and DNA every day. When free radicals are on the rampage, the pillage and plunder do not make a pretty sight. They take building blocks from normal cells and cause those cells to break down.
In addition to the damage free radicals cause to the arteries of our heart and brain oxidation can also damage the immune system, reduce resistance to infection and colds cause the skin to lose its elasticity and wrinkle.
Dr.Nicholas Perricone, author of "The Perricone Connection" gives us an example of the oxidation definition that is going on unseen in our arteries that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
"To visualize how ldl cholesterol oxidizes, think about rust. Rust occurs when metal oxidizes. Rust corrodes and eats away the metal, ultimately destroying it. "Similarly, when ldl cholesterol is oxidized in our bodies by free radicals these molecules create an inflammatory cascade resulting in cell and artery damage, irritation of the artery walls, and fatty streaks.
"More oxidized cholesterol starts to build up at this spot, producing an artery-blocking plaque. Left untreated, this plaque eventually closes the artery entirely, leading to a possible heart attack or stroke."
Antioxidants are the warriors that defend against these attacks and we need to gather our forces to mount a nutritional counter attack on two fronts.For most of us this will require upgrading our eating habits to include more whole foods, fruit and vegetables and legumes.
Eating legumes has been linked to longevity more so than any other food, results from a study revealed. It's believed that the folate, fiber, and minerals in legumes reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Have a helping of peas, lentils, or black beans a few times a week to add years to your life.
Beans have been shown to decrease your cholesterol, lower blood pressure and reduce risk from cancer. I make it a habit to have a cup of bean soup on most days of the week. Few foods boast so much protein, fiber and potassium with so little fat or sodium.
Beans, beans, the musical fruit.
The more you eat,
the more you toot. The more you toot, the better you feel.
So eat your beans with every meal!
Dr. James Anderson, MD, at the University of Kentucky, regularly prescribes dried beans to his patients-a cup of navy or pinto beans each day. He has documented that this prescription will cause cholesterol levels to sink by an average of nineteen percent.
Simply from eating beans, one man brought his cholesterol down from 274 to 190.
Moreover, legumes are marvelous regulators of insulin. Type I diabetics, by following Dr. Anderson's bean prescription, cut their insulin needs by thirty eight percent.
We should also take a high quality whole food natural vitamin supplement. A "one-a-day" cheap vitamin with synthetic ingredients just won't get the job done. It would be like fighting well-armed and highly trained terrorists with rocks and clubs.
Natural vitamins are derived from fruits, vegetables and other food sources. Synthetic imitations are created in the laboratory and replicate only one of perhaps dozens of beneficial nutrients.
If you are short on energy you will want to consider trying coenzyme Q10. CoQ10 is a vital heart health ingredient that I take every day and absolutely would not be without. If you want your heart to keep ticking like a fine watch for a long, long time you need to learn about this vital nutrient. Click here to learn about CoQ10.
Put this antioxidant strategy to work and you will strike terror in the hearts of these villains and send them packing.
Your heart and brain will say "thank you" for taking such good care of them.
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