PREVENTION OF HEART DISEASE: MEASURES TO DO

February 10th, 2011 — 4:20pm

* Include more oily fish, nuts, seeds and oils in your diet
The essential fatty acids in these foods are important for the prevention of heart disease. The fish oils help to lower cholesterol, thin the blood and lessen the risk of narrowing of the arteries. Walnuts have been shown to be helpful in preventing heart attacks, again due to the essential fatty acid content. A study of 26,500 members of a religious sect called Seventh Day Adventists, who do not drink or smoke, found that those who ate a handful of nuts at least five times a week had half the heart problems of those who rarely ate any nuts. This underlines the crucial importance of diet in preventing heart disease.
* Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit and also dried fruit
Fibre found in potatoes, carrots, apples, beans and oats binds up the cholesterol and carries it out of the body. Vitamin С found in fruit and vegetables is important because low levels of vitamin С have been linked to increased levels of cholesterol.
* Eat more soya
Soya beans have been found to help control cholesterol levels so should be included in the diet in the form of tofu, soya milk, miso, tempeh and tamari (wheat-free soy sauce made in the traditional way). Soya beans contain more protein than milk without the saturated fat or cholesterol. They are the only beans considered to be a complete protein because they contain all eight essential amino acids. Soya is also high in essential fatty acids. The role of soya in preventing and treating chronic disease has become so important that there is an annual four-day international conference devoted just to soya. The conference, hosted in Brussels in September 1996, with nearly eighty speakers from around the world, focused on the role of soya in reducing heart disease and cancer. And papers were presented on soya and hormones, the menopause and osteoporosis.
* Exercise regularly
Take brisk walks and get your heart beating fasting than it usually does. As well as keeping the cardiovascular system in good condition, exercise also seems to help raise HDL (the ‘good’ cholesterol) and lower LDL (the ‘bad’ cholesterol).
* Look at your vitamins
A very exciting confirmation of the link between good nutrition and heart disease came from a study published in The Lancet in March 1996. Scientists from Cambridge University and Papworth Hospital found that taking a daily dose of vitamin E reduced the risk of having a heart attack by an astonishing 75 per cent. An eighteen-month trial involved 2000 patients with coronary arteriosclerosis (fatty deposits in the arteries). Half of the patients were given the vitamin E supplement with their regular medication and half took the placebo with their regular medication.
The number of heart attacks in the group which took the vitamin E was a quarter of those taking the dummy pills. Those given the supplement appeared to be at no greater risk of having a heart attack than normal, healthy men and women of the same age with no heart problems.
According to Professor Morris Brown of Cambridge University, quoted in the Journal of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition: ‘This is even more exciting than aspirin. Most people in our study were already taking aspirin. The average benefit from taking aspirin is in the order of 25 to 40 per cent reduction. Vitamin E reduces the risk of heart attack by a massive 75 per cent.’
Professor Brown then goes on to say that he would not suggest that people should stop taking aspirin. Why not? He just suggests that they take the vitamin E as well. He added ‘It would be irresponsible for us to recommend it freely to those without heart disease.’ Is he actually suggesting you wait until you have narrowing of the arteries or a heart attack and then start the vitamin E?
With results like these on a large-scale double-blind controlled trial, doctors should be recommending what to eat and what to take to keep us well. But results like this and others before get stuck in the academic literature without being put to any practical use. Several other previous studies in fact have indicated that vitamin E is important for heart health – low blood levels of this vitamin have been linked to heart attack risk.
So increase your vitamin E intake from foods such as olives, olive oil, avocado and tuna and take it in a supplement form
* Make sure your mineral levels are good
It has been found that magnesium-rich foods seem to protect against coronary disease. A ten-year study of 2000 men showed that those who had heart attacks had significantly less magnesium in their blood than those who did not. Also analysis of three other trials has shown a significant reduction in deaths by treating heart disease patients with magnesium. Magnesium-rich foods are cereals such as wheat, oats and rye.

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AVOIDING HEART DISEASE: VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS, JUICES, ETC

February 10th, 2011 — 4:16pm

Vitamins and supplements (daily)
E – up to 1,600 IU, depending on age and condition (in case of rheumatic heart disease not more than 175 IU). A doctor must determine the amount of vitamin E for each heart patient, especially in rheumatic heart damage, hypertension, cardiac decompensation or failure.
Magnesium – 500 mg. or more
Lecithin – 2 tbsp.
Calcium – 1,000 mg.
C- 1,000 to 3,000 mg.
Zinc – 30 mg., as zinc gluconate
Niacin – 100 mg.
B6 – 100 mg.
Brewer’s yeast – 3 tbsp.
Flax seed oil – 2 tsp.
Kelp – 1 tsp. of granules, or 3 tablets
Raw, unrefined honey
Wheat germ – only if available absolutely fresh, not older than one week after it is made
Natural multiple-vitamin-mineral formula

Juices
Vegetables: carrot, beet, celery, asparagus, with small amount of garlic and onion juice added to vegetable juice.
Fruits: red grapes, black currants, rose hips, blueberries.

Herbs
Hawthorne berries, motherwort, horsetail, valerian root, black cohosh, mistletoe, melissa, rosemary. An excellent herb tea for heart diseases is made from the woody, interior walls of walnuts. Use the walls from 4 to 5 nuts for each cup. Soak them overnight, then boil them for 15 minutes the next morning. Take three cups a day. This tea alleviates the pressure and the pain in the chest. Tea can be sweetened with raw honey. Cinchona bark (the source of quinine and guanidine) is specific in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, a rhythm disorder of the heart.

Specifics
Vitamins E, C, magnesium, lecithin, flax seed oil, okra, hawthorn berries. Low-protein, low-calorie, low-sodium diet. No smoking, no alcohol. Plenty of regular exercise.

Notes:
It has been demonstrated in several American and Swedish studies that heart attack and stroke victims have often exceptionally high blood viscosity, or so-called thick blood, with larger than normal count of red blood corpuscles. Researchers concluded that a thousand-year old method, extensively used in folk medicine and by ancient doctors to prevent heart attacks – periodic blood-letting – was based on solid scientific grounds. Blood-letting “thins” the blood, lowers its viscosity, or hematocrit, and prevents the development of coronary thrombosis and blood clots. That women are not affected by strokes and heart attacks before the age of menopause to the same extent that men are, may depend on their usually much lower hemoglobin count. Needless to say, only qualified doctors should perform blood-letting, or decide on the advisability of such treatment in each individual case.
I dare to predict that this method of prevention of strokes and heart attacks may become widely used in the future medical practice – after it is given a little more scientific name, of course. By the way, periodic juice fasting also lowers blood viscosity and diminishes the risk of thrombosis and stroke.

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HEART DISEASE AND FOOD WE EAT: ‘FRENCH PARADOX’ AND ESKIMOS

February 10th, 2011 — 4:14pm

What about the ‘French paradox’?
The French consume at least the same amount of saturated fat as we do and possibly more, and yet their rate of heart disease is only 30 per cent of ours. This fact puzzled the scientists, irritated the health information lobby and cheered up the gourmets for years. Then we got the good news. It was probably the wine, especially red wine that was protecting the French from heart problems. Then came the bad news. It seems that the protection is not from the alcohol in the wine but the actual grapes the wine is made from (sorry about that). Grapes produce a substance called resveratrol and in animal studies this has been shown to reduce blood fat and cholesterol levels. So you can forget the glass of wine and just have a bunch of grapes!
Onions and garlic, enjoyed by the French, also contain many organic sulphur compounds. The substances in garlic appear to work as a blood thinner in the same way as aspirin. The allicin in the garlic also seems to prevent cells taking up cholesterol and reduces its production in the liver.

The Eskimos
The Eskimos presented the scientists with another puzzle. They eat vast amounts of fat and yet they have an extremely low rate of heart disease. The fat they eat comes from fish which is known to be high in essential fatty acids, omega 3. These omega 3 oils have been found to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (fat stored in the body), decrease blood pressure, prevent blood clotting and raise HDL (the cholesterol remover).

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HEART DISEASE: DIETARY CONSIDERATIONS

February 10th, 2011 — 4:11pm

The basic causes of heart disease can be found in faulty eating and living habits and various mental and physical environmental stresses. The famous Framingham Heart Study of the National Heart and Lung Institutes identified and qualified the following major risk factors in coronary heart disease:
a.  Elevated blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and other fatty substances.
b.  Elevated blood pressure.
с Elevated blood uric acid levels (mainly caused by high protein diet).
d.  Certain metabolic disorders, notably diabetes.
e.  Obesity.
f.  Smoking.
g.  Lack of physical exercise.
Each, but especially a combination, of these risk factors can contribute to the development of heart disease. Most of them are of dietary origin. The successful treatment of heart disease is contingent on elimination of all the above risk factors – the underlying causes of the disease.
Lacto-vegetarian, low-sodium, low-calorie, low-animal-protein diet of high quality, natural organic foods with emphasis on whole grains, seeds and nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables with the addition of raw, unpasteurized milk and homemade cottage cheese.
Millet, buckwheat, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, bananas, potatoes, okra, asparagus, apples, honey, brewer’s yeast, flax seed oil, lecithin – these are specific nutritive factors beneficial in a heart condition. Buckwheat is rich in rutin, which keeps arteries in good health. Potatoes and bananas are rich in potassium which is vital for healthy heart function. Okra, the slippery vegetable containing the viscous mucilage, is beneficial in atherosclerosis in that it helps to reduce blood vessel friction. It can be used in soups and stews, but also eaten raw or added to green juices. Apples contain pectin which is also of great benefit in atherosclerosis. Flax seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, especially in linolenic acid, which is essential for a healthy heart. Lecithin can help to prevent fatty deposits in arteries that lead to heart attacks. Asparagus is beneficial for an enlarged heart.
No salt, no sugar, no alcohol, no coffee, no meat – all of these are definitely proven in reliable studies to be contributing causes to heart disease. Do not use any refined or processed foods. Avoid animal fats and processed fats, especially margarine and other hydrogenated fats. Small amounts of vegetable oils of highest quality, cold-pressed and unrefined, such as olive oil, flax seed oil, safflower oils, or sesame oil, are beneficial, even essential, if supplemented with vitamin E.
Do not overeat! Obesity is one of the main causes of heart disease Statistics show that the obese have a 100 percent greater risk of developing heart disease or succumbing to a heart attack.
Do not drink distilled water. Avoid soft water. Naturally hard water contains minerals, especially chromium, which is vital for heart health. Naturally, your drinking water must be pure, uncontaminated, unchlorinated and non-fluoridated natural spring or well water. Such drinking water is available now in most cities in bottled form.
Avoid all refined carbohydrates, such as white flour and white sugar and everything made with them. It has been conclusively demonstrated that excess sugar and refined foods in the diet is one of the main causes of arteriosclerosis and heart disease.
Do not drink chlorinated water. Chlorine destroys vitamin E in the body, which is absolutely essential for the health of the heart. This is extremely important.

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