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Getting to the Root of Heart Disease Prevention

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Vessel Endothelium Health

Learn how to keep your blood vessels smooth and free of damaging plaques and clots. Diabetic damage, high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks could soon become a thing of the past.

The American Heart Association estimates that 81 million American adults are at risk for cardiovascular disease. This is a staggering number. You may immediately think about heart health, but did you know that there is another part of your cardiovascular system that is possibly even more important when it comes to cardiovascular health? We are talking about the inner lining of all of your arteries, veins, and capillaries. This microscopically thin layer, only one layer of cells thick, is called the endothelium.

The endothelium used to be viewed as a simple membrane, but has recently been discovered to have complex roles in immunity, cardiovascular health, and metabolism. It is responsible for limiting the damage that is done from a heart attack or stroke. It is the smooth surface that your blood needs to flow efficiently, without clotting. It is not only responsible for keeping clots from forming, but it also is responsible for forming clots when needed. The endothelial cells are the controlling factor for blood pressure. The endothelium determines the health of your entire cardiovascular system by producing nitric oxide, the master signaling molecule of your cardiovascular system.

Heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, and high blood pressure are all directly caused by the endothelium of your blood vessels failing to make enough nitric oxide. Nitric oxide repairs damage done to the endothelium, keeping it free from plaques and calcification. It is needed to control blood pressure and reduces the effects that LDL (bad) cholesterol can have on your vascular walls. Nitric oxide regulates the formation of clots and maintains the health and strength of the endothelium. Nitric oxide repairs endothelial cells damaged by high blood sugar and other damaging effects of diabetes. If there was a way to keep your endothelium healthy and properly functioning, wouldn’t you be interested?

Vitamins D3 and K2 are critical for producing the right amounts of nitric oxide. Vitamin D3 helps your body to absorb calcium while vitamin K2 tells it where to go. These two vitamins have to be available in proper amounts for the endothelium to create nitric oxide. L-arginine, L-citrulline, B vitamins, vitamin C, and d-ribose also play important roles in endothelial health and nitric oxide production. Deficiencies in any of these areas can lead to cardiovascular malfunction.

Working with your doctor to monitor vitamin levels may be a crucial part of maintaining your cardiovascular health. The vitamins and supplements listed above work together synergistically. Therefore, any one could break the chain of reactions necessary for repairing endothelium or its ability to make nitric oxide. If the endothelium functions properly, it can eliminate high blood pressure, cholesterol concerns, and diabetes vessel damage.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Strengthen Arteries with Vitamin C

Monday, July 6th, 2015
Strengthen Arteries with Vitamin C

Are your arteries becoming diseased because of a simple vitamin C deficiency?

Vitamin C is a nutrient necessary for strengthening arteries. As we age, arteries weaken. To combat the effects of weakened arteries, our bodies “patch things up” with plaques and hardened cholesterol. This can lead to stroke, artery disease (atherosclerosis), arterial embolism, aortic aneurysm, peripheral vascular disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and the list goes on. Keeping your arteries in good working order can help you to avoid a wide variety of deadly diseases and events.

Most people don’t find out that their arteries are weakened until there is a big event, such as a heart attack or stroke. However, there are symptoms that may be present before such an event, depending on which arteries are affected. You should become familiar with these symptoms. It could save your life or the life of someone else.

Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease happens when plaques attempting to strengthen the arteries of the heart are no longer able to supply enough oxygen to the heart. Symptoms are generally triggered by exercise or stress. You may experience angina, or pain in your chest, if your coronary arteries are affected. You may also have pain in the shoulder, arm, jaw, or neck.

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease happens when plaque builds up in the arteries of the arms or legs. The narrowed arteries lead to numbness and pain. Heart attacks and strokes are common in people with peripheral artery disease, as are serious, life-threatening infections.

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery disease happens when the arteries of the brain are affected. If you have weakened or narrowed arteries leading to the brain, you may experience all of the symptoms of a stroke. This includes sudden weakness in the face, arms, or legs, generally occurring only on one side of the body. Trouble speaking or understanding what people are trying to say to you is another red flag. Visual disturbances, severe headache that comes on suddenly, dizziness, and balance problems are also signs of stroke or carotid artery disease.

How Do I Avoid Diseases of the Arteries?

Think about how arterial disease progresses. The artery wall is weak, so the body patches it with cholesterol plaques. The body sees these plaques as foreign and creates an inflammation response. Inflammation can cause arterial walls to swell, breaking loose chunks of hardened plaque. This causes a blood clot effect inside the arteries, causing a stroke or heart attack.

What you may not know is that your body doesn’t prefer to use rigid, hard, inflexible cholesterol as a bandage for artery damage. It only does so if there isn’t enough vitamin C present in the body to produce collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are only formed if there is enough vitamin C present. Because vitamin C is water soluble, it isn’t stored well by the body. This is why a continuous diet of fruits and vegetables or supplementation is necessary to avoid arterial diseases.

If you supplement with vitamin C, then you can be sure that you’re getting enough. This also wipes out inflammation, clears inflammation-causing free radicals, and strengthens arteries so that they don’t need so much patch-work in the first place.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/collagen.html
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Inflammation-and-Heart-Disease_UCM_432150_Article.jsp
http://www.paulingtherapy.com/

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Why You Gain Weight; Even While Dieting

Saturday, November 15th, 2014
ObesityMetabolicSyndrome

Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome are Progressive because we eat this one thing.

Everyone thinks that if you eat too much and don’t exercise enough, you’ll get fat and eventually become obese. However, research shows that this isn’t what causes obesity. Have you ever wondered why a fit and lean person can seemingly eat whatever they want and not gain weight, while an overweight person can carefully restrict calories and stay overweight, or even gain weight? It’s because the body processes things differently when we are overweight.
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Three Ways to Improve Memory: Caffeine, Cocoa Powder & Alcohol Consumption

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Memory, Cognition, Long-Term Memory

Surprising Ways to Improve Your Memory!

Caffeine

A research study published in Nature Neuroscience stated that among the health benefits of caffeine is that a 200mg dose after a learning session boosts long-term memory. Caffeine has been shown in many studies to enhance cognitive memory. However, until now, there have been very few studies to show its effects on long-term memory.

This study involved 160 participants between the ages of 18 and 30 years. Participants were given doses of 100-300mg of caffeine after their learning sessions. The 200mg group showed the greatest improvement in long-term memory.

Cocoa Powder

Researchers at Columbia University published a study in Nature Neuroscience showing that flavanols present in cocoa reversed age-related memory decline. Memory decline begins in early adulthood, but may not be noticed until the age of 50-60 years. Flavanols in cocoa have been linked to improvements in brain connections in the area of the brain responsible for memory. Participants in the study following a high-flavanol diet performed much better on memory tests than those following the low-flavanol criteria.

Dr. Small of the research team stated that “If a participant had the memory of a typical 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, after 3 months that person on average had the memory of a typical 30- or 40-year-old.”

Consumption of cocoa powder improves skin condition by increasing blood flow to subcutaneous tissues. It increases skin density and skin hydration, improving skin texture, and even gives skin photoprotection. Flavanols in cocoa also have favorable effects on blood pressure, platelet aggregation, thrombosis (blood clotting), inflammation, and the vascular system as a whole.

Alcohol Consumption

A collaborative study between the University of Texas Medical Branch, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Maryland shows that light alcohol consumption later in life is linked to having better memory and event recall. 660 participants without dementia or a history of alcohol abuse were evaluated in this study.

“Results showed that light and moderate alcohol consumption in older individuals is linked with higher episodic memory – the ability to recall memories of events – and larger volume in the hippocampus, a region of the brain important for episodic memory.”

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Post-study caffeine administration enhances memory consolidation in humans, doi:10.1038/nn.3623, Daniel Borota, Elizabeth Murray, Gizem Keceli, Allen Chang, Joseph M Watabe, Maria Ly, John P Toscano, Michael A Yassa, published in Nature Neuroscience, 12 January 2014.

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Vitamin C Boosts the Action of Soluble Fiber and Protects Against Inflammatory Disease

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

autoimmune causes,chronic inflammation diet,anti-inflammatory diet,prevent inflammation,leaky gut,heart disease prevention

Are you getting the benefits you expect from your fiber intake?

In our article “Fiber with Vitamin C for Inflammatory and Immune Disorders”, we learned how inflammatory and autoimmune diseases begin in the gut. We also learned why soluble fiber is considered one of the best ways to prevent diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, allergies, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and even depression. However, soluble fiber can’t work alone. It needs to be synergistically paired with vitamin C in order to fully perform its duties.
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Fiber for Inflammatory and Immune Disorders

Friday, August 15th, 2014
autoimmune causes,chronic inflammation diet,anti-inflammatory diet,prevent inflammation,leaky gut,heart disease prevention

Get a handle on inflammatory and autoimmune disease with soluble fiber.

It may be hard to believe, especially when you have no digestive issues, but most inflammatory diseases begin in the gut. “Inflammatory” diseases include obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, allergies, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and even depression.
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The Truth about CoQ10 Supplements

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
CoQ10 is not recommended for many medical conditions.

CoQ10 is not recommended for many medical conditions. Check with your doctor and educate yourself on actual CoQ10 studies before you supplement.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant made by the human body. CoQ10 is needed for cells to function and to convert food into energy. CoQ10 levels decrease as we age. The lowest CoQ10 levels are found in people with diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, genetic disorders, and heart conditions.
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Vitamins for Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Vitamins for Adrenal Fatigue

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include being tired during the day, being awake at night, sugar cravings, and belly fat accumulation.

Your adrenal glands are two walnut-sized glands above your kidneys. They make almost 50 different hormones that your body needs. These hormones regulate numerous bodily functions, including your response to stress. When you are under stress, which is nearly constant for a lot of people, your adrenal glands become fatigued and worn out. (more…)

Are Prenatal Vitamins Enough?

Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Vitamins for Pregnant Women

Your prenatal vitamin may not be giving you and your baby everything that you need.

Maintaining your health while you are pregnant is vital to the health and development of your growing baby. Stress can affect how much you need of certain vitamins, so it is important to keep track of which vitamins you need and when. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin is important, but your diet and lifestyle may make it necessary to supplement with certain vitamins during your pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about regularly checking your vitamin levels to optimize your health and the health of your baby.
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Neurological Disorders and Vitamin D Part 2

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Neurological Vitamins

Are all of your Neurological Symptoms Being Caused by an Underlying Vitamin Deficiency?

Part 2: Why Vitamin D May or May Not Be Helping You

Before you begin, you may want to read Part 1 of this series by clicking here.

I’m Already Taking Medication for my Neurological Problems.

Most neurological disorders are treated with medications that alter the amounts of different hormones that are used by the body. Your doctor may prescribe a drug that increases serotonin absorption, for example. The problem with these medications is that they don’t fix the root of the problem. Over long treatment periods, they can cause the body to make less of the already depleted hormone. Supplementing with vitamin D and carefully managing prescription medication dosages can help you to fix the underlying sleep disorder that is causing the neurological symptoms.
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