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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!

Sources:

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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COPD Prevention and Care

Friday, February 20th, 2015
COPD vitamins and supplements

Prevent lung damage and slow down the progression of COPD with vitamins and supplements.

COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a preventable spectrum of lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Difficulty breathing, wheezing, respiratory infections, excessive mucus, low oxygen levels, and chronic coughing are the hallmarks of the disease. COPD is almost always caused by cigarette smoking, which currently accounts for 80-90% of all cases. Patients with COPD experience a decline in lung function over time, often have other conditions that go along with COPD (such as cardiovascular disease and depression), and are at an increased risk for disability and premature death. COPD is incurable, progressive, and debilitating. It is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting over 30 million Americans last year.
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Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Is inflammation at the root of your health problems?

Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we value the research and opinions of Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. As we kick off the new year, we would like for you to push aside fad diets and focus on your health. Inflammation is the cornerstone to almost every disease. Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet is a great way to take back control of your body and your life. Please read the following article from Dr. Weil’s website and get yourself on track to a happier, healthier life.

Courtesy of Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging, Your Online Guide to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet.

It is becoming increasingly clear that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses – including heart disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease. We all know inflammation on the surface of the body as local redness, heat, swelling and pain. It is the cornerstone of the body’s healing response, bringing more nourishment and more immune activity to a site of injury or infection. But when inflammation persists or serves no purpose, it damages the body and causes illness. Stress, lack of exercise, genetic predisposition, and exposure to toxins (like secondhand tobacco smoke) can all contribute to such chronic inflammation, but dietary choices play a big role as well. Learning how specific foods influence the inflammatory process is the best strategy for containing it and reducing long-term disease risks. (Find more details on the mechanics of the inflammation process and the Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid.)
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Vitamins and Supplements for Arthritis: Part 2

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Part 2

Do your research before you supplement for arthritis.

In “Vitamins and Supplements for Arthritis: Part 1” we discussed how glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, and SAM-e supplements can help to relieve arthritis pain and improve joint condition. Now we will continue delving into which vitamins and supplements are actually proven to improve osteoarthritis conditions. Don’t waste your money on supplements that offer no real benefit or relief to you. Use the actual research to decide which vitamins and supplements may actually offer the benefits that you’re looking for.
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Vitamins and Supplements for Arthritis: Part 1

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Part 1

Are you taking the right supplements for your arthritis?

There are many supplements out there marketed towards arthritis supplements, so how do you know which ones will actually help the pain? You have to do your research. Learn how something might help you to determine if it is actually going to give you the benefit that you desire. Doctors say that there are some vitamins and supplements that really are helpful in relieving arthritis pain and improving the condition of joints, but many of them could interact with prescription medication or each other and therefore should be left alone.
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Interesting Strategy for Living with Type 2 Diabetes

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Don't let diabetes win.  Strategies beyond diabetic diet.

Free yourself of insulin injections with these 2 tips!

Diabetes management is nothing to be taken lightly. Many people with Type 2 Diabetes are strict about their diets in an effort to control blood glucose levels and insulin dependence. This is important, but there are two other, very important things you should be doing to give your body its best chance at survival.
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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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Vitamin C Boosts the Action of Soluble Fiber and Protects Against Inflammatory Disease

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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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
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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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Reversing Insulin Resistance

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Vitamins for Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance can be reversed by treating the underlying causes. Don't ignore the hard truth about insulin resistance.

When Your Doctor Says “You’re Insulin Resistant”

Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use food for energy. Sugars and starches are broken down in the intestines and are converted into glucose. Insulin carries glucose into cells so that it can be used for energy. If your body is producing more insulin to keep up with the glucose demands of the body, your blood sugar levels may appear fine, but your insulin levels will be high. This indicates that you are insulin resistant.
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