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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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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK26848/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12413206

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperhomocysteinemia

http://www.objnursing.uff.br/index.php/nursing/article/view/j.1676-4285.2010.2670

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16979225

http://www.drkaslow.com/html/clotting_risks.html

http://www.lifeextension.com/protocols/heart-circulatory/blood-clot/page-01

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MQCDQgojLg

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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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How Vitamin C and Iron Can Help Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Vitamin C and Iron for Stroke

Are your vitamin C and iron levels increasing your risk for stroke?

Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we highly value valid research related to vitamins and supplements. We are continually impressed with the reports from Dr. Mercola at www.mercola.com and would like to share some of their content with you from time to time. We hope you find it as fascinating as we do!

By Dr. Mercola

Stroke, which is akin to a heart attack in your brain, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.1 Obstructed blood flow to your brain is known as an ischemic stroke, which represent about 75 percent of all strokes. When an artery that feeds your brain with blood actually ruptures, it’s called a hemorrhagic stroke, and this is a far more lethal situation.

Fortunately, up to 80 percent of all strokes are preventable through lifestyle factors2 such as diet, exercise,3, 4 maintaining a healthy weight, normalizing your blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and quitting smoking.

For example, research published last year5 found that if you’re inactive, you have a 20 percent higher risk for having a stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) than people who exercise enough to break a sweat at least four times a week.

Recent studies also highlight the importance of getting sufficient amounts of vitamin C and iron in your diet. Interestingly, certain weather conditions have also been linked to increased rates of stroke, and getting appropriate amounts of sun exposure can help protect against it, in more ways than one.

Getting Enough Vitamin C May Help Reduce Risk of Hemorrhagic Stroke

The first featured article6 reports the preliminary findings of a French study, which found that those with vitamin C deficiency are at an increased risk for a lethal hemorrhagic stroke. According to the article:

“‘Our results show that vitamin C deficiency should be considered a risk factor for this severe type of stroke, as were high blood pressure, drinking alcohol and being overweight in our study,'” study researcher Dr. Stéphane Vannier, M.D., of Pontchaillou University Hospital in France, said in a statement.

‘More research is needed to explore specifically how vitamin C may help to reduce stroke risk. For example, the vitamin may regulate blood pressure.’ …[P]ast studies have also linked vitamin C with reduced stroke risk.

A 2008 University of Cambridge study found people with high blood levels of vitamin C reduced their stroke risk by 42 percent, and a similar 1995 study in the British Medical Journal indicated elderly people with low levels of the vitamin had a greater risk of stroke.”

What’s the Best Way to Optimize Your Vitamin C?

The ideal way to optimize your vitamin C stores is by eating a wide variety of fresh whole foods. A number of people, primarily with the naturopathic perspective, believe that in order to be truly effective, ascorbic acid alone is not enough.

They believe the combination of the ascorbic acid with its associated micronutrients, such as bioflavonoids and other components. Eating a colorful diet (i.e. plenty of vegetables) helps ensure you’re naturally getting the phytonutrient synergism needed.

One of the easiest ways to ensure you’re getting enough vegetables in your diet is by juicing them. For more information, please see my juicing page. You can also squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice into some water for a vitamin C rich beverage.

When taking an oral vitamin C, you also want to be mindful of your dosing frequency. Dr. Steve Hickey, who wrote the book Ascorbate, has shown that if you take vitamin C frequently throughout the day, you can achieve much higher plasma levels.

So even though your kidneys will tend to rapidly excrete the vitamin C, by taking it every hour or two, you can maintain a much higher plasma level than if you just dose it once a day (unless you’re taking an extended release form of vitamin C).

Iron Deficiency Can Raise Stroke Risk in Certain Individuals

Recent research also suggests that iron deficiency can increase your risk of ischemic stroke if you have hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, a hereditary disease that causes enlarged blood vessels in your lungs. Iron deficiency increases the stickiness of your blood, which increases your risk of blood clots, and in those with this genetic abnormality, such clots can travel through your lungs and into your brain.

According to the study in question, published in the journal PLOS One,7 even having moderately low iron levels can double your stroke risk if you have this condition. According to the researchers, other health conditions may also permit blood clots to bypass the filtration system of your lungs. Study author Dr. Claire Shovlin stated that:

“The next step is to test whether we can reduce high-risk patients’ chances of having a stroke by treating their iron deficiency. We will be able to look at whether their platelets become less sticky. There are many additional steps from a clot blocking a blood vessel to the final stroke developing, so it is still unclear just how important sticky platelets are to the overall process. We would certainly encourage more studies to investigate this link.”

Continue reading about stroke prevention at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/03/vitamin-c-stroke-risk.aspx .

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/03/vitamin-c-stroke-risk.aspx

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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

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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Morning Sun Exposure Lowers BMI

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Benefits of Sunbathing

Studies show that sun intensity, duration of sun exposure, and even the time of day that you sunbathe can all affect your BMI.

The morning sun exposes us to more “blue light” – sunlight of a shorter wavelength – that has been shown to have a strong influence on the circadian system. This directly affects your BMI, studies show. We hope that you enjoy this article from Medical News Today. Click here to read the full article on their site.
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The Link between Dental Health, Heart Health and Diabetes

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Oral Health Overall Health

What do your teeth and gums say about your overall health?

The health of your teeth and gums can offer you warning to other health conditions developing or existing in your body. Some oral health problems can affect your entire body. Learning the connections between your teeth, gums, and your body can help you to maintain good overall health and catch problems early, preventing disease and death.
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Why You Are Craving Chocolate

Friday, June 20th, 2014
Chocolate Cravings Indicate Magnesium Deficiency

If you're craving chocolate, your body may be trying to tell you something.

Everyone has cravings. Craving what our body needs is natural and often alerts us to deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, proteins, sugar, or water. The most common source of food cravings is dehydration. Before you reach for a snack or extra meal, reach for a tall glass of water. If the craving goes away within about 20 minutes, then you have satisfied your body’s need.
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Vitamin Deficiencies that Cause Pain

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Vitamins for Pain

Is your pain being caused by simple vitamin deficiencies? Get it straight before you medicate.

Vitamin deficiencies can cause all sorts of pain, health conditions, and neurological problems. Before masking symptoms with medication, you should be aware of which ones could be caused by a simple vitamin deficiency. This is especially true if you consider that many common medications deplete our vitamin stores or hinder the absorption of vitamins that we are eating or taking. We recommend that you have your doctor check for these specific vitamin deficiencies before resorting to medication to treat your pain.
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