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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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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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Stroke Morbidity Tripled for Anemic Patients

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Iron is necessary for oxygen to be transported in the blood. Iron binds to oxygen in the bloodstream and carries it to all of the cells in the body that need the oxygen molecules to perform. Without iron, oxygen cannot be delivered to cells and the cells die.

Iron is also needed to diffuse oxygen through muscle cells, providing us with energy when we need it. Iron is used in DNA synthesis and cell division; helping your body to age more slowly and renew itself when necessary. Iron is also necessary for producing connective tissues, neurotransmitters, and maintaining the immune system.

Iron deficiency can cause anemia, the condition of having a low red blood cell count or low quantity of hemoglobin. Symptoms include fatigue, paleness, fast or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, cognitive or learning problems, cold hands and feet, and headaches.

Studies on anemia have shown that people who have a heart attack, heart failure, or kidney disease are more likely to die within a year if they are anemic. Stroke patients are now being added to that list and anemia is considered a “potent predictor of dying throughout the first year after a stroke” according to Jason Sico, M.D., lead researcher and assistant professor of neurology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

The study was conducted on 3,750 men treated for their first ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke. The study reported the following:

1) Patients with severe anemia were 3.5 times more likely to die while still in the hospital and 2.5 times more likely to die within a year.

2) Stroke survivors with moderate anemia were twice as likely to die within six to 12 months after a stroke.

3) People with mild anemia were about 1.5 times more likely to die within six to 12 months after a stroke.

An important thing to remember when trying to keep up your iron levels is that lots of minerals compete for iron uptake in the digestive tract. Many people believe they are taking enough iron, but then their other supplements are preventing the iron from being absorbed. Calcium is the main culprit in iron not being properly absorbed.

On the other hand, there are vitamins that can help iron to be absorbed. Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, is a potent enhancer of iron absorption. Studies have shown that vitamin C added to a meal can increase iron absorption by up to five times.

To avoid the interaction between calcium and iron, the National Institutes of Health recommends taking calcium supplements at bedtime. This brings to question the best vitamin C supplements to take with your meals for maximum iron absorption.

Most vitamin C supplements on the market are calcium ascorbate, which gives you a healthy dose of calcium with your vitamin C. There are buffered vitamin C products that are much easier on the stomach and more beneficial to take with meals, two of which are sodium ascorbate and C-Salts. Or, if you can tolerate the acidity of vitamin C without a buffering agent then pure vitamin C powder may the best vitamin C supplement option for you.

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, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. 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.mayoclinic.com/health/anemia/ds00321/dsection=symptoms
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120202094558.htm
http://www.anemia.org/patients/feature-articles/content.php?contentid=000441&sectionid=00015
http://www.noharmfoundation.org/?page_id=387
http://www.livestrong.com/article/195033-what-supplements-can-interfere-with-iron-absorption/
http://www.chemistry.wustl.edu/~courses/genchem/Tutorials/Ferritin/IronBody.htm

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