If you know you have significant arterial blockages or have had a heart attack, possibly leaving your heart muscle somewhat compromised, do not underestimate the combined effect of a total nutritional strategy, ideally personalised by a nutritional therapist depending on your test results. These steps are also worth taking if you are facing bypass surgery.
This may include:
• A low GL diet, with Plant sterols are compounds similar to cholesterol which occur in plants. They can help to prevent cholesterol being absorbed in the body…., soluble fibres and Antioxidants are substances that protect cells within the body from damage caused by free radicals. They help to strengthen the body’s ability to fight infection… nutrients
• High potency niacin for lowering cholesterol and lipoprotein(a) and raising HDL
• Extra antioxidants, including CoQ10, alpha-lipoic acid, What it does: Strengthens immune system – fights infections. Makes collagen, keeping bones, skin and joints firm and strong. Antioxidant, detoxifying pollutants and protecting against…, What it does: Acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage, including against cancer. Helps body use oxygen, preventing blood clots, thrombosis, atherosclerosis. Improves wound… and glutathione or NAC
• Extra lysine, especially if your lipoprotein(a) level is raised
• Extra omega 3’s both from eating fish and supplements
• Extra What it does: Strengthens bones and teeth, promotes healthy muscles by helping them to relax, also important for PMS, important for heart muscles and nervous… and What it does: Enables nutrients to move in and waste products to move out of cells, promotes healthy nerves and muscles, maintains fluid balance in…, and strict sodium avoidance, both eating more fruit and veg and supplementing 300mg of magnesium, which relaxes arteries
These form the basis of the diet and supplementary recommendations, together with building up exercise and learning techniques such as HeartMath for reducing your stress level. These kinds of actions have been shown to reduce angina, relax arteries, lower triglycerides and LDLs and reduce risk of a heart attack. However, there are a few other strategies that you might like to consider. Boost your nitric oxide level Your body produces a highly versatile nutrient, nitric oxide (NO), that does many of the things you need to recover after a heart attack and improve the health of your arteries. It expands blood vessels, it stops platelets in the blood clumping together forming clots and it helps to break down arterial plaque and, acting as an antioxidant, it helps to protect blood fats from damage. While a number of drugs, notably Viagra and ACE inhibitors, aim to boost NO, according to Louis Ignarro, who won a Nobel Prize for his research into NO, you can increase your body’s ability to make NO by taking a combination of certain supplements, as well as exercising.
He recommends: L-arginine, which is an amino acid found in all Proteins are large molecules consisting of chains of amino acids. Proteins are essential nutrients for the human body – they are a building block of… foods. From arginine the body makes NO. He recommends supplementing 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams (mg) taken twice daily – for a total of 4,000 to 6,000 mg. L-citrulline. Supplemental arginine doesn’t enter cells readily unless it is combined with L-citrulline, another amino acid. Melons and cucumbers are rich sources of L-citrulline, but they don’t provide high enough levels to significantly increase nitric oxide levels. He recommends 400 to 600 mg daily. Daily multivitamin including vitamin E. Vitamin E helps reduce the assault of cell-damaging Free radicals are molecules produced when the body breaks down food or by environmental exposure to things like cigarette smoke, pollution and radiation. Free radicals… on the endothelial lining and may promote higher...