Act Now — 3 Ways To Protect Your Heart Health

| February 19, 2015

I’m will to bet that if your doctor pushed a statin drug prescription your way and you responded with: “Is this because I have a statin deficiency doc?”, he or she would not have much to come back with. That’s because the answer is simple: None of us have a statin drug deficiency.

Unfortunately, mainstream medicine has always treated our symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs — for any disease — instead of looking at the underlying cause of our symptoms. This means that doctors often get it wrong. A case in point is cholesterol… it’s been turned into a villain for the past 40 years, when, in fact it fulfils numerous essential biological functions. For example, it plays a major role in the formation of cell membranes — meaning that it is found in every cell of your body! So, imagine what lowering your cholesterol to ridiculously low levels does to the integrity of your cells.

Of course, one of the main reasons why your doctor will prescribe statin drugs — especially if you are over the age of 50 — is to protect you against heart disease… or at least that’s what you’ll be told. That’s despite the fact that there is no scientific evidence directly linking higher cholesterol levels to an increased risk of heart disease.

I’m not saying that we don’t need to take better care of our hearts as we age… in fact it’s essential that we doBut with statin drugs? And by lowering our cholesterol to dangerously low levels? I don’t think so.

Below are three dietary strategies you can start implementing today to protect your heart:

1. Reduce heart attack and stroke risk with tomatoes: According to a recent study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, increasing your intake of lycopene — the antioxidant found in tomatoes — can improve the function of your heart and blood vessels.

The results of the study found that lycopene widened blood vessels by 53 per cent. Narrowed blood vessels can predict future heart disease as they may trigger a heart attack or stroke.

The lycopene in tomatoes is even more potent when it is cooked and pureed or consumed along with olive oil.
Other research has also found that lycopene is 10 times more potent than vitamin E, which helps prevent arteries from clogging by blocking the conversion of cholesterol into the waxy fat deposits called plaque that stick to blood vessel walls.

2. Almonds: the super nuts that help keep your heart healthy: New research, published in the journal Free Radical Research, has found that almonds can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

During the study, the researchers added almonds to the diets of one group of participants, while the rest of the participants continued eating their normal diet. Those who ate almonds had higher levels of antioxidants in their blood, better blood flow and lower blood pressure, after only one month of eating as little as 50 grams of almonds a day.

Almonds are rich in healthy fats and vitamin E and are a key ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. Since these nuts increase antioxidant levels in the bloodstream, eating them along with a diet rich in tomatoes, you will help boost your heart health in no time.

3. Avoiding processed meats can reduce your heart failure risk by a third: Researchers reviewed the lifestyles of 37,035 men, who had been tracked for 12 years, aged between 45 and 79.

During the 12 years, 2,891 men were diagnosed with heart failure, and 266 died from it. The researchers found a strong association between the increased risk of heart failure and the consumption of processed meat.

They also found that eating as little as 50 grams of processed meat a day — the equivalent of one slice of ham — increased the risk of death from heart failure by 38 per cent.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


Sources:

PloS One, 2014; 9:e99070

Free Radical Resolution, 2014;48:599-606

Heart failure: Circulation Heart Failure, 2014;doi:10.1161/ Circheartfailure.113.000921

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Comments (4)

Testimonials are based on the personal experience of individuals. Results are not typical and the potential benefits of taking any drug or supplement may vary depending on your individual needs and health requirements. Please consult your GP before making any changes to your medical regimen.

  1. johanna Broeksma says:

    I am on ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 40 mg

    It is safe to quit them? I have 2 stents for heartfailure.
    My age is 85.

  2. mary meehan says:

    lt is suggested by my pharmacy,because l take levothyroxine l start taking Statin COQ10.l am confused as to why.

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