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What is an easy way to reduce calcification of your arteries?

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Artery calcification

 

Most people get some degree of buildup, calcification of their arteries as they get older which is
not a good thing.
To stay healthy and live longer, it is crucial to have a good blood supply to all tissue, because that
is how we get nutrients and oxygen to the tissue.
We have all had the experience of a temporary restriction of the blood flow to an arm or a leg by
unknowingly laying in a position that cut off the circulation. It does not feel good.
If the heart muscle is not getting enough blood, we get a heart attack.
We know that eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly is important, but what else can you
do?
The following study investigated if magnesium may prevent calcification of the coronary arteries
(Hruby A, et al, 2014).
2,695 participants with an average age of 53 years who were free of cardiovascular disease
underwent Multi-Detector Computed Tomography of the heart and abdomen.
Multiple risk factors were accounted for in the evaluation.
Even the intake of vitamin K which has shown to help prevent artery calcification was accounted for.

 

 

The researchers found that the odds of having any coronary artery calcification were 58%
lower and having any abdominal aortic calcification were 34% lower, in those with the
highest compared to those with the lowest magnesium intake.

The authors said this may play a contributing role in magnesium’s protective associations in
stroke and fatal coronary heart disease.

When supplementing with magnesium, an amino acid chelate like magnesium glycinate is
recommended. The most common form of magnesium used in supplements is magnesium
oxide which is not absorbed well and can cause gastrointestinal irritation.

Magnesium is also important for many other reasons such as energy production and bone
formation. Ideally, it is better to combine magnesium with other important minerals since
supplementing with only one may cause an imbalance, and the other minerals are also
important for a variety of reasons.

Reference

Adela Hruby, Christopher J O’Donnell, Paul F Jacques, James B Meigs, Udo Hoffmann, Nicola
M McKeown, Magnesium Intake Is Inversely Associated With Coronary Artery Calcification: The
Framingham Heart Study,JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014 Jan;7(1):59-69.

 

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2 important things to help you stay healthy and feel good.

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blood glucose food

 

You need to keep your glucose metabolism healthy by keeping your blood glucose at a low and
normal level.
There are several reasons why this is important. When your blood glucose is elevated to a high
level as it tends to be when we get insulin resistant, and when we eat high glycemic index food,
we usually get tired.
Elevated blood glucose also leads to increased low-grade inflammation, and inflammation is the
the second thing you need to keep low to stay healthy.
Increasing CRP, an inflammatory marker, has been found with higher fasting glucose levels,
even among subjects with fasting glucose in the normal range (Aronson D. et.al., 2004).

 

 

Eating high nutrient, low glycemic index meals are important, and so is exercise.
There is however something else you also can do to keep your blood glucose lower.
You can take berberine, a natural plant derivative.
Berberine has shown to provide several health benefits. One of them is keeping the blood
glucose at a lower, normal level.

In the following study participants with type 2 diabetes were randomized to take either berberine
or metformin (a diabetic medication) for 3 months (Yin J, et.al., 2008).
The effect of berberine was found to be similar to metformin.
A significant decrease in hemoglobin A1c from 9.5% to 7.5% was found when taking berberine.
Hemoglobin A1c is a measurement of long term glucose control.
Fasting blood glucose was reduced with 34.9%, postprandial blood glucose with 43.9%, and
plasma triglycerides with 21.2%. Postprandial glucose is the blood glucose measured after a
meal.
The insulin resistance index was reduced by 44.7%.
Another study which included 116 patients also with type 2 diabetes showed similar results
(Zhang Y, et.al., 2008).
In these studies, the participants had type 2 diabetes which means they were severely insulin
resistant.
There is no reason to wait until we get a serious disease before taking action.
Berberine can be used to help keep glucose metabolism healthy.

 

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References

Aronson D, Bartha P, Zinder O, Kerner A, Shitman E, Markiewicz W, Brook GJ, Levy
Y. Association between fasting glucose and C-reactive protein in middle-aged subjects.
Diabet Med. 2004 Jan;21(1):39-44.

Zhang Y, Li X, Zou D, Liu W, Yang J, Zhu N, Huo L, Wang M, Hong J, Wu P, Ren G, Ning
G. Treatment of type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia with the natural plant alkaloid berberine.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Jul;93(7):2559-65.

Yin J, Xing H, Ye J. Efficacy of berberine in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Metabolism.
2008 May;57(5):712-7. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2008.01.013.

glucose metabolism support

This formula was designed to support healthy glucose metabolism and the cardiovascular system.

The research referred to below was conducted with participants who had type 2 diabetes. This does not mean that you have to have type 2 diabetes to take this formula.

It’s very important to have a healthy glucose metabolism and keep the blood glucose low. You want to take this formula and keep your glucose metabolism healthy.

Healthy glucose metabolism is important to keep your cardiovascular system healthy.

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Does being mentally tough improve immunity?

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brain strength

 

 

Mental toughness or what is also called psychological hardiness characterizes people who
remain healthy under psychosocial stress.
The participants of this study were tested for several immune and neuroendocrine markers
under a highly stressful military field exercise (Sandvik AM, et.al., 2013).
Blood samples were taken midway of the exercise, and also later when the stress levels were
the highest.
Psychological hardiness was measured 2 days before the exercise started. Commitment,
control and challenges were included in what was measured.
Some of the participants had test results that showed an imbalanced profile, meaning they only
had good scores for some of the measurements.
The individuals with an imbalanced profile showed that they had suppressed immunity.
Testing high in hardiness with a balanced profile was linked to a more moderate and
healthy immune and neuroendocrine responses to stress.

 

 

It’s been found that a physiological pattern of “toughness” leads to improved performance in
stress situations, increased tolerance of stressors, emotional stability, and immune system
enhancement (Dienstbier RA, 1991).

There are ways to increase mental toughness by practicing meditation regularly, and also learn
more about why you react the way you do in certain situations.
Get to know yourself better, and start to practice to be more like the person you want to be.

 

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References:

Dienstbier RA. Behavioral correlates of sympathoadrenal reactivity: the toughness model.
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1991 Jul;23(7):846-52.

Sandvik AM, Bartone PT, Hystad SW, Phillips TM, Thayer JF, Johnsen BH. Psychological
hardiness predicts neuroimmunological responses to stress. Psychol Health Med.
2013;18(6):705-13.

 

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How to protect your lungs from an infection

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lung infection

 

Our tissue can get damaged in many ways, from an injury to bacterial and viral infections.
When tissue gets damaged, free radicals and inflammation are triggered.
Research has shown accelerated viral mutation by nitric oxide-induced oxidative stress (AkaikeT, 2001).
Glutathione which the body makes it an important intracellular and extracellular protective antioxidant against oxidative stress. This plays a key role in the control of pro-inflammatory processes in the lungs.
Research has suggested that glutathione is important in immune regulation, remodeling of the extracellular matrix, apoptosis (cell death) and mitochondrial respiration (Rahman I, MacNee W.,2000).
The mitochondria is the energy-producing entity of the cell.

 

 

The researchers of the following study found that the epithelial lining fluid in the lungs of patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome was deficient in total glutathione when compared with that of normal study participants (Bunnell E, Pacht ER.,1993).
The inner layer of the lungs has an epithelial lining.
This deficiency of glutathione may predispose these patients to increased injury of the
cells in the lungs.
This is especially important now since the Coronavirus is capable of producing acute respiratory distress syndrome in some people.

Under certain circumstances, when we are exposed to increased levels of free radicals, and when we get older, the body needs more glutathione for protection. However, as we get older, the body produces less glutathione.

There is however a way to deal with that now.
We can take S-Acetyl Glutathione which has shown to get into the cells where it’s needed.
How much we need is individual, but 400-800 mg per day usually makes a big difference in most people.
Regular reduced glutathione, the most common form on the market, is not well absorbed.
To be sure you get a high-quality product, look for a patent number on the bottle.

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References:

Akaike T, Role of free radicals in viral pathogenesis and mutation.Rev Med Virol. 2001
Mar-Apr;11(2):87-101.

Bunnell E, Pacht ER. Oxidized glutathione is increased in the alveolar fluid of patients with the
adult respiratory distress syndrome. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1993 Nov;148(5):1174-8.

Rahman I, MacNee W. Oxidative stress and regulation of glutathione in lung inflammation. Eur
Respir J. 2000 Sep;16(3):534-54. Review.

 

Glutathione is an immune regulator and will defend you if you get enough of it into your cells.

glutathione*Under certain conditions, we need more, because the body is using more.

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How long does it take to reduce cardiovascular risk by changing what you eat?

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How long does it take to reduce cardiovascular risk by changing what you eat?

 

 

This research was conducted to investigate the effect on cardiovascular risk factors using only
food (McDougall J, et.al., 2014).
1615 people participated in this research.
The protocol was implemented for only 7 days, and measurements of weight, blood pressure,
blood sugar, and blood lipids were measured at the start of the study and 7 days later.
The participants consumed a low-fat (≤10% of calories), high-carbohydrate (~80% of calories),
plant-based diet.
Most antihypertensive and antihyperglycemic medications were reduced or discontinued at the
beginning of the study.

 

 

After 7 days the average weight loss was 1.4 kg, total cholesterol decreased by an
average of 29 mg/dl, systolic blood pressure decreased on average by 18 mm Hg,
diastolic blood pressure by an average of 10 mm Hg, and blood glucose by an average of
11 mg/dL.

 

 

This was implementing a plant-based vegan diet.
Most people think it will take quite a while to see changes in laboratory tests from dietary
changes, but as you can see, that is not the case at all. You just have to follow an effective
protocol.

Reference:

McDougall J1, Thomas LE, McDougall C, Moloney G, Saul B, Finnell JS, Richardson K,
Petersen KM. Effects of 7 days on an ad libitum low-fat vegan diet: the McDougall Program
cohort. Nutr J. 2014 Oct 14;13:99. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-13-99.

What is TMAO, and why should you avoid it?

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What is TMAO, and why should you avoid it?

 

The bacterial flora of the intestines convert choline into trimethylamine, which again is
converted into TMAO (trimethylamine-N-oxide) by the involvement of an enzyme from
the liver.

 

 

Choline is found in animal-derived products like eggs, dairy products, and meat.
The following study investigated the involvement of TMAO and major adverse cardiovascular
events (death, myocardial infarction, or stroke) during 3 years of follow-up in 4007 patients
(Tang WH, et.al., 2013).

 

 

The researchers found that increased plasma levels of TMAO were associated with an
increased risk of a major adverse cardiovascular event. An elevated TMAO level predicted an
increased risk of major adverse cardiovascular events after adjustment for traditional risk
factors, as well as in lower-risk subgroups.

 

 

In other words, TMAO is an additional cardiovascular risk factor many are not aware of.
This research documents that TMAO triggers inflammation and is involved in the process of
forming atherosclerosis (Seldin MM, et.al., 2016).
The bacterial flora of people eating animal-derived products is producing TMAO, vegans and
vegetarians don’t produce much, because they have a different bacterial flora of the intestinal
tract (Koeth RA, et.al., 2019).

 

References:

Koeth RA, Lam-Galvez BR, Kirsop J, Wang Z, Levison BS, Gu X, Copeland MF, Bartlett D,
Cody DB, Dai HJ, Culley MK, Li XS, Fu X, Wu Y, Li L, DiDonato JA, Tang WHW, Garcia-Garcia
JC, Hazen SL. l-Carnitine in omnivorous diets induces an atherogenic gut microbial pathway in
humans. J Clin Invest. 2019 Jan 2;129(1):373-387.

Seldin MM, Meng Y, Qi H, Zhu W, Wang Z, Hazen SL, Lusis AJ, Shih DM. Trimethylamine
N-Oxide Promotes Vascular Inflammation Through Signaling of Mitogen-Activated Protein
Kinase and Nuclear Factor-κB. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Feb 22;5(2). pii: e002767.

Senthong V, Li XS, Hudec T, Coughlin J, Wu Y, Levison B, Wang Z, Hazen SL, Tang
WH. Plasma Trimethylamine N-Oxide, a Gut Microbe-Generated Phosphatidylcholine Metabolite,
Is Associated With Atherosclerotic Burden. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Jun 7;67(22):2620-8.