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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to lower your cholesterol LDL levels?

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hdl and ldl cholesterol

 

Can it be this easy to lower your cholesterol and LDL?

 

The following research compiled data from several randomized controlled studies that
investigated the effects of turmeric and curcumin on blood triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL
cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol in subjects with metabolic diseases (Yuan F, et.al., 2019).
The above-mentioned compounds are all cardiovascular risk factors, with LDL cholesterol being
the most important one to keep low. The reason is that oxidized LDL cholesterol interacts with
macrophages a type of white blood cells and create atherosclerosis (Lara-Guzmán OJ, et.al.,
2018).
This is what the researchers found.

 

 

Turmeric and curcuminoids could lower blood triglycerides by 19.1 mg/dL, total cholesterol by
11.4 mg/dL, and LDL cholesterol by 9.83 mg/dL. HDL cholesterol was increased by 1.9 mg/dL.
Curcumin was more effective than turmeric.
Both turmeric and curcumin which is the major active ingredient in turmeric are not well
absorbed.
There is however now curcumin which has been made to significantly improve
absorption.

 

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References:

Lara-Guzmán OJ, Gil-Izquierdo Á, Medina S, Osorio E, Álvarez-Quintero R, Zuluaga N, Oger C,
Galano JM, Durand T, Muñoz-Durango K, Oxidized LDL triggers changes in oxidative stress and
inflammatory biomarkers in human macrophages. Redox Biol. 2018 May;15:1-11.
Yuan F, Dong H, Gong J, Wang D, Hu M, Huang W, Fang K, Qin X, Qiu X, Yang X, Lu F, A
Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials on the Effects of
Turmeric and Curcuminoids on Blood Lipids in Adults with Metabolic Diseases. Adv Nutr. 2019
Sep 1;10(5):791-802.

 

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This mineral can influence muscle strength, be sure you get enough of it!

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This mineral can influence muscle strength, be sure you get enough of it!

 

 

We lose minerals when we perspire. Hot weather and exercise will for that reason make us lose
more.

Some minerals are also more important than others. Magnesium is one of the most important
ones and many people don’t get enough of it.

Magnesium is involved in energy metabolism and numerous enzymatic reactions.

 

 

Athletes often don’t get enough magnesium to compensate for what they lose. This study investigated the impact magnesium can have on muscle strength in elite male
basketball, handball, and volleyball players (Santos DA, et. al, 2011).

It was found that the intake of magnesium was directly associated with maximal isometric
trunk flexion, rotation, and handgrip strength.

Magnesium does not only work for athletes.
The following research included 1138 men and women with an average age of 66.7 years
(Dominguez LJ, et.al., 2006).

The participants were evaluated by testing grip strength, lower-leg muscle power, knee
extension torque, and ankle extension isometric strength.

The researchers found that blood levels of magnesium were significantly associated with
muscle strength and performance as evaluated with the above tests.

 

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Magnesium in the form of an amino acid chelate is a good choice since it is both well tolerated
and better absorbed than the more common form of magnesium oxide which can cause GI
irritation.

References:

Dominguez LJ, Barbagallo M, Lauretani F, Bandinelli S, Bos A, Corsi AM, Simonsick EM,
Ferrucci L. Magnesium and muscle performance in older persons: the InCHIANTI study. Am J
Clin Nutr. 2006 Aug;84(2):419-26.
Santos DA, Matias CN, Monteiro CP, Silva AM, Rocha PM, Minderico CS, Bettencourt Sardinha
L, Laires MJ. Magnesium intake is associated with strength performance in elite basketball,
handball and volleyball players. Magnes Res. 2011 Dec;24(4):215-9.

 

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The importance of this vitamin and why some people may not be getting enough of it

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Thiamine vitamin B1 is an essential cofactor for 4 enzymes involved in the production of energy (ATP) and the synthesis of essential cellular molecules. 

The total body stores of thiamine are relatively small, and thiamine deficiency can develop  secondary to inadequate nutrition, high alcohol consumption, increased urinary excretion and acute metabolic stress (Attaluri P, et.al., 2018).

We need to keep in mind that we don’t have to have severe deficiencies of vitamins to develop symptoms that may not be recognized as caused by marginal deficiencies.

Fast food consumption will not provide adequate levels of nutrients even if they usually provide excess calories. Alcohol makes us use more of the B vitamins. 

It is also quite common to experience an increase in urinary excretion as we get older. Many men and women have to get up several times during the night, even if they are not very old. This makes us excrete more of both minerals and vitamins, especially the B vitamins which are water soluble.

Thiamine deficiency has been suggested to be associated with many cardiovascular diseases  and risk factors including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, obesity, chronic vascular inflammation, dyslipidemia, heart failure, myocardial infarction, nerve conduction defects, and depression (Eshak ES, Arafa AE, 2018).  A lot of people die of cardiovascular disease, and thiamine deficiency could play a role in the development of that.

Remember thiamine is only one of the B vitamins, and they are all very important.

Reduced bioavailability is a major limiting factor of regular thiamine.  To overcome this issue benfotiamine a form of thiamine which is much more bioavailable was developed (Ray V, et.al., 2018).

A high quality vitamin B-complex should contain this form of vitamin B1 in addition to better bioavailable forms of some of the other B vitamins.

References

Attaluri P, Castillo A, Edriss H, Nugent K.Thiamine Deficiency: An Important Consideration in Critically Ill Patients. Am J Med Sci. 2018 Oct;356(4):382-390. 

Eshak ES, Arafa AE. Thiamine deficiency and cardiovascular disorders. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2018 Oct;28(10):965-972. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2018 Oct;28(10):965-972.

Raj V, Ojha S, Howarth FC, Belur PD, Subramanya SB. Therapeutic potential of benfotiamine and its molecular targets. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2018 May;22(10):3261-3273.

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