5 Steps to a Healthier Heart

Understanding the Connection Between Heart Health and Inflammation.

Set those cholesterol numbers aside for a moment and look at the real link to heart health: Inflammation. It has been well documented that chronic inflammation is a common thread to many of today’s degenerative diseases including diabetes, depression, heart disease, and cancer. Chronic inflammation can be measured through blood tests. If you have inflammation in your body, an extra protein is released from the site of inflammation and circulates in the bloodstream. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) and plasma viscosity (PV) blood tests are commonly used to detect this increase in protein, and thus are markers of inflammation. Research shows that inflammation and heart disease risk are characterized by a high CRP blood level. Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirm the role that C-reactive protein plays in increasing cardiovascular disease risk. The results show that people who had the lowest levels of C-reactive protein had significantly reduced rates of heart attack. The studies also revealed that reducing CRP levels alone cuts heart attack risk plus it slows the progression of atherosclerosis. So the question really then becomes, “What can you do to reduce inflammation so you can have a healthier heart?”

Here are steps you can take to better heart health:

1. Eat Healthy Fats.healthy fats

Avoid the unhealthy fats such as hydrogenated oils, cooking with refined vegetable oils, eating processed foods and grains. All these foods are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Another really harmful ingredient is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) as it is highly inflammatory. Stay clear of foods containing this. To keep healthy, eat an abundant supply of goods fats. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are the key. Eat plenty of coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, grass fed meats, eggs and butter, wild caught salmon, avocados, flax and chia seeds. Remember, omega-3 are the good fats and keep you healthy. The Lamb Shoppe offers a very wide selection of grassfed meats and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

2. Take CoQ10 Supplements.

This supplement sparks energy production for your heart and fires up the mitochondria that provides your body with power. It also is an antioxidant that protects your heart from free radicals. Here’s a link for good quality CoQ10. In most cases, 100 mg is adequate per day.

3. Take Hawthorn.Hawthorn

This herb is invaluable and considered one of the all time most potent heart tonics. It has been used for over 2000 years. Not only does it improve blood circulation, but it also contributes to cholesterol reduction and helps to normalize blood pressure. The Lamb Shoppe has locally grown Hawthorn available in the tincture form and also carries the pill form and dried herb.

4. Eat GarlicTurmeric Root and Cayenne.Turmeric Root (2)

Foods are medicines. Garlic helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is best to eat garlic fresh, freshly crushed, fermented or as garlic oil. Turmeric root contains curcumin which is clinically shown to be a strong anti-inflammatory. Cayenne pepper is a fantastic blood normalizer and beneficial to heart health.

 

5. Take Vitamin D and K2 Supplements. IMG_1294 (3) B

Plenty of vitamin D with adequate supplies of K2 will greatly assist the body to reduce inflammation. A top quality supplement that I recommend is Green Pasture’s Blue Ice. It is a high vitamin fermented cod liver oil that offers rich amounts of vitamin D and A in the proper ratios. The fermented cod liver oil with butter oil offers ample amounts of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 takes the calcium out of the blood and puts it into the bone matter to prevent harmful calcification. Another superior product is Designs for Health Omega Ultra Avail with K1 & K2. This product also contain lipase which helps the body to digest fats. The Lamb Shoppe offers all of these excellent supplements. Designs for Health Products may be ordered on-line at www.LambShoppe.com  and shipped directly to your home for your convenience.

Final Thoughts…

Remember, cutting sugar out of your diet and adequate exercise are both very important to maintaining a healthy heart too. Other inflammatory foods are conventional dairy and grains.     References: S.E. Nissen, et al., “Statin Therapy, LDL Cholesterol, C-Reactive Protein, and Coronary Artery Disease,” N. Engl. J. Med. 352 (1), 29–38 (2005). P.M. Ridker, et al., “C-Reactive Protein Levels and Outcomes After Statin Therapy,” N. Engl. J. Med. 352 (1), 20–28 (2005).