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Atherosclerosis & Vitamin D

Atherosclerosis is still responsible for the highest number of deaths in the U.S. Approximately one million people die from the disease each year. In one article I read it said atherosclerosis is the leading killer of both men and women after the age of 46.

Atherosclerosis, a type of arteriosclerosis, is a condition in which fatty material (plaque) collects along the walls of arteries and as this fatty material thickens, and hardens it may eventually block arteries. Over time, the plaque can make the artery narrow and less flexible. In essence the artery becomes stiff.

A group of researchers now believes that vitamin D deficiency may play a role in causing the problem. In fact, they find that reduced levels of vitamin D appear to correlate with increased arterial stiffness.

I still recommend 2-3,000 IU of vitamin D 3 per day and make sure that you do some stretching. There is evidence that whole body stretching is helpful to reduce arterial stiffness.


I have Atherosclerosis – what supplements should I take?

The best  answer is to improve your overall diet & provide supportive supplements. High amounts of glucose cross-bind with protein molecules in the vascular system resulting in plaque formation. Therefore, the diet needs to be low in simple sugars, but high in complex carbohydrates such as vegetables.  A Paleo-Mediterranean approach with high fiber is one approach I have seen work. You have to trust that the latest research continues to shown that a low glycemic diet is more effective than a low fat diet. 

The supportive supplements from Metagenics would include:

Wellness Essentials™ formula — 2 packets daily.  These include the key vitamins & minerals and essential fatty acids.

Cardiogenics Intensive Care — 2 tablets twice daily between meals. Cardiogenics Intensive Care is a comprehensive heart muscle support formula that features extracts of hawthorn and arjuna with a history of traditional use supporting the heart, possibly by helping to maintain blood vessel dilation and healthy blood pressure already within the normal range. Complementing these herbs is a blend of amino acids and minerals—including magnesium, potassium, and calcium—that play important roles in heart muscle function.

E-Complex 1:1 — 2-4 softgels daily with meals. E-Complex-1:1 is a unique, natural vitamin E supplement that features a 1:1 ratio of alpha- to gamma-tocopherol; this ratio more closely resembles the tocopherol profile found naturally in vitamin E-rich plants.

EPA/DHA 720 2 softgels 2-3 times daily with meals. Studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids (EPA-DHA) may protect against decreases in cerebral blood flow and cerebral edema in the presence of an acute carotid occlusion. ltraMeal® Plus 360° — 2 scoops twice daily.  UltraMeal® Plus 360° is a medical food formulated to provide specialized, multi-mechanistic nutritional support for patients with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease by supplying a combination of acacia extract, reduced iso-alpha acids (RIAA), plant sterols, and heart-healthy soy protein and isoflavones. UltraMeal is used in treating obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. 

High Concentrate EPA-DHA Liquid™ 1 tsp. twice daily. High Concentrate EPA-DHA Liquid provides at least 2,800 mg per serving of EPA, DHA, and other puritycertified, omega-3 essential fatty acids in triglyceride form.

Mag Glycinate™ –  2 tablets twice daily with meals.

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A consistent exercise program will need to be incorporated into your life.