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Garlic helps slow and even reverse heart disease

Research done at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, involved 72 patients with blockages of at least one major cardiac artery. Half of them were told to take an aged garlic supplement twice a day, the other half a placebo.

After a year, CAT scans showed that those given the garlic had reductions of plaque in their arteries. The ones who took the placebo only got worse.

“Our study demonstrated the benefit of this supplement on both plaque changes over time and preventing new plaque formation,” said the lead researcher, cardiologist Matthew Budoff, M.D.

One effect of garlic is to lower blood levels of homocysteine, a marker for heart disease.

The study recommends taking 1,200 mg of garlic a day, split between morning and evening doses. Or, you can eat garlic in natural form, but it’s harder to measure the amount of nutrients that will give you.

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – be aware!

This evidence is shocking – we must think twice before taking these meds. A 2011 study included more than 83,000 heart attack patients. NSAID use was linked to a sharp increase in death risk. And this risk developed within just one week of beginning NSAIDs.

A 2012 study included 100,000 heart attack patients. Those who used NSAIDs were much more likely to have another heart attack within five years.
The death toll is shocking – about 12% of patients who didn’t use NSAIDs died within five years. Among NSAIDs users, 20% died.

When people think of NSAIDs, they usually think of ibuprofen or COX-2 inhibitors. But remember, aspirin is also an NSAID.

Unfortunately, this “therapy” is very common among heart attack survivors.

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The Benefits of Magnesium.

A study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine concludes  that magnesium is critical to long life and good health.

Magnesium deficiency triggers such conditions as: anxiety, diabetes, heart disease, and migraines. 

Some experts say [over] half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.

Benefits of Magnesium

It is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is present in all bodily tissues. It’s a critical component in bones, muscle and brain. And your cells need it to make energy, stabilize membranes, and help muscles relax.

It can fight depression, fatigue, and even kidney disease. And it’s critical to many essential bodily functions. It has important relationships to heart health. It helps dilate blood vessels, prevents spasms in the heart muscle and blood vessel walls, fights the action of calcium, which increases spasms, helps dissolve blood clots, acts as an antioxidant against free radical formation.

Sources of Magnesium

Good sources include almonds, cashews, walnuts, shrimp, green drinks, and leafy green vegetables.

I do suggest taking a supplement.  While the recommended daily amount is about 300 mg a day, most of us get less than 200 mg. Most people could benefit from as much as 400 to 1,000 mg a day.

Another good option is taking Epsom salts. Taking a hot bath in Espom salts (magnesium sulfate) helps reduce stress and allows easy absorption of magnesium.

Magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, and aspartate are the most easy to absorb. Caution against magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide because they are more difficult to absorb.

I you have diabetes, heart disease, or migraines, I also recommend taking the UltraInflamX 360 shakes. These provide magesium and other natural ingredients to decrease inflammation.

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Coffee news!

This study out of the University of Athens (Greece),  analyzed hypertension (high blood pressure) and coffee consumption. Hypertension makes blood vessels less responsive to signals to expand and is a significant predictor of cardiovascular events. They studies the coffee consumption patterns among 435 hypertensive individuals, ages 65 to 100 years, enrolled in a larger study involving the permanent inhabitants of Ikaria Island, where many residents reach 90 years and older.  As compared to those who rarely drank coffee, moderate consumption of one or two cups a day associated with a lower prevalence of diabetes, lower prevalence of high cholesterol, lower body mass index, lower prevalence of cardiovascular disease, and higher values of aortic distensibility.  Proposing that the presence of phenol compounds in coffee may be responsible for these effects, the researchers conclude that: “Moderate coffee consumption has beneficial effects on the aortic distensibility in hypertensive elderly individuals.”

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Saturated-fat consumption does not lead to heart disease

I am definitely not convinced that saturated-fat consumption leads to heart disease. In fact, I see the exact opposite!

Authors of the MR-FIT trial were determined to prove the case. They enrolled 350,000 men, all of whom were considered at high risk of heart disease. In one set of participants, cholesterol consumption was reduced by 42%, saturated fat by 28%, and total calories by 21%.

What happened? Nothing. The authors referred to the results as “disappointing,” stating that “The overall results do not show a beneficial effect on Coronary Heart Disease or total mortality from this multifactor intervention.”

The Women’s Health Initiative was a huge government study, costing almost three quarters of a billion dollars. Among 20,000 women in the study who adhered to a diet low saturated fat diet for eight years, there was no reduction in the rates of heart-disease or stroke.

Then there was the Cochrane Collaboration, in 2000. This group rigorously selected 27 low-fat and cholesterol-lowering trials to review (more than 200 trials were rejected). Their conclusion was that diets low in saturated fat have “no significant effect” on heart attack mortality. Lead researcher Lee Hooper, PhD, said “I was disappointed that we didn’t find something more definitive.”

More recently, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a review of 21 studies. The studies ranged from 5 to 23 years in length and encompassed 347,747 subjects. In the authors’ own words: “Intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD.”

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Do elevated cholesterol levels cause heart disease?

In an article published in the American Heart Journal last year, it showed that in an examination of 137,000 people admitted to the hospital with heart attack, 70% of them had normal blood cholesterol levels!

The long-running Framingham Heart Study showed that after the age of 50 (when 90% of all heart attacks occur), lower cholesterol levels are clearly associated with a shorter life expectancy.

Is eating saturated fat the problem? NO! 

One of the first studies to implicate animal fat in heart disease came in the early 1900s. See if you can spot the flaws in this one. In 1908, Russian scientist, M.A. Ignatovsky fed protein-rich animal foods to a group of rabbits. He soon discovered that the rabbits developed arterial plaques and cardiovascular disease.  Researchers discovered that the same thing happens when chickens, guinea pigs and goats eat a high-fat diet.

Later these studies were cited as evidence of a high-fat diet causing heart disease in humans. Hmm… let’s see. All of these animals are obligate herbivores. They evolved eating nothing but plants. They are clearly not designed to eat meat. When we feed them meat and fat it makes them sick. That makes perfect sense. What doesn’t make sense is why researchers extrapolated these results to omnivorous humans.

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Magnesium – Migraines & Inflammation

A deficiency in magnesium makes you twice as likely to die, according to findings published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. Unfortunately 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Medical experts agree that magnesium is essential to a long and healthy life. A lack of this important nutrient can cause  irregular heartbeat, and in pregnant women it can cause seizures. Magnesium triggers over 300 enzyme reactions and is present in all bodily tissues. It’s critical to bones and muscle. Your cells use it to make energy and stabilize membranes. It helps improve depression, fatigue, and even kidney disease. 

Magnesium deficiency has been linked to migraines, inflammation, and high CRP levels. Most of my clients are deficient in magnesium. One recent study concluded…It is regrettable that deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering throughout the world.

We just don’t get enough magnesium in our diets. Carb-rich foods like white flour and pasta have no magnesium at all. Neither does dairy. Certain  foods reduce our magnesium levels – alcohol, salt, cola, and coffee all reduce magnesium. And our modern lifestyle does the same: stress, antibiotics, and diuretics decrease our levels too.

Magnesium is hard to absorb. That’s why it’s important to supplement our magnesium intake.

Good dietary sources of magnesium include:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Shrimp
  • Green drinks
  • Leafy green vegetables

I do suggests taking a supplement. While the recommended daily amount is about 300 mg a day, I find most clients could benefit from as much as 400 – 1,000 mg a day.

Taking a hot bath in Espom salts (magnesium sulfate) helps reduce stress and allows easy absorption of magnesium.

Magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, and aspartate are the most easy to absorb. 

Even though you are taking UltraInflamX Plus 360 which contains 330 mg per serving, you will still need to take an additional amount. I suggest Metagenics Mag Citrate 200 mg/2 tabs – take 2 am & 2 PM. Order @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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Eat Fat To Lose Fat?

This continues to be a big topic. I am all about helping clients reduce body fat, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and dementia. It’s true, daily consumption of saturated fats (like coconut oil) can help reduce abdominal fat which helps reduce your risk of these other diseases.

I recommend a whey protein powder by Metagenics called UltraMeal Plus 360 as a shake in the morning. I also recommend Meta Lipoate 300. I always tell clients that they have to stay on this program for at least for 12 weeks (daily shakes of UltraMeal Plus 360). Follow a balanced, low-carb diet with increased protein and fiber intake, start exercising with a 20-30 minute walk each day and I know changes will take place.

Bad LDL cholesterol and good HDL cholesterol levels improve,
body mass index improves, waistlines look better.

Don’t be skeptical about saturated fat!

What I am seeing is that people who eat the most saturated fat, the most cholesterol and the most protein calories weigh the least. I get my clients more physically active and they have the ideal serum cholesterol levels.

Animal fats are not bad for you. They boost your energy and your immunity. They help your body build stronger and more resilient cells. They contain chemicals that help your brain stay focused, and even contain concentrated levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.

Let’s discuss your specific needs!

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Triglycerides and heart disease link

Triglyerides are blood fats and are different from cholesterol. Cambridge University researchers looked at the role of triglycerides, which is produced in the liver and derived from foods such as meat and dairy products.

They did an analysis of 350,000 people from 101 previous studies and found those with higher levels of the blood fat were more likely to have heart disease.

The Lancet medical journal reported that the analysis centred on a specific gene which is known to influence the levels of triglycerides. Those with the variation in the gene which boosted triglyceride levels had an 18% greater risk of heart disease than those that did not.

The findings suggest the blood fat could be causing heart disease in some way. I’ve been saying for years that lowering triglyceride levels is more important than reducing cholesterol in reducing the risk of heart disease.

My advice is to make simple lifestyle changes; continue to eat a Paleo-Mediterranean diet; make the transition to a healthy, whole food diet; exercise; stop smoking; replace problem meals with a healthy protein shake (use UltraMeal Plus medical food from Metagenics). These are still the best ways to tackle your heart disease risk.

Most places you look these days are saying the TG/HDL ratio is the most important test of blood lipids, and should be under 2.0, or preferably under 1.0. Beyond that there is CRP, and a bunch of different, more expensive tests: http://www.bhlinc.com/clin_test.php http://www.atherotech.com/ http://www.atherotech.com/content/files/pdfs/vap_report_sample.pdf http://www.your-story.org/spectracell-laboratories-now-offers-hs-omega-3-indexr-161378/ http://www.spectracell.com/lpp

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