Heart Health: A Look At a Powerful Nutraceutical Protocol

Diet/Lifestyle, genetics, stress, many factors can lead or contribute to heart–related health challenges. Of course, whether in prevention or treatment mode, all of those areas should be addressed directly. Additionally, there are some progressive nutritional factors that can be integrated via supplementation to greatly support the heart.

Here is a simple protocol for those interested in providing optimal support and protection for the heart:

Omega-3’s for support against inflammation

Fish oils contain high amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. These fatty acids play a number of critical roles in the body. One of the most important roles is that they help produce hormone-like chemicals known as eicosonoids. One of the great functions of eicosonoids is that they suppress inflammation. Because of this function, it is thought that excessive inflammation may be due, partly, to a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids.

3Care provides a number of high-quality omega-3 formulas that can fit the bill, but one of particular interest is the Ultimate Omega Liquid™. This formula provides a high-quality omega-3 profile that is great-tasting and at a price that is hard to beat.

Protect tissues with CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 is now considered one of the most essential nutritional factors for cardiovascular health, energy production, tissue protection, and overall good health. Coenzyme Q10 helps to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. There is evidence of CoQ10 deficiency in heart failure. Recently, CoQ10 plasma concentrations have been demonstrated as an independent predictor of mortality in chronic heart failure, CoQ10 deficiency being detrimental to the long-term prognosis of chronic heart failure. Many doctors recommend that every adult take at least 100 mg of CoQ10 daily.

3Care has a unique formula, Coenzyme Q10 Turbo™, which utilizes a highly pure omega-3 fish oil carrier that improves absorption and maximizes cardiovascular support capacity. This product is a liquid emulsion, which is especially easy to dose.

Address cholesterol and triglycerides 

Managing triglyceride and cholesterol levels are critical to long-term heart health. Of course, lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise can go a long way in mediating any issues with these blood-fats. Sometimes, more stubborn cases can benefit from supplementation.  Here are some of the more powerful nutrients, which can positively influence these key areas:

  • Phytosterols

Phytosterols are a —well-researched, natural alternative for blood-fat management. Phytosterols have been shown to reduce total and LDL-cholesterol levels in hundreds of subsequent clinical trials.

Mechanism of action

Phytosterols lower cholesterol levels by competing with cholesterol for absorption in the intestine. Having a similar structure to cholesterol, phytosterols compete with cholesterol of dietary and biliary origin for incorporation into micelles in the gastrointestinal tract. Cholesterol displaced from the micelles is not absorbed.

  • Red Rice Yeast

Red yeast rice has been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. This natural compound has numerous active ingredients that modify the levels of unwanted blood compounds associated with cardiovascular health. Red yeast rice is so effective that it was the starting point for all medications targeted toward blood fat levels. A 2008 study from the prestigious Mayo Clinic showed that a combination of red yeast rice and omega-3 fatty acids were more effective than common medical approaches to improving important blood-fat markers.

Medi-Rice™ contains the standardized levels of key actives consistent with the material utilized in Mayo Clinic study from June of 2008.

Overall Support

Targeted herbal extracts and micronutrients

  • Hawthorne

Pilot studies have demonstrated the ability of hawthorn to help improve exercise tolerance in people with NYHA class II cardiac insufficiency. One study found “significant improvement in exercise tolerance” and lower blood pressure and heart rate during exercise. Another found improved exercise tolerance as well as a reduction in the

“incidence and severity of symptoms such as dyspnea” and fatigue decreased by approximately 50%.

Active ingredients found in hawthorn include tannins, flavonoids (such as vitexin, rutin, quercetin, and hyperoside), oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs, such as epicatechin, procyanidin, and particularly procyanidin B-2), flavone-C, triterpene acids (such ursolic acid, oleanolic acid, and crataegolic acid), and phenolic acids (such as caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, and related phenolcarboxylic acids). Hawthorne serves well as a complimentary support in cardiovascular health.

  • Horse Chestnut

Studies have found that horse chestnut seed extract is beneficial in treating chronic venous insufficiency.

  • Chinese Red Sage

Human studies support the use of Chinese red sage for circulatory disorders to some extent because it is known to decrease the blood’s ability to clot in at least two ways. First, it limits the stickiness of blood platelets. It also decreases the production of fibrin, the threads of protein that trap blood cells to form clots. Both these effects help to improve blood circulation. In addition, chemicals in this herb may relax and widen blood vessels, especially those around the heart. In animal studies, it has demonstrated that it may also have protected the inner linings of arteries from damage. Some other research suggests it may increase the force of heartbeats and slow the heart rate slightly.

  • Taurine

Taurine is essential for cardiovascular function, and development and function of skeletal muscle, the retina and the central nervous system. There is also evidence that taurine is beneficial for adult human blood pressure and possibly, the alleviation of other cardiovascular ailments (in humans suffering essential hypertension, taurine supplementation resulted in measurable decreases in blood pressure.

Cardio-Care Complete™ provides targeted support for healthy blood-fat levels (triglycerides and cholesterol). The highly active ingredients in this comprehensive formula –phytosterols, along with key herbal extracts hawthorne, horse chestnut, and chinese red sage, plus taurine and CoQ10 serve to support healthy heart rhythms, general circulation, and cardiovascular tissue protection.

The nutritional items detailed in this article, along with diet and lifestyle changes, can provide practitioners with the tools they need to support their patients’ heart health. Of course what is utilized depends on patient need, but these nutraceuticals serve to provide the necessary flexibility and efficacy for successful patient results.

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