by Dr. David Minkoff February 27, 2019 5 min read
Heart disease is the single greatest killer in America –– nearly 836,546 every year. That works out to about 1 person every 38 seconds, every single minute of every single day.
This isn’t something that happens “out there” or to someone else. This is killing your fathers, friends, brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles faster than anything else.
And yet, it is 100% preventable.
But there’s a lot more to it than just “cholesterol and exercise.”
There’s something behind the numbers and indicators that’s even more important to look at if you want to dodge this killer.
The core issue behind virtually all cardiovascular disease is inflammation. Specifically, inflammation in the arteries.
You can think of all the other signs and indications and numbers as the henchmen of this one mastermind behind 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
And like the villains in most stories, once you unmask them, they are a lot less scary and intimidating.
Behind all those frightening statistics and numbers? It’s nothing more than inflammation, secretly masterminding the whole thing.
Inflammation unleashes a barrage of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are the biological equivalent of napalm. They lay waste to anything and everything they touch. When this is an invading bacteria or a cancer cell, it’s great.
When it’s your own arteries, it can cause a chain reaction. The damage to your arteries releases signal molecules like cellular flares, calling in more troops that let loose more inflammation, making the problem even worse. (Many of these signaling molecules are indicators of heart disease… but they’re only indicators. They are NOT the cause.)
Eventually, your arteries form protective plaques made out of cholesterol that act like internal scabs to protect the damage site. Cholesterol isn’t the problem, the mastermind behind the plaques is the problem.
So now that we understand what we are truly up against, and how it works, let’s look at the 8 secrets to defeating this evil mastermind.
As we discussed above, the mechanism behind plaques is ROS’s causing oxidative damage to the arteries. If we can soften the blow of the oxidative damage, we can keep the biological napalm under control.
So how do we do that?
The best source of antioxidants are colorful organic fruits and vegetables. By using organic whole foods or whole food extracts the antioxidants are more easily absorbed by the body and more bioavailable.
Vitamins may not be as sexy as a ketogenic diet these days, but they are still incredibly important for cardiovascular health and vitality. Here are three of the most critical you need to pay attention to for cardiovascular health:
The importance of Omega 3 Fatty acids is by no means new. Like many of the secrets here, Omega 3s lower inflammation. But they also decrease serum triglycerides and improve blood flow. .
What’s most important, however, is the ratio of omega 6 fatty acids to omega 3s. Ideally this ratio should be around 3:1 or 4:1. In reality, most people’s diets are nearly 20:1. This means taking omega 3 supplements alone isn’t enough. You also need to decrease consumption of omega 6 fatty acids –– particularly vegetable oils and grains.
Magnesium is the secret agent superstar of the minerals when it comes to health – it does it all. It is involved in over 300 different biochemical reactions, and plays two critical roles in cardiovascular health .
First of all, it is necessary for the contraction of the heart muscle. Without enough magnesium, your heart cannot function properly.
Secondly, it helps the blood vessels relax and dilate, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
Unfortunately, virtually everyone is magnesium deficient. It’s a modern epidemic, and the best way to protect yourself is through supplementation.
We’ve talked a lot about inflammation and different ways to control it and bring it down. But we haven’t talked much about why there is inflammation in the arteries in the first place.
The answer may surprise you...
Heavy metals, pesticides, micro particles of plastic, preservatives in food, and bacterial particles all cause inflammation. Our environment is awash in toxins and they are 100% in your body. When they get lodged in an artery wall, this starts the cascade of inflammation that ends in heart attacks.
Of course eating a healthy diet is important, but even that isn’t enough in today’s world. Toxins are in everything. You need to support your body’s detox pathways to stop inflammation at the source and protect your cardiovascular health.
Dr. Minkoff is all-too familiar with the dangers of heart disease –– it claimed the lives of his father, his grandfather, and his uncle. He sees it every day in his clinic.
He knows how serious it is.
by Dr. David Minkoff
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