On average 1 person in the United States dies from a blood clot every 6 minutes, which adds up to about 274 people per day.
As the baby boomer generation ages and the national obesity epidemic worsens, this number is expected to grow considerably.
Not surprisingly, the pharmaceutical industry has taken notice and the global market for anticoagulant drugs now exceeds 18.9 billion dollars, largely dominated by just a few stand-out drugs like Warfarin (aka Coumadin), Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), and Apixaban (Eliquis). These are very profitable chemicals.
It also comes as no surprise that these profitable drugs carry a steep price— especially physiologically.
Anticoagulant drugs are responsible for nearly half of all adverse drug events. 48.8%, to be precise. Considering all the opioid overdoses, negative drug interactions, incorrect prescriptions, and painkiller addictions that occur, this is not a small number.
A list of anticoagulant side effects includes:
In addition, they come with a host of potentially dangerous interactions with normally healthy foods like garlic, spinach, broccoli, cranberries, green tea, ginseng, and others.
Even more alarming, while they can reduce the risk of ischemic stroke (blood clots that block blood flow to a part of the body) they actually increase the risk of the more dangerous hemorrhagic stroke (blood clots that burst the vein and leak into surrounding tissue).
These drugs have their place in certain medical situations, but the epidemic facing the American population needs a better solution.
Fortunately, nature often provides elegant solutions to complicated problems.
Fish oil is well known for its many health benefits—for inflammation, the nervous system and mental health, joint health—and particularly cardiovascular health.
Studies have shown that omega 3 fatty acids like those found in fish oil prevent cardiac arrest by lowering triglycerides and countering platelet clumping. Fish oil showed a 48% reduction in venous thrombosis (blood clots in the veins).
Another study showed fish oil lowered triglyceride levels nearly 50% and blood pressure 7% in just 3-6 weeks, both measurements relevant to the risk of stroke. The same study showed it thinned the blood an average of 12% and increased clotting time by 14%.
Even the FDA, notorious for denying nutritional claims, acknowledges animal-based Omega 3s like EPA and DHA found in fish oil are anti-arrhythmic, anti-thrombotic, anti-atherosclerotic, lower blood pressure, and lower triglyceride levels.
The benefit of not just positive effects, but also positive side-effects is compelling.
Instead of occasionally vomiting blood, your joints may function better. Instead of potentially losing your hair or suffering intense abdominal pain, your mood is elevated, your mental functioning is improved, and you lower your risk of dementia.
Fish oil, however, is not a perfect solution. One major disadvantage is its shelf-life. Omega 3s are fragile molecules and easily oxidized. If exposed to light, heat, or oxygen, the oil can quickly turn rancid and lose its potency.
Fortunately, nature has another elegant ocean-based solution: astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is nature's most powerful antioxidant, derived from sea algae. By adding this remarkable natural antioxidant to fish oil, the Omega 3s are protected from oxidation and the shelf life is dramatically extended.
Furthermore, astaxanthin itself comes with its own extra health benefits:
For mounting cardiovascular health issues, it isn’t necessary to automatically go for the latest prescription drug fad with untold and untested consequences.
Look to the safe and effective solutions nature already provides, solutions designed by biology to heal biology, not by pharmaceutical market research groups to make money.
All you may need is high-quality fish oil with astaxanthin along with some exercise and a healthy diet.
At BodyHealth, quality is our primary concern and we offer one of the highest quality Omega 3 supplements on the market. Omega 3 Health is derived from sustainable fisheries, purified and processed to remove all the heavy metals and toxins that can accumulate in fish. Our proprietary formulation includes astaxanthin for protection as well as turmeric, boswellia (frankincense), and ginger—each powerful herbs on their own— creating a potent synergy to restore and optimize your cardiovascular health.
It is said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and when it comes to your cardiovascular health, Omega 3 Health is gold.
The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.
I hope this finds you healthy and able to still get outside (or inside) for a daily run during this trying time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of us are grieving several losses including race cancellations. Though it's a bummer, I want you to know that your hard-earned training is far from wasted.
Those miles are in your legs and all kinds of wonderful benefits have occurred including the addition of mitochondria, adding new capillary beds for increased blood flow, and strengthening the heart muscle for future training.
As athletes, it's important for us to be proactive in maintaining a strong immune system. We're not only doing this for our own prevention but also our loved ones that we spend time with.
Read on for 5 tips to consider as you seek to stay healthy.