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.
In the nearly 8 years that my wife and I have lived in Colorado Springs, never have we seen the amount of road construction currently taking place. Whether it’s a main road or side street, there’s no part of town missing out on the “fun”. And it’s not just re-paving or patching potholes. Whole lanes are being ripped up with miles of digging in order to replace underground pipes of all varieties.
At first, I thought all the “weed” sales (pot is legal in Colorado) might be producing the influx of tax funds for all this construction. But a running buddy of mine made me aware of a bill that had passed in the last couple years which freed up an enormous amount of funds for these projects.
Turns out the city has a certain amount of time to spend the money. Based on the number of orange cones and “ROAD WORK AHEAD” signs, it looks as though no penny is being spared.
Millions of people are about to be disappointed –– they don’t even realize it.
Maybe you’re one of them.
Right now, around the world, people are setting new ambitious health goals and resolutions.
And yet, according to Inc Magazine, approximately 80% of New Year's resolutions fail. Most of them buried in an unmarked early grave by February.
Why is that?
How is it that despite all our best intentions and genuine desire to live healthier and be fitter, the most we can hope for is a depressing 20% success rate?
So to help you kickstart your New Year with a healthy lifestyle we are going to breakdown why most goals and resolutions fail and what to do instead.