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Chronic Inflammation and CVD

I have been interested in Inflammation and its effects on the body for some time now.  Having dealt with arthritis and sinus problems in the past, I am always looking for ways to eliminate or blunt inflammation.  Not wanting to deal with heart problems, CVD, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, cancer and diabetes to name a few chronic inflammation related issues, I am always on the search for new information.  “Research has established that high levels of inflammation are strongly predictive of heart disease, and that lowering inflammation can prevent heart attacks and other cardiovascular events,” says Alexander J. Szalai, Ph.D., professor in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB). Szalai has spent 20 years studying the biology of one of the most hotly debated subjects in heart disease: C-reactive protein (CRP).

For the past 30 years or more, statins have been the go-to drug of choice for most physicians when CVD is found.  Lowering “bad” cholesterol, LDL,  with the use of statin drugs has turned into a big business.  It is estimated that 24 Million Americans take statin drugs each year.  And yet,  CVD is now the nation’s #1 Killer!

“It’s well-established that statins can lower the risk of [CVD],” says Robert Rountree, MD, holistic physician and Delicious Living’s medical editor. He continues with new research that “indicates the primary mechanism by which statins lower risk is not by reducing LDL cholesterol but instead by decreasing systemic inflammation.”  Reducing Inflammation.  Wow, I have been on that band-wagon for a while now. This is exciting news to me and I had to share it with you.

Fortunately there are many natural ways to reduce systemic or chronic inflammation besides statin

drugs. As you know, I don’t particularly like prescription drug side effects. Now, don’t get all up in arms, there are good reasons to take a prescription drug. However, when prescription drugs have more negative side effects than the original problem, I am not a fan! So when I read about new research that is showing that natural alternatives to statin drugs were working well and getting traction in the medical community, I was excited.   Dr Houston says of stains:  “And although statins are considered safe drugs, their use can have downsides. Potential adverse effects include muscle weakness and breakdown, liver dysfunction, and possible links to memory loss and nerve damage.”

Of course, you don’t want to give up the statins without help and advice of your physician.  But, if you are willing to make the diet, exercise and supplement modifications, over the course of time you may be able to say good-bye to the statins and hello to better health, naturally.

To follow a healthy lifestyle, follow this tips and ask for help from a functional physician.

Exercise is a must for help with cardiovascular issues.  Walk each day, stretch, join a gym or fitness center to have supervised assistance with your exercise program.  But move you must!

Increase your Omega 3’s.  Eat more Omega-3 rich foods.  Research shows EPA and DHA, the omega-3 fatty acids found in cold-water fish such as salmon, and sardines, reduce triglycerides. They also lower inflammation; scientists believe they counteract the effects of inflammatory substances and cells in the body.  Add in a high quality Omega-3 supplement each day.

Avoid simple carbohydrates and sugar.  Again research has found that eating high-glycemic foods such as potatoes, sugar, white rice and white bread increases the risk of CVD.  Eat around the edges of the grocery store, avoiding processed foods and empty calories.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are your friends!

Add anti-inflammatory supplements such as Resveratrol, Alfalfa Complex, CoQ10, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C and others.  Move towards a more alkaline body, away from acidic and enjoy a healthier life! 

Good health is a choice.  What choice will you make today?

Diabetes and Resveratrol

In a recent article in Diabetes Forecast, Resveratrol has been found helpful in several ways for those with Diabetes.  In a summary of the article from Endocrinology: “Resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine, has received a lot of attention because of studies that suggest it (or related drugs) could someday help treat diabetes and other diseases. Yet scientists aren’t sure how resveratrol imparts its benefits. Now, a study has found that resveratrol’s anti-diabetic activity may come straight from the top: the brain. Lab mice on an all-you-can-eat diet tend to develop diabetes. But when researchers delivered resveratrol directly into the brains of mice with diet-induced diabetes, their blood glucose levels dropped regardless of diet or weight. The findings suggest that resveratrol may work by interacting with receptors in the brain that control insulin and glucose levels.”  This is from Endocrinology, December 2009

In another article from an Australian researcher from Queensland, Dr.Lindsay Brown of the University of Queensland School of Biomedical Sciences, and colleagues conclude that resveratrol may help protect against a wide array of diseases and conditions.  “The breadth of benefits is remarkable – cancer prevention, protection of the heart and brain from damage, reducing age-related diseases such as inflammation, reversing diabetes and obesity, and many more” said Brown.
This is good news for those with Diabetes since resveratrol is available in natural supplements like Shaklee’s Vivix Cellular Anti-Aging Tonic.  Shaklee Scientists sourced the purest and most potent natural resveratrol. In fact, this extract’s resveratrol content is no less than 98%, and the amount of resveratrol found in Vivix is guided by the latest scientific studies and emerging research.  Also, Shaklee processes the resveratrol in such a way as to not have the bad side affect of diarrhea often associated with some resveratrol products.

In Laboratory Studies, Vivix Ingredients*:   * Help protect and repair cellular DNA, * Positively impact genetic regulators,  * Promote mitochondrial biogenesis,  * Slow AGE protein formation.
ALSO*:  Supports heart health and cardiovascular function, Supports brain health , Supports immune function, Supports joint health, Promotes cellular longevity, Promotes good health and well-being, Supplies antioxidants; fights free radicals, Increases cellular energy.
Stay Well, Elise
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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