CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
The most common cause of heart failure is CHD (Congestive heart failure). In CHD, the blood flow to the heart muscle is reduced as a result of narrowing of the coronary arteries leading to limited supply of oxygen to the heart. In CHD the heart is unable to pump sufficient amount of blood to meet the needs of all areas and organs in the body.
High in bad fats and sugar diet, nutritional deficiencies (lack of vitamins and minerals), stressful lifestyle and lack of physical inactivity lead to high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. These factors lead to insufficient production of ATP (the energy that fuels the heart) and gradually weaken the heart muscle eventually triggering Congestive heart failure or slow and inefficient blood supply in the heart.
Failure to provide enough methyl groups (due to the deficiency of vitamin B12, B6, folate and some other nutrients) leads to raised homocysteine levels and allows oestrogens to accumulate, resulting in hormone imbalance and oestrogen dominance which leads to uterine and breast fibroids, breast lumps, PMS, and increased risk of cancer, heart attacks and strokes. It is therefore vital to use good quality supplements such as sublingual methylcobalamin (the best form of vitamin B12: 1000-2000mcg a day), vitamin B6 (50-100mg a day) and L-Methylfolate (much better form of vitamin B9 than folic acid: 100-400mcg a day) to prevent and treat oestrogen accumulation.
Congestive heart failure is one of the most devastating forms of cardiovascular disease and it is very common. In US alone about 6-10 million people are affected by this condition.
Research suggests that those who are diagnosed with CHD have a 50/50 chance of being dead within five years if they don’t recover from it!
However, although the odds don’t look good there are excellent ways able to change them. It is true that drugs such as popular statins and warfarin may be helpful for a while but they lead to dangerous side effects. On the other hand, there are natural remedies that are very effective and harmless at the same time.
– One of the best supplements able to significantly reduce the risk of death from CHD is CoQ10 which is essential for transferring energy from food into ATP molecules, especially in the heart cells. Studies show that supplementation with CoQ10 strengthens heart and supports vascular function, and prevents damage from cardiovascular disease. CoQ10 helps prevent low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol from oxidizing and from triggering arterial plaque formation. A 2016 study on patients with heart failure demonstrated a dramatic outcome of 50% reduction in heart attacks and strokes in response to proper CoQ10 supplementation. According to another study heart attack survivors who took 120 mg of CoQ10 on a daily basis for one year significantly raised beneficial HDL cholesterol while reducing the risk of heart attacks and rate of total cardiac events by 45 %.
Studies also demonstrated that CoQ10 is effective in addressing causes of endothelial dysfunction (especially prevalent in diabetics) of the very thin interior cell layer lining of arteries (endothelium), which is a regarded as a major early risk factor for the cardiovascular disease development of atherosclerosis and.21,22 For instance, according to one study supplementation with 200 mg a day of CoQ10 significantly increased arterial endothelial function in patients with diabetes after a period of only 12 weeks. In patients with mild-to-moderate heart failure, 300 mg a day of CoQ10 improved endothelial function 38%, an effect comparable with that of exercise training.
Due to the fact that we gradually lose CoQ10 with age and because most of us do not get enough of CoQ10 from food some experts recommend that even relatively healthy individuals under 60 should take 30mg of oil-based Ubiquinone form of CoQ10 every day. However, Supplementation of CoQ10 for those who are over 60 or those who are on statins should be increased to 100 – 200 mg a day as this very popular drug (statins) greatly increase the risk of CoQ10 deficiency. Some specialists maintain that the use of statins can reduce the production of CoQ10 in our body by 50% within only two weeks!
CoQ10 is safe and is regarded as the most vital supplement that everyone should take to support cardiovascular energy management.
Taking into consideration all the key benefits of CoQ10 a regular supplementation of this excellent antioxidant may effectively strengthen the heart, prevent some side effects caused by regular use of cholesterol lowering drugs such as statins, slow down ageing process, help maintain proper blood pressure and blood glucose levels, my enhance body’s immune function, boost energy and improve athletic performance, stimulate body’s metabolism to accelerate weight loss, and help maintain healthy gums.
Instead of using poorly absorbed dry powder look for CoQ10 200mg capsules that are formulated by dissolving Ubiquinone form of CoQ10 in oil. It is important to emphasise this fact because studies demonstrated that the potency and bioavailability (absorption) of the oil-based Ubiquinone in our body is the same as that of the very expensive Ubiquinol form of Coenzyme Q10!
DOSAGE: Due to the fact that we gradually lose this very important antioxidant with age and because most of us do not get enough of CoQ10 from food some experts recommend that even relatively healthy individuals under 60 should take 30mg of oil-based Ubiquinone form of CoQ10 every day.
However, Supplementation of CoQ10 for those who are over 60 or those who are on statins should be increased to 100 – 200 mg a day as this very popular drug (statins) greatly increase the risk of CoQ10 deficiency. Some specialists maintain that the use of statins can reduce the production of CoQ10 in our body by 50% within only two weeks!
– It also looks like adding aged (black) garlic to CoQ10 may lead to even better results as according to one experiment participants who took a combination of 120 mg of CoQ10 and 1,200 mg of aged garlic extract every day for one year had four times lower atherosclerosis progression! At the same time the markers of atherosclerosis-promoting inflammation were significantly reduced.
– Apart from CoQ10 and black (aged) garlic there are other excellent herbal formulas such as Hawthorn or Ginkgo biloba which used together with CoQ10 and improved diet and lifestyle will lead to full recovery.
– A 2007 study demonstrated that 36 participants taking about 5 grams of organic spirulina powder every day, over a period of six weeks, experienced significant positive changes in blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Daily dose of spirulina lowered their total cholesterol, increased good HDL cholesterol, lowered (bad) triglycerides, and lowered blood pressure. Spirulina is also very rich in chlorophyll, serine, sylvite and Vitamin B6 which helps lower blood pressure, decrease blood glutinousness, and maintain softness of blood vessels. GLA in spirulina can reduce cholesterol content in the blood so as to prevent heart disease and stroke. Also another randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving elderly participants revealed that spirulina was able to significantly lower the LDL cholesterol and increased the HDL levels after four months of supplementation.
– Xylitol (safe sweetener) improves lipid profile resulting in lower triglycerides, higher HDL and lower LDL but sugar and other fructose sources are turned directly into triglycerides in the liver and worsen the lipid profile.
– Atherosclerosis, Coronary artery disease, stroke and heart attack are increased by Vitamin B12 deficiency which is closely associated with elevated homocysteine levels caused by meat consumption and vitamin B12 deficiency.
– If you are deficient in Vitamin D your liver produces more cholesterol, which is needed for proper absorption, to grab whatever Vitamin D is available. For this reason vitamin D supplements reduce cholesterol. Vitamin D also lowers blood pressure.
– Niacin (Vitamin B3) or nicotinic acid is one of the B vitamins that help to break down proteins and fats converting them into energy. Niacin raises good cholesterol HDL, lowers triglycerides and bad cholesterols LDL and VLDL. Being a vasodilator Niacin causes blood vessels to widen thus lowering blood pressure and preventing heart attacks or strokes. Unfortunately, since niacin is a vasodilator it also causes the skin blood vessels to dilate leading to a warming effect and redness of the skin called hot flushes as well as other sensations such as tingling and itching. Fortunately, this effect usually lasts for only last up to about 20 to 30 minutes and is not dangerous. In addition, if larger doses of niacin are taken regularly, the body gradually builds up a tolerance and minimizes this effect. It’s the nicotinic acid that causes this flushing effect and usually this effect is triggered by doses over 500mg but more sensitive individuals can develop flashes with doses as low as 50mg. The flushing effect can be minimized by taking niacin immediately after meals.
The no-flush vitamin B3 generally don’t contain the nicotinic acid but different forms of this vitamin. They still can increase energy, metabolism and are beneficial for the nervous system but are not very effective in lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. To lower cholesterol I would suggest taking pure nicotinic acid staring from lower doses of 2 times 50 to 100mg after meals and slowly increasing the dose while controlling symptoms.
According to Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., “Niacin is one of the best substances for elevating high density lipoprotein cholesterol (the “good cholesterol) and so decreases the ratio of the total cholesterol over high density cholesterol.”
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– There are two types of iron – non-heme iron; the kind found in spinach and has an absorption rate of 10% to 20%. While heme iron, the kind found in meats, is highly absorbed. The highly absorbed heme form of iron found in meats can be a source of concern as it often results in iron levels that are too high. Because of too much iron, some people have to have blood lettings on a regular basis in order to reduce the percentage of iron in their blood. Iron toxicity, also called hemochromatosis, can be caused by having too much iron in the bloodstream. So although iron is an essential nutrient, excess can cause significant harm to the inner lining of the blood vessels. Excessive iron is also associated with heart attacks. The abundance of dark green leafy vegetables on The Hallelujah Diet should provide most individuals adequate iron without being excessive.
After the war two men worked for many years on a London double decker bus, and both men were pretty evenly matched in terms of age, weight and height. The first one’s work was sedentary as he worked as a bus driver. The other was physically active for the most of the day as he worked as the conductor. Every day he climbed up and down the steps all day punching tickets of boarding passengers. As expected the after many years the driver developed heart disease and died while the conductor didn’t show any signs of arteriosclerosis. After hearing the story some scientists were inspired to conduct a study involving thousands of similar “bus pairs” of London Transit workers. And as expected they discovered exactly the same thing. The risk of developing coronary artery disease and heart attacks, angina or stroke was much higher among drivers who just sat at their jobs, than among conductors who climbed up and down the steps each day.
It was demonstrated that the full-spectrum light stimulated chickens to release serotonin so well that they lived twice as long! In addition to that, they were also calmer and produced eggs which were much lower in cholesterol! That is why also when we wisely expose our body to the sunlight we feel more relaxed, have stronger immune system, and have lower blood cholesterol.
It is also a well-known and proved fact that Atkins diet increases levels of homocysteine which is a dangerous neurotoxic and vasculotoxic by-product of defective protein metabolism. Homocysteine is regarded as very dangerous because its elevated levels are believed to be a powerful marker of stroke and heart attack risk. In addition, homocysteine has been associated also with cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, birth defects, osteoporosis, or fatal blood clots. Dr. Michael Greger one of the studies “measured homocysteine levels, and in that study Atkins followers suffered a highly significant worsening of their homocysteine levels”. He also reminds that “in the year-long study homocysteine levels tended to rise on the Atkins Diet, yet after just one week on a vegan diet, those with elevated homocysteine levels had their levels drop of 20% in just a single week”.
Diets that are successful in reducing body weight should also lower the level of bad LDL cholesterol, as well as another dangerous factor called “C-reactive protein” (CRP) which is regarded as even more important risk factor than elevated cholesterol levels. Studies demonstrated that high levels of CRP can increase the risk of heart attack (and stoke) by almost five times! However, one study clearly demonstrated that participants who were on Atkins diet for just over a month doubled their CRP levels despite of losing their body fat! Vegan (100% plant-based) diet combined with exercise again proved to be effective also in this case and managed to lower the level of this dangerous factor by almost 50% in just two weeks. The same vegan diet but without exercise was able to drop the CRP levels by 30%. A similar result was achieved by statin drugs. Statin, however, would also cause some dangerous side effect – especially muscle pain, tiredness or muscle weakness, as statins affect not only liver’s production of cholesterol, but also several enzymes in muscle cells that are responsible for muscle growth. The question, therefore is, why on earth almost all physicians still prescribe statins instead of unrefined vegan diet with exercise? The answer is very simple, it is the selfish monster called the pharmaceutical lobby which seems to control the whole medical world!
Try to implement the following lifestyle and dietary principles and use as many of the listed here natural remedies, super foods and supplements as possible:
- Lower blood levels of homocysteine and glucose.
- Go on low-fat high-fibre unrefined plant-based diet (Hallelujah diet is most effective) or Dr Fuhrman diet (it includes small amount of animal foods).
- Take the following supplements: CoQ10, B3, B6, B12, Folate, Zinc, D3, Magnesium, L-Arginine.
- Eat more: Garlic, Onion, Raw vegetables, Palsies (Legumes), Barley, Oats, Apples, Artichokes, Pistachios, Watermelon, Maca powder, ground Flax seed, soaked overnight in water nuts and seeds.
- Take: Ginkgo biloba, Chlorella, Spirulina, Antioxidants (NAC, Alpha lipoic acid, etc.).
- Aerobic exercise every day.
- Learn to control stress.
- Avoid: excessive sex, caffeine, tea, alcohol, sugar, animal foods, bad oils, margarines, refined foods.
- Drink more water (distilled is the best).
– In order to LOWER BLOOD CHOLESTEROL AND REVERSE ARTERIOSCLEROSIS all you need is to implement principles included in HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN > and use only HEALING RECIPES > in order to prepare your food.
In order to learn more details about how to recover from CHF using natural methods, proper diet and remedies go to CHOLESTEROL, ATHEROSCLEROSIS, HEART DISEASES, STROKE >
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