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Everyone should be concerned about heart disease as we get older…. Vitamins help protect you….
In fact it really annoys me when people don’t take a high quality Multi like BePure ONE as the nutrients have been shown to be so beneficial…You see the modern nutritional explanation of heart disease is that it’s caused by damage to the endothelial cells (click here to read a past blog on what causes heart disease). The trouble is there are so many things that can cause the damage… So I thought I’d share with you some of the research showing how the nutrients found in BePure ONE are protective of heart disease…
I’ve been talking a lot about vitamin D recently for total body health, and vitamin D is also vitally important for heart health, in the Framington Offspring Study they found 28% of people had very low vitamin D levels (below 37nmol), the people with low vitamin was associated with a 63% increase in cardiovascular events over a 5.4 year follow up period (1). In another study supplementation of a maintenance dose of 528 IU of Vitamin D daily revealed a 7% reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease. (2).
Is one of the primary nutrients that protect us from damaged fats in our diet, which in turn protects the endothelial cells (the cells that line your arteries) from damage. The nurses health study, which was observational in design, concluded that women to took vitamin E for at least 2 years had a 34% reduction in cardiovascular events. (3)
B3 – Niacin
Niacin has been shown to decrease triglycerides (bad fat in the blood), decrease LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) (4).
B6, B9 and B12
These three key nutrients help regulate a product of metabolism called homocysteine. The relationship between homocysteine and cardiovascular mortality is well documented (5). An analysis of the research showed that the vitamin (B6, B9 and B12) treated group had a 25% reduction of stroke than the non-vitamin treated group.
So, if you are not currently taking a high quality multi- vitamin then get on it! And if you are already taking something like BePure ONE, congratulations!
And to learn more about what to eat to protect yourself from heart disease join the BePure Health Revolution for free and get the Ancestral Eating Solution (worth $97). Go to www.bepure.co.nz for join….
In health and happiness
1- Vitamin D supplementation and total mortality: A meta analysis of randomised controlled trials. Autier, P and Gandini, S. Journal of Internal Medicine 2007:167:1730-1737.
2 – Vitamin D deficiency and risk of cardiovascular disease. Wang et al. Circulation, Jan 2008; 117:503-511.
3 – Vitamin E consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease in women. Stampfer et al. New England Journal of Medicine. 1993, May. Vol 328. No 20. 1444 – 1449.
4 – Effect of low dose Niacin on High-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Total Cholesterol/high density Lipoprotein Cholesterol. Luria, Myron,H. Journal of Internal Medicine 1988;148(11):2493-2495.
5 – Homocysteine Studies Collaboration. Homocysteine and Risk of Ischemic Heart Disease and Stroke: A Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2002;288(16):2015-2022.
What causes heart disease?
Will drinking full fat milk or eating butter kill you faster?
NO, NO and NO! (Providing they are from healthy grass fed animals (omega 6 v Omega 3 ratios…).
Will increasing your dietary cholesterol (eggs yolks) increase your blood cholesterol? No, according to conventional nutrition and research conducted by Dawber and colleagues.
Will increasing your saturated fat consumption increase total blood cholesterol? Yes, the largest effect found from a low fat diet to a high saturated fat diet increased total cholesterol by 11.5%. Does that mean that eating a high saturated fat diet of butter will kill you faster? No, No and NO!
We now know that there are classes of cholesterol and in fact some cholesterol is beneficial, basically LDL cholesterol can be deemed as ‘bad cholesterol,’ while HDL is deemed as ‘good cholesterol’ (although they can actually be broken down further into good and bad lipoproteins – but we’ll keep it simple…it is a blog after all!).
A very simple way of looking at the difference between LDL and HDL cholesterol is that HDL takes the unused LDL back to the liver and stops excess from sticking to the sides…leading to atherosclerosis.
So, although eating butter might raise your total cholesterol by up to 11.5% some studies have actually found that it raises your HDL cholesterol, which is your good cholesterol, which basically means it helps protect you from thickened/hardened arteries!
As with anything, there is a parabola of optimal levels within the human body. When it comes to cholesterol, where too little or too much cholesterol can induce a pathological response finding the right level is complex. It is well known that certain elevated cholesterol levels (LDL) pose an increased risk for developing atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, however, low cholesterol can also be just as harmful, something that many people are not aware of, we’ll talk about that later…
What causes heart disease? Is it cholesterol?
Well cholesterol simply responds to heal any damage that has been done to the endothelial cells, so it does not ’cause’ heart disease but rather responds to any damage, is a sympton of inflammation and damage and certainly does contribute to the blocking of arteries… However it DOES NOT cause heart disease, it is just involved in the process of healing.
What does Cholesterol do?
- Cholesterol provides the structure for cellular membranes, where it helps regulate membrane fluidity and intracellular communication,
- Provides structure for the myelin sheaths in the nervous system, which helps regulate nerve transmission
- Provides the raw materials for steroid hormones where it provides a backbone for adrenal hormones and sex hormones.
- Provides structure to our brain through synapse formation, thereby improving memory and intelligence
Given this list of essential functions it is not difficult to see why low cholesterol can be as dangerous as high cholesterol levels. Decreased levels of cholesterol may lead to nervous system dysfunction and poor hormonal synthesis, as well as increased levels of stress to the cardiovascular system. The immune system which relies heavily on cellular communication and recognition may be at great risk too.
What are the effects of low cholesterol levels?
Currently the medical model recommends total cholesterol under 4 mmol/l, I feel this is far too low. Numerous studies have shown the negative effects of such low cholesterol.
My 609 Masters text book ‘Nutrition in Health and Disease’ states…in a review of a large number of trials, yielding 68,406 deaths. It was found that men whose blood cholesterol were under 4.14 mmol/l exhibited 20% more deaths from cancer, 35% more deaths from injury, 40% more non cancer deaths and 50% more deaths from the digestive system disease. So, low cholesterol actually increased your risk of dying from non-cardiovascular disease by 145%!
What are healthy cholesterol levels?
I don’t follow the pharmaceutical companies recommendations for cholesterol instead I prefer the nutritional model of cholesterol. Therefore, I follow one of the top Nutritionists in the world, MD and molecular biologist Dr. Catherine Shanahan’s cholesterol recommendations. Here they are:
HDL cholesterol should be above 1.15 mmol/l in men and above 1.28 nmol in women
Triglycerides should be less than 1.71 mmol/l for both
As for LDL cholesterol, as long as the ratio of HDL to LDL is under 3 it is not of concern, for example if you have 1.5 mmol/l of HDL a LDL level of up to 4.5 is acceptable.
Whenever, you start looking at anything in the body in isolation we begin to lose the context in which the importance lay. This is why I recommend muscle mass and energy levels being the key to being healthy, rather than just cholesterol. Dr Rakowski from the Canadian Institute of Longevity found that Muscle Mass was the number one indicator of health. (HDL came in at number 7 and LDL didn’t even make the top ten!) Check out my other blog article on how to measure muscle mass…
To learn more about nutrition and heart health I recommend reading ‘Put Your Heart in Your Mouth” By Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride – click here to view.
What causes heart disease? It’s not all about cholesterol…
Cholesterol is just a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It’s really not about if you have high cholesterol, but more of whether the cholesterol is ‘sticking to the sides’ so to speak (some people with primary liver cirrhosis have cholesterol levels as high as 30, yet have no increased risk of heart attack)…the number one thing that makes cholesterol stick to the sides is inflammation. In my opinion, there are many other more important measurements of cardiovascular risk, like a C- reactive Protein Test (high sensitive) that actually measures the amount of inflammation in your vascular system (arteries). So what’s causing inflammation? And essentially causes heart disease? Well, that’s another blog right there…but here are some of the main factors:
- High blood sugar levels
- Oxidisation of LDL cholesterol
- High homocysteine levels
- Imbalance between omega 6 and omega 3’s
- Free radical damage of the endothelial cells
- Chronic inflammation within the body from food intolerances
- Stress hormones
- Bacteria and viruses
- Specific nutrient deficiencies
Therefore, reducing inflammation is the key to reducing the risk of atherosclerosis. Everything on my Life Changing Online Programme is designed to improve the above parameters and reduce inflammation. Now go and enjoy some raw whole fat milk!!