Healthy Heart News
Marvelous strides have been made in the last two decades on correcting heart insufficiency and quickly reopening closed blood vessels that are causing a heart attack. But there's a snag: in many, or perhaps most, cases, the basic cause of the problem remains, and in a few months or years another heart attack occurs or bypass or angioplasty is required.
A new report on clinical trials, published in a recent Journal of the American Medical Association, indicates that taking supplemental folic acid, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6 helps prevent recurrence of of these problems. This combination appears to lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is implicated in heart attacks. In fact, high levels of this amino acid in the blood are an indicator of higher risk for a heart attack. These vitamins are all present in a complete B-Complex tablet, and found as well in a healthy diet. Naturally, smoking, drinking to excess and eating an unhealthy diet, as well as obesity, can counteract these benefits to a considerable extent. (Please note that B-6 can be toxic at high levels; do not exceed recommended dosage without your doctor's approval.)
According to another report in AARP's Modern Maturity magazine, taking a multivitamin that includes these three vitamins my cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's. Thos with a high level of homocysteine apparently have twice the risk of suffering with this scourge.
Other research shows that Omega-3 fats, such as found in fish oil, flaxseed, egg yolks and grass-fed (rather than grain-fed) meats and poultry. Dr. Mercola, who has some radical ideas on this subject (but remember "health food" and low-fat was radical only a few decades ago) and recommends a diet high in Omega 3. Since hubby Floyd has been taking high doses of fish oil at his doctor's suggestion (a balanced EPA and DHA formula, most economically purchased at Sam's Club or Costco) his skin, which for years was dry and crispy, has become soft and supple, and it reputedly has the same effect on the circulatory system.
At iVillage.com, Editor Sophia Cariati writes:
"Decades of research show that eating a low-fat diet rich in fruits
and vegetables reduces a woman's risk of heart disease. But let's get real.
How many of us actually consume the government- recommended minimum of five daily servings of fruits
and vegetables? Not many, according to a recent survey that shows that only one in five Americans follow this dietary advice.
Remember that you are responsible for your own health to a great degree; not your doctor, nor the government, nor your HMO. Think about it. Be an informed consumer.