3 tests to protect yourself against heart disease

3 Tests to protect your heart

Heart disease affects millions in the US and many more worldwide. It’s common to get your basic blood panel where your physician may determine if you do or do not have cardiovascular disease. But many times the real contributing factors for heart disease go overlooked.
A study performed in 2009 showed that 75% of all heart attack victims had normal levels of cholesterol. Hmm…

75% of all heart attack victims have normal levels of cholesterol

So why do we continue to use this as a predictive marker if normal levels lead to heart disease?

The 3 tests you need to protect yourself against heart disease

Homocysteine (see study)
CRP (see study)
25-OH Vit D (see study)

Homocysteine is a by-product of cellular metabolism and needs high amounts of B12, B6 and Folate in order to be transformed into methionine. Homocysteine will go through your arteries and cause these microscopic nicks on the inside of the artery walls. These nicks will then trigger an inflammatory response and the body will begin to “patch up” the nick with a “bandage” in the form of cholesterol plaque. This is how arteries become clogged!

CRP (C-reactive protein) is a marker for inflammation. Too much inflammation leads to all sorts of diseases. The key is to keep inflammation down. High CRP values are linked to lower systemic pH levels…so maintaining proper pH balance in your body is very critical to controlling inflammation.

Vitamin-D helps to maintain an overall healthy immune system. Too much inflammation in the body will cause the immune system to lower. Lower levels of vitamin D leads to lowered immunity. Vitamin D is produced in the skin when exposed to sunlight. But just because you’re out in the sun doesn’t necessarily mean you have active/optimal levels of vitamin D in circulation. This is because when vitamin D is formed in the skin it needs to get activated in the LIVER and then the KIDNEYS! But if you’re too toxic, then those organs cannot activate adequate levels of vitamin D.

So here’s your plan of action:

  • Vitamin B12 – 3000-5000 mcg/day
  • Vitamin B6 – 200-400 mg/day
  • Folate – 5-7 mg/day
  • Turmeric/Curcumin
  • Omega-3s – 4000 mgs/day
  • Vitamin D – 5000-8000IU Daily
  • Go through a detoxification program at least twice a year
  • Eat foods that are high in Omega 3’s such as smaller cold water fish like salmon & sardines or you can take an omega-3 supplement.

 

Other sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11011852

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