Payton Z., February 27 2020

February is Heart Month!

"Dear Heart, Please stop getting involved in everything, your job is to pump blood. That's it."

February is Heart Month, a time to bring attention to the importance of cardiovascular health, and what we can to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. 

Did you know: 

Top products we have at Integrated Health Centre for heart health:

CoQ10 

What is Coenzyme Q10?

Found in almost every cell of the body, CoQ10 (otherwise ubiquinone) is a fat-soluble, vitamin-like substance that helps convert food into energy. A powerful antioxidant that protects against damage from toxic free radicals, CoQ10 is produced by the body and is also found in many foods, with higher levels in organ meats, such as liver or kidneys; as well as sardines, mackerel, chicken, cauliflower, broccoli, and asparagus.

How does CoQ10 affect heart health?

Recent studies suggest that CoQ10, either alone or combined with other therapies, may be beneficial for the following conditions. However, as with all supplements, patients should consult their medical provider before taking CoQ10 to check if it’s appropriate for them.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD). Recent studies show that CoQ10 supplements can significantly increase HDL-C and ApoA1 levels, even in people taking statins, and may help reduce risk for CVD.  CoQ10 supplementation also lowers levels of inflammatory biomarkers shown to be risk factors for CVD, such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. 

Statin-related muscle symptoms. Statin therapy can significantly reduce heart attack and stroke risk, up to 25 percent of patients quit treatment within six months due to side effects, such as muscle aches and weakness.

Heart failure (HF). CoQ10 was hailed as “the first new drug to improve heart failure mortality in over a decade” after a multi-center randomized study of 420 patients found that taking it reduced deaths in patients with severe HF by half!

After a heart attack. In a randomized clinical trial, patients who received CoQ10 soon after a heart attack had a much lower rate of subsequent cardiac events over the next year than a control group (24.6 percent versus 45 percent).

High blood pressure. Clinical researchers reported that CoQ10 has the potential to lower systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic pressure by 10 mm Hg.

Magnesium

You probably know you need calcium for your bones. You may also know you need potassium for your muscles. But did you know that magnesium is vitally important for your heart health? 

Magnesium is essential for hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body. It helps keep bones strong, nerves and muscles working properly, and blood sugar under control. Magnesium is also necessary for maintaining a steady heartbeat and normal blood pressure. 

"Magnesium deficits have been linked with a long list of cardiovascular and other disorders: high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems such as atrial fibrillation, cholesterol-clogged coronary arteries, painful spasms of coronary arteries, sudden cardiac arrest, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more," (Harvard Health).

Lead author C. Noel Bairey Merz dicussed her piece published in the journal Circulation with WebMD saying that "magnesium supplements enabled heart disease patients to exercise for longer periods and appeared to protect their hearts from the stress of exercise. Magnesium also restored some of the blood vessels' ability to open up when the body needs more blood. Merz is director of the preventive and rehabilitative cardiac center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles," (Circulation, Volume 102, Issue 19, 7 November 2000, Pages 2353-2358)

Don't forget, Magnesium Glycinate is the most easily absorbable to the body, and less likely to lead to upset stomach compared to other forms. 

Strauss Heartdrops

Strauss Herb Company's flagship product is made using the Strauss family's traditional process. Strauss Heart Drops help maintain and promote cardiovascular health and reduce elevated blood lipid levels and hyperlipidemia in adults.

The ingredients in Heart Drops are traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to:

History of Strauss Heartdrops

Nothing will get your attention faster than a brush with death. Jim Strauss had his, in 1979, at age 57. After suffering a massive heart attack, his doctors told him only bypass surgery could save his life.

As a seventh-generation-herbalist, from an Austrian family that had been the village herbalists since the 1700s, Jim knew that many of the herbs with which he was familiar, had a long tradition of being heart, circulation and blood tonics. He also knew that his palate could differentiate the functions of many herbs by their exotic tastes; a skill he had acquired in childhood, gathering and tasting herbs with his grandparents, from the time he could walk. Like the cobbler with terrible shoes, or the mechanic with the unreliable car, Jim had neglected his own health in the service of others.

The most important herbal lessons Jim learned from his parents and grandparents were that, just as in cooking; balance and proportion are key elements in any effective "recipe." Applying his knowledge, instinct and fear of dying, Jim was able to develop his now famous blend in a short time.

Jim Strauss is a world-renowned conference speaker and has been an honored guest on many talk shows about natural health. People from all over the world come for the purpose of hearing him speak. His remedy for heart disease, as well as his other wonderful products are shipped all over the world to places such as, Australia, England, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, all over the USA, & throughout Canada.

It is now 2009, many years from the days when Jim Strauss` formula was developed and literally saved his life. Jim is retired and enjoys life to the fullest at almost 90 years of age. He continues to speak but has left his business in the capable hands of his sons, also trained herbalists.

Historical Use of Ingredients

Garlic: 

Used to lower LDL cholesterol levelsProperties have the ability to stimulate cell growth and activityIs a health building and disease preventative and dissolves cholesterol in the bloodstreamOpens up blood vessels and reduces blood pressure in hypertensive patientsInhibits blood platelets sticking togetherNature`s antibiotic. During World War I and II, physicians used garlic as an antibiotic to prevent soldiers` wounds from becoming gangrenous, with fantastic results

Hawthorn:

Regular use strengthens heart musclesHas been used in the prevention of arteriosclerosis and in helping conditions such as rapid and feeble heart action, heart valve defects, enlarged heart, angina pectoris and difficult breathing due to ineffective heart action and lack of oxygen in the blood

Cayenne:

Said to be unequalled for warding off diseases and equalizing blood circulationIncreases heart action but not blood pressureSaid to prevent strokes and heart attacksSaid to be a catalyst, carrying all other herbs quickly to the part of the body where it is most needed, and increases their effectiveness

Bilberry:

Improves circulation and feeds the capillaries by altering the ability of fluids and nourishment to pass throughHas properties to strengthen coronary arteries, varicose veins and helps in reducing atherosclerosis or the obstruction of arteries by plaque depositsCan reduce blood clots due to its thinning properties which inhibit blood platelets from sticking together

Motherwort

Strengthens the heartbeat but does not increase heart rateRelaxes the coronary arteries, resulting in increased circulation to the heart

White Willow Bark (in trace amounts):

Natural source of aspirin/natural blood thinner

Mistletoe:

Lessens reflex irritability, strengthens the heart beat, regulates a slow pulse. Acts as an antihypertensive agent. Has been used as a vasodilator since the turn of the century.Remember, with all supplements, patients should consult their medical provider and/or pharmacist before taking supplements to ensure it’s appropriate for their condition. As always, visit us in-store for more information from our knowledgeable staff.

Written by

Payton Z.

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