BioSlim Health Database

Heart disease / Cardiovascular disorders

Note: Anyone with a serious disorder of the heart should begin this and any program of activity and nutritional support slowly and carefully. This means that any exercise or increased activity program and the doses of the Formulas should be started at low levels, then increased gradually, as tolerated. The supervision of a physician is essential.

The heart is at once the body’s strongest, most durable muscle, and its most sensitive. It pumps life-sustaining blood throughout the circulatory system, including vessels that in turn feed the heart itself. These tiny blood vessels that feed the heart itself are called the "coronary arteries" because of the crown-like structure they form on the surface of the heart.

When the blood vessels of the body become congested and clogged, the vessels that are most susceptible are those feeding the heart (the coronary arteries) and the ones feeding the brain. A complete blockage of a coronary artery causes a heart attack, while vessel blockage in the brain causes a stroke. In either case, the underlying mechanism of the problem is the same: for one reason or another, some blood vessel(s) is/are no longer able to carry blood to the organ involved, which causes parts of that organ to die-i.e., a heart attack (heart tissue death) or a stroke (brain tissue death) occurs.

Arteries can be partially blocked, causing insufficient blood supply. This causes chest pain or angina in the heart, or mini-strokes known as TIAs ("Transient Ischemic Attacks ") in the brain. These temporary insufficiencies of blood supply are much more common than full-blown blockages, one reason for which is that full blockages can only happen a very few times before death occurs, while it is possible for insufficiencies to occur hundreds of times in one individual. If an artery feeding the heart is partially blocked, chest pain may occur under any conditions that cause blood to flow more heavily to other parts of the body, because this places a load on the heart (it must beat stronger and faster) and causes it to require more blood to function properly. This extra need for blood by the heart itself cannot be properly supplied when a blockage or partial blockage is present in the coronary arteries that feed it, and this causes pain in the muscle of the heart. Activities that can precipitate chest pain under these conditions include: any large meal, exertion of any kind, stress of any kind, exposure to cold, even the strain of moving bowels when constipated.

Of course, any heart condition must be treated by a physician. Medical treatment usually consists of drugs and/or surgery. Diet and lifestyle are usually addressed via the admonitions to eat less fat and stop smoking.

There has been a tremendous amount of research done in recent decades on the causes of heart disease and atherosclerosis, the process by which arteries become clogged. Much has been written on the effects of elevated cholesterol levels, though for the most part, this concept is far less relevant than most people believe. (See Cholesterol level, elevated.)

For many years, we were told to eat more unsaturated oils. Now, with the possible exception of monounsaturated oils like olive and avocado oils, this advice has been found to be baseless, even harmful. Eating more unsaturated oil does nothing to prevent heart disease, and may well increase the risk of certain other diseases, especially cancer. It looks now like it may even increase the risk of heart disease itself! Seems sacrilegious, doesn’t it?

Prevention: Stopping the smoking of cigarettes is the single most effective measure any smoker can take to prevent heart disease. Weight reduction in cases of obesity is also vitally important. Controlling blood pressure is important too; in some cases, it may be accomplished through dietary measures as well as relaxation methods. Of course, out-of-control blood pressure must be treated by a physician. Getting a reasonable level of physical activity is also a very important and effective preventive measure.

As you can see, the BioSlim program can essentially be thought of as excellent therapy for the heart, since it is perfectly suited for that task.

Statins and CoQ10: The majority of people with known heart disease today are given a "statin" medication by their doctors to help control cholesterol levels and prevent atherosclerosis (blockages in arteries). Statin drugs include Lipitor, Zocor, Mevacor, et al. Here is one piece of information that, unfortunately, most folks are NOT told by their cardiologists or personal medical docs: Anyone taking a statin drug should also take a CoQ10 supplement. There are several reasons for this, including the protective effect of CoQ10 on the liver, the avoidance of statin-caused side-effects, and the positive impact of CoQ10 on helping maintain a stable heart rhythm. The full scope of this important point is beyond this document, but the Internet is an excellent source for this kind of information so by all means, educate yourself RIGHT NOW about CoQ10 and statins if you currently taking one of those medications. (Note: there is no conflict between statins and BioSlim, and there is no problem at all with taking extra CoQ10 while on the BioSlim program.)

Nutritional factors: The importance of avoiding added fats cannot be overemphasized. Just as this rule is the primary principle of the BioSlim program, so too is it the most important dietary measure you can take to help prevent and, in fact, reverse heart disease. This is true for many reasons, including the general importance of fat reduction and, less commonly known, the fact that certain kinds of fat molecules-the trans fatty acids caused by the processing and heating of unsaturated fat-appear to directly generate atherosclerosis, the plugging up of blood vessels in the body.

A diet high in fiber is also very helpful. Soy products (soy protein, to be precise), in particular, have been found to be beneficial to the health of the heart and blood vessels.

Nutritional supplementation includes most of the vitamins and minerals, such as: vitamin A, vitamin B6, folic acid, niacin, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, chromium, selenium, iodine, zinc, and others — all of which are present in correct balance in the BioSlim Formulas.

Additional potentially helpful supplementation includes the Essential Fatty Acids (EFA s), bromelain, CoQ10, extract of the plant ginkgo biloba, and garlic. CoQ10 and magnesium have also been found helpful in certain heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats); CoQ10 is particularly important in most cases of heart disease.

People with such relatively common disorders as irregular or fast heartbeats (arrhythmias and tachycardias) and mitral valve prolapse can use the BioSlim System and may well find that their symptoms improve on the program. Adding CoQ10 supplementation in such cases can also be beneficial.

Historically, heart disease is a fairly new phenomenon, partly because people are living longer, but mostly because of the preponderance of non-foods being consumed today in place of real, whole, natural, recognizable food, and because of general inactivity. These are areas where you can do much to prevent disease and premature death. The BioSlim System is the best way to accomplish just that - while also losing your unwanted extra weight.

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