I know that Vitamin C is key to our health in so many ways, but this is the first time I’ve read about how important it can be to heart health. Plus, it’s alarming and mind-boggling to read how the statistics for heart disease have grown so much in a short period of time! Since they are finding that apparently 50% of the US population is now affected to some degree, I figured this was a good article to pass along…..
Almost 50 percent of Americans have some form of heart disease
Fact: 121 million adults – almost half of all Americans – currently have some type of heart disease, a figure that represents a significant increase over the last three years.
Most conventionally-trained healthcare ‘experts’ believe that the increased rate of heart disease mirrors a national epidemic of obesity, type 2 diabetes and sedentary lifestyle. But German researcher and physician Dr. Matthias Rath maintains that this viewpoint misses the “big picture” – and that cardiovascular disease is actually an early form of the severe vitamin C deficiency known as scurvy.
To learn how Dr. Rath’s system of Cellular Medicine can help address the heart disease currently affecting every other adult in the nation, keep reading.
Alert: The majority of heart disease fatalities result from atherosclerotic plaque deposits
The report’s alarming statistics may stem in part from new standards for high blood pressure. The authors noted that millions more Americans are now considered to have heart disease, due to lowering the threshold for hypertension from 140/90 mm/hG to 130/80 mm/hG.
By the way, this new, stricter limit is one which many natural health experts have endorsed all along.
Regardless, there is no doubt that coronary heart disease is on currently on the rise.
Also known as atherosclerotic heart disease, coronary heart disease occurs when atherosclerotic plaques obstruct the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients.
Western medicine attempts to treat heart disease with a variety of pharmaceutical medications, including beta-blockers, calcium antagonists, nitrates and cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
But these medications can feature a wide range of dangerous side effects – not to mention their crippling price tag of over $100 billion per year.
Surgical procedures, such as angioplasty and bypass surgery, may also be utilized to treat heart disease.
Despite these interventions, atherosclerotic deposits and strokes are responsible for a full 80 percent of deaths from cardiovascular disease – a staggering statistic, and one that highlights the lethal consequences of atherosclerosis.
Heart attacks and strokes are a consequence of a vitamin deficiency, medical doctor warns
To illustrate how micronutrient levels affect the cardiovascular system, Dr. Rath draws a contrast between animal and human heart health.
Most animals (with the exception of primates and guinea pigs) produce their own stores of vitamin C – and this, Dr. Rath maintains, is the reason that coronary artery disease and heart attacks are virtually unknown in the animal kingdom.
Humans, due to an evolutionary mutation, are not so fortunate – and must rely on diet for sufficient amounts of antioxidant vitamin C.
Shortages of vitamin C and other micronutrients can cause a lack of flexibility in arterial walls, leading to lesions, fissures and cracks. In an attempt to repair the problem, the body speeds lipoproteins (cholesterol and fat particles, along with calcium) to arterial walls, resulting in deposits of artery-clogging plaque.
In other words, this defensive effort by the body “backfires” – with life-threatening consequences.
When the deposits clog the coronary arteries leading to the heart, a heart attack can result. When deposits clog the arteries leading to the brain, stroke can occur.
How can Cellular Medicine help?
The Cellular Health Recommendations developed at the Dr. Rath Health Foundation – which include a regimen of vitamins, minerals and amino acids – provide vital bioenergy (cell fuel) and address the chronic deficiency of micronutrients that causes heart disease.
Specific types and amounts of micronutrients are advised, each with their own “superpower” against heart disease.
Vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene help to prevent oxidative damage to heart cells. Vitamin C also promotes production of artery-stabilizing collagen and functions as a natural blood thinner.
The amino acids lysine and proline function as a sort of natural “Teflon” for the arterial walls, helping to prevent plaque deposits from taking hold, while the mineral magnesium relaxes blood vessel walls and normalizes high blood pressure.
And CoQ10, a vitamin-like enzyme, has proven abilities to optimize the pumping action of the heart while promoting steady, regular heartbeat. Peer-reviewed research has shown that a combination of CoQ10 and the antioxidant mineral selenium slashed the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by a whopping 40 percent.
Other beneficial micronutrients in the recommendations include vitamin B-complex, folate, vitamin D3, calcium, potassium, zinc, manganese, chromium, carnitine, cysteine, arginine and pycnogenol.
The Dr Rath Health Foundation states that – in addition to atherosclerosis – the Cellular Recommendations can benefit angina pectoris, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, diabetes and high blood pressure).
Clinical study shows impressive results
In a clinical study of patients with early coronary artery deposits published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition, researchers used Ultrafast Computed Tomography – considered the most precise form of measurement for atherosclerosis – to assess the size and growth of calcifications (or deposits).
They found that the participants’ calcification were increasing at an average rate of 44 percent per year – meaning they were almost doubling in size annually.
But following Dr. Rath’s Cellular Health Recommendations caused dramatic improvements within a year.
The growth of deposits slowed over the first six months of treatment – and virtually stopped during the second six months.
Of course, these patients were in the early stages of heart disease.
In further studies, the Foundation hopes to find out how long it takes for the vascular healing process to begin when heart disease is more advanced.
It (almost) goes without saying that big pharma, which has a vested interest in heart disease and the multi-billion dollar global drug market that accompanies it, won’t be rushing to promote the Cellular Recommendations any time soon.
Of course, you should consult your integrative doctor before beginning any supplementation. And, never adjust or eliminate prescribed heart medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.
Dr. Rath: Cellular Medicine makes it possible to save “millions of lives” – and ultimately eradicate heart disease
In addition to vitamin and mineral supplementation, the Cellular Recommendations involve lifestyle changes – such as getting sufficient aerobic exercise and maintaining healthy weight.
Note: losing as little as 5 pounds can lower your blood pressure reading by a substantial 8 points.
Eating an organic diet – rich in unprocessed fruits and vegetables and free of GMOs, synthetic pesticides and processed foods – can help you avoid the artery-clogging pitfalls of the standard American diet, appropriately abbreviated as ‘SAD.’
Finally, natural stress reduction techniques such as biofeedback, acupuncture and meditation can help protect against heart disease. The stress hormone adrenaline has been shown to lower levels of vitamin C, which we now know is absolutely essential for heart health.
According to the AHA, the death toll from cardiovascular disease rose by 4,000 in the year 2016 alone. It’s a statistic that Dr. Rath insists can be reversed with Cellular Medicine.
“Deaths from heart attacks and strokes can be reduced to a fraction of their previous amounts,” asserts Dr. Rath.
“This (Cellular Medicine) is a major breakthrough in medicine.”
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