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How Can You Prevent Heart Disease?

Edward Palank, M.D., talks about the risks and warning signs of heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the feared diseases of most people. Especially to people who don’t control what they eat, take supplements intelligently, and who don’t participate in physical activities. In a nutshell, people who are overweight or obese.

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Actually, heart disease isn’t just about obesity and overweight. For as long as you consume foods that help produce free radicals that cause way too much scaring in your arteries, cholesterol in blood will accumulate over the scar tissue, blocking your arteries. Meals like the one pictured here are sure to give you clogged arteries.

But, you can also get a heart disease if you have family history of heart disease. Aside from the fact that heart disease is the leading killer in the U.S., what else do you need to know about heart disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a disorder that impacts the heart muscle or the arteries of the heart. It impacts you whenever your heart is not working the way it should. There are various kinds of cardiovascular disease like coronary heart disease, congenital cardiovascular disease, arrythmia heart disease, angina heart disease, and more.

Even so, organic cardiovascular disease is not a common heart problem. But, it is important to learn about this problem. Organic heart disease occurs when your heart is deformed or inflamed. The heart may operate poorly in different ways, like it can become irritable which can result in rapid beating. If your heart is not functioning properly, your breathing will be affected causing shortness of breath.

Organic heart disease may show inflammation of the heart with the formation of scar tissue which results in the deformation of the valves. Or, it may consist of hardening of the muscles of the heart preventing them from functioning properly. Or the muscular cells of the heart may soften and stretch. All of these different conditions are called organic heart diseases. Many people know only of heart valve disease when in truth this is not as serious as organic heart disease.

An enlarged heart is also another form of organic heart disease. Jim Fixx, the author of “The Complete Book of Running“, had a congenitally enlarged heart. But, died of a heart attack while running. He had clogged arteries which he neglected.

Inflammation due to rheumatism may be a cause, or some other form of infection. But, it usually develops over time through the influences that exist in your life.

Symptoms such as shortness of breath is commonly the first sign of heart disease. But, it can misdirect you to blame your lungs and not your heart. A rapidly beating heart may also be a signal of heart disease. Or the heart may seem to stop at times and then continues to beat again. Or you may experience a strong sense of pain in the chest, arms, or legs.

But, the sound of the heart in a person with heart disease often requires the trained ear of a specialist to notice.

How Can You Prevent Heart Disease?

Dr. Esselstyn’s ongoing 21-year study shows that you CAN reverse and prevent heart disease and save your life. Of 20 patients sent home to die by their cardiologists in 1989, every one is still alive and healthy today, and heart-disease free, even though together they had had a total of 63 cardiac events before entering his study.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD of the famed Cleveland Clinic, gives a FULL 62 minute talk about reversing heart disease with a plant based diet, from the 2003 VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo

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Most heart disease is reversible. It requires a healthy lifestyle including healthy food, good nutrition, and proper exercise. But, the best prescription is to maintain a healthy lifestyle before you develop heart disease and prevent it from happening.

Discover the Health Benefits of Turmeric

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is an inexpensive, tasty, yellow spice used extensively in Asian food. It is also used as a dye for saris and Buddhist monk’s robes. Turmeric is a perennial plant that is native to South and Southeast Asia. It requires warm temperatures (68-86 degrees Fahrenheit) and a rainy environment.

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It has a long history of use spanning thousands of years in both India and China as a cure for many ailments. Turmeric has played a part in Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. More recently western researchers have investigated turmeric and have discovered evidence of many health benefits. One active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has shown its power for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. More than a billion people regularly consume curcumin in their diet.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

One key to health involves preventing free radical damage throughout your body. Free radicals are atoms or molecules with unpaired electrons that cause chemical reactions (oxidative damage) with cells in your body. They can damage lipids, proteins, DNA, or cell membranes. Free radical damage prevents the body from functioning normally and often causes inflammation or even cell death.

Unfortunately, there are many things in our environment that can create free radicals. Free radicals can be generated by the foods we eat, various drugs and medicines, air and water pollutants, pesticides and exercise to name a few. Oxidative damage caused by free radicals has been associated with various chronic diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative diseases as well as aging.

To the rescue come antioxidants. These free radical scavengers either prevent free radicals from forming or react with existing free radicals to neutralize them and make them safe. By reducing damage, any inflammation to aid in repairing cell damage is less necessary.

Curcumin has a “potent anti-inflammatory property” that helps keep free radical contained. It’s antioxidant property is 5 to 10 times stronger than vitamins C and E.

But, you should not consider curcumin as a medicine to be taken when you become ill. It is best used daily to help contain free radicals and reduce inflammation. It is a key nutrient that you should take every day.

What Free Radical Damage Diseases Can Turmeric and Curcumin Help Prevent?

Oxidative stress has been a known factor in many diseases such as:

  • cancer
  • autoimmune disorders
  • aging
  • cataract
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • cardiovascular disease
  • neurodegenerative diseases

Subash C. Gupta, Sridevi Patchva, and Bharat B. Aggarwal in their article Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials in American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Journal citing half a century of research on curcumin indicated:

Some promising effects have been observed in patients with various pro-inflammatory diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, uveitis, ulcerative proctitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, tropical pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer, idiopathic orbital inflammatory pseudotumor, oral lichen planus, gastric inflammation, vitiligo, psoriasis, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic microangiopathy, lupus nephritis, renal conditions, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, β-thalassemia, biliary dyskinesia, Dejerine-Sottas disease, cholecystitis, and chronic bacterial prostatitis.

Clinical trials of turmeric and curcumin are ongoing. Some clinical trials are looking various types of cancers (breast, prostate, pancreatic, lung and colorectal), type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, dermatitis, cognitive impairments and depression.

Bio-Availability Problem

Clinical trials show that when consumed, the bioavailability of curcumin is relatively low. The liver rapidly clenses the bloodstream of curcumin, quickly making it ineffective.

Several studies has shown that both black pepper and fats greatly help the absorption and retention of curcumin. So, it’s best not to take curcumin on an empty stomach, but rather with a meal including some fats and black pepper.

How to get the most of Curcumin. Should you take pills or whole turmeric? How do you increase the bioavailabilty of curcumin? What other foods should you eat with turmeric? These questions and much more are answered in this video!
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