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SPECIAL | Nutrition,

Nine Powerful Supplements

to Reverse Heart Disease
by Ronald Grisanti D.C, D.A.B.C.O., M.S.

Half of your patients are going to die of heart attacks and Co-enzyme Q-10
strokes; half your family members are going to die of heart at- Co-Q 10 is a powerful anti-oxidant that partieipates in several
tacks or strokes; you, if you can reduce yourself to a statistic for a of the anti-oxidant systems. The benefits of Co-Enzyme Q-10
moment, stand a 50 percent chance of dying of a heart attack or a have been found to
stroke. Despite the "progress" of medical science over the last two " Prevent myocardial failure;
decades, 50 percent of all Americans still die of cardiovascular • Energize and protect the heart, while protecting against ath-
disease. The good news for us is that there are ways to correct erosclerosis;
the causes of cardiovascular disease nutritionally. Here is a quick
• Improve cardiac response to exercise;
summary of nine of the most powerful nutritional weapons to
• Lower high blood pressure;
protect you and your patients against heart disease.
• Reduce angina;
• Prevent arrythmias;
Carnosine • Quench free radicals.
Camosine has been shown to increase the strength of heart
contractility and improve circulation. Vitamin E (mixed tocopherois and tocotrienols)
In humans, camosine levels decline with age. Muscle camosine The mixed tocopherois represent the complete vitamin E fam-
concentration decreases 63 percent from age 10 to age 70. ily—alpha, beta, gamma, and delta toeopherois. Unfortunately,
most people think of vitamin E primarily as alpha tocopherol,
Betaine or as one of the alpha tocopherol esters. As it turns out, what
Research has shown that betaine, when combined with just very most people eonsider to be vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) is not
small amounts of vitamin B6 and folic acid, will lower elevated really such a great antioxidant. Its antioxidant activity is posi-
homocysteine levels, a major factor in heart disease. tively dwarfed by the antioxidant activity of gamma toeopherol,
particularly, and the other toeopherois as well. The point is that,
Carnitine when you want an antioxidant that will put
Camitine has significant beneficial ef- up a good fight with oxidative stressors,
fects on myocardial energy production.
Despite the "progress" of you don't fool around with the fonn of
Found to strengthen the heart muscle, it is medical science over the vitamin E they put in vitamin pills (alpha
one of the most eflectivc ways to lower el- tocopherol).
evated triglyeerides and protect myocardial
last two decades, 50 What you want are the mixed tocopher-
infaret patients against cardiac necrosis. percent of all Americans ois. This is not to say that alpha toeopherol
It improves fat metabolism in the heart is bad. Quite the contrary. One fonn of al-
still die of cardiovascular pha tocopherol, the ester alpha tocopheryl
(as well as other organs) and decreases
lipid peroxides in the heart. In addition, disease. suecinate, is more etTeetive in its role as
it improves heart muscle exercise toler- an anti-thrombic agent than any of the
ance, decreases angina pain, is a vasodilator of coronary blood other tocopherois, and is more effective
vessels, lowers blood pressure, decreases the elevated LDH in boosting immune function.
levels in myocardial infaret patients, decreases left ventricle
enlargement, decreases the incidence of arrhythmias, includ- Glucosamine
ing the occurrence of ventricular fibrillation in the early stages Glucosamine is MORE than a supplement for arthritis. The
of ischemia, decreases peripheral vascular disease, decreases truth is, there have been dozens of seientific studies showing
eongestive heart failure and has a dramatic impact on decreasing the benefits of glucosamine supplementation on cardiovascular
triglyeerides. It also decreases elevated cholesterol as well, but health. First, consider glucosamine. The nutrition establishment
has a far greater effect on triglyeerides. Camitine also increases would have you think of this substance as nothing more than
high density lipoproteins. a raw material that forms a critical structural component of

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cartilage and other connective tissue. diovaseular disease patients treated with Ronald Gri.sanli. DC. DABCO. MS, i.s a hoard-
The late EmanucI Revici's research CS. the likelihood of having a myocardial ccrli/ied chiropractic orthopedist with a master's
decree in nutritional science. He has created an
revealed that glucosamine does not just infarct. suffering coronary insufficiency
innovative Web-based program in developing a
strengthen connective tissue in a structur- or myocardial ischemia, or developing nutritional, functional medicine-
al sense, but it strengthens by protecting congestive heart failure is only l/6th that based practice called Chiropractic

connective tissues against inflammation reported for control patients who receive Mentors.
no CS supplementation. He can be reached by e-mad at
and maintains the structural integrity of drgrisantiCa'charternet or through
arterial basement membranes. his H'i'b site, www.cliiroprticticmen-
Alpha LipoicAcJd
Chondroitin Sulfate Alpha lipoic acid is a SUPER POWER
Far more important than its role in the antioxidant. Lipoic acid particularly de-
connective tissue of joints is the power creases elevated systolic blood pressure,
of chondroitin sulfate to maintain the decreases excess cellular calcium, and Do You Want
functional integrity of the cardiovascu- decreases elevated serum glucose and
lar system. CS helps maintain arterial
elasticity. Remember, arteries are largely
elevated serum insulin. Lipoie acid also
decreases adverse renal vascular changes More
connective tissue. CS retards the artcrio- associated with hypertension. Lipoic acid
sclerotic and aging processes within the
arterial wall. CS also possesses lipid-
effectively decreases LDL cholesterol.
Lipoic acid has been shown, in eliniea!
New Patients
clearing activity, lt lowers cholesterol studies, to decrease elevated triglyeeridcs
and triglycerides. and it normalizes the by as much as 45 percent. If there is one
ratio between HDL, LDL, and VLDL. thing you ean do for your patients to pro-
Most importantly. CS clears lipids, not tect them from the grips of heart disease,
just in the serum, but from within the tell them about the nine most powerful
cells as well. supplements listed above. You just may To learn more, circle #55 on
The most striking statistic regarding save a life (or two). The Action Card
CS supplementation shows that, in car-

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