Total Health Packs For Heart Health

MSM

MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) is a naturally occurring sulfur, not the odorous, inorganic sulfur that you find in hot springs, and it isn’t sulfa or sulfites.

You can’t be allergic to MSM as sulfur is present in every cell of your body. In fact, sulfur is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and we depend upon an adequate supply of this mineral for a healthy acid/alkaline balance.

Sulfur is an important substance in the creation and regeneration of the body’s tissues. Sulfur must be present for collagen to be produced, making it a vital component in the formation of cartilage and connective tissues.

MSM helps to keep you looking young by keeping your skin soft and elastic. This allows stretching and movement without damage which is the same benefit that makes MSM great for your heart/arteries.

MSM helps restore and maintain flexibility, permeability and elasticity to cells. The cells in the arterial walls need to expand and contract with the beats of your heart.

Sulfur cannot be made inside our bodies and so we must get it from our diet. Some can be found in beef, poultry, fish, unpastuerized milk and eggs. Vegetable sources are soybeans, turnips, dried beans, brussel sprouts, and kale, with much smaller quantities in broccoli, cabbage, garlic, and onions. However, if it were easy to get sulfur from our food, we wouldn’t need to supplement with it.

The minimum amount of MSM I recommend is 1,000 mg twice a day.

Note:  There is 1,000 mg of MSM in each Total Health Pack.

Vitamin C

The most common cause of arterial wall damage is an inadequate vitamin C intake.

The most important function of vitamin C in the prevention of heart disease is its ability to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and other reinforcement molecules in our body. The more collagen produced the more stability for your bones, your skin and for the 60,000 mile-long walls of your arteries, veins and capillaries. Cells in the arterial walls need collagen to help them expand and contract with the beats of your heart. Therefore you need both MSM and vitamin C to keep your blood vessels flexible.

Over many years, cracks and lesions occur in the inside of the artery walls. With low vitamin C intake these lesions don’t heal. Instead, cholesterol, fat globules and other blood factors enter the blood vessel wall in order to repair these lesions. If you continue to be low in vitamin C your body will continue to repair your arteries with cholesterol and fat globules which cause atherosclerotic deposits to develop.

So how much is enough vitamin C?

UCLA reports a 42% drop in cardiovascular deaths in men taking 350 mg. per day. But is that truly enough?

As humans we have inborn weakness called “hypoascorbemia”. We cannot produce ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in our livers the way that other mammals do. We depend on external sources of this nutrient. That is why sailors used to die from scurvy if they traveled too long without fruits and vegetables. A zero vitamin C intake will lead to death within four to six months.

Today, we get enough vitamin C to prevent scurvy but it is not enough vitamin C to keep our blood vessel walls healthy. Therefore vitamin C supplementation is not something one should only take in the winter months to ward off colds, but should be taken daily for the rest of your life.

It is interesting to note the correlation between STRESS and HEART DISEASE.

Your requirement for vitamin C hugely increases in times of fear, stress, infection or disease. Therefore we need a much higher dosage of vitamin C when under these conditions otherwise you are at higher risk of heart disease.

How can you establish your vitamin C requirements?

First, let’s look at what we know about monkeys. They share the same genetic fault as humans and cannot produce their own vitamin C. Researchers have found that if they do not give monkeys 70 times the amount of vitamin C that our government recommends for us (when converted on an equivalent body weight basis) the monkeys will become quickly susceptible to infection, disease and death.

From studying monkeys, we have learned that we would likely need about 2,000 mg per day under normal circumstances, and more under times of stress.

You would have to eat 40 nutrient rich oranges a day to get that amount.

I recommend a minimum of 1,000 mg of vitamin C twice a day.

I don’t suggest ascorbic acid or time-release vitamin C. I recommend vitamin C in a buffered form called calcium ascorbate which is more easily absorbed and stays in your bloodstream longer. An ideal calcium ascorbate cap would also include bioflavanoids, which help maintain the health of your small capillaries.

Note:  There is 900 mg of calcium ascorbate and 180 mg of bioflavanoids in each Total Health Pack.

B complex

Adequate amounts of the vitamin B6 prevents accumulation of high levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which is implicated as one of the tissue-injuring substances initiating atherosclerosis.

Vitamin B12 and folic acid also lower homocysteine levels. Since all the B vitamins work together it is important to supplement with a B complex that includes B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, pantothenic acid, folic acid, choline, inositol, para amino benzoic acid, and biotin.

Note:  There is the complete balance of B complex vitamins in each Total Health Pack.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E causes arterial blood clots to disintegrate which thereby helps treat and prevent heart disease such as coronary thrombosis, a heart attack in which the vessels are blocked by blood clots and part of the heart is deprived of its blood supply.

Vitamin E can relieve chest pain caused by angina.

Vitamin A combined with vitamin E can be beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol by preventing fat deposits.

Note:  There is 400 IU of Vitamin E d’alpha tocopherol in each Total Health Pack.

Magnesium

Magnesium is required in over 300 body functions. A deficiency of magnesium can lead to heart attack, obesity, stroke, adult diabetes, increased blood pressure, heart enlargement and high triglycerides. Some of the symptoms of a deficiency include nervous muscle twitches, muscle spasms and cramps, racing heartbeat, heart arrhythmias and disturbances of the circulatory system.

Why does magnesium have such an impact on your body?

Magnesium is one of the essential trace elements. It acts as a catalyst in the enzyme reactions of protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolisms. The biochemical reactions of respiration, the synthesis of energy-rich substances, and the transmission of energy are all triggered by the “spark plug” actions of magnesium compounds. Therefore, magnesium is indispensable for the optimal performance of the muscles, not least the heart muscle.

How do you become deficient in magnesium?

Large amounts of calcium will diminish magnesium absorption, as will a diet low in magnesium and the therapeutic use of certain medications such as diuretics.

As well, a high degree of stress leads to an increased dumping of magnesium from your body.

Did you know?

1. A magnesium deficiency can result in heart damage in as little as 5 days.

2. Magnesium is also vital in helping prevent heart attacks by means of its anti-coagulation properties. Magnesium prevents the formation of blood clots which can block the arteries and cause a stroke or heart attack.

3. After a heart attack, it has been found that magnesium supplementation provided a much higher survival rate and showed far less life threatening dysrythmias (abnormal electrical activity in the heart. The heart beat may be too fast or too slow and may be regular or irregular).

4. Angina has also been successfully treated with magnesium therapy. The feelings of pressure and sharp heart pains associated with this disease quickly disappear.

5. Adequate amounts of magnesium can help reduce blood cholesterol and help keep the arteries healthy.

Note:  There is 65 mg of magnesium citrate in each Total Health Pack.

For a full list of the nutrients contained in each Total Health Pack please view the Ingredients Here

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The information made available in this article is provided for educational or reference purposes only. Nutritional Therapy and/or Coaching is not intended as a diagnosis, treatment, prescription, or cure for any disease, mental or physical, and is not intended as a substitute for regular medical care.

Copyright Brenda Eastwood 2012 – “Total Health Packs For Heart Health”

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