As February was American Heart Health Month. It is a time for directing awareness to the fact that heart disease is our Nationʼs leading chronic disease. As such, it
underlies or contributes to the development of other diseases. A personʼs diet, lifestyle and environment, matched to his or her genetic makeup, are major determinants for heart disease.
It’s called rutin, and it’s a flavonoid found in apples, onions, citrus fruits, and tea. Scientists have found this compound has the ability to inhibit blood clots—both those that cause heart attacks and strokes (in vessels) and those that cause deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (in arteries).
Researchers with Harvard Medical School say that about “half of all morbidity and mortality in the United States can be attributed to heart attack or stroke.” So, any evidence of a natural compound that can prevent any of these deaths is promising indeed.
“Rutin proved to be the most potently anti-thrombotic compound that we ever tested in this model,” says Flaumenhaft. Of particular note, rutin was shown to inhibit both platelet accumulation and fibrin generation during thrombus formation. “Clots occur in both arteries and in veins…Clots in arteries are platelet-rich, while those in veins are fibrin-rich. This discovery suggests that a single agent can treat and prevent both types of clots.”
Rutin is already sold as a supplement (for those people who would rather not just eat an apple). And the FDA has recognized the supplement as safe- a rare occurrence. But some are concerned that with the new research will come a Big Pharma effort to remove the supplements from the market in favor of making a prescription drug that can fetch some serious money.
Related: How to Prevent a Stroke
The laws surrounding supplements and prescription drugs are complex and confusing. As the Alliance for Natural Health explains:
“It’s just yet another Catch-22. On the one hand, FDA seems to say that scientific research on supplements is inadequate, so that nobody should use them. On the other hand, if any research has been done on them, they automatically become drugs anyway. Heads the drug industry wins; tails it wins too.”
What will happen to rutin remains to be seen. If Big Pharma has it their way, however, it will be taken off the market as a supplement, turned into a drug, and sold back to the people for an astronomical price.
But whether that happens or not, they can’t take the rutin out of the apples. In other words, get your share and reap the benefits of the compound with natural food sources. Green tea, apples, buckwheat, and onions all provide rutin and can therefore encourage vascular health.
Soon a new "healthy" Pepsi will be on the market in Japan that lets you get the taste of coca cola during your meal without all the fat.
The website Kotaku is reporting that Pepsi Special contains indigestible form dextrin, which is used as a dietary fiber supplement and makes it difficult for the body to absorb fat while eating. Pepsi Special is designated as a "food for specified health uses," meaning the product is regulated by the Japanese government and has been approved for consumption.
Pepsi and Suntory, the sole bottler and distributor of Pepsi products in Japan, reportedly worked together to make sure Pepsi Special doesn't have an overpowering dextrin aftertaste.
This isn't the first "healthy soda" to be released in Japan. Earlier this year beverage maker Kirin began selling Kirin Mets Cola (no connection to the MLB team) which contains a similar type of dextrin and also claims to block fat absorption.
Priced at about $1.87, Pepsi Special will be available in stores throughout Japan starting Nov. 13.
Scientific research has proven that Omega-3 fatty acids can be extremely healthy and actually help the human body fight against a variety of diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Eating one to two servings of fish a week could reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by a third or more. Omega-3 fatty acids may decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce blood clotting, boost immunity, improve arthritis symptoms, calm neurological disorders, treat depression, and improve learning ability in children. For many years, the American Heart Association has recommended that people eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week.
Now, aggressive medical studies are showing that fish oils, including Omega-3, alters the production of an important group of biological compounds known as eicosanoids. These compounds affect blood pressure, blood clotting, inflammation, immune function and coronary spasms.
Wild salmon is rich in long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for healthy neurological and cardiovascular function. Additionally, the Omega-3 oils found in certain types of seafood, including Alaska Salmon, have been linked to improvements in or prevention of certain kinds of cancer, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, arthritis, asthma, certain kinds of mental illness, depression and lupus.
Scientists have known for years that Omega-3 oils in Salmon Oil:
• Help to decrease blood lipids (cholesterol, LDL's, and triglycerides)
• Reduce blood clotting factors
• Increase relaxation in larger arteries and blood vessels
• Decrease the inflammatory processes in blood vessels
Salmon Oil Also Contains The Potent Carotenoid Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is a unique carotenoid antioxidant that gives salmon its pink color. This phytonutrient is produced naturally in specific algae that pass on its free radical scavenging effects to the sea animals such as salmon that eat them.
Wild salmon naturally feed on red algae and accumulate astaxanthin within their muscle tissue, giving them their characteristic pinkish-red color. Salmon are one of the strongest fish in the world, possessing an incredible ability to swim upstream against strong currents. Astaxanthin is credited with providing the antioxidant protection that gives them the amazing strength and endurance to swim up rivers and waterfalls.
These algae also provide the salmon with the raw materials to produce the long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA. Wild salmon also contains the full spectrum of essential amino acids necessary for cellular repair and optimal immune function. The greater the percentage of micro-algae in the salmon's diet, the more concentrated their astaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids become.
Astaxanthin is known to:
• Help prevent bladder cancer.
• Stimulate the immune system.
• Protect the retina from oxidative damage.
• Easily cross the blood brain barrier.
• Treat Alzheimer`s disease, Parkinsons disease and other nervous system disorders.
PotentSea® Sockeye Omegas Salmon Fish Oil
Sustainably harvested from the pristine Glacier melt bays of south east Alaska, Sockeye Salmon is among the most pure of all ocean fish. Rich in heart healthy essential fatty acids this wild harvest sockeye salmon oil is great for maintaining healthy cardiovascular function, improved mood and joint support*. The U.S. military has started to provide sockeye salmon oil to returning vets as a way to help with depression and PTSD.
The Omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids present in sockeye salmon oil are essential; this means that you must have them to stay alive yet your body does not naturally produce them. Many fish oils are nutritionally poor and cause gas and burping. The pure and cold pressed sockeye salmon oil is easy on your digestive system.
Our product is taken only from the heads of sustainable harvested Alaskan sockeye salmon. This is critical as bio toxins that occur in fish accumulate in the body flesh and not the heads. The fact that the product is wild insures that it was not "spiked" with antibiotics and coloring agents found in many farmed raised salmon and tilapia.
Our product is pressed at cool temperatures. Normal fish and salmon oil is basically cooked out of the fish - this can bend the proteins and make them much more difficult for the body to absorb.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sockeye Omegas
Q: Is Sockeye Omegas tested for heavy metals such ad lead and mercury?
A: YES and our product is 100% free of heavy metals.
Q: Is Sockeye Omegas OK to take if pregnant?
A: Although we have many customers who have, it is best to check with your health care provider.
Q: Are Sockeye Omegas good for anything other than heat, mood and joints?
A: Many customers take it for improved cognition, skin, hair and nails.
Q: Why is taking the omega oil from the Sockeye heads better than from the body?
A: Fat accumulates toxins and by taking the oil from the head we can assure the customer that the product is toxin free.
Q: Can I take Sockeye Omegas if I am a vegetarian?
A: If you normally eat fish, then yes. Our gelatin is fish based so there are no cow or pig products in our Sockeye Omegas.
Q: Is there an upper safe limit of how much I can take?
A: We recommend that you stay within the recommended dosage, however for improved mood often an increased dose of 4-5 gel caps daily may have beneficial effects.
We've known for decades that proper diet and exercise are critical for optimal health and disease prevention. We've learned over the past 10 to 12 years that the reason for the cardio-protective benefits of certain diets and physical exercise is that they promote Nitric Oxide production through different pathways.
Foods such as green leafy vegetables and beets contain high amounts of nitrate that can be reduced to nitrite and nitric oxide in the mouth and gut. There have been many studies recently showing NO activity resulting from these foods. The problem is that not everyone experiences the same benefits of eating these types of foods. The reason is that bacteria in our mouth and gut are responsible for activating NO production from nitrate. We are now understanding that if people are deficient in certain bacteria in and on their body, this pathway is disrupted.
Our most recent research indicates that as much as 30 to 50% of the general population may not have the right bacteria to utilize the nutrients found in some foods to generate NO. This may be due to using antiseptic mouthwash or antibiotics -- or perhaps due to an active infection in the mouth. While we continue to encourage a healthy diet rich in vegetables, some folks may not be reaping the entire benefits of these foods. Including Neo40 Daily can provide a source of NO that you may be lacking due to the absence of these specific oral bacteria or due to a poor diet.
Physical exercise is the most potent stimulator of NO production within our blood vessels. There are a number of studies showing that in young healthy adults, exercise enhances NO production from L-arginine and is responsible for maintaining good cardiovascular health. More recent data indicates that in the aging population, the increase in NO from exercise is compromised due to endothelial dysfunction and the inability to convert L-arginine to NO. As a result, older adults do not get the same benefit of enhanced NO production as young adults when exercising.
Diet and exercise are still key to good health, but some folks may need additional support to make NO. Neo40 Daily provides that support by providing the body with an immediate source of NO upon dissolving the lozenge in the mouth. It also provides repair to the endothelium so that the body can produce NO when exercising.
Continue to eat your vegetables, get plenty of exercise and include Neo40 in that regimen for optimal benefits.
Neo40; Another Way to Treat Sexual Dysfunction
A unique approach for those who are not quite ready to admit they need ED drugs.
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, February 26, 2012
Who hasn’t heard by now of the prescription drugs, Viagra and Cialis for erectile dysfunction (ED)? Huge numbers of males are now happier campers than in days bygone when this medication was not available. This week, a unique approach for those who are not quite ready to admit they need ED drugs.
Several months ago I wrote about a new product Neo40. I thought this remedy was too good to be true when I first read about it. Researchers reported that it helped those who fall asleep in the afternoon, decreased the risk of hypertension, osteoporosis and diabetes complications, lowered high cholesterol, eased the pain of arthritis, and assisted the immune system in fighting infection.
But it was hard to label this report as utter nonsense. After all, three of the researchers had received the prestigious Nobel Prize for this discovery. Louis J. Ignarro, one of the winners, says, “There may be no disease process where this miracle molecule does not have a protective role”. Now it appears that ED can also be added to the list.
Dr. Nathan Bryan at the University of Texas says the ingredient that helps all these problems is Nitric Oxide (NO). Bryan, who is a world authority on NO, says that for 100 years researchers have known that nitroglycerine eases coronary artery spasm by increasing the blood supply to the heart’s muscle. But until the Nobel Prize was awarded, no one knew this was due to Nitric Oxide.
Early in life we produce large amounts of NO in the endothelial lining of blood vessels. But after age 40, the production of NO decreases, causing arteries to constrict. This results in hypertension and inflammation in coronary arteries that kills one North American every 37 seconds.
But lack of NO also causes frustration in the bedrooms of the nation. That’s because adequate amounts of Nitric Oxide are also necessary to produce dilation of penile arteries. This allows sufficient amounts of blood to enter the penis resulting in an erection. The same applies to women. Without proper blood flow to the clitoris, they cannot experience orgasm or increased sexual sensitivity.
One thing surprised me. It was the number of readers, and some friends, who contacted me following publication of the Neo40 column. They too experienced a pleasant surprise after starting Neo40. As one reader wrote, “Now there’s no need to turn the lights down low, light a candle, and put on mood music to get excited about a little sex since I’ve been taking Neo40.”
Another said, “I’ve been too embarrassed to ask my family doctor for a prescription for an ED drug. Now, Neo40 has just added the spark I needed. How can I ever thank you for writing about it?”
This response indicates a large number of couples could benefit from Neo40 stimulation long before they require more potent ED drugs.
Some readers may wonder what the difference is between Neo40 and erectile dysfunction drugs. ED drugs work by blocking a chemical that allows more blood to enter the penis. But, as many users of ED drugs know, this physiological process is associated with a number of side effects which can be troublesome.
Neo40, on the other hand, does not block or interfere with any chemical process. Rather, this natural remedy stimulates the endothelial lining of penile arteries to produce more NO. This in turn dilates penile arteries and allows more blood to flow into the penis without side effects.
Dr. Bryan says that most people over 40 need two tablets of Neo40 daily until the level of NO increases, then one tablet daily. But he adds that each person reacts differently. Some people get an immediate response while it takes others months using two tablets daily to achieve results. To discover the level of Nitric Oxide in the blood an easy saliva test is available using a small test strip.
An article in The Journal of The American Medical Association (May 4, 2011. Vol. 305, N. 17) looked at the influence dietary salt had in cardiovascular disease. The authors studied 3681 subjects for a median of 7.9 years. What the researchers found made headlines in major newspapers.
A new Belgium salt study has thrown the American Heart Association and even our Centers for Disease Control into a tizzy. The AHA continually promotes salt as evil and that no more than 1500 mgs should be consumed daily. The new study indicates that healthy people age 40 and over have higher rates of heart disease if they consume a low-salt diet.
Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks. You can lessen this recurring loss by learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method that doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help, and it was developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.