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How to protect your heart

MagazineDecember 1999 (Vol. 10 Issue 9)How to protect your heart

YOUR HEART IS MADE WORSE BY:

YOUR HEART IS MADE WORSE BY:

Smoking cigarettes l High Intake of animal protein l Ingestion of oxycholesterols

Ingestion of transfatty acids l High sugar consumption

YOUR HEART IS HELPED BY:

Adequateconsumption of vitamins B6, B12 and Folic Acid eg, B100 complex daily l Green vegetables, fruits, wholegrains l Chromium l Magnesium l Moderate exercise l 3-5 glasses of wine daily

Don't smoke. Smoking decreases vitamin B6 levels and constricts blood vessels.

Don't eat too much protein, especially animal protein. Too much methionine from proteins, particularly animal proteins, leads to too much homocysteine unless you have very adequate amounts of vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid.

Cut down on your sugar consumption. Eating too much places enormous pressure on your body's chromium levels.

Exercise regularly.

Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Restrict your intake of oxycholesterols. Whenever possible, avoid dried egg yolk, dried milk powder and foods fried in heated oils.

Avoid foods with trans fatty acids, such as margarine.

Have your levels of magnesium or chromium checked through sweat tests and blood tests (Biolab performs these in London: 0171 63605959. Correct any deficiencies.

If you are over 30 take one B-100 complex each day.

Supplement with vitamin E. Recent epidemiological studies, particularly one from Cambridge, (New Eng J Med, 1993; 328: 1444-49, 1450-56) have suggested that 800 international units per day of vitamin E supplements reduce by 70 per cent the risk of coronary artery thrombosis in patients with angina. Vitamin E is a powerful fat soluble anti oxidant vitamin that may act by modifying the reactions of low density lipoprotein with oxygen and so prevent the formation of oxycholesterols.

Take antioxidants like vitamins A and C and the trace mineral selenium, which should also help counteract oxycholesterols.


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