By Carol Blair BS, DiHom, CNC
In 2007, when Stephen Sinatra, MD, a board-certified cardiologist, visited Syracuse for Natur-Tyme’s annual event, I had the pleasure of having dinner with him and his lovely wife. I learned a lot about cardiovascular disease from him and I would like to share some of that with you today.
He has some interesting and non-allopathic views regarding health and disease. He believes that all disease is caused by these things:
- Nutrient depletions–with the biggest depletions being caused by prescription drugs. That is quite an admission from a board-certified cardiologist!
- Environmental pollution with pesticide exposure leading the way
- Emotional toxicity–uncontrolled anger and being unable to forgive
Further, be believes that cholesterol is not the most important factor in heart disease. High homocysteine and C-Reactive Protein are more indicative of heart disease, and reducing these reduces inflammation.
To reverse plaque, Dr. Sinatra recommends:
- Consuming high antioxidant foods like pomegranate, avocados, blueberries, asparagus, cabbage family foods, ginger, and green tea and supplemental antioxidants such as vitamin E. He also recommends fish oil, garlic, nattokinase, and to keep calcium off the arteries, vitamin K. Be sure to check with your doctor as some of these recommendations might interfere with blood-thinning drugs.
- CoQ10–-the body cannot survive without CoQ10 and as we age we make less of it. It is very depleted by statin drugs and many blood pressure drugs.
- Fish oil is a given as it reduces pro-inflammatory chemical messengers, helps reduce triglycerides, and promotes healthy blood sugar levels.
- To improve mitochondrial function, Dr. Sinatra recommends D-Ribose. This is a naturally-occurring carbohydrate that improves heart function, provides energy for the cells, and increases muscle strength. If you are fatigued or have had a heart attack, this is vital and you will feel a difference when you add it into your supplement regimen.
- Magnesium is one of the most deficient minerals in our country. It is extremely important for muscles and the heart is a muscle!
- L-Carnitine plays a critical role in increasing ATP (energy production) and supports fat metabolism; it is responsible for transporting fatty acids into the cells where energy is produced. It also improves triglycerides and liver function.
Work with your doctor to try some of these things, and you will actually FEEL the difference within a month. I will be happy to work with you if you need additional help.
Protect your heart–it’s the only one you have!