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This vitamin is considered a brain food and is needed for energy production and the formation of red blood cells. It is the most commonly deficient vitamin in the world. Studies have demonstrated that it is difficult to get an adequate amount of folic acid from food alone because it only 50% absorbed. As a supplement, however, folic acid is 100% absorbed. Taking supplemental folic acid, along with B6 and B12, will substantially reduce your homocysteine levels. When homocysteine builds up inside cells and spills into the bloodstream, it damages arteries and reduces the integrity of vessel walls, laying the groundwork for the accumulation of deposits and blockage of the arteries.
Elevated homocysteine levels are likely responsible for 30% to 50% of the heart attacks and heart deaths that occur each year. Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid play a crucial role in preventing the buildup of this toxic substance. Folic acid is especially important for women of childbearing age to guard against one of the worst tragedies a new mother can face – giving birth to a child with spina bifida or other neural tube defects. Only folic acid, taken as a supplement, has been shown to substantially reduce the risk. Folic acid may also help depression and anxiety.
Coenzyme Q10 is involved in energy production at the cellular level, is vital for sustaining life and is found in greatest abundance in the heart. The heart requires more CoQ10 to provide energy needed to pump blood throughout the body. It is also most sensitive to CoQ10 deficiency. Numerous clinical trials have shown that patients with congestive heart failure have low CoQ10 blood levels. Generally, the worse the heart condition, the lower the CoQ10 level. In addition, studies have shown that when administered orally, CoQ10 is an effective therapeutic agent in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. Clinical studies have also shown that CoQ10 can treat periodontal disease. CoQ10 is also being investigated in treating cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s and even immune system disorders including AIDS.
Omega EFA's (essential fatty acids) are vital to good health, but they must be acquired through our diets or supplementation because the body is unable to manufacture EFA's itself. Leading doctors estimate that upwards of 80% of North Americans are deficient of these Omegas and there is a direct correlation with this deficiency in Omegas and the modem proliferation of fat-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer and adult onset diabetes. Furthermore, these doctors believe that by simply supplementing the Omegas into one diet can dramatically reduce the onset of these deadly diseases. Over 2,000 scientific studies have demonstrated the wide range of problems associated with Omega-3 deficiencies. The American diet is almost devoid of Omega 3's, except for certain types of fish. In fact, researchers believe that about 60% of Americans are deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids, and another 20% have so little that test methods cannot even detect any in their blood.
The human brain is more than 60% structural fat, just as your muscles are made of protein and your bones are made of calcium. But it's not just any fat that our brains are made of. It has to be certain types of fats, and we no longer eat these types of fats like we used to. Worse, we eat man-made trans-fats and excessive amounts of saturated fats and vegetable oils high in Omega-6 fatty acids, all of which interfere which our body's attempt to utilize the tiny amount of Omega-3 fats that it gets.
Symptoms of fatty acid deficiency in our brain include irritability, attention deficit, hyperactivity, violent behavior, depression, food cravings and dyslexia. Imagine a child in school learning math. The act of learning requires the brain to form new neural pathways. The Omega 3 fatty acid called DMA is needed, especially for the delicate neural synapses, which are composed entirely of DMA. This child, like the vast majority of U.S. children, eats almost no Omega-3 fatty acids. What does the brain do?
Again, it struggles and finally uses other types of fats, which are the wrong shape. The neural network develops slowly and is defective. The child has learning and memory problems as well as behavior problems. In Japan parents have been giving their kids DMA supplements for years to improve their grades. Other parts of our bodies also need Omega-3 fatty acids. Symptoms of fatty acid deficiency include a variety of skin problems such as dry skin, eczema, thick patches of pale skin, cracked skin on heels or fingertips, dandruff, alligator skin and "chicken skin" on back of arms.
Signs of fatty acid deficiency elsewhere in our bodies include frequent urination, brittle (easily frayed) nails, dry, unmanageable hair, dry eyes, poor wound healing, frequent infections, excessive thirst, fatigue, lowered immunity and allergies. Extensive and strong evidence has shown that omega-3 fats can be very highly effective at helping to:
- Prevent heart disease and stroke
- Prevent sudden cardiac death (SCO)
- Prevent & reverse arrhythmias (irregular heart beat)
- Prevent cancer-breast, ovarian, colon, prostate and pancreatic
- Prevent diabetes
- Fight depression
- Fight inflammatory diseases
- Fight weight gain
- Fight eczema
- Fight arthritis
- Fight memory problems
- Fight allergies
- Fight lupus
- Fight ulcerative colitis
- Fight learning disorders—dyslexia, ADD, ADHD
- Fight violent behavior
Within the next 5 or 10 years the population at large will become familiar with the issue of fatty acid deficiency and the harm caused by trans fats, and there will be significant changes in the way food is formulated and marketed.
Regularly consuming fish oil and clean, healthy fish is usually one of the strongest recommendations I can advise, as most of you reading this report are dangerously deficient in omega-3s from marine life. However, be warned that fish would be one of the planet's healthiest foods and best sources of Omega fatty acids, except for one very dangerous and sad issue-nearly ALL fish from ALL sources (ocean, lakes, rivers, & farm-raised) are now highly contaminated by mercury and other toxins.
Therefore, I strongly urge you NOT to eat any fish unless you are absolutely certain it has been proven free of dangerous levels of mercury, PCBs, etc. CardioForLife™ contains exciting new plant oil called Perilla oil (4:1) that packs a real punch. Perilla is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids and phytochemicals. Gram for gram, Perilla oil contains more Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid) than flaxseed oil and fish oil and without the gastrointestinal side effects. CardioForLife™ has 500 mg of Perilla oil per serving.
The answer to the so-called "French Paradox" may be found in red wine. More specifically, it may reside in small doses of resveratrol, a natural constituent of grapes, pomegranates, red wine and other foods, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.
Writing in the online, open-access journal Public Library of Science One, the researchers report that low doses of resveratrol in the diet of middle-aged mice has a widespread influence on the genetic levers of aging and may confer special protection on the heart.
Specifically, the researchers found that low doses of resveratrol mimic the effects of what is known as caloric restriction - diets with 20-30 percent fewer calories than a typical diet - that in numerous studies has been shown to extend lifespan and blunt the effects of aging. In short, a glass of wine or food or supplements that contain even small doses of resveratrol are likely to represent "a robust intervention in the retardation of cardiac- aging," the authors note.
That finding may also explain the remarkable heart health of people who live in some regions of France where diets are soaked in saturated fats but the incidence of heart disease, a major cause of mortality in the United States, is low. In France, meals are traditionally complemented with a glass of red wine. This new resveratrol study is also important because it suggests that caloric restriction, which has been widely studied in animals from spiders to humans, and resveratrol may govern the same master genetic pathways related to aging.
"There must be a few master biochemical pathways activated in response to caloric restriction, which in turn activate many other pathways," explains Prolla. "And resveratrol seems to activate some of these master pathways as well."
The new findings, according to Weindruch and Prolla, provide strong evidence that resveratrol can improve quality of life through its influence on the different parameters of aging such as cardiac function.
This mineral is important for a healthy nervous system and regular heart rhythm. It helps prevent stroke, aids in proper muscle contraction, and works with sodium to control the body’s water balance.
Potassium is important for chemical reactions within the cells and aids in maintain stable blood pressure and in transmitting electrical chemical impulses. It also regulates the transfer of nutrients through cell membranes.