Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Research Proves Exercise Lowers Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Exercise can lower your risk of death, even if you have high blood pressure. Shocking new research, right? I Mean, we’ve already known this for years, and yet there is new research out just last week that is scientifically proving what we’ve already known; exercise can save your life. Well, exercise, eating healthy and taking your heart healthy supplements like l-arginine.

The Research
Over the course of 12 years, participants in a Taiwanese study were tested based on their activity levels; inactive, low activity levels and moderate or high activity levels.

The risk of death during the study period from all causes and, specifically, from cardiovascular disease -- conditions involving the heart and blood vessels, such as heart attack and stroke -- was much higher among those who were inactive compared to those who were active at all blood-pressure levels, including those with high blood pressure.

According to the researchers, this study is the first of it’s kind to “quantify the impact of exercise on the risk profile of people with high blood pressure….exercise and blood pressure have been managed separately…however, these results suggest that doctors should also discuss the importance of physical exercise as a means to manage cardiovascular disease.”

The Conclusion
It seems pretty silly to run research on something that we’ve known for years, right? And yet, many individuals with high blood pressure are afraid to work out, afraid of getting their heart rate up to high or their risk for heart attack will increase. But in fact, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading contributors to heart disease and high blood pressure.

How Can I Work out Safely With High Blood Pressure?
Always talk to your doctor about any work out routines that you’re thinking about trying. The last thing that you want to do is jump into some crazy P90X work out with high blood pressure and poor physical training. Discuss your options, which exercise methods would be best for you, and how often you should be doing them.

When you’re just getting back into the groove of working out again, some of the best activities to engage in are yoga, stretching, and strengthening exercises. These will increase your heart rate slowly, while improving blood flow and loosening muscles, all of which are extremely important for lowering blood pressure.

Lowering your blood pressure through exercise is about gradually working up to a goal. If you want to be able to play a full basketball game with the guys, start out with one half and work your way up to the whole game. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and lowering your blood pressure takes time. Take your l-arginine supplements, eat healthy, get active, and you can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Happy Attitude Means a Healthy Heart

We often talk about how stress can play an integral part in your health and well being, especially when it comes to heart health. Stress is a key element in blood pressure, heart attack risk, even your pain tolerance and overall feeling in sickness and in health. However, your mood, whether you are a happy person or a grumpy person, also has just as much to do with your heart health as whether you are taking our l-arginine supplements or not, according to a new study.

Happy People Have Healthier Hearts
In a newly published review from the Harvard School of Public Health, characteristics such as optimism and happiness were linked to a lower risk for heart and vascular disease. – WebMD

According to the study, ‘happiness and optimism tended to predict better heart health.’ The study took a look at over 200 cases to determine the impact of positivity on heart attack and stroke risk. They found through these cases that those patients who had a positive outlook were more likely to maintain a better diet, get more sleep, and exercise more than those who have a negative outlook.

Happy people places less stress on their bodies, had lower blood pressure, and had a much lower risk for heart disease. Positivity showed strong, measurable biological factors such as lower blood pressure and healthier lipid profiles.

It has been well documented that depression and a poor outlook on life can increase a person’s risk for heart attack and stroke. In fact, it is so well known that physicians often treat heart attack recovery with depression medication and refer patients to counseling to combat negative thoughts.

L-Arginine for Heart Health
While maintaining a positive outlook is a key element in controlling blood pressure and lowering your risk for heart attack and stroke, so is eating right and getting those key supplements. Happier people are more active and eat healthier, according to the study. However, sometimes being positive, exercising, eating right and keeping stress low is not quite enough. That’s where l-arginine comes into play.

L-arginine has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure by increasing circulation through vasodilation. Sounds complicated, but it’s really quite simple. When you happy and healthy, it’s just another great asset to add to your arsenal to lower your heart attack risk.

Monday, April 16, 2012

FDA Finds Statin Concerns

Statins are a common, and when I say common I mean insanely, extremely common, drug that millions of American adults take to control cholesterol levels. In fact, statins are so common that whenever they run a ‘most popular drug’ study, statins are right up there at the top. You’d think with that many people being prescribed these medications and taking them on a daily basis, they’d be safe, right? New information coming out of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is changing some of our ideas about statins.

America’s Obsession with Statins

Recently, we discussed all-natural alternatives to beta blockers and statins such as L-carnitine and L-arginine supplements. In a very popular article that was posted to our website, we discussed the amazing amount of money that American adults spend on beta blockers and statins every year. Here’s a bit from that article:

In April of 2011, WebMD published a report regarding the ‘most-prescribed’ drugs in the U.S. Of those, Generic Zocor, a cholesterol-lowering statin, Lisinopril, a blood pressure drug, and Generic Norvasc, another blood pressure durg were numbers two, three and five on the list.

In 2010, Americans spent $7.2 billion on Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering statin, and $3.8 billion on Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering drug. Read more here - All-Natural Alternatives to Beta Blockers

New FDA Warnings for Statins

According to the Huffington Post, when the FDA first approves a drug, it's for a specific use. Statins initially were targeted to prevent second heart attacks. But once on the market, companies work hard to expand the number of patients taking a drug, and now statins are used widely for primary prevention of heart attacks or strokes. Often, it's only after a drug has been on the market for years and large numbers of people take it that unexpected side effects surface. That's what seems to have happened with statins. 

The FDA is now finding disturbing risks associated with statins, though not all completely quantifiable and/or proven through scientific tests, disturbing none-the-less. See below:

  • ·         Memory Loss – While there is no specific research showing a strong connection between statins and memory loss, the FDA did review many claims of memory loss for men and women, age 50 and older, who experienced memory loss or “changes in thinking skills” while taking the prescription. In most cases, as soon as they stopped taking the statins their memory returned to normal. However, it is important to note that there have been studies attempting to recognize the relationship between statins and dementia, and while no concrete evidence has been found connecting the two, the simple fact that they are researching claims should be cause for concern.
  • ·         Type 2 Diabetes – The FDA also noticed a higher risk for patients on statins for developing type 2 diabetes.

Big Money

While there is clear and unwavering evidence that statins reduce the risk of a second heart attack for patients who have already suffered one, it is important to remember that maintaining a healthy lifestyle works better than any prescription. Managing your weight, diet, exercise routines, stress levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are the greater options in this conversation. As are all-natural supplements such as l-carnitine and l-arginine.

It’s also important to remember that these ‘unnatural’ substances such as beta blockers and statins have become so common place in America that they are raking in billions upon billions for drug companies.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Supplement or Direct from Fish?

When it comes to all-natural alternatives for heart health, fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids have always been at the top of the list, right up there with L-arginine supplements. But a new study  published in the Archives of Internal Medicine is tossing a wrench into the mix.

But what about fish oil capsules? Doctors have also believed that taking omega-3s as supplements can offer a similar protective benefit to the heart. But a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine throws the theory into doubt: according to the analysis of 14 controlled trials in which nearly 20,500 patients with a history of heart disease were randomly assigned to take omega-3 supplements or placebo, those taking the fatty acid pills had about the same rates of heart disease, death from heart attacks, congestive heart failure and stroke as those on placebo.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/04/10/fish-oil-for-heart-attack-prevention-is-it-a-myth/#ixzz1regHLZP9

The American Heart Association has been recommending that individuals at risk for heart disease eat ‘fatty fish’ at least two times a week or to take supplements high in omega-3 fatty acids. But is there a difference between omega-3 supplements and ingesting omega-3 directly from the source; fish? According the recent study’s co-author Seung-Kwon Myung, the natural source of omega-3 fatty acids (aka: fish) ‘may be more potent than’ the supplemented version.

As Harvard researchers Drs. Frank Hu and JoAnn Manson also point out in a commentary accompanying the new study, it’s possible too that drugs like statins may mask the benefit from fish oils because the medications are so much more powerful. That may also explain why older trials have tended to show a fish oil benefit, while newer ones have not.

Read more about the benefits of L-arginine over beta blockers and statins for hypertension and heart disease here: All-Natural Alternative to Beta Blockers - Arginine

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hypertension Link to Autism

A new study is making waves this week, and for good reason. Autism and fear go hand-in-hand. Everyone, especially parents, fear the unknown. And when it comes to autism there is a lot that is unknown. But a new study is shedding some light on this mysterious condition that affects one in every 88 kids.

According to the LATimes, pregnant women might now have one more good reason to watch their diet and exercise: A new study links autism and developmental delays in young children to metabolic conditions, like obesity and diabetes, in their mothers.

The new study, just published in the journal Pediatrics, “found that women who had diabetes or hypertension or were obese were 1.61 times as likely as healthy women to have children with autism spectrum disorders. They also were 2.35 times as likely to have children with developmental delays."

As proponents of all-natural solutions to hypertension and living a healthy lifestyle withL-arginine supplements, this is very interesting information. In the study, researchers specifically looked at data concerning a mother’s high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes, all preventable conditions.

"There's a temptation to say, 'Gee, we've got increased incidence of obesity and increased incidence of autism — there must be a strong connection between the two,' " said Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, who was not involved in the study. "We really need to be careful of reading into it."

Though it is an interesting study, it is to be taken as just the beginning of a long string of research to be done on this relationship. However, with that said it is also extremely important to note that if there is even an inkling of a relationship between high blood pressure and developmental delays or autism in children, it should be taken seriously and dealt with immediately.

The good news about this relationship between high blood pressure and autism is that it’s completely preventable. With exercise, a healthy diet and l-arginine supplements, an all-natural solution to high blood pressure, a mom-to-be can reduce the risks associated with this study before becoming pregnant.

If you are thinking about starting a family but are concerned about hypertension, talk to us today about some all-natural solutions like our l-arginine supplement that can facilitate healthy blood flow and lower blood pressure. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Cancer Caregivers and Heart Health

We all know that stress plays a critical role in heart health. Stress can lead to many cardiovascular complications, can increase blood pressure, and can ultimately be fatal. And when it comes to the health and well being of a family member who might be living with cancer, stress levels are beyond the normal limits.

According to a new study published in the journal Circulation, medical and clinical attention must be given to the partners and caregivers of cancer patients in greater numbers.

A new study from the Centre for Primary Healthcare Research, which is associated with Lund University in Sweden, highlights the physical health risks of having a partner with cancer. The findings suggest an increased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by a range of 13 to 29 percent. Stress is to blame, the researchers say in a press release from Lund.  –EveryDayHealth.com

Caregivers Taking Care of Themselves
When we are spending all of our time caring and worrying about a family member with cancer, especially terminal cancer, we began to take our own health for granted. We began to lose our healthy eating habits, avoid activities, avoid the gym and exercise, put off things as simple as bathing and oral hygiene, and limit our time spent with other friends and family members. Everything is focused on that family member with cancer.

This is completely understandable and unavoidable to an extent, however with this new heart study showing up to a 29% increased risk of heart disease and/or stroke it’s time to evaluate how we not only care for the sick, but for the caregivers as well.

What You Can Do
If you have a friend who is a ‘caregiver,’ taking care of a family member with cancer, be there for them. Force them to take some time for themselves. If you are that caregiver, understand the importance of taking care of yourself for your own heart health.

And, as always, there are all-natural arginine supplements that you can take while caring for your loved one.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Soda Linked to Narrow Arteries

New research has emerged this week regarding heart health and ‘fizzy drinks in childhood.’ The study, conducted by the University of Sydney’s Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, found that children 12-years-old who drank soda had ‘narrower arteries in the back of their eyes.’

What does this mean? Narrow arteries in any part of the body are a sign of poor circulation and possible plaque build-up from cholesterol. Narrow arteries, or clogged or blocked arteries, is a sign of future heart disease and many other cardiovascular complications.

In this recent study, the 12-year-olds, 2,000 of them, who took part drank one of more soda a day. Because of this over-abundance of soda, sugar, cholesterol and calories the children were found to have narrow arteries, ‘a factor associated with increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.’

High blood pressure, a direct result of narrow arteries, can be remedied with proper diet, exercise, and arginine supplements like Cardio Juvenate Plus. Arginine is a proven precursor to Nitric Oxide, the molecule that improves cardiovascular health and decreases your risk for heart disease.

According to ABC.net in Australia, the Institute’s Dr. Bamini Gopinath says the results reinforce the importance of a healthy diet.

"This is just another piece of evidence to show that fizzy drinks really aren't that good for our children," Dr Gopinath said.

"More studies like this would build a strong evidence base to perhaps bring about change in policy and practice and in the way foods are products are marketed or advertised to our children."