©Arlene R. Taylor PhD
While research into all the roles played by micronutrients is still in its infancy, studies show that they act synergistically; that is, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. —Bureau of Cardiovascular Research 1996
Some of you may remember words from the popular song that began with the lines: Love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage. In a similar way, whenever I reflect on the body’s Immune System, the word EnerPrime™ pops into my mind. In fact you could rhyme it using lines such as: EnerPrime™, EnerPrime™, boosts my immune system every time.
Although the immune system and the cardiovascular system are kissing cousins, I had never given much thought to EnerPrime™ in relation to the heart. Not until recently, that is. Let me back up for a moment. During part of my childhood, our family lived in the Province of Quebec, a major French-speaking section of Canada. Although my mother was bilingual, my father’s French vocabulary basically consisted of oui and non (yes and no). Consequently, if a translator was unavailable, Dad resorted to pantomime.
I recall one such episode when the two of us were at a French restaurant for breakfast. Mustering his entire repertoire of gestures and sounds, Dad tried to convey our order for scrambled eggs to the puzzled waiter. Even at my tender age it was hysterical! We never got scrambled eggs. The waiter brought chicken.
During the years we lived in Montreal my father performed the wedding ceremony for a delightful French couple, Roger and Hilda. In English, of course! Soon after that our family moved to another city and we lost touch with these good friends. Fifty years later, in another country, our paths crossed unexpectedly.
On renewing our acquaintance we joked that my Dad must have done a decent job because they were still married—to each other. It didn’t take me long to realize, however, that the man had some health problems. Cardiomyopathy, to be specific. After visiting them a couple of times I suggested that Roger try taking EnerPrime™. It certainly couldn’t hurt! Within days, he called to tell me that his life had changed for the better and he attributed the improvement to that green stuff. This is what he told me in his own words:
My quality of life has improved greatly since taking EnerPrime™. I thank God over the fact that the dragged-out feeling that had distressed my life for over 13 years is now gone.
In 1984, a virus did great damage to my heart and I almost died. I was left with my heart operating at only 45% of normal capacity. From that time on I managed to adjust living with my disability by conforming to strict regimentation as relating to medications and a good diet enhanced with high quality vitamins and mineral supplements.
Regardless of how well I cared for myself I still felt tired continually. I was always looking for a place to sit down or lay down, and that dragged-out feeling never left me. Then about six months ago, a dear friend introduced me to EnerPrime™ and it changed my life in a most amazing way. The dragged-out feeling is gone, and I am now enjoying a quality of life that I had never thought possible. I consider EnerPrime™ to be God sent.
This experience prompted me to view micronutrition and heart function from a new perspective and I began looking for relevant data. Here are a few tidbits you may find interesting:
- The heart is the most active muscle in the body—it beats 72 times a minute, 4300 times an hour, 100,000+ times a day—so its nutritional demands are very high. Chronic deficiencies in certain nutrients may cause the heart to get weaker.
- Although heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States (someone dies from it every 34 seconds), it is, to a large degree, preventable. In many cases it can be deterred, and even reversed, through optimal nutrition. Men are not the only individuals at risk, either. More women die from heart disease than from all malignancies, including breast and cervical cancer combined.
- Primary prevention factors may revolve around micronutrients (with fat and cholesterol now being considered secondary factors). For example, phytochemicals help to prevent heart disease through destroying free radicals in the arteries, by lowering cholesterol, reducing blood pressure, and stimulating regularity of heartbeats. While research into all the roles played by micronutrients is still in its infancy, studies show that they act synergistically—that is, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Tips for Lowering Your Risk of Heart Disease
- Avoid smoking. Nicotine damages artery linings; at two+ packs per day, you trade one minute of smoking for one minute of life.
- Exercise regularly. Aerobic exercise helps to lower blood pressure (BP) and to increase efficiency of the cardiovascular system.
- Control your weight. It can require up to 100 miles of blood vessels per one pound of excess body fat.
- Manage your emotions and feelings. Develop strategies to decrease anxiety and hostility and to create a positive, can do, empowering mind set.
- Manage your food intake:
- Ingest slightly fewer calories per meal to help increase longevity
- Select low fat foods to help reduce plaque deposits
- Eat high fiber foods to help prevent constipation and reduce cholesterol levels
- Reduce sugar intake to help decrease the risk of obesity
- Reduce salt intake to help prevent excess water retention in the body
- Drink plenty of water to help avoid problems with constipation
- Include Appropriate Micronutrients
Research suggests that primary prevention factors may revolve around micronutrients (with fat/cholesterol now being considered secondary factors). For example:
- Omega-3 fatty acids, found in tofu, can help to make the blood less likely to form clots, stabilize the heart’s muscle cells, and protect against arrhythmia
- Vitamin E can help to halt the onset of atherosclerosis (e.g., reduce the undesirable conversion of LDL to oxidized LDL)
- Phytochemicals can help to destroy free radicals in the arteries, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and stimulate regularity of heartbeats
- Beta-carotene can help to reduce the risk of heart attacks
- Selenium can help to destroy free radicals in the heart
- Vitamin C can help to prevent the formation of lesions on the walls of arteries
- Garlic can help to reduce cholesterol levels
Taking the green stuff didn’t magically transform my dear elderly friend into a 20-year old. Nevertheless he realized sufficient improvement in his energy levels to finish writing a sixth book--and lived happily for several more years.