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New review demonstrates Fish Oil Supplementation’s impact on Heart Rate. Plus, other nutrients that benefit Cardiovascular Health.

Fish oil supplementation is essential for cardiovascular health. Health care providers recommend fish oils to improve LDL (low density lipoproteins or the harmful cholesterol) particle size and lower triglycerides, as well as for their anti-inflammatory properties and overall health benefits, since these fats are essential for the normal function of all of our cells.

According to a recent review published three weeks ago in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers demonstrated the effect of essential fatty acids on the reduction of heart rate.

There are limited natural agents that can reduce heart rate. Previous research has shown slight reductions in heart rate with essential fatty acid supplementation; however, there has been more and more research looking at the individual effects of EPA and DHA on heart rate specifically.

In this review, a total of 51 randomized controlled trials with 3000 individuals were included. When compared to placebo, omega-3 fatty supplementation minimally reduced heart rate. However, when DHA and EPA were separately consumed, a modest reduction in heart rate was seen in studies that supplemented with DHA and not with EPA.

This current review demonstrates the effect of heart rate reduction by essential fatty acids, and when this is the primary objective, there is a stronger effect with higher levels of DHA.

Proper essential fatty acid supplementation depends on what needs to be addressed. It would make sense to have higher levels of EPA for anti-inflammatory properties or reducing cholesterol. In these patients it is essential to look at their fatty acid profiles and optimize their ratios on an individual basis.

Additional Supplementation

There are a variety of other nutrients that are also beneficial for patients with cardiovascular disease. These include energy nutrients such as D-Ribose, CoQ10 (preferably in the ubiquinol form), the amino acid L-Carnitine, the herb Hawthorn Berries (Crataegus oxyacantha), and the minerals Magnesium and Potassium.

Ribose is a key nutrient for quickly restoring cardiac energy stores. It is needed to synthesize adenine nucleotides, certain vitamins, and other important cellular compounds.

CoQ10 plays a central role in the production of ATP and is required for muscle contraction and other cellular processes. Ubiquinol form is the much better absorbed and utilized form rather than ubiquinone. Regardless, because CoQ10 is fat soluble, take it with meals that contain some healthy fats or oils.

L-Carnitine supports the heart via the delivery of fat to the heart muscle, which is its main fuel source. Adult dose is 500 – 1,000 mg. taken 1-3 times/day — preferably on an empty stomach or with carbs and/or fats but not with protein.

In addition, hawthorn berries, magnesium and potassium should be considered to support all cardiovascular conditions. These nutrients may be depleted in individuals with cardiovascular disease, often through the use of diuretic medications. There are many research studies and hundreds of years of traditional medicine all indicating hawthorn berries for prevention and treatment of cardiac dysfunctions. Hawthorn is available in different convenient and tasty delivery modes.  

Since magnesium is an acid bound mineral, it is best taken with some good quality protein. As a supplement, I recommend taking 2/3 as much magnesium as calcium and both in the acidic form such as citrate, or amino acid chelate, or glycinate, or malate. Potassium is usually abundant in most fruits, vegetables, and sea vegetables (which usually have a great electrolyte ratio).

I also suggest you consider taking supplements of vitamin D-3 and vitamin K (preferably K1 & K2 – K9), which have a synergistic effect.

Source: Hidayat K, Yang J, et al. Effect of omeg-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on heart rate: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2017 Dec 28. doi: 10.1038/s41430-017-0052-3.

Our Founder Steve’s 5 Health Facts Dec. 1, 2017:

Our Founder Steve’s Health Facts Dec. 1, 2017:

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Steve’s Health Fact 1, Dec. 1, 2017:

 What kind of car does a citrus fruit drive?

A lime-ousine.

Consuming high levels of flavonoids from citrus fruits can have significant effects on reducing specific markers of inflammation, according to a recent study. In previous studies this class of phytochemicals has been shown to have benefits in various aspects of human health including cardiovascular, brain and eye health, and has also been shown to possess anti-cancer properties.

Source: Selected Dietary Flavonoids Are Associated with Markers of Inflammation and Endothelial Dysfunction in U.S. Women.

Learn more about specific foods, herbs, and supplements that work as antioxidants for different specific parts of the body in five NHI Programs NHI — including Certified Nutritionist Consultant (CNC)™,  Certified Clinical Master Herbalist (CCMH)™, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), Naturopathic Practitioner (NP), and Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist (CCMA)™. All five Programs are available either Distance Learning or Residentially. You can join programs at anytime. See our NHI Schedule for more information. NHI’s in-depth discussion of antioxidants in these programs is one of many reasons that make our programs renowned for their quality and comprehensiveness. Steve

Steve’s Health Fact 2, Dec. 1, 2017:

I have a patient who believes in preventative healthcare.

He prevents me from caring for his health.

Consuming higher dietary levels of potassium could result in substantially lower risks of experiencing a stroke as well as improving overall cardiovascular health and reducing the chances of developing heart disease.

Potassium is integral to supporting proper muscle contraction and heart muscle rhythm. Deficiency of potassium can result in abnormal blood pressure and heart arrhythmia.

Source: Potassium Intake, Stroke, and Cardiovascular Disease.

Fruits and vegetables tend to be very high in potassium while low in sodium. Sea vegetables have an excellent ratio of potassium to sodium — both minerals are the two most prevalent electrolytes throughout your body and, for many reasons, both are absolutely necessary to health, but in the proper ratio for that person!

Steve’s Health Fact 3, Dec. 1, 2017:

An old couple was watching TV one evening, and the husband got up to go to the kitchen. His wife told him to get her some iced tea, and knowing that the years had taken their toll on his memory, she told him to write it down.

“I can remember iced tea,” he protested.

“But I want sugar in my tea, too” she told him, “so write it down.”

He told her he could remember iced tea with sugar.

“I want a slice of lemon, too.” she said, “Just write it down.”

He left the room grumbling to himself. A few minutes later he came back with a plate full of mashed potatoes for her.

“Now look what you’ve done!” she yelled at him, “You forgot my gravy!”

The United States is the second leading country in the world for deaths per capita caused by iron-deficient anemia.

Iron is especially important to a developing fetus as the element plays a major role in the formation of various parameters of memory and learning. Iron deficiency in utero appears to adversely affect gene expression and specific intercellular signaling pathways, subsequently impairing hippocampal development. The hippocampus is the area of the brain primarily responsible for memory and learning.

Source: The Role of Iron in Learning and Memory.

Learn about more than 50 specific foods, herbs, supplements, and essential oils that boost memory in five NHI Programs NHI — including Certified Nutritionist Consultant (CNC)™,  Certified Clinical Master Herbalist (CCMH)™, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), Naturopathic Practitioner (NP), and Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist (CCMA)™. All five Programs are available either Distance Learning or Residentially. You can join programs at anytime. See our NHI Schedule for more information. NHI’s in-depth discussion of antioxidants in these programs is one of many reasons that make our programs renowned for their quality and comprehensiveness. Steve

Steve’s Health Fact 4, Dec. 1, 2017:

SPF-75.

EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate), the polyphenol extract from green tea, is known for its many health benefits including anti-inflammatory, cancer protective and antioxidative properties. Now, according to a recent study, this powerful extract has also been shown to help protect the skin from the sun’s harsh UV radiation and improve various aspects of skin health, structure and appearance.

Source: Green Tea Polyphenols Provide Photoprotection, Increase Microcirculation, and Modulate Skin Properties of Women.

Steve’s Health Fact 5, Dec. 1, 2017:

In NYC, they hail taxis. In Napa, they hail cabs.

In a small part of the brain stem or medulla oblongata, called the Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla (RVLM), is located the region responsible for controlling the heart and blood pressure.

In animal models, a recent study showed that excess estrogen, which can lead to excessive oxidative stress, can adversely affect this area of the brain causing an increase in blood pressureResveratrol, the polyphenol found in red grapes, wine, and certain medicinal plants, was shown to counteract the oxidative damage caused by the estrogen and, in turn, lower blood pressure in the affected animals.

Source: Chronic estradiol-17β exposure increases superoxide production in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) and causes hypertension: reversal by resveratrol.