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Heart and Blood

Herbal Supplements for the Heart and Blood

Supplement your Cardiac and Vascular System's Health

Heart disease is the number 1 killer in the United States. Each year approximately 25% of all deaths in the U.S. occur from heart attacks, and many of these are attributable to hardening of the arteries. In addition to heart attacks, a poor circulatory system can lead to strokes, kidney disease, angina, varicose veins, blood clots and a variety of other conditions that can kill or limit the enjoyment of life.

Most heart and blood vessel diseases are directly attributable to lifestyle. High blood pressure is virtually unknown in "undeveloped" countries, even as these populations age. Poor nutrition has been linked directly to high blood pressure and high levels of triglycerides and cholesterol. Other factors include smoking, obesity, heredity, sedentary lifestyle, and stress.There are approximately 800,000 bypass and angioplasty surgeries performed each year. The average fatality rate from bypass surgery is approximately ten percent.Be wary of prescription and non prescription medications containing acetaminophen especially if using in combination with other medications.Overdosing can cause toxicity and liver damage.

Robert M. Giller, M.D., states that there is a mounting body of evidence that bypass surgery may be ultimately ineffective. The Coronary Artery Surgery Study (CASS) demonstrated that patients who otherwise had healthy hearts but had one to three of the major vessels blocked, regardless of severity, did well without surgery with a fatality rate of 1.6 percent a year. Julian Whitaker, M.D., estimates that greater than 90 percent of all bypass procedures are unnecessary.

If your physician recommends either an angiogram or bypass, he recommends consulting a good cardiologist for a second opinion and requesting your doctor follow the protocols outlined by Dr. Graboys.

If you are being treated for any of these conditions, please discuss these suggestions with you doctor. DO NOT stop medications without your doctor's knowledge. If your doctor will not consider a natural method you are interested in and his explanation doesn't satisfy

Healthy Heart and Blood

For the circulatory system to function properly, the heart must be strong, the vessels capable of safely transporting optimal amounts of blood, and the blood itself must be healthy. How can you maintain a healthy circulatory system?

Consume a balanced diet low in saturated fat with olive oil as your primary source of fat. A high fiber diet protects against heart disease, cancer, diverticulosis, varicose veins, and obesity. Eat generous servings of fruits and vegetables for both the fiber and the beta carotene they provide. Several servings of fish each week provide omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein. Avoid or limit refined sugar, processed foods, caffeine and alcohol. You may want to consider a vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diet.

Do not smoke and avoid second-hand smoke. Exercise regularly. Strive for 3 - 4 times a week for 30 minutes each time. Keep your weight under control. Manage your stress.

&Minerals

Mega-ChelÆ (180 tablets) $41.70
Mega-ChelÆ (90 tablets) NEW SIZE! $22.20
Atherosclerosis is the build up of fatty deposits on the walls of arteries. This impedes the flow of blood and often leads to heart attack, stroke, angina, high blood pressure, and varicose veins. Mega-ChelÆ assists in the prevention of these diseases by providing antioxidants, many vitamins including B12 which may reduce atherosclerosis by converting homocysteine into amino aids the body can metabolize, coenzyme Q-10, minerals, glandular extracts, amino acids, and herbs to support the entire circulatory system. It also lowers triglyceride, LDL and total cholesterol levels. You may want to add lecithin or LOCLOÆ to reduce cholesterol levels more rapidly.c

How to use the Mega-ChelÆ Program

1. The Mega-Chel Program improves your health by removing much of the fatty deposits from the walls of your arteries. As the fat and the toxins stored in the fat are released from the walls of your arteries, they enter your bloodstream. They move from your bloodstream out of your system with other waste products. It is best to release these waste products that are stored in your fat slowly so your body can remove them easily.

Important - Begin with one tablet twice a day increasing gradually to five or six tablets twice a day. If you increase the number of tablets too quickly, you will release the toxins you have stored too rapidly and feel fatigue. Proceed at a comfortable pace. Take with meals to avoid indigestion.

2. Use with a mineral supplement such as Colloidal Minerals or Mineral Maintenanceô.

3. For optimal results you may need to continue this program for several months. During this program, your blood cholesterol level may increase because stored cholesterol is being released from your body into your blood stream. This newly released cholesterol is being flushed out of your body during this program. Your cholesterol level will drop as your body removes the waste.

4. For optimal results and to maintain progress, avoid fast foods. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Use primarily olive oil.

Vitamins

CoQ10 Plusô (10 mg) (60 capsules) $22.30
CoQ10-30 (30 mg) (60 capsules) $41.80
CoQ10 (100 mg) (60 capsules) NEW! $97.20

When referring to CoQ10 during an interview with ABC News, cardiologist Dr. Peter Langsjoen claimed, "It doesn't even compare to anything else. Its effects are so clear. They are not subtle. They are dramatic . . . The most obvious thing a person would notice would be improved stamina, vigor." Professor Lester Packer at the University of California, Berkeley, stated, "Other degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's disease also have defects in energy production. So Coenzyme Q10 could be important." Dr. Andrew Weil claims it improves the use of oxygen at the cellular level and recommends 60-200 mg a day. Lauri Aesoph, ND, states that CoQ10 is effective with some types of heart disease including angina, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure. She suggests 50-100 mg a day.

CoQ10 Plusô - offers 10 mg of coenzyme Q10 with 6 mg of iron, 15 mg of zinc, 75 mg of magnesium, and 7.5 mg of copper in a base of capsicum fruit and hawthorn berries.
CoQ10-30 - offers 30 mg of coenzyme Q10 with 3.9 mg of copper, 30 mg of magnesium, and 30 mg of zinc in a base of capsicum fruit and ginkgo leaves.
CoQ10-100 - offers 100 mg of coenzyme Q10 with copper, magnesium and zinc in a base of capsicum fruit and ginkgo leaves.

Vitamin E, 100 IU (180 capsules) $21.30
Vitamin E, 400 IU with Selenium, SynerPro (60 capsules) $20.70
Vitamin E, 400 IU with Selenium, SynerPro (200 capsules) $67.50

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which plays a vital role in the cellular respiration of all muscles, particularly cardiac and skeletal. It improves blood flow by dilating blood vessels, inhibits blood clotting, strengthens capillary walls, transports nutrients to cells, assists eye focus, promotes healing of wounds and reduces scarring and protects the body against damage from environmental pollutants.

Individuals commonly susceptible to vitamin E deficiencies include people with chronic fat absorption disorders, cystic fibrosis, or liver disease. Neurological symptoms include abnormal eye movements, loss of reflexes, and muscle weakness.

Vitamin E, 100 IU - Each capsule contains 100 IU of vitamin E in a base of cold-pressed soybean oil.
Vitamin E, 400 IU with Selenium - Each capsule provides 400 IU of vitamin E and 25 mcg of selenium in a natural herb base consisting of dehydrated broccoli, carrot, red beet, rosemary, tomato, turmeric, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, grapefruit and lemon bioflavonoids and hesperidin.

Vitamin C, Acorbates (9 oz) $27.15
Vitamin C, 1,000 mg T/R (60 tablets) $17.25
Vitamin C, 1,000 mg T/R (180 tablets) $47.70
Vitamin C, chewable 250 mg (120 tablets) 4 Kids Too! $17.70

ABC aired a segment about antioxidants and fat. They reported studies showing how, for at least five hours after a high fat meal, arteries are unable to properly handle the blood flow required during exertion.

Volunteers took 800 units of vitamin E and 1,000 mg of vitamin C then consumed a meal containing 50 grams of fat (hash browns, eggs, cheese, sausage). Observation showed no impairment of their arteries. While the authors of the study were publishing the results in the Journal of the American Medical Association, they did claim they were preliminary.

Additionally, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, vitamin E supplementation was associated with a 34% reduction of heart disease in women. The Lancet reported that in patients with proven, symptomatic coronary artery disease, vitamin E (400-800 IU per day) reduced the rate of subsequent fatal and/or nonfatal myocardial infarction by 45% during a follow-up of 510 days in a study of 2,002 patients. The Journal of American Medical Association reported that supplementation with vitamin E decreased the incidence of angina in a study of 29,133 male smokers.

All vitamin E available through Bhia.org is natural and contains d-beta, d-gamma, and d-alpha from vegetable sources in a cold-pressed soybean oil base.

Herbs

Capsicum & Garlic with Parsley (100 capsules) $13.20
GC-X (100 capsules) $16.20

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, garlic lowers blood pressure without tending to cause impotence, headaches, or other side effects. He further states it also lowers cholesterol and triglycerides while protecting arterial walls. Dr. Giller claims that those with high blood pressure have three times the risk of heart attack and seven times the risk of stroke. He suggests lifestyle changes citing high blood pressure is unknown in "undeveloped" areas. Exercise, increase your fiber intake, reduce stress, maintain or attain your proper weight, limit alcohol and caffeine, and limit your salt intake if you are in that 30-40% group that is salt sensitive.

Both Capsicum & Garlic with Parsley and GC-X were formulated specifically to assist in normalizing high blood pressure. GC-X contains garlic, capsicum, parsley, ginger, Siberian Ginseng, and golden seal. A number of studies support that garlic can decrease blood pressure (systolic pressure by as much as 20-30 mmHg and diastolic pressure by as much as 10-20 mmHg). Other research has shown that garlic can reduce triglyceride levels by about 15 percent, serum cholesterol by 10-12 percent, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) by about 15 percent, and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (good cholesterol) by about 10 percent. M. Castleman in The Healing Herbs commented that garlic was at least as potent as aspirin as an anti-clotting heart attack preventer.

Cholester-Reg (60 capsules) $29.95
Cholester-Reg (also known as Chinese red rice) is grown through a fermentation process of the yeast Monascus purpureus. The Chinese recommend red rice for indigestion, diarrhea, circulation problems, and even anthrax.

Cholester-Reg:
Inhibits cholesterol synthesis.
Significantly reduces total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and total triacylglycerol concentrations.
Suppresses plaque formation and fat accumulation in animals.
Inhibits the growth of bacteria.
Contains the natural antioxidant, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD).

Garlic (100 capsules) 4 Kids Too! $11.25
Garlic Oil (60 capsules) $9.35
Garlic, High Potency, SynerProÆ (60 tablets) 4 Kids Too! $26.25

Garlic is well-known for its antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Population studies have shown an inverse relationship between cancer and garlic consumption.

Nature's Sunshine offers you the finest and most potent garlic on the market today with a special coating that controls the garlic's odor. When broken open, these tablets have a strong garlic odor. Trade-secret processing and careful preparation of each tablet give this product a special locked-in freshness coating that contains chlorophyll, which controls odor while assuring a long, effective shelf-life. Because the tablet does not break down until it reaches the small intestine, you receive the full nutritional value of the garlic without the taste. Moreover, comparing total allicin potential (TAP) with other leading brands, this one leads the pack.

Garlic - each capsule contains 550 mg of garlic.

Garlic Oil - each capsule is mixed with soybean oil to maintain label specifications of 1,000 mg of garlic oil. May be used internally or externally.

Garlic, High Potency, SynerPro - each tablet contains 400 mg which equals 1,200 mg of fresh garlic, approximately one clove.

Guggul Lipid Concentrated (100 tablets) $32.40
Guggul Lipid lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, and stimulates the thyroid. In Ayurveda, guggul lipid is used in formulas for rheumatoid arthritis, lipid disorders, and obesity. Guggul lipid was granted approval in India for marketing as a lipid-lowering product in 1986. Guggul Lipid
Lowers bad cholesterol while elevating good cholesterol.
Lowers triglyceride level.
Stimulates thyroid function.
Aids regression of preexisting atherosclerotic plaques
Has significant anti-inflammatory activity.

Hawthorn Berries (100 capsules) $11.00
Hawthorn Berries Extract (2 fl oz) $12.15

Hawthorn is known as the heart herb for its many benefits as a heart tonic. Studies confirm the traditional use of hawthorn berries to strengthen and normalize the heart beat, prevent and reduce heart arrhythmias, and guard the heart against oxygen deficiency. They have been shown to enhance coronary circulation and myocardial metabolism, enabling the heart to operate using less oxygen. Hawthorn berries are particularly beneficial for the treatment of angina.

The effects of hawthorn berries on the circulatory system have been researched in Europe. They lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce stress on the heart, function as a vasodilator, and have a diuretic effect.

Each capsule contains 450 mg of hawthorn berries.

HS IIÆ (100 capsules) $13.65
HS II is a combination of hawthorn berries, capsicum, and garlic. Dr. Weil suggests that hawthorn is a natural diuretic and heart tonic, useful in persons with coronary heart disease and heart failure.

Vari-Gone (90 capsules) $18.15
Vari-Gone is a combination of six powerful herbs and nutrients that work together to fortify and nourish the overall health of veins. This formula improves vein appearance and supports optimal blood circulation, thereby relieving fluid congestion in the legs and minimizing the occurrence of damaged or weakened vessels that obstruct proper circulation. Continued use may improve hemorrhoidal conditions and minimize the appearance of varicose and spider veins. Vari-Gone includes horse chestnut standardized extract, butcher's broom standardized extract, flavonoids (rutin, hesperidin, lemon bioflavonoids), and ascorbic acid.

Other Supplements

Omega-3 EPAô (60 capsules) $18.90
Omega-3 fatty acids are important to your circulatory health. They help lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improve circulation, decrease platelet stickiness, as well as improve immune system function. As a source of omega 3 fatty acids, Dr. Weil recommends: 1) eating sardines, herring, mackerel, bluefish, salmon, or 2) hemp or flax oil, or 3) flax meal regularly. Through Bhia.org, Nature's Sunshine offers Omega-3 EPAô which contains EPA (180 mg) and DHA (120 mg) from the flesh (not liver) of cold water fish such as salmon and mackerel, with vitamin E.

Flax Seed Oil (60 capsules) $19.20
Flax Seed Oil Liquid (8 fl oz) $23.75

Flax Seed Oil contains high concentrations of Omega-6 fatty acids and the Omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, which support the glandular and structural systems. These essential fatty acids (EFAs, called essential fatty acids because the body cannot manufacture them but must get them from the diet) perform many vital functions in the body.

Essential Fatty Acids perform a variety of functions in the body including:

Aiding in the construction of healthy cell walls.
Keeping saturated fats mobile in the bloodstream.
Decreasing stickiness of blood platelets.
Playing a vital role in the production of prostaglandins.
Helping reduce triglyceride levels in the blood.
Insulating nerves.
Normalizing cholesterol levels.
Supporting the kidneys.

Each concentrated softgel capsule contains 550 mg omega-3 essential fatty acids. One tablespoon of Liquid Flax Seed Oil contains approximately 7,770 mg of Omega-3 EFAs and 2,000 mg of Omega-6 EFAs.

Complementary Products

Nutritional: Focus Attention, Vitamin E with Selenium, Lecithin, Black Currant Oil, Super Antioxidant, PhytoSoy, Super Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals.
Homeopathic: Inflammation, Arthritus, Exercise, Sprains and Pulls
Essential Oils: Rosemary

Lecithin (270 capsules) $24.35
Lecithin is a fatlike substance and a fat emulsifier, needed by every cell in the body. It largely makes up cell membranes and without it the membranes would harden. Lecithin protects cells from oxidation and helps compose the protective sheaths surrounding the brain. It supports both the circulatory system and the nervous system. This product contains lecithin derived from soybeans; no