Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Published 2005
by Dr. Louis J. Ignarro A Nobel Laureate in Medicine
He wrote this book to help you prevent cardiovascular disease.

CVD = Cardio Vascular disease
CHD = Coronary Heart disease
HBP = High Blood Pressure
NO = Nitric Oxide
Atherosclerosis = Plaque accumulated on the arterial walls, which causes hardening of the arteries. This reduces the diameter of the artery and slows or prevents normal blood flow.

Americas four killers are Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, and Cancer. Since 1900 'CVD' has been the #1 killer in the U.S. every year, except 1918 (the year of the great influenza epidemic).

62 Million Americans have at least one type of Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD), including High Blood Pressure (HBP) often called Hypertension, Coronary Heart disease (CHD), Stroke, Angina Pectoris-chest pain due to low blood flow, heart attack, arythmia or irregular heart beat, pain down arms or shoulders, calcium and fibrin clotting materials in the vessels (blocking oxygen and nutrients to the cells), light-headiness, dizzyness, nausea, depression, fatigue, depression, kidney disease, diabetes, weight gain, unable to exercise, breathing problems, urinary incontenence, artery vaso-spasms, poor circulation (causing many other problems), Arthritis, Cancer, and death.

Every 3 minutes someone dies from a stroke. 53% of Cardio Vascular Disease occur in women.
Half of men and women under 65 years old, die within 5-8 years after having a heart attack. 90% of impotence is directly related to Cardio Vascular Disease (due to vascular insufficiency).
Cardiologists performed 900,000 angio-plasties in 2005. Today stints are placed inside the smashed plaque to keep the vessel open longer. Before stints, the vessel closed in a short period of time, producing another heart attack. Only 2/3 of heart victums live. The first attack can be the last, followed by death.

The Cardio Vascular system is composed of the heart and blood vessels, with the heart (a chambered muscular pump) at the center of the action. The heart is about the size of your fist. The network of blood vessels includes the veins and capillaries. The heart pumps about 100,000 times a day, pumping 2000 gallons through-out approximately 100,000 miles of vessels.

Premature aging, memory problems - senile dementia, disabilities, leg clots or veins and capillaries closing due to disease or efficiency of the heart, can be sign of heart problems. Hypertension is a silent disease without warning signals. It is not a safe disease.

A resting pulse is between 65 and 75 beats per minute. A Blood Pressure of 140/90 is high. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or 115/75 (even this excellent pressure can be the start of artery damage).

Nitric Oxide (NO) lowers blood pressure, lowers or reverses cholesterol, improves circulation, prevents the formation of blood clots, and keeps vessels free of plaque.
It prevents the carotid arteries in either side of the neck from forming blockages.
It protects against heart atack. Nitric Oxide is available:

If heart health is your goal, Nitric Oxide (NO) needs to be out in front - within your health program or diet regime. Nitric Oxide is manufactured in your body (in the endothelium) through protein, however as we age its production naturally decreases. Nitric oxide is a powerful antioxidant. It deactivates "free radicals" and toxins in the body. With too little Nitric Oxide, your body becomes vulnerable to virtually every major disease. Nitric oxide is a miracle molecule! One of the simplest in biology, but absolutely crucial to your well-being. It influences the functioning of virtually every human organ. It relaxes the blood vessels, reduces the pressure, lowers risks of heart attack or stroke, and prevents or reverses diabetes and its complications.

The endothelium is a one-cell layer lining inside the interior surface of your vessels, it is thin and fragile. A healthy endothelium is like a plastic PVC pipe where nothing sticks, a damaged endothelium is like velcro and everything sticks and becomes even more sticky.

Dr Ignarro spends quite a lot of time giving you healthy ways to eat and live. He states: Change your eating habits before you do any more harm to your body. It you have been subsisting on junk food, stop gambling with your health and life.

You won't lift your spirts or obtain energy with coffee, booze, caffeine, soda pop, or drugs. What you get instead is stress, anxiety, poor sleep, depression, sadness, lonliness, solitude, and suicide.

Lets start with the Ideal Body Weights
Men small large boned Women
5'5" 136-142 146-164 120-133 140-159
5'8" 142-151 155-176 129-142 149-170
5'10" 146-157 161-184 135-148 155-176
6'0" 152-164 168-192 add 3lbs each way
6'2" 158-172 176-202

Exercise: Walk, jog, gardening, dancing, bike or cycling, swim, jump rope, yoga, pilates, tennis, basketball, squash, skating, skiing, rowing, playing your favorite sport, and weight lifting.
Minimum of 20 minutes per day and 3 times per week. Train don't strain!

Your body has four (4) essential bodily preocess: Vascular tone, coagulation, inflamation, and oxidation. No not - burping, farting, spitting, sneezing, coughing, and sh--t.
Coagulation stops bleeding; inflamation fights infection, vessel sludge, and is the by-product of free radicals; oxidation burns glucose for energy; vascular tone prevents disease.
Nitric Oxide enhances the positive and eradicates the negative of each bodily process.

Suggested Daily Intake:
L-Arginine 4-6 g (if ill increase dosage)
L-Citrilline 200-1000mg
Vit C 500 mg
Vit E 200 iu
Folic Acid 400-800 mcg
Alpha Lipoic Acid 10 mg

These may be added:
Selenium, L-Taurine, CoQ10, B-12, B-6, B-9, Krill oil
Nuts: Almonds, soybeans, hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts, and pine nuts.
Shellfish: Salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, halibut, sardines, red snapper, sword fish, lobster, shrimp, cod, and Omega-3's.
Oil: Olive Oil and Canola oil
Anti-oxydants: Garlic, pomegranate juice, grape juice, blueberries, dark chocolate, green tea, Chinese wolf-berry.
Flaxseed, nuts, and egg.
Note: By reducing your intake of saturated fat, you will protect your endothelium and its ability to manufacture Nitric Oxide.

If you eat excessive amounts of any food, you are going to gain weight, moderation and portion control are the guide words. All advertisers will tell you that food is for comfort, flavor, and enjoyment. The more people around the pizza table the better and oh, pass the booze. If you consume food to satisfy you in the moment, totally disregarding the true needs of the body, you will not obtain the essential fuel that healthy food will provide your body.

CHAPTER 7 gives nutritional guidelines and information on each amino acid and food selection.

Making Nitric Oxide a boosting lifestyle adjustment and sticking with it is not so hard to do, because you start to feel better almost immediately.

We live in a time of astounding medical advances that provide today's cardiologists with more tool, techniques, and treatments than doctors a generation ago could even have imagined.

Today we know that Nitric Oxide is one of the most powerful allies in maintaining your heart health. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, the information in this book may change your life. If your goal is optimal health, make a commitment to spend a few minutes exercising each day, preparing and eating foods rich in antioxidants, and taking L-arginine with any other supplements that may give you optimum health. START caring for YOURSELF!

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