Heart Disease and Women

Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in women in the United States and Canada? Not cancer, not the flu, not Alzheimer’s… HEART DISEASE!

And for the most part it is preventable with lifestyle changes. Here are risk factors for heart disease:

Things you can’t change:

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Men’s risk increases especially after the age of 45
  • Women’s risk increases especially after the age of 55 or after menopause

Things you can change:  Continue reading “Heart Disease and Women”

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Nutrient Depletion: Diabetes Medications

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are nearly 26 million Americans who have diabetes. Although some people with this disease can control it with diet and exercise, many are on medications such as Metformin, a drug commonly prescribed for those with type 2 diabetes.

If you do have type 2 diabetes, walking 30 minutes a day can be very effective, especially when combined with a healthy diet. However, if you are one of millions who need the support of Metformin, you should know that it may cause depletions of important nutrients, such as:

CoQ10: An important antioxidant, CoQ10 also acts as a cofactor in many metabolic pathways, particularly in the production of ATP.

Vitamin B6: This B vitamin participates in over 60 enzymatic reactions involved in the metabolism of amino acids and essential fatty acids and plays an important role in the nervous system, cardiovascular health and women’s health. Continue reading “Nutrient Depletion: Diabetes Medications”

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Nutrient Depletion: Antidepressants

Prozax, Zoloft and Paxil are just a few of the frequently prescribed drugs that fall under a category of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs work by increasing the amount of serotonin (a feel-good neurotransmitter) available. Some people experience symptoms of depression when certain brain chemicals become imbalanced.

For some people, antidepressants can be life changing, but long-term use may result in depletions of certain nutrients that are important for overall health.

Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B2 in particular have been shown to be deficient in people who take antidepressants. CoQ10 is an important antioxidant and membrane stabilizer, and is a cofactor in many metabolic pathways, particularly in the production of ATP (energy). Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is involved in energy production, prevention of anemia, immune health, eye health, and nervous system health.  Continue reading “Nutrient Depletion: Antidepressants”

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Heart Healthy Ubiquinol

Ubiquinol is the active form of coenzyme Q10. It is an antioxidant found mostly in the heart and is responsible for generating energy. It prevents and may reverse symptoms of congestive heart failure. Your heart can’t survive without CoQ10. Unfortunately, many medications like statins and drug pressure meds can rob your body of this important nutrient.

There are hundreds of studies to support the benefit of CoQ10 on heart muscle function and its ability to improve heart failure symptoms.

Dr. Peter Langsjoen, a pioneer in the field of cardiac research and CoQ10, found that 51% of patients were able to stop one to three antihypertensive medications after 4-1/2 months of starting CoQ10 therapy. The dosage of CoQ10 varies widely, so consult with a health care professional for the dose that is right for you.

Pathway Ubiquinol offers improved bioavailability, especially to individuals who have difficulty achieving the levels of this nutrient necessary for effective antioxidant support and cellular energy production.

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Heart Health Support

Many factors affect the health of your heart and your circulatory system, many of which are fortunately within our control – even if you have a family history of heart issues.

The cardiovascular system consists of the heart and approximately 60,000 miles of blood vessels, called arteries and veins. The heart pumps blood around the body. The vessels nourish cells by transporting nutrients and waste products through the blood, around the body. Any interruption in blood supply, for example a heart attack or stroke, causes tissue death, so the maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular system is essential.

Most cardiovascular disease occurs due to lifestyle factors such as:

  1. Obesity, poor nutrition, and medication usage
  2. Free radical damage due to environmental toxins or smoking
  3. Stress or poor emotional health
  4. Lack of exercise

Luckily, adopting a healthier lifestyle and using natural therapies can help strengthen and protect your heart. Continue reading “Heart Health Support”

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January 2023