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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease

By June 29, 2015Blog


One of the pathways to heart disease that Dr. Houston emphasizes and reviews is increased oxidative stress, so let’s review a more detailed explanation of this mechanism of toxic irritation to the endothelium:image

Above is a diagrammatic review of the phases of detoxification. Most toxins are fat soluble and the first phase of the detox mechanism creates free radicals that then need to be neutralized with antioxidants and phase II reactions that then make the toxin water soluble so we can sweat it out, urinate it out or poop it out. If toxins and free radicals build up faster than we can neutralize them then we will experience endothelial dysfunction and damage. Also note in the diagram above that the B vitamins and the building blocks of proteins (amino acids) are necessary in both phases of the detoxification pathways.

Conditions Related to Increased Oxidative Stress:

  • Aging
  • Arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Attack
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Causes of Oxidative Stress:

  • Refined carbohydrates including sugars and sweets.
  • Trans-fatty acids and saturated fats
  • Smoking
  • Increase Iron in the blood
  • Increased heavy metals in the blood/tissues
  • Excessive Stress
  • Obesity
  • Food Sensitivities

Antioxidant Food Sources:

1. Beans: small red beans, red kidney beans, pinto beans

2. Blueberries

3. Cranberries

4. Artichoke Hearts

5. Blackberry

6. Strawberry

7. Rasberry

8. Prune

9. Apples

10. Pecans

Neutraceutical Antioxidants: Key to Controlling Oxidative Stress:

  1. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA): 200mg daily
  2. Coenzyme Q10 (C0Q10): 100-200mg daily
  3. Vitamin C 500mg twice daily
  4. Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG): extract of green tea: 500mg twice daily
  5. Reduce Stress

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