Dr. Sears, What Is Your Heart Cure?

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I wrote the “Doctor’s Heart Cure” book to treat my patients using lots of reports and advice I was already using. I was surprised when a publisher out of Chicago told me that they wanted to publish it, and I was even more surprised when it became a bestseller. But hey, who am I to complain?

When I wrote it, I wanted to tell people about a different focus on treating heart disease, and that there is a real, existing cure. But people still ask me now… sometimes even after reading the book. The cure is in there, but people aren’t always getting the whole picture because we’ve got a lot of the research that proves the cure works woven all through the book.

So I decided to create this little guide to make that answer very clear and simple. Here’s what the cure is: take these seven simple steps:

  1. CoQ10: This is nutrient works wonders to energize the heart, reduce oxidized fat in blood vessels, and destroy free radicals lurking in the heart. This nutrient alone helps 50% of my patients get high blood pressure back to normal. And did you know that the majority of people with heart disease are deficient in CoQ10?1

    To heal and energize your heart, take 50 mg a day of the ubiquinol form of CoQ10 (it’s eight times more powerful than the old ubiquinone form). Because CoQ10 is a fat-soluble nutrient, take it with fat like cod liver oil, Sacha Inchi oil, almond butter or olive oil to make sure it’s absorbed well.

  1. L-Carnitine: Every form of life depends on carnitine for energy production within cells. And in your heart, carnitine reduces arterial plaque, lowers LDL and raises HDL, for both healthy people and those with heart disease.

    You get carnitine from eating red meat and natural dairy products, but if you don’t eat enough, you’ll want to take at least 500 mg of L-carnitine as a supplement every day. It’s important to take the L-carnitine form and not the synthetic D,L-carnitine, which interferes with the natural action of carnitine.
  1. L-Arginine: This naturally occurring amino acid improves blood flow because it breaks down into nitric oxide, which helps dilate your blood vessels and keep them flexible so you can have normal blood pressure. L-arginine also helps build muscle (remember, the heart is a muscle).

    Good sources are red meat, fish, chicken, beans, chocolate, raisins, nuts, and sesame and sunflower seeds. To supplement, take 500 mg each day, and like carnitine, only take the L form.
  1. Tocopherols and Tocotrienols: One study of people who took vitamin E (100 IU or more) had 40 percent lower risk of developing heart disease.2,3 The tocopherols and tocotrienols in vitamin E have a lot of heart-protective qualities. They lower C-reactive protein, a marker for heart disease, and they raise HDL.

    You can get vitamin E by eating plenty of nuts, eggs, and dark leafy green vegetables. Other excellent sources are palm oil and coconut oil. My favorite way to get tocotrienols is annatto oil. To supplement, take 500 IU with 5 mg of mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols each day.
  1. Vitamin C: It’s very simple… Studies find a link between low levels of vitamin C and risk of stroke.4 And those who get the most vitamin C show a dramatic decline in death from heart disease. For heart protection, take 1,500 mg twice a day with food.
  1. Control Oxidation – There are four heart-smart antioxidants for this:
  • Alpha lipoic acid: It’s called the “universal antioxidant because it recycles and extends the life of other nutrients like vitamin C and E. Take 100 mg a day.
  • Carnosine: This is important for heart muscle and nerve support. Take 500 mg twice a day.
  • Lycopene: Helps your heart and blood vessels. Also prevents cardiovascular disease by stopping the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. All you need is 20 mg a day.
  • Omega 3: This essential fatty acid (meaning you can’t make it in your body) can prevent heart disease by protecting your cardiovascular system and lowering triglycerides. Eat fresh fish twice a week and get at least 3 to 5 grams of omega-3 every day.
  1. Lower Homocysteine – You can’t feel atherosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries.” But a metabolic by-product called homocysteine is a major cause of inflammation in your blood vessels, which clogs and damages arteries, causing atherosclerosis.
  2. Fortunately, I have not had a single case of elevated homocysteine that couldn’t be corrected with the right combination of natural supplements. Here’s what I use with my patients. (Amounts are daily.) You can find these at your local health-food store:

  • Vitamin B12 – 500 mcg
  • Folic acid (B9)800 mcg
  • Vitamin B6 – 50 mg
  • TMG (Trimethylglycine)1000 mg
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