Two Overlooked Solutions Could Save Your Life

Dear Health Conscious Reader,

Whoever said, “Ignorance is bliss” never saw anyone die of a heart attack.

So I want to share with you a piece of wisdom that most people and doctors don’t know: The key to a healthy heart is to promote normal levels of inflammation and oxidation, not cholesterol.

Low cholesterol doesn’t necessarily mean healthy veins and cardiovascular system.

Research done at the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University found that those with low cholesterol didn’t have any better heart health than those with high cholesterol.1

One of the most well-known and publicized heart studies is the Framingham study. The findings are nearly identical to the Yale study. Half the people had no better heart health than those with higher cholesterol.2

Cholesterol on its own is harmless. It’s the oxidation of cholesterol that can impact overall cardiovascular health. When cholesterol mixes with oxygen, it causes free radical damage.

You can support the health of your blood vessels from oxidation and promote normal levels of inflammation naturally.

First, measure your homocysteine. I do this for all my patients. It’s not only a predictor of arterial health, it is also important to keep homocysteine down to keep your arteries healthy.

Homocysteine is a simple amino acid. It gets cycled with other amino acids to facilitate the exchange of atoms between your cells. But when this cycle breaks down, homocysteine has nowhere to go and gets backed up, just like a drain that gets clogged.

Keeping homocysteine levels down helps promote normal levels of inflammation, which helps promote the health of your blood vessels.

There are a number of studies supporting this connection:

Research from the Physician’s Health Study, which tracked 15,000 male physicians, found that those with low levels of it had overall better heart health than those with higher levels.3

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms these findings. They discovered that keeping lower levels of homocysteine is associated with better overall health. More so than any other measured factor – including cholesterol.4

I’ve seen at least 20 more studies like this, indicating a strong link between levels of homocysteine and heart health.

Lower your homocysteine – The irony is that you can easily manage your homocysteine. A simple blood test will tell you if you have high homocysteine levels. I like to keep my patients’ levels at 7 or below to maintain arterial health.

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):

  • Vitamin B12 – 500 mcg
  • Folic acid – 800 mcg
  • Vitamin B6 – 25 mg
  • Riboflavin (B2) – 25 mg
  • TMG (Trimethylglycine) – 500 mg

You can find these at your local health food store. If you don’t want to take them all separately, you can use the same formula I give my patients.

Reduce oxidation – The other key is to protect your blood vessels with powerful antioxidants. The most heart healthy warrior is omega-3s. I also recommend resveratrol.

Resveratrol inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, promotes healthy, flexible arteries, and keeps your heartbeat steady. I recommend getting 200 mg of resveratrol daily. You can find resveratrol at your local health food store.

The formula I give my patients has the added bonus of 500 mg of superoxide dismutase (SOD), one of the most powerful antioxidants on earth.

Get Omega-3s – Researchers found that the cell membranes of heart cells store omega-3 from fish oil. This storage promotes health heart rhythms, promotes healthy triglyceride levels, and raises HDL, your good cholesterol.

I tell my patients to get 1 gram of fish oil daily. Good sources of fish oil are cod liver oil or fish-oil capsules. You can find both at your local health food store. But pay attention to the source of your fish oil. I give my patients a fish-oil capsule from the pristine Pacific waters off Peru.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

  1. Krumholz HM, Seeman TE, Merrill SS, et al. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1994 Nov; 272(17): 1335-1340.
  2. Gordon T, Castelli WP, Hjortland MC et al.. American Journal of Medicine. 1997 May; 62(5): 707-714.
  3. Stamper M et al.. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1992 Aug 19; 268(7): 877-881
  4. Nygard O, et al.. New Engl J Med, 1997, 337:230-6.