The causes of heart disease are mainly lifestyle related. Smoking, unhealthy diet, and lack of exercise are possible causes. Let’s get to know lifestyle-related cardiovascular conditions and how you may prevent them.
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In this article:
- Congestive Heart Failure
- How Nutrition Can Help a Damaged Heart
- High-Dose CoQ10 to Fight Off Different Types of Diseases
- Pyrroloquinoline Quinone For Mitochondria Regeneration
Congestive Heart Failure
There is a lot that can be done, even for a failing heart. A friend and patient of mine has a damaged heart. His heart valves don’t work very well. His ejection fraction (the percentage of blood that leaves the heart with each pump) is only at 30% compared to the normal range of 58%. Yet, he is still able to ski, and his cardiologist is amazed by this. How can he do this with such poor heart valves?
How Nutrition Can Help a Damaged Heart
The answer to the above question is his nutrition. The heart is primarily a muscle, and muscles need energy. The source of that energy is the mitochondria found in the muscle cells. Our goal has been to feed his heart and to optimize his energy production, so he can live the fullest possible life, even with his damaged heart. We do this by supporting his mitochondria. New research shows that it is now possible to repair and grow new mitochondria.
High-Dose CoQ10 to Fight off Different Types of Diseases
There are many diseases that are related to mitochondrial damage. Congestive heart disease, cardiomyopathy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome are examples. High-dose CoQ10 (800 mg to 3,000 mg per day) has been helpful in these conditions. These doses are 15 to 100 times higher than the average dose of CoQ10 used in most supplements, which typically ranges from about 10mg to 60mg.
Pyrroloquinoline Quinone for Mitochondria Regeneration
CoQ10 helps protect mitochondrial DNA, but it is not thought to help regenerate new mitochondria. But, now, there is a new evidence that new mitochondria can be generated using a new molecule. It is called pyrroloquinoline quinone or PQQ. PQQ is found in our diet but in very small quantities. PQQ with high enough concentration to be effective is now available in a supplement form.
Nutrients known to improve mitochondrial function (heart disease) are as follows:
Targeting the mitochondrion is a new venture to help address heart disease. There are many herbs that promote mitochondrial health. Some have been made into supplements. Consult your cardiovascular physician for an expert’s recommendation on mitochondrial supplements.
Are you or is someone you know diagnosed with a valvular heart disease, or any related heart disease and stroke, or do you want to share your thoughts about the causes of heart disease? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on December 14, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. None of the nutritional products mentioned is intended to Diagnose, Treat, Cure or Prevent Any Disease.