Natural Heart Health Tips
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L-Taurine is an amino acid, which is a building block of protein. This is what Ray Sahelian says about it on his web site at the link below.

L-Taurine plays a major role in regulating heart contractility. In addition it guards against the toxic threat to the heart caused by drugs like Adriamycin (doxorubicin), a medication used in chemotherapy. These drugs frequently cause heart attacks, cardiac arrest, and arrhythmia in those taking them to treat cancer.

L-Taurine is found in highest concentrations in the heart and the retina of the eye. No other amino acid is more concentrated in the heart than l-taurine. People with heart disease have been shown to be low in ltaurine and l-taurine supplementation has shown to reduce symptoms and strengthen
the heart. It helps regulate platelet aggregation, which has benefits for the entire cardiovascular system, not just the heart.

L-Taurine is inexpensive and readily available online and at most health food stores. According to Dr. Leonard Smith*, the below are recommended doses:

(*Leonard Smith, M.D., is a renowned gastrointestinal, vascular and general surgeon as well as an expert in the use of nutrition and natural supplementation. For the past 20 years, Dr. Smith has investigated many holistic medical programs. Dr. Smith strives to stay on the leading edge of research and breakthroughs in the field of functional nutrition.)

L-Taurine is important for health in general. It is wonderful for the brain. My mother had seizures periodically all through her life. She took various pharmaceutical medications for this during those years, all of which had major side effects. Later in life, in her sixties, she learned that L-Taurine was extremely effective in quieting the brain and preventing seizures. She stopped all her prescription medications for seizures and began regular L-Taurine supplementation. As a result she was able to remain seizure free for the remainder of her life even in extremely high stress situations that would have normally stimulated a seizure. Not only was it effective but it was side-effect free. She only had to take 500 mg a day to remain seizure free. At that time we didn't know that L-Taurine was good for the heart or she would have taken more.

If you have heart health challenges I highly recommend that you do some research on this very useful product and discuss adding it to your natural health protocol with your health care practitioner.

Diabetes screening.

Since diabetes is a risk factor for developing heart disease, you may want to consider being screened for diabetes. Talk to your doctor about when you should have a fasting blood sugar test to check for diabetes. Depending on your risk factors, such as being overweight or a family history of diabetes, your doctor may recommend first testing you for diabetes sometime between ages 30 and 45, and then retesting every three to five years.
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“The function of taurine in the cardiac vascular system is extensive, and the mechanism is complicated. Taurine protects cardiac cells from injury caused by ischemia. (heart attack) This amino acid helps prevent endothelial dysfunction caused by hyperglycemia, hyper cholesterolemia, smoking and homo cysteine; suppresses the proliferation and calcification in vascular smooth muscle cells, promotes metabolism and excretion of cholesterol in animal models of hyperlipemia. Taurine mainly acts inside the cell. However, taurine transport system becomes aberrant in pathological myocardial and vascular tissues. In addition, taurine improves cardiovascular function in fructose-induced hyper-tension . . .”
Heart disease - 5-6 grams daily in three divided doses (low taurine and magnesium levels were found in patients after heart attacks).

Arrhythmias or congestive heart failure - 2 grams three times daily has shown improved cardiac and respiratory function.
Get regular health screenings

High blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage your heart and blood vessels. But without testing for them, you probably won't know whether you have these conditions. Regular screening can tell you what your numbers are and whether you need to take action.

Blood pressure.

Regular blood pressure screenings start in childhood. Adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every two years. You may need more-frequent checks if your numbers aren't ideal or if you have other risk factors for heart disease. Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80 millimeters of mercury.

Cholesterol levels.

Adults should have their cholesterol measured at least once every five years starting at age 20. You may need more frequent testing if your numbers aren't optimal or if you have other risk factors for heart disease. Some children may need their blood cholesterol tested if they have a strong family history of heart disease.

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