I am sharing an extract from a great EPX Cardio article by Dr. Carol that was published in September’s EPX Body Newsletter because I feel the content will be of great benefit to many of my health conscious readers. EPXbody Cardio is an outstanding product with many health benefits. But for people who are not in the medical profession or have read up on how to naturally improve cardiovascular health, the subject can be a complex one for people to get their head around. Dr.Carol’s article does a great job in explaining things simply. So let’s begin….
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Heart Disease is the number one killer of Americans – even more than cancer.
The statistics are really scary. 81 million American adults have cardiovascular disease. Every year, nearly one million people with CVD have their first heart attack and often, the first symptom of the disease is death. 325,000 people will die having that first heart attack.
Now, 100 years ago, heart disease was rare. Of course, throughout the ages, people have always died of disease. But the diseases that did us in, like the great plague that killed off 1.5 million people, are called Vector Diseases. They are caused by bacteria and viruses, and to some extent, have been impacted by modern medicine.
CVD on the other hand is not a vector disease. It is a lifestyle disease. Today, it’s degenerative diseases that are killing us. Poor eating habits, stress, lack of sleep, high blood sugar levels, blood pressure problems and pollution all have negative effects on heart health.
So we go to our physicians and they do indeed tell us to eat better and to watch our cholesterol levels. However, heart disease is not just about cholesterol. There are many more risk factors that contribute to CVD. Some of these risk factors are genetic, but more often than not, they revolve around life style. A surprising statistic is that at least fifty percent of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol levels. Research has thrown into question the validity that elevated cholesterol is the primary driver of heart disease.
Here’s the bottom line: Cholesterol is a marker for CVD. It is not the cause. Newer scientific research has shown that the real cause of heart disease is inflammation. The foods we eat, aging in general, stress, and pollution cause an inflammatory reaction on a cellular level in the arterial wall.
Inflammation is the body’s protective response to irritation or injury. The same wonderful mechanism that helps a paper cut heal is the same response inside the arterial wall that’s clogging our arteries. It’s an immune response.
There is, however, a miracle molecule called Nitric Oxide that:
- Prevents high blood pressure
- Keeps your arteries young and flexible
- Prevents, slows, or reverses the buildup of artery-clogging plaque
- Helps stop the formation of blood clots in arteries
- Lowers cholesterol
- Reduces the risk for diabetes
- Limits the swelling and pain of arthritis
- Reverses erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Calms asthma
- Protects bones from osteoporosis
- Lifts the immune system
When there isn’t enough NO, Instead of relaxed, widened arteries we have a tense, tightened artery and when blood flows through that smaller space, blood pressure rises. Without enough NO, high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke results. What makes it worse is that the increased pressure further damages artery walls and now the stage is set for artery-clogging plaques to grow.
Two amino acids L-Arginine and L-Citrulline that are found naturally in the body serve as the raw materials for the body to produce Nitric Oxide.
Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid that has shown promise in the prevention of atherosclerosis (blockage of the arteries). L-arginine is pure 100% free form arginine and is the precursor for endothelium-derived nitric oxide (EDNO). Three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998 for discovering nitric oxide’s role as a vasodilator. In a healthy endothelium (inner wall of a blood vessel), nitric oxide (NO) will keep vessels pliable and elastic, dilate (open up) blood vessels keeping blood flowing smoothly, relax blood vessels, keep platelets and white blood cells calm and prevent them from sticking to the vessel wall, prevent oxidation, slow plaque growth, suppress atherosclerosis and melt away plaque that already exists.
After arginine is consumed in foods and in supplements, it makes its way into the bloodstream and circulates throughout the body. As it enters the endothelial cells that line the smooth muscle walls of blood vessels, an enzymatic reaction occurs that converts arginine to nitric oxide. As the levels of arginine rise in the body, so does your production of nitric oxide, which in turn can have a dramatic and positive effect on your cardiovascular health.
There are over 85,000 medically published clinical studies attesting to the fact that arginine will help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, improve diabetes, improve sexual function, reduce blood clots and strokes, improve congestive heart failure, improve wound healing, improve liver and kidney function, improve memory and cognitive functions, increase human growth hormone (HGH), improve muscle growth and performance, and much more.
L-Citrulline is an amino acid which promotes energy, stimulates the immune system, and detoxifies ammonia, which damages living cells. L-citrulline is closely related to L-arginine and is found in many of the same protein-rich foods. In your body, L-citrulline is converted into L-arginine, which in turn increases the production of nitric oxide. This “turbocharging” effect of the L-citrulline/L-arginine recycling pathway can, in fact, substantially increase nitric oxide production.
Results of Scientific Research + Clinical Studies
Medical published clinical studies have proven scientifically that nitric oxide created by arginine will do the following:
• Widen the blood vessels (increasing blood flow throughout the body)
• Soften the blood vessels (reversing the hardening of the arteries)
• Relax the blood vessels (overcoming most high blood pressure)
• Inhibit and melt away plaque (preventing and reversing atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease)
Additional arginine benefits based on scientific research and clinical studies:
• decreases blood pressure
• improves outcome after bypass surgery
• lowers elevated serum triglyceride levels
• improves diabetes and reverses damage caused by diabetes
• improves pituitary responsiveness and modulates the hormonal control
• improves asthma
• improves irritable bowel syndrome
• improves osteoporosis
• reduces ulcers
• improves the outcome of cancer treatment
• improves Alzheimer’s
• improves long-term and short-term memory and cognitive functions
• improves prostate function
• improves sexual function, libido, performance, and satisfaction in both men and women
• improves renal (kidney) function
• alleviates cirrhosis, helps to detoxify the liver, and liver malfunction can occur as a result of arginine deficiency
• alleviates obesity and facilitates weight loss (stimulating the release of human growth hormone from the pituitary gland)
• improves muscle performance
• increases human growth hormone (anti-aging)
• increases your energy levels to a more youthful state
WHAT OTHER EXPERTS ARE SAYING
INTRODUCING EPXBODY CARDIO
HERE’S WHAT EPXBODY CARDIO INGREDIENTS CAN DO FOR YOU
The two amino acids, L-Arginine and L-Citrulline explained above are found in EPXbody Cardio in perfect ratios, and scientifically designed boost the body’s production of NO (Nitric Oxide).
Vitamin C found in Cardio is the frontline of defense against free radicals. Other animals can manufacture their own Vitamin C. Goats under stress manufacture lots and lots of Vitamin C. When we’re under stress, we can’t manufacture this important antioxidant. We just use it up and that puts us in jeopardy. Here again is where the foods we eat today, do not contribute to wellness because processed foods contain few nutrients.
Study after study shows that mortality from stroke is highest in those with the lowest Vitamin C status.
So Vitamin C plays a role in 3 ways:
- Super antioxidant!
- Anti-inflammatory – key to fighting CVD.
- Immune system support – and CVD is an immune disorder disease.
- Necessary for optimum cardiovascular health.
- Low levels may contribute to congestive heart failure.
- Affects the smooth muscle of the endothelium.
- Mortality from heart disease is inversely associated with Vitamin D levels.
A study conducted at Copenhagen University in Denmark involved 10,000 men and women over a 29 year period. The researchers “observed that low levels of Vitamin D compared to optimal levels that are linked to 40% higher risk of heart disease, 64% higher risk of heart attack, 57% higher risk of early death, and no less than 81% higher risk of death from heart disease.
THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF VITAMIN D ARE THE LEAST LIKELY TO DIE OF HEART ATTACK, STROKE, OR CANCER.
EPX BODY CARDIO FORMULA CONTAINS:
VITAMIN B3 (Niacinamide)
Vitamin B3 is needed for proper circulation and healthy skin. It also aids in the functioning of the nervous system. This vitamin is an antioxidant and is involved in the regulation of blood sugar and detoxification. It has been shown to exert a favorable effect on cholesterol levels.
VITAMIN B6 (Pyridoxine HCL)
Vitamin B6 is a coenzyme that works with over 100 other enzyme systems in the cell. In fact, this vitamin is involved in more bodily functions than almost any other single nutrient. It affects both physical and mental health. Vitamin B6 is extremely important for the formation of proteins and structural compounds, neurotransmitters, red blood cells, and prostaglandins. It is also critical in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function. Vitamin B6 plays a role in cancer immunity and aids in the prevention of arteriosclerosis. It inhibits the formation of a toxic chemical called homocysteine, which attacks the heart muscle and allows the deposition of cholesterol around the heart muscle. Vitamin B6 is also helpful in the in the treatment of allergies, arthritis, and asthma.
VITAMIN B12 (Methylcobalamin)
Vitamin B12 plays a critical role in proper energy metabolism and immune and nerve function. It is essential to the manufacture and normal functioning of blood cells and for the production of nucleic acids, which make up DNA. B12 also helps maintain proper mental functioning and mood. Vitamin B12 is needed to prevent anemia. It aids folic acid in regulating the formation of red blood cells, and helps in the utilization of iron. It aids cell formation and cellular longevity. Vitamin B12 is linked to the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that assists memory and learning. Only very small doses of B12 are needed to experience its benefits, but it is essential to health that you get enough B12 every day.
Methylcobalamin is absorbed and retained in higher amounts within your tissues and is used primarily in your liver, brain and nervous system.
Early signs of a potential deficiency of B12 in the nervous system might include numbness, tingling, loss of feeling sensation, burning sensations, muscle cramps, nerve pain and slowness of reflexes.
So if you experience:
- Tiredness and feelings of weakness
- Less-than-optimal nervous system functioning
- Hard time sleeping
- Less-than-optimal eye health
- Loss of appetite and unintended weight loss
- Occasional constipation and gas
- Feelings of mild moodiness
- Less-than-optimal memory
- A tendency toward nervousness
- Less-than-optimal balance
- Less-than-optimal liver or heart health
- Premature grey hair
- Occasional digestive issues
…you may need to supplement with vitamin B-12.
It takes a very long time for a paradigm shift to take place, especially in medical science. We now know that the three simple B vitamins found in EPX Body Cardio stave off CVD and explains why our vitamin B depleted food supply may be the real culprit behind the epidemic of cardiovascular disease.
Folic Acid regulates cellular metabolism. It is considered a brain food and is needed for energy production and the formation of red blood cells. It is the most commonly deficient vitamin in the world. Studies have demonstrated that it is difficult to get an adequate daily amount of folic acid because only 50% gets absorbed from food. Folic acid supplements can be 100% absorbed by the body. Taking supplemental folic acid, along with B6 and B12, will substantially reduce your homocysteine levels. When homocysteine builds up inside cells and spills into the bloodstream, it damages arteries and reduces the integrity of vessel walls, laying the groundwork for the accumulation of deposits and blockage of the arteries.
Elevated homocysteine levels are likely responsible for 30% to 50% of the heart attacks and heart deaths that occur each year. Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid all play a crucial role in preventing the buildup of this toxic substance. Folic acid is especially important for women of childbearing age to guard against giving birth to a child with spina bifida. Only folic acid, taken as a supplement, has been shown to substantially reduce the risk. Folic acid may also help depression and anxiety.
Magnesium participates in more than 300 reactions in the body; helps control blood sugar levels; helps control blood pressure. You can read more about Magnesium in my blog post called Benefits of Magnesium For Heart Health And Well-Being
Chromium Picolinate is used to treat chromium deficiency because the picolinate acid helps the body absorb chromium which is an “essential trace element” that’s necessary for human health. Chromium Picolinate is also used to control blood sugar, lower cholesterol, or to aid in weight loss as it works with insulin in the body to metabolize carbohydrates.
RED WINE EXTRACT
Resveratrol – it is the rock star of antioxidants
Anti-aging – activates our longevity gene
Cognitive and brain function
Balances blood sugar levels
Speeds up cellular repair
Signals the body to inhibit cancer development
Improves cardiovascular function
Reduces the risk of excessive blood clotting
Reduces excessive cholesterol
Improves energy production
Has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial effects
Shilajit is a thick, sticky tar-like substance found in the Altai, Himalaya and Caucasus Mountains. It is used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. It has at least 85 minerals in ionic form, as well as Fulvic Acids, Dibenzo Alpha Pyrones, Humins, Humic Acids, trace minerals, vitamins A, B, C and P (citrines), phospholipids and polyphenol complexes, terpentoids. Also, present are microelements (cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, manganese, chrome, iron, magnesium and others).
BLACK PEPPER EXTRACT
Black pepper extract is the concentrated and condensed form of black pepper. It is widely used for centuries in traditional Eastern medicine to treat gastrointestinal distress, pain, inflammation, better liver protection and increased supplement absorption making them more bioactive and more effective. Studies have also suggested is has fat-fighting potential by blocking fat cell formation.
Cysteine is an amino acid and an important structural and functional component of proteins and enzymes. It helps against cellular damage by free radical compounds, eliminate metal ions and potentially harmful toxins from body tissue and to help treat or prevent respiratory problems such as asthma.
BANABA LEAF EXTRACT
Banaba leaf (Lagestroemia Speciosa ) has been used for thousands of years in India and the Philippines to naturally treat diabetes and hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar). The hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) effect of banaba extract is similar to that of insulin -which induces glucose transport from the blood into body cells.
Banaba leaves contain the minerals manganese and zinc, and the active ingredient Corosolic Acid which has been shown in studies to help lower blood sugar within sixty minutes. It also helps to correct leptin problems and control food cravings that are typically found in overweight people who have elevated blood sugar levels. The average human response is a 10-15% decrease in blood sugar within two hours.
Corosolic Acid has strong antioxidant properties that help to prevent damage by free radicals.
Banaba leaf may also be effective in treating metabolic syndrome, a group of pre-diabetic conditions that increase the chances of developing of heart disease and stroke. Researchers during a study at Mukogawa Women’s University in Nishinomiya, Japan found that treatment with banaba leaf lowered blood pressure, normalized fat metabolism, and decreased the body’s inflammation levels.
Stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana) is an herb in the Chrysanthemum family which grows wild as a small shrub in parts of Paraguay and Brazil. The glycosides in its leaves, including up to 10% Stevioside, account for its incredible sweetness, making it unique among the nearly 300 species of Stevia plants.
There are indications that Stevia (or Ca-he-he) has been used to sweeten a native beverage called mate since Pre-Columbian times. But a natural Scientist named Antonio Bertoni first recorded its usage by native tribes in 1887.
The raw Stevia leaves and herbal powder (green) are reported to be 10-15 times sweeter than table sugar. The refined extracts of Stevia called stevioside (a white powder, 85-95% Steviosides) claim to be 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar.
Stevia has virtually zero calories and may lower blood sugar levels making it safe for diabetics.
HERE’S WHAT EPXBODY CARDIO CAN DO FOR YOU
To sum it up, here’s what EPX Body Cardio can help you achieve:
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Helps regulate blood pressure and improves circulation
- Inhibits plaque in blood vessels and lowers cholesterol
- Improves diabetes and reverses related damage
- Speeds recovery time after surgery and decreases infections
- Builds lean muscle and improvise muscle performance
- Improves libido Viagra
- Slows the aging process
- Improves memory and enhances cognitive functions
- Boosts the immune system
- Facilitates weight loss
- Preserves bone density and improves osteoporosis
- Improves the outcome of cancer treatment
- Heals IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Helps detoxify the liver
- Helps offset lung damage caused by smoking
- Increases energy levels
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, test, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your health care provider prior to using this product if you are pregnant, nursing or known to have a serious medical condition.