Diet, anti-aging supplements may help heart health
One of the earliest signs of heart disease can be dysfunction in the blood vessels – specifically, endothelial dysfunction, in which the cells lining the inside of the vessels malfunction. However, in new research from the International Heart and Lung Institute at The Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs, California, doctors have found that a specific diet, along with “anti-aging” supplements, can help reverse this condition.
This study involved 200 participants between the ages of 51 and 86. Forty percent were women and all had risk factors for blood vessel disease--nearly three-quarters had endothelial dysfunction. The participants were put on diets that restricted certain foods, including grains, beans, fruit, poultry and vegetables in the nightshade family, which includes tomatoes. Instead, patients consumed leafy greens, shellfish, fish, olive oil and grass-fed animal protein. They also took antioxidant polyphenol fish oil supplements, grape seed extract and vitamins.
The study results indicate that limiting foods containing high levels of lectin – including those noted above – and taking a few inexpensive supplements may restore endothelial function. Lectin, normally regarded as a healthy nutrient, is a protein that binds with sugar in the body. .
It’s important to note, however, that the American Heart Association recommends a diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish. So before eliminating any of these healthy foods from your diet, you should consult with a doctor.