In America, there are 735,000 heart attacks a year, and about 15% of people who have a heart attack will die from it. Hence, it is a good idea to gain some knowledge of the symptoms of a heart attack, as immediate medical attention is the best way for survival.
How Does a Heart Attack Happen?
While a heart attack can occur in an instant, it doesn’t come out of nowhere, it takes many years of damage within the body to cause a heart attack.
Our arteries are designed to be smooth and allow the flow of blood to happen freely. However, every second we’ve been alive, our blood is moving throughout our body, the flow never stops, and when it does, then it is a serious problem.
A blockage begins with damage to the wall of an artery – this damage can be caused by a variety of things, such as free radicals, inflammation, low antioxidants, etc. This damage can be made worse with the presence of small dense LDL and/or lipoprotein-a or Lp(a), both which are influenced by lifestyle and nutritional factors.
3 Nutrients To Reduce The Chance Of a Heart Attack
- PQQ - Pyrroloquinoline quinone
It helps with the cell cycle in the body; we are at a much higher risk of developing health issues like a heart attack. PQQ can do this by acting as an antioxidant and scavenging free radicals, which can cause damage to our arterial lining.
It also plays a very important role in the production of new mitochondria, the power plants of our body. PQQ helps keep the heart function at an optimal level by providing a constant supply of energy.
PQQ has been shown to lower the damage caused by a heart attack.
PQQ is found in most whole foods, meaning the better diet we eat the better chance we have at preventing a heart attack. It can also be taken in supplement form and has been shown to be safe to be taken at 60 mg for 4 weeks, and a lower dosage of 20 mg per day would be safe to take over a longer period.
- CoQ10 - Coenzyme Q10
CoQ10 also plays an important role in the production of energy and statins (a class of prescription drugs), which can inhibit the body’s ability to make CoQ10. Our heart, as discussed earlier, needs large amounts of energy to function and if enough isn’t produced, we can end up with heart failure. If taking a statin, it is essential also to be supplementing with CoQ10.
Due to the antioxidant function of CoQ10, it helps to prevent damage to the arterial walls and the buildup of plaque. Individuals with cardiac issues have been identified as having abnormally low levels of CoQ10. Supplementing with CoQ10 if we have already had a heart attack can lower our risk of having another heart attack by 50%.
There are two types of CoQ10 on the market ubiquinol and ubiquinone. They are both CoQ10, but Ubiquinol offers superior absorption and has been shown to be more effective. When purchasing a CoQ10 supplement, we want it to be in an oil base, so it is absorbed.
Homocysteine is created in the body from an amino acid methionine. Later on, the body produces glutathione from homocysteine.
The issue occurs when homocysteine is not able to be converted and therefore stays as homocysteine, which can cause damage in our body. The conversion of homocysteine requires vitamin B6, and it cannot be done without it. It is worth mentioning that heart attack patients have been found to have higher levels of homocysteine.
Therefore, is essential to ensure adequate intake of vitamin B6 to prevent a heart attack. Some good sources of vitamin B6 are green leafy vegetables, whole grains and sea vegetables (nori, dulse, seaweed).
Since glutathione is a powerful antioxidant, it can also be useful to supplement it to help prevent damage from free radicals to the arteries. Supplementing with glutathione itself can cause it to be broken down into its amino acid components, so it can be more effective to supplement with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) to increase glutathione levels in our body.
Source: The Hearty Soul