Natural Solutions|February 2020
I have a lot to say when it comes to heart health and women—it’s a subject that I’m very passionate about.
When I was in my 20s, a dear mentor and friend of mine died of a massive heart attack at an incredibly young age: 40 years old. Everyone was stunned, because most people hadn’t paid attention to young women having heart attacks.
The truth is that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, with roughly one in four deaths each year attributed to heart attacks. Women need heart-health education; with it they can tackle this deadly risk head-on. That education must show women how to work with the body respectfully, without causing a host of dangerous side effects.
I can, thankfully, offer hope to women whose health markers show an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease. By implementing a comprehensive, natural approach, you can make great progress with cholesterol integrity, optimal blood pressure, and stamina in a relatively short period of time.
As an integrative herbalist, I often talk about managing cholesterol, strengthening the heart, supporting epithelial tissue, and fostering liver health. I often accomplish these goals effectively with turmeric, milk thistle, and CoQ10. The practical and clinical evidence for use of these herbs and antioxidants in supporting heart health is impressive, and I have seen their positive effects time and time again. I also recommend calming L-theanine to support stress management.
Before diving into alternative remedies, an understanding of cholesterol and how it functions in a healthy body in necessary. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that the body needs to make hormones, vitamin D (also a steroid hormone), and CoQ10 (you’ll learn more about this molecule later); properly digest foods; and play a critical role in brain function. Being a fat, cholesterol cannot dissolve in blood. Therefore, it needs proteins to transport it through the circulatory system. The common names for these proteins (with a cholesterol molecule in the center) are LDL and HDL.
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