Urgent Health Alert
Nobel Prize-Winning Discovery Key to Healthy Blood Pressure Levels
The Crucial Information Your Doctor Hasn’t Told You
Are you concerned about your blood pressure?
You should be, particularly if you are 40 or older . . .
But don’t take my word for it.
While your doctor has likely never shared this information with you, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued this notice:
“Nearly 1 out of every 3 American adults has blood pressure numbers that, while not yet in the high blood pressure range, are higher than normal.”
This warning is just one very fundamental reason you need to know about a Nobel Prize-winning medical breakthrough called the “N-O Factor.”
Very few people know about the N-O Factor, but it’s important to your blood pressure and circulatory health. And much to the [happy] surprise of many, it has a welcome effect on peak performance in the bedroom too.
First, you need to know just how vital normal blood pressure levels are to your overall well-being.
Blood pressure is so critical, it is one of the four “vital signs” doctors use to assess your level of health.
Unfortunately, the aging process itself makes it more difficult to maintain your blood pressure in the normal range.
Your blood pressure — and the health of your arteries — is something you should take seriously. You see, your blood pressure impacts all your organs, but especially the health of your:
And while you’ve probably had your blood pressure checked dozens of times by doctors or nurses, it’s likely they’ve never taken the time to explain what your blood pressure numbers mean.
Fortunately, today you have a window of opportunity. You’ll discover what those numbers actually tell you — and why you should take a good look at them immediately.
You’ll see how and why the aging process is not a friend to your blood pressure levels . . .
You will discover why you might not even know if your blood pressure falls in that “high normal” range affecting 1 in 3 American adults right now . . .
You will understand how N-O, a Nobel Prize-winning discovery, is the key to unlocking healthy blood pressure levels . . .
And by the time you finish reading this Urgent Health Alert, you will have learned 7 simple steps to support normal blood pressure levels — from leading health organizations and one of America’s top heart doctors.
Now, let’s dive right in . . .
We begin our story in 1998 when three U.S. scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
That year’s Nobel Prize had to do with the discovery of the role nitric oxide (or N-O) plays in heart and circulatory health.
You probably never heard of nitric oxide — and I’ll bet your doctor never told you about it either. Unless you are a doctor or scientist, it’s hard to truly understand the importance of this discovery. However as you learn more, you will come to appreciate what N-O means to your health.
Dr. Valentin Fuster, who was president of the American Heart Association and head of cardiology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, expressed it well. He said:
“The discovery of nitric oxide and its function is one of the most important in the history of cardiovascular medicine.”
Nitric oxide is a short-lived gas that acts as a signaling molecule in your body. N-O is produced naturally in the endothelium. This is the inner layer of cells lining your arteries.
Under normal conditions, N-O helps maintain the health of your endothelium. And in turn, a healthy endothelium helps produce more nitric oxide.
More specifically, N-O relaxes the smooth muscle cells in arteries to enhance blood circulation. And this helps promote normal blood pressure.
In addition, N-O has been studied extensively for its role in male sexual function. Scientists have found that N-O plays a role in normal erectile function due to its ability to support blood flow.
As you may be well aware, the aging process alters arterial function. You produce less and less N-O as you grow older, particularly after age 50.
Unfortunately, this nitric oxide depletion affects the ability of arteries to expand and contract with their formerly youthful elasticity. This process may also impact your overall cardiovascular health.
So what does this mean in terms of maintaining blood pressure in the normal range?
Supporting the health of your arterial lining — or endothelium — is a major factor in keeping your blood pressure levels in a normal range.
And now you know that maintaining healthful stores of nitric oxide is one way to keep your arterial lining functioning properly.
So, let’s begin the discussion of caring for your arterial lining and supporting proper function. Proper care begins with one very hot topic these days: antioxidants and free radicals. To foster the health of your endothelial lining you must give your system the tools to defend against free radicals. You see, free radicals can damage endothelial cells.
Free radicals are unstable particles produced in your body during the course of normal metabolism, exercise, and even through the UV radiation from sunlight. Pollution and toxins in food and water also contribute to the formation of free radicals.
These free radicals can damage the endothelial cells lining your blood vessels. They also damage cellular DNA, cell membranes, and the energy-producing cellular mitochondria.
You might hear the term “oxidative stress.” This is the burden placed on your cells by constant production of these free radicals.
This is why you need plentiful amounts of antioxidants — to neutralize this oxidative or free radical damage.
We’ve already told you that your blood pressure is significant to your health and you now know that a recent discovery plays a big role in maintaining this critical factor, but we have yet to ask one very important question: What is blood pressure? You hear about it, you read about, you know it’s there and you even know it is a measure of health, but what is blood pressure, really?
Many people are confused about the difference between blood pressure and heart rate. These are separate “vital signs” your doctor may check during your office visit.
They both have to do with heartbeats, but they represent different functions.
Your heart rate (measured by your pulse) is the number of times per minute your heart beats.
Your blood pressure is the amount of force exerted on your arteries when your heart beats.
Over time, if the blood flow is too forceful, tissue damage may occur.
There are usually no warning signs or symptoms. Most people do not know when their blood pressure is in the high normal range without frequent monitoring. You and your doctor must work together to monitor your blood pressure in order to recognize a pattern.
Blood pressure levels normally rise and fall somewhat throughout the day. Being stressed or sick or even just exercising may temporarily elevate your blood pressure. That’s why you and your doctor must look for a pattern of readings that are higher than normal.
As you just learned, blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Your arteries carry blood away from your heart to other parts of your body.
You’ve probably had your blood pressure checked many times over the course of your life. As you recall, a doctor or other health professional wraps a cuff around your arm, which contains a gauge to read your blood pressure.
After inflating the cuff, air is slowly allowed out. While doing this, the doctor listens to your pulse with a stethoscope and watches the gauge. The gauge uses a scale called “millimeters of mercury” to measure the pressure in your blood vessels.
Blood pressure is measured using two numbers.
The first number, your
blood pressure, measures the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart contracts or pumps out blood.
The second number, your
blood pressure, measures the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart rests or relaxes between beats.
If your measurement reads 120 systolic and 80 diastolic, this would be recorded as “120 over 80” or 120/80.
Doctors are happiest when your blood pressure stays within a certain range — at 120/80 or below. Looking at the pressure in your arteries during both phases of a heartbeat gives doctors a good picture of how your circulatory system is functioning. The higher the numbers, especially with the resting (diastolic) pressure, the more concerned they may be.
You might think of your artery as a hose with fluid being forced through it. In this case, the fluid is blood. When the hose is completely open, the pressure of fluid flowing through it is low, and the fluid can flow freely.
However, if the hose becomes narrowed or constricted (think of squeezing it with your hand), the pressure will grow and it will take more force to get fluid moving through the hose.
That’s why it’s important for your blood vessels to remain as flexible as possible — to allow for normal expansion and contraction.
And that’s where N-O comes in, relaxing the endothelium to promote optimal blood flow.
You probably already get your blood pressure checked regularly by your doctor and, hopefully, you follow any recommendations he or she gives you. But, did you know? Between visits it’s a good idea to monitor your blood pressure yourself — especially if you’re older than 50 or already have a history of higher than normal blood pressure. You can use a home blood pressure device or visit the growing number of pharmacies and even grocery stores that have free blood pressure machines available for public use.
Beyond simply monitoring your blood pressure, it’s important to take a few easy but smart steps to help maintain your blood pressure in the normal range.
Chauncey Crandall, M.D., is a leading interventional cardiologist in Florida. He has performed over 40,000 heart procedures and managed over 1,000 heart transplants. People come in to see him from all around the world.
We were lucky to get Dr. Crandall to explain his 7 simple steps to promote healthy blood pressure . . .
Step 1 — Reduce Your Salt Intake
According to Dr. Crandall, lowering your salt intake is an important strategy for blood pressure control.
However, just avoiding the salt shaker may not be enough. You must also check food labels for salt or sodium (remember that table salt is really sodium chloride).
Food labels are important, because as much as 75% of the sodium we consume hides in processed foods. These include condiments, sauces, soups, and canned or packaged foods. Certainly, minimizing the use of processed foods is best, but when you do consider buying them, remember to check the label first.
As an alternative to table salt, experiment with seasoning your food differently. Try using herbs and spices such as garlic and curry, for example.
Step 2 — Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being overweight puts undue strain on the heart.
According to the Mayo Clinic, carrying too much weight around your midsection can increase your risk for blood pressure concerns.
Men are at risk with a waist measurement over 40 inches.
Women are at risk with a waist measurement over 35 inches.
The American Heart Association reports that even a small weight loss can lower blood pressure in many overweight people.
Of course, managing your weight involves a combination of eating a healthy diet and exercising.
The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet for blood pressure emphasizes moderate amounts of whole grains, fish, poultry, low-fat dairy, and nuts. And make sure to include plenty of antioxidant-loaded fruits and vegetables.
When it comes to exercise, the surgeon general recommends 2½ hours per week of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking. If you have not been active, this is something you can work up to. Make sure to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.
Step 3 — Avoid the Use of Tobacco
If you smoke, it’s time to quit. Among its other effects, the nicotine in cigarette smoke narrows your arteries and hardens arterial walls.
Step 4 — Do Not Overindulge in Alcohol
The American Heart Association recommends you consume no more than two alcoholic drinks per day for men or one drink per day for women. Here’s what they consider one drink:
- A 12-ounce beer
- A 4-ounce glass of wine
- One ounce of hard liquor (100-proof) or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor
Step 5 — Get Enough Sleep
Sleep and blood pressure are intertwined. A chronic lack of sleep may affect your ability to regulate your stress hormones, which can affect your blood pressure.
Try to get 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep per night.
Step 6 — Manage Your Stress Levels
While the link between chronic stress and blood pressure is not well-defined scientifically, acute stress does lead to artery constriction. Chronic stress can affect your health and overall well-being. Additionally, it contributes to unhealthy behaviors such as overeating.
It’s important to develop your own personal stress management “tool kit.” Here are a few strategies to get you started:
- Learn relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga.
- Develop good social networks by connecting with others or getting support if needed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Recognize your own triggers for stress — in your career or personal life.
- Learn time-management skills that will help you juggle your daily demands and lower your stress level.
- Nurture yourself. Treat yourself to a massage or something that makes you feel happy.
Step 7 — Use Targeted Nutritional Support for Your
Blood Vessels and Blood Pressure
Certain nutrients may be helpful in maintaining healthful stores of nitric oxide and the integrity of endothelial cells. This can promote dilation and healthy blood flow to the heart.
Remember the “N-O Factor”?
Well, the amino acid L-arginine is a precursor for N-O production in the body, and involved in a wide variety of regulatory mechanisms of the cardiovascular system.
So your body needs sufficient L-arginine to produce nitric oxide and promote healthy arterial lining.
Since you produce less N-O as you age, you may be able to help offset this deficit with L-arginine supplementation.
Researchers performed a meta-analysis of 11 separate randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. They reported their findings in American Heart Journal in 2011 with this conclusion: Oral L-arginine supplementation offers influential support for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Research also suggests that L-arginine supports your overall heart and immune system function.
But L-arginine is not the only nutrient promoting arterial health . . .
Scientists now realize that vitamin D — the sunshine vitamin — plays a much greater role in maintaining good health than previously thought. When it comes to heart health, and in particular, blood pressure, vitamin D is a key player.
Researchers from the Emory University/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute evaluated 554 study participants for resistance to blood flow in their arteries.
When they correlated this data with each subject’s blood level of vitamin D, results indicated a decreased ability of the blood vessels to relax in those with lower vitamin D levels.
After six months, study subjects whose vitamin D levels increased, either from dietary supplements or sun exposure, were observed to have favorable changes in their measures of vascular health and blood pressure.
According to the Vitamin D Council, you may not get enough vitamin D:
- If you don’t get enough sunlight. This could mean you spend a lot of time indoors, use sunscreen, cover up with clothing outside, or live in the northern U.S. or other areas farther from the equator.
- If you are older. That’s because older individuals don’t produce as much vitamin D even with sun exposure due to a lower number of “receptors” in their skin that convert sunlight to vitamin D.
- If you are overweight or have darker skin.
- If you don’t take supplements. It’s hard to get sufficient vitamin D from food alone.
Another nutrient that supports healthy blood pressure is folic acid.
Folic acid is a B vitamin our bodies use to make new cells and produce energy. Scientists have found that folic acid may also foster endothelial health.
Both folic acid and vitamin B12 are important to overall heart health. That’s because they promote healthy inflammation balance as it relates to levels of homocysteine, a marker that helps assess heart health and endothelial function.
As with all B vitamins, folic acid is water-soluble, meaning your body cannot store it and must obtain it regularly through diet or supplementation. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), your blood levels will become low after only a few weeks of eating a diet low in folate.
Good dietary sources of folic acid include spinach, dark leafy greens, and beef liver. A folate deficiency may occur from eating an unhealthy diet without sufficient fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin B12 helps in the formation of red blood cells. As noted above, vitamin B12 helps balance homocysteine levels, fostering endothelial health.
The NIH reports that many older adults may not get enough vitamin B12. That’s because they do not have enough hydrochloric acid in their stomach to absorb the vitamin B12 naturally present in food.
The NIH states that people over 50 should get most of their vitamin B12 from fortified foods or dietary supplements because, in most cases, their bodies can absorb vitamin B12 from these sources.
As noted earlier, it’s important to reduce oxidative stress by bolstering antioxidant defenses.
Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that, studies suggest, influences blood pressure, supports inflammation balance, and promotes heart health.
Alpha lipoic acid is not only useful in scavenging free radicals, but also is involved in recycling other antioxidants in the body, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and glutathione.
Studies also suggest alpha lipoic acid inhibits the formation or adherence of certain molecules or cells that become a concern for the endothelium in the blood vessels.
Vitamin C is another free radical-scavenging antioxidant that provides support for healthy blood pressure levels and immune function. Research suggests vitamin C helps dilation of the endothelium by bolstering nitric oxide activity.
As you might imagine, it would be a hassle — and cost a small fortune — to assemble and take all these nutrients separately.
But because keeping your blood pressure in the normal range is so critical — particularly with aging — Dr. Chauncey Crandall developed VENTRICORE®, an advanced dietary supplement that contains a strategic blend of all these nutrients.
Dr. Crandall designed VENTRICORE to meet three very specific criteria:
- Help facilitate nitric oxide production
- Promote arterial health
- Aid antioxidant defenses
With VENTRICORE, you’ll get a full 3 grams of L-arginine daily, along with generous amounts of vitamins C, D, and B12, folic acid, and alpha lipoic acid, when taken as directed.
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