Since the 1970s, cardiologists have been recommending a daily low-dose or baby aspirin as a preventive measure against heart attacks or strokes.
It was even claimed that daily aspirin therapy could lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as 10 percent! I’m sure Bayer was very happy with that statement.
Well, that’s all changed now, and the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have issued a “revised” position on aspirin therapy, stating:
"Aspirin should be used infrequently in the routine primary prevention of ASCVD (atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk) because of lack of net benefit."
Oops. Guess we’ve been misinforming people for 50 years. Sorry!
Let’s take a look at why aspirin was thought to be the Holy Grail of heart disease prevention and how that can be accomplished much more naturally and safely.
Why aspirin? And how it blew up in our faces.
The reasoning behind aspirin therapy was that aspirin blocks your blood’s ability to clot…and clots are the culprits behind heart attacks and strokes.
But guess what—when you have a wound or injury, you’re going to want your blood to clot, because if it doesn’t, you can bleed to death!
Aspirin also reduces inflammation, and inflammation in your arteries is another contributing factor to heart disease. It does that by imitating a compound naturally occurring in plants called salicylates, which are anti-inflammatories.
But aspirin is anything BUT natural! It’s a synthetic version of salicylates ---known as acetyl-salicylic acid—and it can alter the natural structure and function of your red blood cells!
This can eventually lead a plethora of potential serious side effects including:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Digestive problems
- Loss of consciousness
- Reye Syndrome
- pylori infection
- Gastric bleeding
- Kidney insufficiency or failure
- Liver insufficiency or hepatitis
Better, safer answers
Natural heart doctor Jack Wolfson recently said, “Heart attacks are not from an aspirin deficiency. Let’s find the cause.”
Here are 4 safe, effective ways you can address the common underlying issues behind heart disease, thereby naturally reducing your risk!
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
You’ve got to start with your diet, my friend. No drug, supplement or amount of exercise in the world can undo the effects of a bad diet.
Concentrate on real foods like fresh vegetables, fresh fruit in moderation (1 serving a day), meats, poultry, fish, eggs, olive oil, coconut oil and real butter (never, EVER margarine).
And even MORE important is to avoid refined sugars and starchy carbs, and all processed foods.
Sugars and starchy carbs such as breads, pasta, rice and crackers (even if they’re whole grain) can create surges of glucose in your bloodstream, signaling your pancreas to secrete insulin. Over time this can set the stage for insulin resistance, and high levels of glucose and insulin your blood, which stirs up inflammation.
Lastly, please get the old, tired idea out of your head that ALL saturated fats are bad for you. Your body needs saturated fats, and that includes your heart and nervous system.
So, go ahead and have butter on your vegetables or a reasonable (3-4 oz.) serving of steak.
Turmeric has been shown in research to outperform both aspirin and ibuprofen in terms of reducing inflammation!
Plus, it can also help prevent blood clots—safely and naturally!
And unlike dangerous drugs that have only been around for 100 years or so (and ALWAYS cause side effects), turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 4,000 years, with over 10,000 published articles in peer-reviewed journals attesting to its effectiveness.
Now that’s impressive!
If you’re ready to give turmeric a try, our very own Optimal Turmeric Blend provides a soothing, supportive 750 mg of pure, organic turmeric in every 2-capsule dose, plus black pepper extract to support maximum absorbency.
Get enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can counteract inflammation in your arteries and protect you against heart disease (and cancer too!).
But unfortunately, it’s a very common deficiency in our society and here’s why:
Your body was designed to make vitamin D from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to the sun.
Well, considering the staggering number of people on statins (who are blocking their liver’s ability to manufacture cholesterol), plus those who dutifully slather on sunscreen (which blocks your skin’s ability to make vitamin D), is it any wonder we have rampant vitamin D deficiency and heart disease continues to be our #1 killer?
To ensure you have proper levels of this heart-healthy nutrient, supplementation with a top-notch formula like Optimum D-K Formula with FruiteX-B® is the way to go.
Optimum DK Formula provides a therapeutic 5,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 in every daily dose, plus its partners Vitamin K and the mineral boron that also help support a healthy cardiovascular system!
Get regular exercise
Regular exercise reduces your risk of high blood pressure alone by 30 percent! It also strengthens your heart, increases “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers your triglycerides.
Just be sure to get your doctor’s OK first (trust me, he or she will be thrilled!) and GET MOVING!
You don’t have to get fancy. Even brisk walking is helpful and just about anyone can do that.
Now you are armed with truly valuable information on how to reduce your heart disease risk!
To your health,