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Combine Omega 3 with marine nutrients for heart protection

Omega 3 on its own doesn’t help heart health. But this does.

Combine Omega 3 with marine nutrients for heart protection NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals


Combine Omega 3 with marine nutrients for heart protection NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsIn 2015 Dr Paul Clayton, the former chair of the Forum on Food and Health at the Royal Society of Medicine, stated:

“Taking fish oil on its own as a magic-bullet single supplement for heart health just doesn’t work.”

This conclusion has now been supported in July 2018 by the Cochrane Committee, who reviewed data from trials on 112,000 people and found no reduction in the risk of heart attacks or stroke from supplementing with Omega3.

Back to Dr Clayton in 2015:

“When you go back to the start of the story – the Inuit diet, where heart disease is almost non-existent – you can see right away that they ate a diet containing many more actives than are found in any fish oil capsule.

“One of those bio-actives is a rare polyphenol that is soluble in oil and fat, and which is produced by the same cold-water algae that produce the omega 3s that are consumed by krill, fish, marine mammals and eventually the Inuit.

“This marine polyphenol is a treasure, as it is not only the best antioxidant for fish oils yet discovered (Wang ’09), it is also a powerful anti -inflammatory compound in its own right (Dutot et al ’12, Yang et al ’14). That marine (seaweed derived) polyphenol is Ascophyllum Nodosum.

“The lesson is clear. The pharmaceutical mindset of 20th century medics and industrialists has led us all, once again, down a long blind alley costing too much money and too many lives. Diet is complex, and any attempts to reduce it to a single nutrient are inevitably doomed to failure

“To gain the original Inuit’s relative freedom from degenerative disease, fish oil alone is not enough. But if you combine it with marine polyphenols like Ascophyllum Nodosum and/or virgin olive oil containing oil-soluble polyphenols (thus combining the best of the Inuit and the Mediterranean diets), chronic inflammation is effectively stopped in its tracks.

“I have personally seen this in over 400 cases.”

See Dr Clayton’s newsletter article from Autumn 2015 here.

Challenged to design a supplement that really would work – defined as cutting the risk of age-related illness – Dr Paul Clayton created the specifications for a comprehensive supplement called NutriShield.

Since 2015, NutriShield has combined Omega 3 with marine polyphenols. But Dr Clayton also always knew that reducing heart attack risk based on sound scientific evidence requires even more.

It needs a largely plant-based diet and a supplement that contains plant micro-nutrients that have been scientifically linked to heart health. Follow the links below to articles on this website on:

Should you continue to take an Omega 3 supplement?

YES – because Omega 3 even without marine polyphenols is proven to help brain, eye and joint health. See a full article here. It sets out even more detail on the following research:

Eye health

A 2009 National Eye Institute study using data obtained from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found participants who reported the highest level of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet were 30 percent less likely than others to develop macular degeneration during a 12-year period.

Joint health

And recent research conducted at the University of Bristol and funded by Arthritis Research UK has found that Omega-3-rich diets may reduce arthritis symptoms “by 50 per cent compared to a standard diet”.

Finally, Omega 3 does help reduce inflammation in combination with marine polyphenols and several other plant micronutrients. And if you reduce inflammation you reduce a key risk factor for heart disease.

The supplement NutriShield contains not just Omega 3, with added marine polyphenols from the seaweed ascophyllum nodosum, but optimum levels of vitamins and minerals and a wide range of other plant micro-nutrients.

NutriShield Essentials for under 50s comes in both fish oil and vegan versions; NutriShield Premium for over 50s is only available containing fish oil.

 


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Dr Paul Clayton designed NutriShield as a comprehensive healthCombine Omega 3 with marine nutrients for heart protection NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals supplement with OPTIMUM levels of Omega 3s, and essential nutrients including polyphenols and flavonoids from fruits, vegetables and other plants like turmeric. See more detail elsewhere on this site or click on the button.


Combine Omega 3 with marine nutrients for heart protection NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsDr Paul Clayton’s best-selling book Health Defence is available from bookstores or from Uni-Vite Healthcare here.

A free summary report and the opportunity to read the book online is available here.


See online here for delicious recipes from the Health Defence Cookbook  incorporating healthy foods featuring in a Mediterranean Diet. Combine Omega 3 with marine nutrients for heart protection NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals


REFERENCES

https://www.cochrane.org/news/new-cochrane-health-evidence-challenges-belief-omega-3-supplements-reduce-risk-heart-disease

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression: Scientific Evidence and Biological Mechanisms; Giuseppe Grosso, et al. Oxid Med Cell Longevity. 2014: 313570.

Fish consumption, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and risk of cognitive decline or Alzheimer disease: a complex association. Fotuhi M, Mohassel P, Yaffe K. Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2009 Mar;5(3):140-52.

Short-term supplementation of acute long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may alter depression status and decrease symptomology among young adults with depression: A preliminary randomized and placebo controlled trial; Annie T.Ginty, Sarah M.Conklin ; Psychiatry Research

Circulating omega-3 Fatty acids and neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Merle BM, et al: Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Mar 28;55(3):2010-9. doi: 10.1167/iovs.14-13916.

Nitrate-rich foods reduce blood pressure

Why NO is a big YES

NONitric Oxide – is a vital chemical messenger which relaxes otherwise constricted and stiff blood vessels, increasing both oxygen and blood flow. So it’s vital for reducing blood pressure and therefore heart health.

Improved blood and oxygen flow is also critical for better brain function as the brain uses 20% of our oxygen intake.

It’s also a way to help in cases of ED – erectile dysfunction. Drugs like sildenafil work in exactly this way – boosting nitric oxide signalling, relaxing arteries and increasing blood flow. And adequate Nitric Oxide is equally important for women, because unhindered blood flow helps sexual arousal in both men and women.

The inside of the arteries produces NO

The interior surface of your arteries is called the endothelium and it produces nitric oxide. When oxidised cholesterol (plaque) builds up there – the condition known as atherosclerosis – you reduce your capacity to produce nitric oxide and your arteries then become rigid, making blood flow more difficult. Your blood pressure rises and that significantly increases your risk of a heart attack, stroke or sexual dysfunction.

Nitrate-rich foods reduce blood pressure NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Preventing this chain of events is why physicians prescribe nitroglycerin for heart and stroke patients. But beetroot has a similar effect!

The free radical connection

The normal action of Nitric Oxide is impaired by excess free radicals.

Some free radical action is a normal part of metabolism – when food molecules are broken down in the presence of oxygen to create energy.

But there are occasions when oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons need to be in pairs, so these atoms, now called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA.

As a consequence, free radical damage is linked to cancer, atherosclerosis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and to ageing generally. Indeed, ageing has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage.

Free radicals – and what is called oxidative stress – can be created when we consume high-temperature fried foods and alcohol, when we exercise to excess, or when we are exposed to tobacco smoke, residual pesticides and air pollutants.

A natural solution – anti-oxidants in food

Nitrate-rich foods reduce blood pressure NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

If oxidative stress is the enemy of Nitric Oxide, anti-oxidants are the solution. You need to bathe your blood stream in anti-oxidants to neutralise excess free radicals.  This ensures that your endothelial cells can produce the Nitric Oxide that will, in turn, keep your arteries supple and your blood pressure normal.

You do that with anti-oxidant-rich foods like berry fruits, kale, broccoli and spinach, and nitrate-rich foods like beetroot and leafy green vegetables.

The nitrate in these plants is converted into nitric oxide in the body. Indeed researchers were able to show that drinking 250ml beetroot juice could drop blood pressure in a group of normal BP people by 10 points in just two hours.

Top nitrate foods include:
  • RockeNitrate-rich foods reduce blood pressure NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Mineralst
  • Rhubarb
  • Lettuce
  • Coriander
  • Beetroot and beetroot greens
  • Spring greens
  • Basil
  • Chard
  • Whole grains

This suggests that a regular mixed salad with rocket, lettuce, coriander, basil and beetroot can be a top blood pressure lowering dish.

Nitrates for boosting athletic performance?

It also suggests that nitrate-rich foods might boost athletic performance. And this seems to be true. A study (referenced below) where cyclists were given beetroot juice before training showed that their energy production became 11% more efficient. For a top athlete that is a huge competitive advantage.

But since it’s an all-natural intervention, don’t expect newspaper headlines along the lines of: ‘Beetroot Doping Scandal Hits Tour de France!!’

Protect your NO

Eating nitrate-rich foods is one important way to lower blood pressure. Another way is to increase your consumption of foods containing the amino acid L-arginine, which can be found in nuts, fruits and dairy.

Nitric oxide only lasts a short time in the body, so the more antioxidant protection we provide it, the longer the effects will last. In fact, surgeons are even coating stents (the mesh tubes that prop open arteries after surgery) with drugs that produce nitric oxide.

You can protect your nitric oxide by consuming anti-oxidant rich foods as outlined above, and by supplementing with anti-oxidant nutrients including vitamins C and E, beta carotene, Co-Q10, lycopene, lutein and selenium.

Exercise for increased NO

When you exercise, your muscles need more oxygen, which is supplied by the blood. As the heart pumps, the lining of the arteries releases nitric oxide into the blood, which relaxes and widens the vessel wall, allowing for more blood to pass through.

Nitrate-rich foods reduce blood pressure NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsAs we get older, however, our blood vessels and nitric oxide system become less efficient due to free radical damage, causing our veins and arteries to become less elastic. So maintaining activity and exercise is important for Nitric Oxide health.

There’s a final heart/brain benefit to nitric oxide: in addition to relaxing or vasodilating blood vessels, nitric oxide also displays anti-platelet properties, which helps to prevent inappropriate blood clotting.

 


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Nitrate-rich foods reduce blood pressure NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsAnd register now for a free monthly e-newsletter on the latest in nutrition and health research.


Dr Paul Clayton designed NutriShield as a comprehensive healthNitrate-rich foods reduce blood pressure NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals supplement with OPTIMUM levels of essential nutrients. See more detail elsewhere on this site or click on the button.


Nitrate-rich foods reduce blood pressure NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsDr Paul Clayton’s best-selling book Health Defence is available from most good bookstores.

See the website www.healthdefence.com for excerpts and links to buy direct from the publisher.


See online here for delicious recipes from the Health Defence Cookbook incorporating healthy foods featuring in a Mediterranean Diet. Nitrate-rich foods reduce blood pressure NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals


REFERENCES

Beetroot juice and exercise: pharmacodynamic and dose-response relationships. Wylie LJ, Kelly J, Bailey SJ, Blackwell JR, Skiba PF, Winyard PG, Jeukendrup AE, Vanhatalo A, Jones AM. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2013 Aug 1;115(3):325-36. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00372.2013. Epub 2013 May 2.

Nitric Oxide: a molecule of the millennium. Shinde UA, Mehta AA, Goyal RK. Indian J Exp Biol 2000 Mar;38(3):201-10.

Discovery concerning nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. Furchgott RF, Ignarro LJ, Murad F. Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology 1998.

In vitro effects of a novel class of nitric oxide (NO) donating compounds on isolated human erectile tissue. Seidler M, Uckert S, Waldkirch E, Stief CG, Oelke M, Tsikas D, Sohn M, Jonas U. Eur Urol. 2002 Nov;42(5):523-8

Age-related reduction of NO availability and oxidative stress in humans. Taddei S, Virdis A, Ghiadoni L, Salvetti G, Bernini G, Magagna A, Salvetti A. Hypertension. 2001 Aug;38(2):274-9.

Arginine Metabolism: nitric oxide and beyond. Guoyao WU, Morris SM. Biochem J 1998; 336:1-17

Antioxidants and the bioactivity of endothelium-derived nitric oxide. Tomasian D, Keaney JF, Vita JA. Cardiovasc Res. 2000 Aug 18;47(3):426-35.

Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health. V Lobo, A Patil, A Phatak, N Chandra. Pharmacogn Rev. 2010 Jul-Dec; 4(8): 118–126. doi:  10.4103/0973-7847.70902