Several weeks ago, I told you about a heart surgeon who admitted all the recommendations he had given to prevent heart attacks for 25 years were wrong. Dr. Dwight Lundell says the weight of all the research now indicates "that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease."
I also told you that one of the best ways to beat inflammation is with the herb turmeric. Now three new studies show just how effective turmeric is at directly preventing heart disease. These studies show that we now have an even more powerful way to prevent heart attacks than with exercise alone.
A group of researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan conducted all three of these studies. They wanted to compare the effects of exercise and turmeric on heart health. And they used the best type of studies — randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled. What they found is absolutely astounding.
In the first study, the researchers had 32 women take a turmeric supplement, engage in moderate aerobic exercise training, or do nothing. The researchers measured their vascular endothelial function at the start of the study and at the end. This determines how responsive the cells that line the blood vessels are. The measurement is a key indicator of overall cardiovascular health. What they found is amazing. The control group, of course, didn't see any change in the cells' responsiveness. However, both the exercise group and the group taking turmeric saw significant increases in responsiveness. What's more, the improvement in these two groups was identical!
In the second study, the researchers wanted to see how turmeric affected the responsiveness of arteries to changes in blood pressure. As you may know, blood pressure is another key indicator of heart health. So the researchers gave another 32 women either a turmeric supplement or a placebo pill. Some of these women also did a regular exercise routine in addition to taking the turmeric or placebo. Again, those taking the placebo and not doing any exercise didn't experience any improvement in their blood pressure. Those taking only turmeric or only exercising (and taking the placebo pill) saw significant and identical improvement. But the group that exercised and took turmeric saw the greatest improvement!
The final study looked at how exercise and turmeric affected the rate of age-related degeneration of the heart's left ventricle. In this study, the researchers assigned 45 participants to follow the same protocol as the second study. But they looked at the impact on degeneration of the heart rather than on blood pressure. Once again, they found very similar results. The only difference was that turmeric alone didn't appear to provide any benefit. But those who exercised and took turmeric did see a much greater benefit than those who exercised and took the placebo.
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What does all this mean? It means that taking turmeric and exercising is the absolute best way to avoid having a heart attack! The combination works even better than exercise alone. And if you can't exercise, these studies show that taking turmeric is an absolute must. It can significantly reduce your heart attack risk all by itself.
So if you're not taking turmeric, now is the time to start. Not only will taking turmeric significantly lower your risk of having a heart attack, it will help reduce the soreness caused by exercise. Unfortunately, most supplemental forms of turmeric are not well absorbed. But Meriva®, the form used in Reduloxin, is 29 times more absorbable than regular turmeric. You can order Reduloxin by following this link.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Nutrition Research, Oct 17, 2012.