Several months ago, I told you about an interesting connection between hearing loss and heart problems. The connection is poor circulation. And I gave you several ways for thinning your blood naturally (without Coumadin) to improve your circulation.
Two of the nutrients I mentioned were ginkgo biloba and niacin. But Ralph P. wrote me and asked a very important question. He wanted to know about treatments for all "those millions that have arrhythmia problems that preclude their using such stimulants."
Since getting Ralph's email, I've looked at quite a few studies on the impact of natural stimulants on arrhythmia. It's a touchy area because arrhythmia's can lead to blood clots, heart attacks, and stroke. So it's not something you want to mess around with.
What's interesting about natural medicine, though, is that herbs often work in concert with your body, not against it like drugs do. So an herb or nutrient that we think of as a natural stimulant may not work as a stimulant if your body doesn't need it to. Let me illustrate. Green tea is often considered a stimulant because it contains caffeine. However, green tea also contains l-theanine, a non-protein amino acid that has tremendous calming effects. What's amazing about green tea is that it can act as a mood enhancer if you're down, and it can calm you down if you're anxious.
Another interesting study found that niacin, though a powerful stimulant, can actually reduce your heart rate. Should you take niacin for tachycardia (rapid heart rate)? Most doctors would say no. However, some integrative physicians have found niacin can reduce tachycardia. Some tachycardia patients swear by it.
Since arrhythmia is such a very serious problem, it requires the attention of an integrative physician. Don't try to self-medicate without some medical supervision. Each individual will respond differently to natural stimulants. And reactions can be unexpected. I'm not recommending you use them, but your doctor might find them quite useful in your situation. If he does, don't let it scare you.
If you have arrhythmia and want to try a natural treatment to improve your circulation that isn't a stimulant, Ralph mentioned in his note that vitamin E might be the way to go. But there's something even better than vitamin E. It is Delta Tocotrienols. Tocotrienols, as you may know, are a cousin to vitamin E. One study found that tocotrienol-rich fraction reduces myocardial infarct size, improves postischemic ventricular dysfunction, and reduces the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias.
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So if you're looking for a great way to help your circulation, stabilize your heart rhythms, lower your cholesterol and triglycerides, avoid further heart problems, and do so without stimulants, Delta Tocotrienols might be exactly what you're looking for. The usual daily dose for tocotrienols is 100 mg daily.
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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.