Is there anything he could take to help further support his heart health?
Dear Terry, “My husband recently had an echocardiogram during his annual routine physical. He was surprised to learn that he had a moderate narrowing of the aortic valve. His doctor does not want to do anything at this point. Is there anything he could take to help further support his heart health?” — Ruth T., Cincinnati, OH
Dear Ruth, I do have a few options that your husband may find helpful. However, I strongly encourage him to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with his physician, as they may have additional input.
I believe he would benefit greatly by adding mesoglycan, a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Mesoglycan is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. Other examples of GAGs include chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Mesoglycan works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. I recommend taking 50 mg of mesoglycan twice daily.
In addition to the mesoglycan, he may also want to consider taking grape seed extract. Grape seed extract helps to reduce high blood pressure, protect the blood vessel walls from damaging free radical activity, and prevent the dangerous oxidation of LDL cholesterol. I would recommend taking 150-300 mg of grape seed extract three times daily.
When looking for a grape seed extract, it is important to choose one that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits. Many extracts contain tannins, which are too large to be effectively absorbed and don’t contribute to your health the same way that OPCs do. However, these tannins are counted as OPCs and enhance the label claim, even though they cannot be absorbed! Tannin-free is best.
Terry . . . Naturally