My cardiologist pointed out some moderate calcification in my aorta.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have very painful spurs on both shoulders and both heels. I also have a thoracic aortic aneurysm that I get regular scans for. During one of these routine checks, my cardiologist pointed out some moderate calcification in my aorta. Is there anything I could take to help dissolve these deposits?” — Margarita M., St. Petersburg, FL
A. Dear Margarita, I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think.
When it comes to bone spurs, diet can play a crucial role. I highly recommend avoiding all grains, soft drinks, oranges, grapefruits, and tomatoes, as these foods cause a disruption of calcium absorption. I recommend following this diet for at least 90 days.
In addition to the changes in diet, I recommend taking calcium and magnesium, along with bioavailable B6, betaine HCl, vitamin C, and ammonium chloride. These ingredients help keep calcium more fluid to make sure it doesn’t form clumps that later become bone spurs. In short, they help ensure that calcium is where it should be, dissolves it where it shouldn’t be, and prevents it from building up there again. I recommend taking this combination with each meal, as well as at bedtime.
When choosing a product, you must make sure to look for one that contains calcium in the form of calcium phosphate and calcium chloride, as well as magnesium in the form of magnesium glycerophosphate, as these are the forms that help the body clean away those unwanted calcium deposits.
When it comes to the calcification in your aorta, I believe you would benefit greatly by adding mesoglycan and grape seed extract to your daily regimen.
Mesoglycan is 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, you 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