What can I do to keep my heart healthy?
Q. Hello Terry, “I recently had a Coronary Calcium Scan and I scored in the “Moderate” category. I am concerned because heart disease runs in my family. What can I do to keep my heart healthy?” — Tony W., Minneapolis, MN
A. Dear Tony, Calcium plays many roles in the body – it helps with cell signaling, blood clotting, and muscle contractions – including the heart. If calcium is not properly regulated in the blood and tissues, it can build up in the body as we age – a process called calcification.
Coronary calcium scans can be useful to see where calcium is accumulating in the heart. Unfortunately, once you get your calcium score, you’re often left wondering what to do and how to correct the situation.
One of my favorite ingredients for protecting and strengthening the arteries and blood vessels is mesoglycan. Mesoglycan supplies the raw materials necessary to build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries, helping them to be strong, yet flexible. Plus, mesoglycan helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. Mesoglycan has even been shown to prevent or slow atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which is crucial for people who already have excess calcium in their arteries. I recommend mesoglycan from a porcine source, so it is bioidentical to the same building blocks in our own bodies. I recommend taking 100 mg of mesoglycan daily.
To make sure your body is using calcium optimally, you need to make sure you’re also getting enough of the vitamins that regulate calcium: the fat-soluble vitamins K2, D3, and A.
These vitamins all work synergistically to move calcium out of the blood vessels and back into the bones where it belongs. When excess calcium is removed from the arteries, they are able to become flexible and strong again.
I recommend taking 10,000 IU of vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate), 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol), and 45 mcg of vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-7) daily.
For additional support, I would also take 400 mg three times per day of a French Grape Seed extract that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits.
Terry . . . Naturally