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It’s easy to take for granted all the hard work that the human heart does in a day, but this muscular pumping device is working every second around the clock to ensure our bodies are able to successfully accomplish both voluntary (such as exercise) and involuntary (breathing, for example) tasks.
The cardiovascular system includes the heart and a closed system of vessels, including arteries, veins, and capillaries. Together they comprise the vast network that enables the body to circulate blood flow and oxygen, providing cells with nutrients and helping to move waste out towards excretory organs. The cardiovascular system also plays a role in protecting the body against disease and infection. Because it is responsible for so many vital processes, it’s important to keep its health in good standing.
Inflammation – the #1 Risk to Cardiovascular Health
The number one risk factor to cardiovascular health may be surprising. Like so many serious diseases today, it is rooted in inflammation. “It’s rampant inflammation that causes heart attacks, not high cholesterol. In fact more than half of heart attacks occur in people who have had normal cholesterol levels,” explains Ronesh Sinha, M.D., as quoted on The C60 Show. While you might be advised to take medication to manage cholesterol levels, unless you’re also eating a diet that supports a healthy inflammatory response, the risk for cardiovascular diseases may still be quite high.
“They talk about LDL cholesterol being the ‘bad’ cholesterol but it’s not the LDL cholesterol, it’s oxidized LDL cholesterol. When LDL cholesterol oxidizes, it has the habit of sticking to the arteries, and the immune system sees that as a bad thing and goes after it, and that causes inflammation,” says Ken Swartz, research scientist and co-host of The C60 Show. Other factors that contribute to the risk of heart disease, many of which also cause an unhealthy inflammatory response include smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, lack of dental hygiene, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, chronic stress, advanced age, and genetic predisposition.
Chronic inflammation adversely affects the cardiovascular system. Not only does it increase the likelihood that the body will attack its own arteries and blood vessels, but it can also cause structural changes in the heart. The muscle can become enlarged or develop scar tissue, impeding its ability to pump blood efficiently and leading to further deterioration. When the heart isn’t pumping efficiently, the mitochondria in the cells have to work even harder, producing more free radicals in the process and creating a cascade effect of more inflammation.
The Root of Inflammation
You’ll often read that inflammation occurs as a response to things like eating certain foods, smoking, or experiencing high levels of stress. While these are all true, the underlying cause behind most sources of inflammation is the presence of an excess of reactive oxidative species (ROS) or free radicals.
Unfortunately, industrialized societies subject their inhabitants to a cascade of things that cause ROS, so it’s worth learning the many sources of oxidative stress.1 For example, when the body is inundated with chemicals, whether they’re delivered in drinking water, body care products, or processed foods, the chemical breakdown produces ROS, which the body must then work to neutralize in order to minimize cell damage. Even chronic stress produces its own unfavorable oxidative process (i.e. an increase in ROS) which the body must work to mitigate.
When a person is not consuming or producing enough antioxidants, it becomes difficult to fight the oxidative burden on the body, resulting in unwanted effects such as fatigue, premature aging, inflammation, and illness.
Diet and Antioxidants
It may not be the trendiest choice these days, but research shows time and again that the “Mediterranean diet” consistently supports longevity and a healthy cardiovascular system. This model of eating relies heavily on vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, and natural anti-inflammatory fats such as avocados and olive oil. A Japanese-style diet is also largely anti-inflammatory due to the emphasis on vegetables, fish, and fermented foods.
Interestingly, in a study of subjects who switched to a Mediterranean diet as compared to those who continued eating as they normally would, cholesterol levels did not decrease in either group, but those eating Mediterranean-inspired foods experienced fewer heart attacks. The fact that their diet supplied them with a higher level of antioxidants (and likely fewer processed foods that cause oxidative stress) meant that their hearts were able to stay in better health.
Heart Health and Carbon 60
Carbon 60 is a safer and more effective antioxidant than any other substance yet discovered.2 The ability for C60 molecules to attach to free radicals, neutralize them, and reset countless times means that a smaller dose of C60 can do many times the antioxidant work of something like a vitamin C molecule, which can neutralize only one oxidative radical before it is rendered ineffective and must be flushed from the body. In addition, Carbon 60 only targets ROS, the family of oxidative species that are damaging to the body, and not the many other oxidative species that can actually be beneficial, including signaling molecules integral to vital communication processes at the cellular level. Most pharmaceutical options for anti-inflammatory medication are unable to distinguish the difference and thus interfere with signaling processes.
The antioxidant support provided by C60 Purple Power not only manages inflammatory response3 but also supports healthy mitochondrial function. When cells are running at full efficiency, the mitochondria can optimize adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, increasing cellular and bodily energy, which makes it easier to get off the couch, go for a walk or work out.4
When the oxidative burden is managed, mitochondria are also better able to support the production of pregnenolone, the precursor molecule needed for hormone production. Cells utilize LDL cholesterol in the synthesis of pregnenolone, which means not only a promotion of healthy hormone balance but an efficient way to employ LDL cholesterol so it does not build up in the body and risk oxidation.
Additionally, C60 Purple Power’s antioxidant ability enhances stem cell production, meaning the body is better able to repair damaged tissue with a decreased likelihood of scarring.
Because inflammation is such a predominant factor in heart health, and oxidative stress is the main culprit behind that, C60 Purple Power’s function as a superior antioxidant means it is able to target and manage the root of inflammation at the cellular level. This means that adding Carbon 60 oil to your regimen supports heart health from the inside out.
“Next month I will be 81 years old. I started taking C60 Purple Power about a year ago. At that time I was taking one medication for joint pain and also one for an irregular heartbeat. I no longer take either one as both problems are gone. I have to say that overall I feel younger each year, rather than older. I still ride my bike, usually four or 5 miles when I ride it and walk at about 3 miles per hour.” – Donna R.
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