Heart Patients Take Note

I am going to tell you about the world’s very best treatment for arteriosclerosis (aka hardening of the arteries via plaque deposits). It doesn’t involve drugs or surgery, primarily requires commonly available nutritional supplements and usually substantially improves the patient’s condition inside of a month. This therapy has been around for 60-70 years, has been effective in tens of thousands of cases, and has been championed by Linus Pauling, who was a two-time recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The supplements usually cost less than $80 per month and the major side-effect is that you become more resistant to colds and flu.

It is a mistake to think of arterial plaque deposits as “heart disease”. The plaque deposits lining the walls of arteries are a downstream effect of what begins as damage to artery walls. Under optimal conditions, this damage would be quickly repaired, because the major arteries – particularly coronary arteries - are under significant mechanical stress and having the blood “break through” a major artery wall could be almost immediately lethal.

The repair process revolves around the creation of new collagen and elastin fibers in the area of the damage. Of course there is a “recipe” of nutrients needed to make these fibers, and almost all of those nutrients are usually available in sufficient quantity. Unfortunately, one of those nutrients, in many people, is often in short supply. That nutrient is vitamin C.

Vitamin C performs many functions. It is an antioxidant. It is used to chelate out heavy metals. It plays an important part in the immune system, and it is also required to produce collagen fibers. It is significant to point out that vitamin C is not stored in the body.

Fortunately, vitamin C is in most foods. You will find it in every fruit, vegetable, and even in meat. The unfortunate part about vitamin C is that it is fragile, and doesn’t stand up to cooking. So, if most of your food is cooked, dried, preserved, processed, packaged, or canned, then you aren’t getting much vitamin C from your food, and you might not have enough for all vitamin C functions (such as synthesizing collagen fibers).

When artery walls are damaged and vitamin C is in short supply, you may not be able to fix the damage, but your body has a “plan B”. Just like the Dutch boy who sticks his finger in the dike, your body will try to shore up the weak points in the artery walls “until they can be repaired”. The plaque deposits that heart disease patients are so afraid of are actually purposely placed at weak points of the arteries to prevent “breakthrough” bleeding.

The major problem with this “Plan B” is that until very late stages in this disease process, there is no pain, and the person is usually totally unaware of any problem. Even if they were aware, the useful message – get more vitamin C ! – is unlikely to pop into conINDIGOusness. So, instead of repairing the damage to the artery walls in the immediate future, more damage accumulates. This results in more plaque deposits, and where the artery wall damage is concentrated, thicker and thicker plaque deposits. Eventually, a blood clot gets stuck by the plaque deposit and closes off the blood flow in that artery. The result is most often a heart attack.

The real test of the vitamin C theory is what happens when sufficient nutrients are provided to fix damaged areas of artery walls. The almost universal result is that, as the arterial damage heals, the plaque deposits are “released” from the artery wall. Eventually this disease condition is substantially or even completely reversed.

I have spoken in general terms of the “vitamin C” treatment for arteriosclerosis. The actual formula is never quite so simple. The “basic” formula is vitamins C, E and a couple of amino acids. Other optional nutrients can be considered. Depending upon the individual patient, 5-7 more nutrients (from a pool of more than 15) are typically added. Also, dietary improvements always help.

Here is a common prescription for a heart disease patient:

Vitamin C (pure ascorbic acid, NOT mineral ascorbates) – 6 grams per day

L-Lysine – 6 grams per day

L-Proline – 1 gram per day

Vitamin E – (should contain all 4 tocopherols and all 4 tocotrienols) – 400 to 800 IU / day

Magnesium (as citrate or chelated) – 400 mg / day

Co-Enzyme Q10 – 60 mg per day

Vitamin K – 100 micrograms (mcg) / day

Copper – 2 mg / day

B Complex – use dosage on bottle

Some source of omega-3 fats (fish oil or flaxseed oil) - somewhere between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon per day


Mineral ascorbates (sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, etc.) are an OK form of vitamin C if you are taking smaller doses. However, at the 6 grams per day dosage level, you are likely to be getting overdoses of the minerals. This is why I say to try to get pure ascorbic acid.

I get my vitamin C from the Vitamin C Foundation. You can find them online only. It is not possible to buy their vitamin C products locally. I like their vitamin C because it is pure L-ascorbic acid. The “L” isomer is the natural variety. The “D-ascorbic acid” has little or no use. Almost all vitamin C is synthesized, and almost all synthetic vitamin C is an even mixture of “D” and “L”. Also, their vitamin C is never from a corn source. Corn is a common source of allergic reactions and lower level intolerances/irritations. The Vitamin C Foundation’s C is either from tapioca or beets.

The best product for heart disease patients is called Cardio-C. This is offered two ways. The preferable way to order it is as “Cardio-C Autoship”. This sets you up for automatic re-orders at prescribed time intervals. For example, and advanced heart disease patient might indicate that they want “2 containers of Cardio-C each month”. During the order process, there is a comments section. This is where to indicate the number of containers and the time interval for periodic re-order. It is done this way because vitamin C is an unstable molecule, and it would not make sense to order a whole year’s supply, and let it sit in your house. After 6 months, much of the vitamin C would have disappeared.

The Cardio-C contains appropriate doses of vitamin C, L-Lysine, and L-Proline.

If you want to pursue this,

go to www.vitamincfoundation.org

Click on “Purchase Vitamin C”, Click on “Cardio-C”

Key in 1 (or 2 if your heart disease is more advanced) into the Autoship Cardio-C box

Proceed with the ordering instructions.

When you get to a “Comments” box, indicate the number of containers and time-interval for the automatic re-order, such as “2 containers of Cardio-C every month”

You will need a credit card to complete this order.

If you even loosely follow the dosing instructions that I have provided, you should have almost no problems with overdose symptoms. I still insist upon providing you with a list of such symptoms. They are:

Vitamin C – Diarrhea. If this occurs, drop the dosage a bit, and keep going with the therapy.

Magnesium – Diarrhea. If this occurs, drop the dosage a bit and keep going with the therapy.

L-Lysine – Rapid heartbeat. This would usually never occur unless you got up into the 10 grams/day level. If this occurs, stop the L-Lysine for a day, and resume with a lower dosage.

L-Proline – Digestive difficulties. This would usually never occur unless you got up to 4+ grams per day. If this does occur, stop the L-Proline for a day or two, and resume at no more than 1 gram per day.

Copper – Overdoses of copper usually result in nausea and digestive problems.

Other Considerations:

Co-Q10 – Most Co-Q10 is made in Japan, and there are almost never problems with Japanese Co-Q10. However, some is now made in China, and you should make an effort to avoid this. Country Life is one brand that I have been able to verify uses Japanese Co-Q10.

Omega-3 Oils (Fish and Flaxseed Oil) – These oils are highly volatile and have a strong tendency to go rancid. You should always buy them in small containers and keep them refrigerated. Light, heat and oxygen are the things that make the oil go rancid, so keep it refrigerated, and close the container after using it. Fish oils are the most volatile, and require the most care.

If you are going to get flaxseed oil locally, I recommend Barlean's brand.

The best flaxseed oil is available from Omega Nutrition 1-800-661-3529

When you order it here, you will have it shipped direct from the factory.

This means you probably want to order more to minimize the

shipping cost, and any bottles that you are not using

should be stored in the freezer, so that they will keep longer.

They will tell you that they can ship anywhere UPS ground without

having the oil go bad, but in the summer, I insist upon 2-day

shipping to minimize exposure to heat.

For fish oil, I usually recommend cod liver oil.

Some people buy oils as liquid, and some buy gel-caps. You always want to know that your oils are fresh. To know how fresh your oils are, you should be tasting them. If they taste “bad”, throw them away and get more. If you are taking gel-caps, every week or two, bite open a capsule to see how it tastes. If it tastes rancid, throw the whole bottle away, and get more.

Drug Interactions (That I am aware of)

1. If you are taking blood pressure medication, improving the condition of the artery walls will lower your blood pressure. At some point, this may result in light-headedness especially when standing up from sitting down. This should be a clue that your blood pressure meds should be lowered.

2. If you are taking blood thinners, there are several things that may effect clotting/thinning of blood. Vitamin E will make blood thinner (slippery), as will magnesium. Vitamin K acts as a coagulant that roughly counteracts the magnesium. L-Arginine, which is an optional addition to the therapy, will act as a anti-coagulant, but only in areas where coagulation is not necessary. Thus, some thought needs to put into by how much and when to reduce blood thinner medication. This is important because too much blood
thinning may result in a stroke, while too little will increase your chances of heart attack.

A good idea is to reduce the blood thinners gradually. By the end of one month, the integrity of the artery walls should be improved enough that the chance of stroke is dramatically reduced, and the chance of heart attack would also be significantly diminished. At the end of two or three months, your arteries should have improved (and reduced plaque deposits) to the point where blood thinners are no longer necessary.

This is a list of internet links to some articles that I have referred to during my presentation:

This is a link to my favorite article on the dangers of statin drugs.
You really need to read this.

For those people who take an aspirin a day,
I recommend http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/arginine.htm

The following is an article from my favorite medical writer.
He makes even the most complex topics accessible to almost everyone.

Here is a summary of the intended function of each of the nutrients that have been discussed during my presentation

Vitamin C - necessary to create collagen fibers, antioxidant
L-Lysine – necessary to create collagen fibers, also dissolves plaque deposits
L-Proline – dissolves plaque deposits
Vitamin E – antioxidant so it prevents more damage

Magnesium - Protects normal heart rhythm, anticoagulant, required for normal energy production
Co-Enzyme Q10 – Promotes optimal energy usage
Vitamin K – prevents bleeding
Copper – necessary for collagen formation, especially necessary if you do NOT have copper pipes in your house
Vitamin B Complex - Required for energy production

Omega-3 fatty acids (flaxseed oil or fish oil) – Necessary for fast

movement of oxygen in high-energy situations (such as in a muscle that never stops)

Rutin and other Bioflavonoids – Works like and with vitamin C

Here is a link to where you can buy my book on heart disease :


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Daniel Cobb DOM