January 28, 2009
How to rebuild a diseased
In the past, I've told you many wonderful ways to protect your heart. Ribose restores lost energy. CoQ10 gives it more energy production. And copper chelation actually rebuilds the diabetic heart.
But what happens when your heart is severely diseased? Is there any hope of restoring it to its youthful vibrancy? According to a new study, the answer is yes.
In this recent study, researchers gave 120 mg per kilogram of carnitine (in the form of propionyl-L-carnitine) to a group of rabbits with damaged hearts. They didn't give the control group anything.
After nine months, the group of rabbits that took carnitine had significantly less age-related remodeling in their hearts. Remodeling is when useless tissue (collagen) replaces healthy heart muscle cells. The more remodeling your heart has, the more diseased it becomes. Those receiving the carnitine had less apoptosis (heart cell death) and less collagen replacement.
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Here's another great nutrient for your heart. Carnitine is essential for creating mitochondrial energy from fatty acids. I usually recommend a dose of 500-1,000 mg two to three times daily for heart conditions.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Ref: "Propionyl-L-carnitine prevents age-related myocardial remodeling in the rabbit," Orlandi A, Francesconi A, et al, Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, 2007; 50(2): 168-175.