An Easy Way to Cut Your Risk of Heart Trouble
In a soon-to-be-published study, a large team of scientists will make an important announcement. They’ve deciphered a process that can lead to heart problems, clogged arteries, blood sugar trouble and more.1
With this knowledge in hand, they hope to be able to find a way to “short-circuit” the process, and cut your risk of these health problems.
This is great news, since tens of millions are at risk of these killers. But something about this study rang a bell with me.
The process they’re looking to short-circuit is production of a molecule called interleukin-1Beta (IL-1B). But Nature has already given you a way to short-circuit this process. And I’ll tell you about it in a moment. But, first, here’s why it’s important…
Your body’s healing process involves two basic steps. First, it rushes a “swat team” of chemicals to the area. These chemicals – called cytokines – try to “cordon off” the affected area, clean it up and begin the healing process. These chemicals are why your finger swells and turns red when it’s cut.
Next, your body sends in a second wave of cytokines. But these chemicals are different. They reverse the effects of the first wave. This second wave is why your finger stops swelling and returns to a normal color as it heals.
Your body also does the same thing when there’s a problem inside. And here’s where the trouble starts. Because it’s not just illness or injury that starts the ball rolling.
Our modern lifestyle creates a dangerous situation. For example, being overweight… drinking heavily… and the typical American diet all trigger your body to release its “swat team” cytokines.
But there’s no specific injury, so they spread out through your whole body. It’s as if your body thinks it’s one big cut finger.
Even worse, the process continues as long as the problem does. So, until you switch to a healthier diet, for example, your swat team cytokines keep your body in crisis mode… and the second wave never comes.
But your body can’t handle crisis mode forever. Eventually, things start going wrong. Like your blood sugar goes out of control… your arteries clog and harden… or your heart stops working well.
Here’s where short-circuiting IL-1B comes in. You see, it’s an important swat team cytokine. If you can shut off – or even slow – the flow of IL-1B, you stop (or slow) the process that’s damaging your body.
And you don’t have to wait to slow that process down. An animal study from Korea shows that plant pigments – called anthocyanins – short-circuit the release of IL1-B.2 It hasn’t been proven in humans yet. But here’s why I expect it will be soon.
Human studies have already shown these plant pigments …
- Promote good circulation and cholesterol levels4
- Support healthy blood pressure5
- Appear to lower your overall heart-health risk.6
These are pretty much the exact problems linked to out-of-control IL-1B. And that’s why I think you don’t have to wait for an answer. Getting more anthocyanins into your body could help you cut your risk now.
And getting more anthocyanins couldn’t be easier. You’ll find them in many dark-colored fruits and vegetables. Blueberries, cherries, raspberries, bilberries, currants and açai are all excellent sources.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Shimada, K., et al, “Oxidized Mitochondrial DNA Activates the NLRP3 Inflammasome during Apoptosis,” Immunity. 2012; DOI: 10.1016/j.immuni.2012.01.009.
2 Kim, S.-J., et al, “Antiulcer Activity of Anthocyanins from Rubus coreanus via Association with Regulation of the Activity of Matrix Metalloproteinase-2,” J. Agric. Food Chem., 2011; 59(21):11786–11793.
3 Wedick, N.M., et al, “Dietary flavonoid intakes and risk of type 2 diabetes in US men and women,” Am J Clin Nutr. Feb 22, 2012. [Epub ahead of print]
4 Zhu, Y., et al, “Purified anthocyanin supplementation improves endothelial function via NO-cGMP activation in hypercholesterolemic individuals,” Clin Chem. Nov 2011; 57(11): 1524-1533.
5 Cassidy, A., et al, “Habitual intake of flavonoid subclasses and incident hypertension in adults,” Am J Clin Nutr. Feb 2011; 93(2): 338-347.
6 Chong, M.F., et al, “Fruit polyphenols and CVD risk: a review of human intervention studies,” Br J Nutr. Oct 2010; 104(Suppl 3): S28-S39.