What are some nutrient deficiencies that predispose me to increased Cardiovascular disease risk?
Vitamin K2 is an important nutrient necessary to prevent chronic inflammation, osteoporosis and arterial calcification. Many patients are told to avoid leafy green vegetables which are high in Vitamin K1 if they are taking Coumadin to prevent clotting. Vitamin K2 can be eaten in egg yolks, organ meats and cheese and dairy products.
The B vitamins, vitamin C and D3 are important for preventing endothelial damage from scarring and inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids have also been shown to prevent plaque formation.
Plant compounds in berries, cherries, pomegranate and green tea all protect the endothelial cells from inflammation. Garlic helps to reduce oxidation of LDL which promotes inflammation.
How does hormone optimization protect me from cardiovascular disease?
Women in menopause and men with low testosterone and elevated estradiol are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease because low levels of sex hormones are associated with less removal of cholesterol from arterial walls. As mentioned above women are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than men after age 40 (2).
Adrenal and thyroid hormone optimization assist in preventing plaque formation. A study in 2010 showed women with very low DHEA levels had twice as much risk of dying of coronary artery disease than women with high levels (3).
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