A Natural Fix for Heart Disease

The effects of long-term L-arginine supplementation on ninety patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors were in a recent study in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology June 7 2010.  They were randomly assigned to two groups.  One group received oral L-arginine and the other received placebo capsules.  The patients were evaluated for a number of health factors such as lipid profile, glucose, insulin, and arterial elasticity.

The patients receiving the oral L-arginine showed a decrease in systolic blood pressure, peripheral vascular resistance and decrease in aldosterone levels.
L-arginine is an amino acid and a powerful player in your cardiovascular health.  
This is what the emerging research pointed out. Later research found that supplementation with L-arginine resulted in many beneficial vascular effects in people with multiple risk factors for heart disease.
Importance of Nitric Oxide
Nitric oxide is a gas released in your body as a cellular signaling molecule that promotes healthy blood vessel flexibility and dilation.  It enhances your blood flow when produced by blood vessel cells; It supports healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range; and it is used as a signal molecule in your brain and immune system.
Another important function of the release of nitric oxide is to help relax muscle cells in your veins and the cells lining your blood vessels to support a healthy blood flow.
L-arginine Useful for Supporting Heart Health
Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans for all age groups.  An estimated 785,000 Americans suffered from heart attacks in 2009. Did you know that one person dies from a coronary event every minute?  This statistic came from the U.s. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • L-arginine is needed in your blood vessels to create nitric oxide.
  • L-arginine promotes healthy blood pressure levels for healthy people who are already within the normal range
  • L-arginine improves and supports the layer of cells in the lining of your blood vessels
  • L-arginine promotes a healthy cardiovascular system
What happens when we age?
The amount of nitric oxide in your body declines as part of the aging process. This is why a high-quality L-arginine supplement may be a simple way to enhance your body’s supply, especially if you know you have risk factors for heart disease.  We at Healthy Life Institute are able to test your L-arginine levels.
For example:  Is it hereditary? Does a member of your immediate family have a history of heart disease?
Risk Factors include:
  • high blood pressure
  • excess weight
  • high insulin levels (diabetes)
  • metabolic syndrome

More Tips for Heart Health

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It is important to remember that there is much more to the health of your heart than just your body’s production of L-arginine and Nitric Oxide.Low levels of Vitamin D in your blood have long been correlated with a higher risk of heart disease and heart attacks.  A study found women who take Vitamin D supplements lowers their risk of death from heart disease by one-third.

Because we live on the earth’s northern hemisphere, the amount of sun exposure is very limited during winter months.  Take Vitamin D3 supplements to keep your level in the optimal range.  It should be a source of Fat Soluble Vitamins (Omega Fatty Acids 3, 6 & 9). We at Healthy Life Institute can guide you – monitor your Vitamin D3* level.

Healthy Life Institute can help YOU “Take Control of Your Health”.  Call 801-317-1647 to schedule your initial consultation with one of our Health and Lifestyle Coaches.


Dr. Mercola, “Emerging Research Suggests Heart Disease Could Have a Natural Fix!” http://www.mercola.com, Posted August 12, 2010

*Systemic Formulas, Inc.