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Why are black women at a higher risk for CVD

Why do black American women have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease than their equal counterparts?

Saul Yudelowitz BSc (Hons)

There is no doubt how our nutrition affects our health, this is especially evident when it comes to cardiovascular health. Some of the other factors are lifestyle and environment. This article is about providing cutting edge information that has not been made available publicly. It is required that you discuss with your professional health care provider(s) and changes you make in your approach to health.

Here is a simple explanation of an additional affect on your cardiovascular health. The more naturally curly your hair is the higher the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The reason for this is simple. Calcium getting into the wrong areas of the body. While we need calcium in areas like bone, it is just that; hard. When the body undergoes stress, calcium is released; this is where DOMS comes from. An excess amount of calcium, especially with people who have naturally curly hair will result in hardening of the arteries; this leads to a reduction in the flexibility of the arteries, a significant step towards CVD.

So why are black women at a higher risk. Women have a significant protective effect from their hormonal system via estrogen that allows for a higher degree of flexibility. This is the main reason that women have a significantly higher degree of flexibility than men. So while women in their reproductive years who many have an underlying condition developing, are typically able to compensate for this during their reproductive years. Once the protective effect of estrogen wears off after a women’s reproductive life her arteries begin to harden. There is a significant amount of research to show that women after menopause suffer from CVD as much as men while more men suffer from CVD compared with their female counterparts during their reproductive life phase.

There is no doubt that the human body needs calcium however we are overdosing on this. We have been led to believe, mainly from marketing that is aimed at females, we need calcium for strong bones. This reductionism approach is what leads to disease and not health and it is just one of the many examples of why commercialized health is unhealthy!

Let me point out some of the things that excess calcium can cause. Stiffening of the arteries, Alzheimer’s disease, brittle bones, tendons, nails and hair as well as cataracts to name just a few.

What needs to be included in the mix is MSM, Vitamin K and salmon oil. MSM is sulphur; in the ocean plankton binds it to carbon making it organic. Sulphur we add to fertilizers is inorganic. In the good old days of farming, the main reason for crop rotation was for the soil to be allowed a chance to get the sulphur from the ocean via the rains. Unfortunately this doesn’t occur today.

Animals need more sulphur than plants so plant and animals from the ocean are a rich source of sulphur especially shellfish. Sulphur maintains the flexibility of tissue in the body. Collagen requires sulphur. This needs to be the organic version and NOT the inorganic version. So anyone with excess calcium will eventually have tendon issues, heart disease and neurodegenerative disease among others, however there is another very important Vitamin to consider that works to place the calcium in the correct areas of the body.

Vitamin K places calcium in the correct places and keeps it from being deposited in the wrong places which can lead to, calcification of vessels and soft tissue as well as bone spurs to name just a few. Calcium is ubiquitous to health, impacting on syndrome X conditions like, obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and malfunctioning of the cell’s signalling system.

Optimum calcium nutrition depends on the interplay of magnesium, Vitamin D and K. Vitamin K1 and more importantly K2 play a critical role in preventing arterial calcification.

Vitamin K was discovered in the 1920’s, a fat-soluble factor important in blood clotting. Vitamin K1 is found in plants and K2 in animals and produced by the bacteria residing in the gut. If there is even slight dysbiosis of the gastrointestinal tract Vitamin K2 will be in short supply.

For optimal absorption this mix should be used with salmon oil.

Prescription anticoagulants interfere with the metabolism and function of Vitamin K. How Vitamin K is involved in blood coagulation was discovered in 1974 when scientists found Vitamin K was shown to be required for the formation of numerous proteins known as

gama-carboxy-glutamic acid (GCGA) proteins. GCGA proteins bind to calcium to carry them in the body. Vitamin K is a cofactor in the carboxylation via an enzyme of glutamic acid, which forms GCGA. With out GCGA the regulation of calcium can’t take place. There are different GCGA’s found in the body.

When Vitamin K is in short supply GCGA cant function to regulate calcium in four main areas: The liver, bone, cartilage and arterial vessels. These four tissues can extract Vitamin K from the blood; K1 uptake in the liver is highest however K2 inhibits arterial calcification induced by anticoagulants.Because the liver requires a high amount of Vitamin K, this can lead to inadequate GCGA levels in cartilage and bone and so dietary Vitamin K requirements for bone, cardiovascular and cartilage may not be achieved even though normal clotting occurs.

The FDA’s recommendation on Vitamin K dosage is based only on the livers requirements; this then leaves the three other tissues mentioned earlier vulnerable to excessive calcium. This could lead to symptoms as osteopenia, osteoporosis or coronary disease among others.

There have been many good studies on the effects of Vitamin K pertaining to: Increase in bone mineral density, vascular elasticity increase, reduction of bone loss in postmenopausal women, reduction in cardiovascular disease, anti-inflammatory antagonist of IL-6, regulation of blood sugar, antioxidant effect and in Alzheimer’s. The positive effect on Alzheimer’s is via the vascular elasticity increase to the tissue that supplies the brain.

Discuss the following supplement stack with your healthcare provider(s)

Vitamin K: 50mg per day for 10 days then 25mg maintenance dose

MSM: Depends on your overall body mass but generally 1g of MSM per 10Kg of body mass

Salmon Oil: Same dose as for MSM

Cut out all dairy from your diet. I have taken patients with high blood pressure who use medication and go their blood pressure back to normal. If you look at the Asian population where they tend to eat a high amount of organic sulphur, have straight hair a higher degree of flexibility compared to their counterparts, for men and women of equal age. They also have a lower rate of CVD. In nature there is never only an upside or down side. Excess flexibility leads to a loss of lumbar lordosis and over pronation or flat feet. This is also a common finding in the Asian population. The point of this article is to get you to make informed medical choices. Always ask ‘why?’ and discuss with a qualified health care provider(s). Most importantly, the human body is brilliant and to maintain health you need a holistic approach, this is typically why the modern medical model fail in chronic diseases.

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