“If we can make the insides of our arteries slipperier, that will help improve the flow of the blood. That will make it easier for the blood to circulate, and ease the workload for your heart.”
A few videos ago I talked about the five main causes of cardiovascular problems.
One of them was circulation, which in my opinion is the most important system in our bodies. We rarely think about it until such time as something goes wrong…and then it is hard to fix when it does.
Why is circulation so important?
We rely on the 60,000 miles of blood vessels in our bodies to distribute oxygenated blood and collect waste material for elimination. This is an automated system and without it we would soon be dead.
Most of us don’t really think about it too much until we have a problem, and these problems can quietly creep up on us without realizing it. A single problem may not kill us, but it can certainly have an impact on our quality of life.
Many people have circulation problems and don’t realize it because some of the symptoms are not commonly associated with circulation…such as memory loss and difficulty concentrating, digestive issues, fatigue and ulcers in the legs or feet.
There are also the obvious symptoms of poor circulation, such as:
- cold hands and feet
- numbness and tingling in the extremities
- swelling in the feet ankles and legs
- joint and muscle cramping
- skin color changes
- high blood pressure
- erectile dysfunction
All of these symptoms indicate that there is an underlying cardiovascular issue because, after all, circulation is all about cardiovascular health.
What causes circulation problems?
In essence they are caused by the inability of the blood to flow freely throughout the maze of arteries, veins and capillaries which make up our circulation system. This is usually due to a narrowing of the arteries which can be as a result of build up of plaque, calcification and inflammation.
What can make matters worse is:
- the quality of the blood
- the stickiness of the blood
- the stickiness of the inside walls of the arteries
A bit like if you have a water pipe which is gunked up with rust and debris – to get enough water to flow out the other end you have to turn the tap on further to increase the pressure and thus force the water through.
This is the same principle that causes high blood pressure…the heart has to increase the pressure to get enough blood circulating throughout the body.
Unlike a water pipe which is just carrying water, your circulatory system is carrying blood. Blood includes the oxygen and nutrients needed to feed your cells, and also carries away waste materials.
Now if you were to take that water pipe and make those rough surfaces slippery, the flow of water would be easier.
That same principle applies to our blood.
If we can make the insides of our arteries slipperier, that will help improve the flow of the blood. That will not only make it easier for the blood to circulate with all the benefits that come from that, it will also ease the workload for your heart.
I am sure that you can see the sense in this approach, so the question then becomes…
How do you improve circulation?
As with all things in health, there is no single magic bullet. Instead, there’s a combination “bullets” working in synergy.
Having said that, there is one ingredient that has sound clinical data supporting its efficacy. In particular, its ability to smooth out the inside walls of the arteries by clearing out fibrin (a protease enzyme or protein involved in the clotting of blood).
Fibrin derived from natto (a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans) has been widely consumed in Japan for thousands of years. This may be one reason the Japanese enjoy better heart health than most people in the rest of the world.
If you would like to read more, check out this link which has a lot of published data (Nattokinase: A Promising Alternative in the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases).
If you don’t like the thought of eating fermented soybeans, natto is also available as a supplement, Nattokinase, which is widely available from different manufacturers. We use a proprietary form called Nattozimes which is manufactured in the US. This ingredient is a blend of the protease enzymes. We include in both our Total Balance and our CX8 – Cardio Support products. It is certainly worth investigating.
In the next video I will address the issue of inflammation as it relates to Heart Health.