Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock writes The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter and has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D.

Supplements for Artery Health

Monday, 20 Jun 2011 11:51 AM

By Dr. Blaylock

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Question: Last year my husband had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He wants to get off his statin medications. What supplements would you recommend for him?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

Of course, stopping any medication is a personal choice and should be done with the knowledge of your doctor. That said, sometimes medications need to be tapered off.

An aortic aneurysm usually develops due to a combination of atherosclerosis and a weakness of the fibrous and muscular wall of the vessel. Several natural substances are known to strengthen blood vessels and reduce damage caused by atherosclerosis.

For example, proanthocyanidins from grapeseed extract, hesperidin chalcone, lysine, vitamin C, and white tea catechins play a major role in strengthening and protecting blood vessels. Curcumin and quercetin reduce atherosclerosis and reduce inflammation in blood vessels. In combination, they have quite a powerful effect. In addition, they lower cancer risk and reduce inflammation in other areas of the body.

Pomegranate, high in the flavonoid ellagic acid, has been shown to not only prevent atherosclerosis but to also reverse it. To avoid the sugar in pomegranate juice, take it as an extract concentrate. Another element critical to healthy blood vessel function is magnesium.

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