Cardiovascular conditions are those that affect the function of structures of the heart, including heart attacks, aorta disease, and diseases of the heart valve, heart muscle, and coronary arteries. Vascular conditions are those that affect the blood and blood vessels in your circulatory system, including deep vein thrombosis and strokes. Cardiovascular and vascular conditions are the leading cause of death in the United States, with strokes, in particular, being the leading cause of disability.
Read on to learn more about the role of the heart, blood vessels, and blood in maintaining a healthy circulatory system, and how enzyme and antioxidant preparations can be used to treat and even prevent vascular and cardiovascular conditions.
Understanding the Role of the Vascular Organs
The Role of the Heart
The human heart pumps 6000 liters of blood throughout the body every day. This process is vital to the survival of the human body, supplying cells with oxygen, enzymes, messenger molecules, and nutrients while removing carbon dioxide and other metabolite wastes from the cells. To perform this function, the human heart requires its own supply of oxygen, messenger molecules, protection molecules, and nutrients, and also requires the removal of its own metabolite wastes.
The Role of Blood Vessels
For the human heart to function correctly, it needs an enormously complex network of blood vessels including capillaries, veins, and arteries to remove the cells’ waste and deliver the necessary nutrients to each cell in the body. No one has been able to conclusively measure the entire system of blood vessels in the human body; however, it is estimated that it adds up to more than 60,000 miles, from the largest arteries to the tiniest capillaries.
The Role of Blood
With the heart and blood vessels working in harmony to deliver blood to every cell in the body, blood must perform a vital function. Indeed, the role of blood is to supply nutrients to cells while removing metabolite wastes. Blood can only perform this vital role if it is in perfect balance in terms of its hemoglobin white and red cells, and pH levels. In addition, blood must maintain an exact level of fluidity to properly perform its functions.
Common Vascular and Cardiovascular Conditions
The blood and vascular system in the human body are so complex and dynamic that a number of conditions can occur which can ultimately undermine the function and structure of the blood vessels and the heart itself. Of the more common blood conditions that can occur include:
- Injuries caused by pollutants, such as inhalants, medications, and chemicals
- Loss of function of vital glycated proteins
- Increased oxidization of proteins
- Cardiovascular injuries caused by microorganisms
- Damage to the cells and molecules, blood vessels, and even the heart, caused by free radicals
- Inflammation caused by a buildup of plaque within the blood vessel walls
- Harmful clots that negatively impact the flow of blood through the blood vessels.
These conditions can introduce harmful and sometimes fatal consequences including weakening of the vein valves, narrowed blood vessels, and hardened arterial walls.
Coronary heart disease is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries that supply blood directly to the heart and can lead to a heart attack or angina. Angina is not strictly a heart condition itself but is discomfort or pain felt in the chest, jaw, stomach, neck, or arm as a result of a restricted supply of blood to the heart. A heart attack is the result of a complete blockage of blood supply to part of the heart, usually caused by a clot forming within one of the heart’s arteries. A heart attack usually causes irreparable damage to at least one part of the heart.
Treating Vascular and Cardiovascular Conditions with Enzyme Preparations and Antioxidants
Derived from the process of fermenting soybeans, nattokinase is a fibrinolytic proteolytic enzyme. Many studies have been completed on this enzyme, with results showing that nattokinase is absorbed into the blood circulatory system through the intestinal tract and that it is fast-acting and remains in the body for a longer time than plasmin.
Nattokinase targets the molecule’s fibrin, which is derived from fibrinogen, and whose role is to assist the clotting process by coagulating blood. Due to the aging process, excessive levels of damage from free radicals, chronic inflammation, poor exercise levels, and poor dietary choices, blood flow problems and increased risk of clotting can occur. Nattokinase is the proteolytic enzyme best placed to ensure proper blood coagulation.
Proteases are proteolytic enzymes made from mushrooms and other types of fungi that can provide digestive support and, most importantly for our purposes, assist in cardiovascular health. An enzyme preparation designed to treat vascular and cardiovascular conditions should contain appropriate levels of proteases to provide enzyme support.
CoQ10 is a coenzyme antioxidant and, when taken in conjunction with nattokinase, can aid in proper nutrient delivery, good levels of blood flow, and overall cell vitality. Some medications – even those aimed at treating vascular and cardiovascular conditions – can deplete the body’s natural stores of CoQ10, making this an important dietary supplement to include in an enzyme preparation.
Several clinical trials have been conducted around the world to show the effectiveness of proteolytic enzyme treatments on vascular and cardiovascular conditions.
- In 1962, Professor Valls-Serra at the University of Barcelona in Spain published extensively on his clinical trials involving treating venous inflammation with enzyme formulations. Professor Valls-Serra referred to the results as “excellent”, in particular relating to the time taken for patients to heal. The results from enzyme treatments for postphlebitic syndrome were considered “astonishingly good and superior to all methods of vessel dilation and anticoagulant therapy previously undertaken”.
- In 1972, Professor Wolf in the United States treated 347 patients with various vascular conditions with an enzyme preparation. Compared to a control group, the patients receiving enzyme therapy healed in one-third of the time. The eventual results showed 58% of patients were completely healed of all symptoms, 29% of patients were healed of most symptoms, and only 13 percent of patients showed a slight improvement or no improvement at all.
- Dr. Denck in Vienna, Austria, conducted a similar study of post-thrombotic syndrome and achieved similar results. 41 percent of patients treated with enzyme therapy were completely healed of all symptoms, 53 percent were partially healed, and only six percent reported no improvement at all.
- Dr. Maehder studied the files of 216 patients with varying types of vascular condition treated by general practitioners in and out of a hospital setting. The results showed 31 percent of patients completely recovering from their symptoms, an improvement in 62 percent of patients, and only seven percent of patients reporting no improvement at all.
Vitalzym Cardio is an enzyme and antioxidant preparation with all the benefits of the original proprietary Vitalzym formula which promotes digestive and systemic enzyme activity, but with all the added cardiovascular and vascular benefits of nattokinase.
The proprietary Vitalzym Cardio blend includes the digestive and systemic enzymes protease, papain, serrapeptase, bromelain, lipase, and amylase, and is enhanced with vitamins C and antioxidants amla extract and rutin. These ingredients have been specifically chosen and blended to help support improved circulation, healthy heart functioning, healthy inflammation in the vascular system, and artery and blood cleansing support.
The formulation has been designed to first provide digestive support in the stomach as the powder-filled capsule breaks down, and then to provide systemic support by absorption and distribution into the bloodstream.
The human circulatory system is a continuously working, astoundingly complex network of organs working in perfect harmony. Despite a range of health conditions, lifestyle factors, and other variables, the circulatory system continues to work hard every moment of every day to keep your vascular and cardiovascular system strong. You can support your body’s efforts to maintain good levels of health and vitality by introducing proteolytic enzymes and antioxidants, including nattokinase, proteases, and CoQ10.
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