Can supplements actually help with Angina or is the only method of treating this very painful condition conventional medicine? This is perhaps one of the most debated topics in the medical profession, but there is some very startling evidence to suggest that the answer to this question is a very definitive yes. The medical community is slowly starting to acknowledge that both vitamins and minerals can play a very helpful role is several conditions as well as diseases, and this is one of them.
In fully understanding how, it is very helpful to understand some basics about angina.
What is it?
Angina is also referred to by two other names; angina pectoris as well as what is actually is, chest pain. Although anyone that suffers from it knows exactly what it is, there are some misconceptions. It is often referred to as a disease, but it is more of a symptom that a disease. It is can feel like a squeezing or a dull pressure in your chest and is often associated with some type of exercise, stress, cold weather, or eating a large meal. However, it can also occur in some cases when you are resting or sleeping.
The second misconception is that it is always associated with coronary heart disease, and while this is true in a majority of the cases, it does have other causes. It is estimated that over 30 percent of all cases may be the result of a heart valve problem called stenosis. Stenosis can cause a decreased flow of blood to the coronary arteries from your heart, and if you have severe anemia, this is likely the cause of these chest pains. The reason for this is quite simple; your blood is not carrying enough oxygen.
If you have thickened heart muscles, it can also cause angina as you will also need more oxygen but you are not receiving enough. It is also extremely important to note that if you suffer any type of chest pain and have not been tested, regardless of what treatments can help, you need to have it tested as quickly as possible.
Angina is almost always the result of a decreased flow of blood to an area of your heart, which in turn, interferes with the delivery of both oxygen as well as vital nutrients to the cells of the heart muscle. Once this does occur, your heart muscle must compromise and use less effective forms of energy or fuel to perform its number one function; pump blood to your body. When this happens, it produces what is referred to as lactic acid that will start to build up in your heart muscles and will eventually cause pain.
There are several medications that can help reduce this pain, but there are also several vitamins and minerals that can assist in reducing it or perhaps eliminate it.
There are three types of angina; stable, unstable, and what is referred to as prinzmetal’s. Stable angina is a pain that is quite predictable and will attack you only during some kind of exercise or stress but will subside and then go away with rest. The unstable form may be the first sign of a heart attack as it will feel entirely different, can also occur when you are resting, and will feel much more intense and last longer. If this is the case, you may need to have it surgically repaired.
The final form is referred to as prinzmetal’s angina, and this can also occur when you are resting or even sleeping, as well as any exposure to very cold weather. This is generally the result of a decrease in the flow of blood to your hearts muscle from some type of spasm that has occurred in the coronary artery. If you have this form, that chances are very high that you also have a coronary artery disease.
Vitamins and minerals:
There are several conventional treatments for angina and the most commonly used are nitroglycerin, beta-blockers, as well as calcium channel blockers. They will help to dilate your blood vessels, and in doing so, reduce the oxygen needs of your heart. They can also help to protect your heart form any damages that may be associated with oxygen starvation in the very early stages of a heart attack. If you suffer from these symptoms, your diet will also have to be modified to cut your fat intake substantially.
There are also several vitamins and minerals that can help dramatically with angina and several of them will specifically target the lactic acid that is causing most of the issues, as well as plaque buildup.
The two most effective nutrients are Vitamin C and L-lysine, which is an essential amino acid that your body cannot manufacture, and as a result, it can only come for your diet or in the form of supplements. One of the most brilliant scientists in the world, Linus Pauling, PhD, did a remarkable test several years ago on one of his colleges that was suffering from angina even after several bypass operations. He was taking Vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, several multiple vitamins, as well as individual dosages of vitamin A, E, and the B-complex grouping.
Although he felt much better physically, he was still suffering from the symptoms and he was not a good candidate for another bypass surgery. Dr. Pauling suggested that he add the L-lysine but change how he was using the other vitamins, especially vitamin C. He suggested that L-lysine was very effective at fighting fat molecules and also had the ability to bind to the arteries, which can cause the buildup of plaque. By disrupting this process, it would do one very important thing; reverse the buildup of plaque.
He also suggested that the intake of vitamin C be increased to as high as six to seven grams per day, not milligrams, to help reverse or at least slow the damages of the heart disease as well as six grams of L-lysine per day. L-lysine can be purchased at any health food store in 500 mg tablets and he recommend to split these six grams in thirds to be taken between meals. In a very short period of time, his friend was remarkably better and requests for other medical experts to test it on other patients was of course ignored.
Vitamin E can also play a very important role as it also assists in the buildup of fatty plaque that impedes the flood of blood as well as preventing blood clotting in the arteries. It does this by its action on platelets, which are disk shaped components of blood that regulate the coagulation process.
The minerals selenium as well magnesium may also help with angina, as selenium helps vitamin E function at full capacity. Magnesium is very well known for its ability to not only relax but also smooth the muscles that wrap around your blood vessels and it has shown time after time to be very effective in muscle contraction disorders that include high blood pressure, Raynaud’s disease, as well as migraine headaches.
Angina and the chest pains that it causes can be a very serious set of symptoms and should be treated with the upmost of urgency. You should immediately seek the help of a professional and consult them on the treatment options, but the idea is to reduce or eliminate these symptoms, not just control or maintain them. These natural forms of treatments may just do that, but only you can be the real judge if they work.