Monthly Archives: April 2014

Vitamin K2

A quick post to alert you of the importance of this little talked about vitamin and how it helps keep calcium out of your arteries and in your bones and teeth where it should be. It is particularly important to couple this with vitamin D3, especially in the winter months if you live in sun deprived areas.

This video interview covers things better than I could. Start adding Brie or Gouda cheese to your heart healthy diet.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/16/vitamin-k2.aspx

 

 

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Typical Day

I have been asked on more than one occasion what my diet is like, especially as I have been banging on about food and heart disease. The best way to sum it up would be with a typical days food and drink, here go’s Breakfast – Green Tea with Ginger, Glass of water with T spoon of Cayenne Pepper, Porridge with Chia seeds, red grapes and apple and either Hemp milk or Almond milk, one Krill oil tablet, one vit D3 /K2 tablet, one 1000mg vit C tab, one 500mg L-Lysine tablet, one 500mg L-Proline tablet and two Fruitflow tablets. One veg smoothie consisting of red grapes, one beetroot, glass of beetroot juice and a couple of handfuls of Kale Lunch – Usually a visit to the local Veggie cafe or Pret a Manger where I may have something like Pumpkin soup followed by a Salmon sushi Salad (no bread), more green tea and couple of pieces of dark chocolate minimum 70% cocoa Dinner – Wild Sockeye Salmon with sweet potato and fresh vegetables, Garlic tablet, Nattokinase tablet, fresh fruit and greek yoghhurt, maybe a glass of red wine or green tea Snacks – If I feel snacky I always have a box of Brazil nuts, Walnuts, Almonds and Pumpkin seeds to nibble on. I may also snack on Mackrel on toast using a gluten/grain free bread such as Genius (probably the only time I eat bread). The interesting thing is that with this dietary approach I never feel hungry or that I am restricting how much I am eating and yet my weight has dropped from 14 stone to 11 stone 5lbs and importantly remains constant. I am no expert on weight loss diets but it seems to me that what you eat is far more important than how much you eat. Traditional weight loss seems to centre around ‘keep eating the crap but count how much you eat’. This has been shown to be unsustainable in the long run even though it may give short term results. If there are any dieticians out there I would welcome their comments

Asking the Right Questions

I mentioned before the importance of asking the right questions. At the moment the standard lipid tests available to you at your doctors are next to useless. If you do ask for one make sure you insist that they test your CRP (that’s C Reactive Protein) levels. This is one useful number, worth knowing, that they will do for free in a standard NHS test. It is a reasonable indicator of the level of inflamation within your body and it is inflamation of LDL particles that may well be one of the major contributors to heart disease.  The more accepted gold standard test today is a VAP test which carries out a wider range of tests and produces much more meaningful data than simply how many LDL or HDL particles you are carrying in your blood stream. Alarmingly when I have asked two GP’s and two Cardios about particle size and VAP tests, they had no idea what I was talking about.  In America it appears to be a standard available test.

Most people are under the false illusion that cholesterol is swimming around in our blood stream. this is not actually the case nor is the quantity of cholesterol the main issue here. There is a very good video explanation using a simple analogy here, I suggest you watch it and rethink what tests you really need

http://lifedoclifetime.com/tag/lpp-and-vap-cholesterol-test/

Remember LipoProteins are the cars on the freeway, cholesterol is the passengers in the cars. In the same way we want to encourage car sharing during our rush hour we also want to lower the number of Lipo carriers and stuff higher amounts of cholesterol into each carrier. This is what is meant by assessing LDL particle count and this measurement is much more meaningful than simply our simple UK available LDL numbers which is measuring cholesterol. The tests that give you this information are standard in the USA for about 100 dollars but unavailable here in the UK. The best approximation is to get a test that gives you your ApoB measurement. ApoB is a protein that is used to form LDL particles and hence can be an indicator of LDL particle number (cars on the road).

PS You can get a pretty full blood check including Apo B and A and Iron blood content which is quite important from Blue Horizon in the UK, link below

http://privatebloodtests.co.uk/epages/www_privatebloodtests_co_uk.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/www_privatebloodtests_co_uk/Products/%22BHM6%20%2A%2A%281%20x%20grey%20for%20glucose%2C%201%20x%20purple%20for%20Haematology%2C%20process%20within%2024%20hours%2C1%20grey%2C%203%20x%20gold%20for%20chemistry%2C%20centrifuge%20well%20and%20deliver%20ASAP%29%2A%2A%22