Protect Your Heart With D-Ribose Powder

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Our body requires a compound called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) in order to fuel itself and carry out each and every process including digestion, respiration, excretion and regeneration of tissues. ATP is found in every single cell of the body and if you want to boost your energy levels then you need to get your ATP levels up. The problem is that getting ATP levels up is not an easy task and several key nutrients play a role in the manufacture of ATP and various factors reduce ATP including the ageing process and stress.

One of the key building blocks to ATP is a rare sugar molecule called D-Ribose. Every cell in the body makes D-Ribose, but only slowly and in varying amounts depending upon the tissue concerned. The liver and the adrenals under normal circumstances produce sufficient D-Ribose to carry out their function of making compounds required for hormone production. Most other tissues, including the heart, do not produce sufficient D-Ribose and require it from food sources such as red meat, which contains the greatest amount of D-Ribose, although not significant enough to make a difference to those who suffer from chronic fatigue, stressed individuals or those with cardiovascular concerns. Read More…

Aspirin: the research behind the headlines

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Q: Should I take aspirin every day? It seems to have a lot of benefits but I gather there are risks.

A: Research suggests that a daily low dose (75mg, or a quarter of the usual dose) of aspirin may help prevent or mitigate heart disease, clot-related strokes and, most recently, cancer. But this data is not conclusive overall – in fact, some studies do not show benefits – and there are potentially serious side effects, such as internal bleeding, gastric ulcers and an increased risk of haemorrhagic stroke.

Do not take – or discontinue taking – aspirin without specific advice from your doctor. Because the benefits and risks vary so much in individuals, it is vital that your doctor assesses the balance in your situation.

Aspirin may prevent heart attacks in people who have already had one, and be appropriate for patients with a history of heart disease and after bypass surgery. This is because it reduces the risk of clots forming in blood vessels. But the British Heart Foundation (bhf.org.uk) advises that while ‘this group should continue to take aspirin as prescribed, people who don’t have heart disease shouldn’t take aspirin because the risks may outweigh the benefits’. Read More…