I picked up the book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks..But People do! by Matthias Rath, M.D a few years ago. The title caught my eye in the book store. Rath explains in his book that animals can produce their own vitamin C which protects their blood vessels. Rath believes cardiovascular disease is an early form of scurvy. Clinical studies show that optimum daily intake of vitamins and minerals can reverse coronary heart disease.
Bears and other hibernating animals have an average cholesterol levels of 400 mg per deciliter. If cholesterol causes heart attacks and strokes, the bear and other hibernating animals would be extinct long time ago as a result of heart attacks. The bears produce large amounts of vitamin C which stabilize their artery walls so they are unaffected by cholesterol.
According to Matthias Rath, the bears are not extinct because:
- Elevated cholesterol blood levels are not the primary cause of heart attacks, strokes, or atherosclerosis.
- It is more important to achieve and maintain stability of the artery walls through optimum vitamin supply than lowering cholesterol and other risk factors in the blood stream.
- Cholesterol and other repair factors in the blood stream can only become risk factors if the artery walls are weakened by chronic vitamin deficiency.
The Paleo Diet is high in vitamins and other nutrients recommended in Dr.Rath Cellular Health Progam outlined in his book.
A large study about the importance of vitamins in the prevention of cardiovascular disease was performed in Europe. Cardiovascular diseases are more frequent in Northern European countries and Scandinavia, compared to Mediterranean countries. The vitamin intake is low in Northern Europe. The diet in the Mediterranean countries is rich in vitamins.
Professor K.F Gey, from the University of Berne in Switzerland compared the blood levels of vitamin C and beta-carotene as well as cholesterol to the rate of cardiovascular disease in these countries. He found that:
- The people in northern European countries did not only have the lowest blood levels of vitamins but also the highest rate of cardiovascular disease.
- The people in southern Europe had the highest blood level of vitamins as well as the lowest rate of cardiovascular disease.
- A high intake of vitamin C, E, A had a greater impact on decreasing the risk for cardiovascular disease than lowering the cholesterol.
While not Paleo, the regular diet in southern Europe is high in bioflavonoids and provides an optimum amount of vitamins daily. The Paleo Diet also eliminates other factors such as sugar and dairy.
Source: Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do! by Matthias Rath
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