- Scientists use Cell Reprogramming to fight heart disease
- The drug-free secret of naturally good heart health
- The drink that cleans out the plaques that lead to Alzheimer’s
In a moment – good news about WINE.
And not “old” good news, but NEW good news.
However, before I get to that…
Here was something interesting that came just in time for Valentine’s Day (that was Wednesday, if it passed you by)…
Now, I’ll put my hands up here. I’m not one for Valentine’s Day.
Personally, I think it’s a hackneyed way to promote the gift card and flower industry.
But my wife is definitely one for Valentine’s Day.
So my killjoy thoughts on the matter are meaningless.
On the evening of the big day, I handed over a card which I had personally signed – yes, with a kiss beneath my name as well (not too many kisses though, I didn’t want to go overboard).
I cooked a casserole and bought some reasonably priced wine (not costing over £15 which would be insane, but not under £5, which would be insulting as a Valentine’s gift).
Let’s just say, she was reasonably pleased. Or, not annoyed.
Saying that. I count myself lucky.
Valentine’s Day can be a hard day for this who’ve lost loved ones, or suffered terrible breakups…
Which was why I think they announced a potential new cure for broken hearts on the 13th February, the day before Valentine’s.
The future of heart disease treatment
A new study published in Cell Reports showed how scientists aim to fix broken hearts – not the emotional kind, but those stricken by with disease.
Heart disease comes from the narrowing of coronary arteries. It’s also linked to the replacement of damaged heart muscle cells with scar tissue. This can lead to heart failure.
Now a team of scientists in the USA have reprogrammed cells called fibroblasts to become new, healthy heart muscle cells.
They have made this cell-reprogramming process work but it’s not ready for clinical use.
Scientists are on a roll with this avenue of research… as this is one of a sequence of similar trials over the past few years.
In February 2014, scientist showed they could reprogram skin cells into cells that are almost identical to heart muscle cells.
This is important because most people who survive heart attacks are still living with heart failure. This is where the heart doesn’t beat at full strength, thanks to a loss of muscle caused by the initial heart attack.
This is why scientists are now looking to regenerate damaged heart muscle using cellular reprogramming.
In my view, an approach like this is much better than our current reliance on drugs like statins to deal with heart problems in the UK.
Statins are designed to cut out bad cholesterol from your bloodstream and lower your chances of heart disease. But they have been linked to all kinds of side-effects, including diabetes, impotence, cataracts, muscle pains, fatigue and liver dysfunction.
As we recommend, you should try this alternative for good heart health.
It’s packed with polyphenols and flavonoids, as well as special compounds that block one of the key enzymes in the production of cholesterol. When your hungry liver cells seek cholesterol from elsewhere, they begin to remove it from your bloodstream instead.
In other words, it works just like a statin.
You can find out more on our webpage here: The secret of naturally good heart health
Right, anyway, did I mention something about wine?
NEW! How wine cleans your brain
That bottle of wine my wife and I shared on Wednesday did us more good than we presumed.
In my time I’ve heard lots of research about the benefits (and otherwise) of wine, but this was hot off the press.
New research from February 2nd, 2018, at the University of Rochester Medical Centre, concludes that a couple of glasses of wine at the end of a busy day can actually clean your brain!
You see, when you drink a small amount of alcohol, it reduces inflammation and helps your brain clear away toxins. This includes some of those toxins directly linked with Alzheimer’s disease.
As you may know, Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. It’s an irreversible, progressive brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour.
Brains with Alzheimer’s disease show a build-up of a plaque made of a protein called beta-amyloid.
The human body can usually get rid of this by pumping cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) into the brain tissue, which acts like a flush, carrying the toxins away. However, when people have Alzheimer’s, their system becomes inefficient at flushing away this dangerous plaque.
Step forward red wine…
In the new research, animals exposed to low levels of alcohol consumption (2 ½ drinks each day) were far more efficient at pumping CSF into their brains, compared to those animals not exposed to alcohol.
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., lead author of the study, said:
“We have shown for the first time that low doses of alcohol are potentially beneficial to brain health, namely it improves the brain’s ability to remove waste.”
So at the end of the day, a glass of wine could give your brain a a nice little clean!
Talking of which, this might also interest you…
A World Alzheimer’s Report in 2009 showed that only 3.6% of South Asians over 60 have dementia compared with 7.2% in Europe.
How? Well, it could be down to an important ingredient in their diet. For more information, take a look at this: The Spice that heals
I’ll be back with more next week.
Until then, stay healthy!