The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (April 2010) published a study last month that showed supplementing your diet with zinc can help protect you from atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the thickening and hardening of arteries that can occur in some individuals and lead to a heart attack, a stroke or angina. The authors of the study concluded that zinc may have a protective effect because of its antiinflammatory and antioxidant functions.
It is important to note that while zinc can offer some protection, additional steps are required to minimize the risk of heart disease. There are many risk factors for atherosclerosis, including high blood pressure, diabetes, genetics, high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and smoking. All of these factors need to be addressed in order to effectively prevent atherosclerosis. Your Naturopathic Doctor can work with you to put together an individualized risk prevention plan to meet your specific health needs.
Yours in heath,
Dr. Tara Andresen, ND
Dr. Tara Andresen is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in Toronto, Ontario. She follows an evidence-based approach to naturopathic medicine, incorporating the latest scientific research into effective individualized treatment plans for a wide variety of health conditions. Visit www.drtaraandresennd.com for more information or to book an appointment.