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Congestive Heart Failure - Conditions & Cures Info with Proven Effective Supplements Listed
Congestive Heart Failure - Conditions & Cures Info with Proven Effective Supplements Listed

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  • Shortness of breath during activity
  • Trouble breathing when lying down
  • Weight gain with swelling in the feet, legs, ankles or stomach
  • Increased urination
  • Wheezing
  • Generally feeling tired and weak
  • Fast heart rate
  • Protrusion of eyes
  • Distention of neck veins


  • Structural abnormalities of the heart
  • Coronary artery disease
  • High blood pressure (poorly controlled)
  • Arrhythmia
  • Infections
  • Genetics
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Pregnancy
  • Polycythemia vera
  • Anemia
  • Certain pharmaceuticals (calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers)
  • Obesity
  • Nutritional deficiencies (vitamin B1)
  • Hormone deficiency (testosterone, thyroid)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Kidney disease

Recommended Food

A healthy diet and lifestyle are very important to prevent and improve the disease of heart failure. The two diets that have been studied the most for helping heart failure are DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and the Mediterranean diet.

The DASH diet had lower mortality rates in women. The DASH diet is high in fruits and vegetables an low in dairy and salt.

The Mediterranean diet also consists of a lot of fruits and vegetables, extra virgin olive oil and nuts. Studies showed that the Mediterranean diet results had a striking effect on survival.

Omega-3 fatty acids are important. Population studies reveal that those who eat more fish have around a 15 percent reduced risk of developing conditions.

Foods to Avoid

Limiting sodium will reduce blood pressure and fluid retention, both of which will help reduce workload on the heart. If you have Congestive Heart Failure it is recommended that you stick to less than 1,500 mg daily of sodium.

If you are averaging seven or more alcoholic drinks a day you could be sending your Congestive Heart Failure risk soaring. On the other hand, some studies have found that one to two drinks a day may reduce your risk of heart failure.

Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch and Mark Stengler

Super Prescription # 1 CoQ10 – LifeSource Product Take 400 to 600 mg daily. This nutrient is needed for heart cells to produce energy and contract force. Studies consistently show that CoQ10 supplementation improves Congestive Heart Failure.

Super Prescription # 2 Magnesium – LifeSource Product Take 250 to 500 mg twice daily. Supports heart-cell energy production.

Super Prescription # 3 L-carnitine – LifeSource Product Take 1,000 mg three times daily. This nutrient helps heart-muscle cells by burning fatty acids for energy.

Super Prescription # 4 D-ribose Take 5 grams three times daily. This is a naturally occurring sugar that heart cells use to produce energy and improve cardiac function.

Super Prescription # 5 Hawthorn – LifeSource Product Take 250 to 300 mg three times daily. Some but not all studies show it improves blood flow to the heart as well as ejection fraction.

Super Prescription # 6 Taurine – LifeSource Product Take 500 to 1,000 mg three times daily on an empty stomach. Research has shown it improves heart ejection fraction.

Super Prescription # 7 Fish Oil – LifeSource Product Take 2,000 to 3,000 mg daily of combined EPA and DHA. Omega-3 fats reduce the risk of heart failure. This may be due to their anti-inflammatory benefits or improved circulation.

General Recommendations

Creatine – LifeSource Product Take 2,500 mg daily. It has been shown in research to significantly improve breathing difficulties.

L-Arginine – LifeSource Product Take 1,000 mg twice daily on an empty stomach. It is an amino acid that increases nitric oxide production in the blood, which in turn improves blood flow.

Vitamin D – LifeSource Product Take 5,000 IU or more depending on your blood level. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with heart failure.

Iron – LifeSource Product Have your doctor check your levels and recommend dosage. This is needed to transport oxygen to your cells.

Pycnogenol – LifeSource Product Take 100 to 200 mg daily. Combined with CoQ10 supplement can improve ejection fraction, reduce edema, and improve your ability to walk a longer distance.

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