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Wonderful L-Arginine

Proper circulation is the key to everything within your body. It’s not just a function of your heart, it’s a function of every single cell in your body. Without proper circulation, everything goes haywire. Arginine supplements and supplementation can great increase your overal circulation, thus improving heart health and just plain making you feel better. Here’s how…


Arginine & Vasodilation

According to the MayoClinic, and many other resources and experts, there are massive amounts of evidence which suggest that arginine may help treat medical conditions that improve with increased vasodilation.


Vasodilation, or widening of the arteries, is the body’s response to a call for oxygen. When a part of the body, tissues within the body, muscles or organs are in distress and are not receiving enough nutrients or oxygen, those tissues release vasodilators which tells the body to increase vasodilation, widen the blood vessels, and send more blood down the tubes. When the arteries become blocked due to plaque build-up and constriction, vasodilation also becomes restricted and blood cannot flow freely to the areas of the body that are in distress.


According to the MayoClinic, this improved blood flow can help decrease the risk for, and treat,  chest pain, atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), heart disease or failure, erectile dysfunction, intermittent claudication/peripheral vascular disease, and vascular headaches (headache-inducing blood vessel swelling).


Arginine in Foods

Arginine can be found naturally in almonds, barley, brazil nuts, brown rice, buckwheat, cashews, cereals, chicken, chocolate, coconut, corn, dairy, certain lean meats, oats, peanuts, and many other grains.


Arginine and Nitric Oxide

When we talk about Arginine, we also are talking about Nitric Oxide. This is because Arginine is the precursor to Nitric Oxide, meaning that one within the body a synthesis takes place turning Arginine into Nitric Oxide. So when we discuss how important Arginine is for healthy circulation, we’re refering to Arginine’s ability to increase production of Nitric Oxide and thus increase the body’s natural ability to imrove blood flow. 


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Drug Company Ordered to Pay Billions For Misleading Public

Who Can You Trust?

I wasn’t planning on getting up any content dealing with heart health and arginine supplements today, but I just couldn’t let this one go. I happened to stumble across an article on Facebook regarding the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline LLC and a $3 billion lawsuit. The lawsuit, brought on by the U.S. Justice Department, is the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, according to the Huffington Post.


According to the article, GlaxoSmithKline LLC failed to disclose important safety information on medication. It also failed to wait on FDA approval before promoting extremely popular drugs for specific medical conditions that were still under review. In addition, yes there’s more, GlaxoSmithKline LLC is accused of ‘bribing physician to prescribe GSK products using every imaginable form of high priced entertainment, from Hawaiian vacations to paying doctors millions of dollars to go on speaking tours to a European pheasant hunt to tickets to Madonna concerts, and this is just to name a few,’ according to a U.S. attorney.


GSK has plead guilty, and while the Justice Department still needs to give them the ‘ok’ on their plea, they will pay $3 billion and will be monitored by government officials for five years to ensure compliance with FDA rules.


Why Does Erase Disease Care?

One of the very popular drugs that came with ‘hidden’ risks was Avandia, a highly used diabetes drug meant to make cells more responsive to insulin. According to Wikipedia, annual sales for Avandia peaked at approximately $2.5 billion in 2006, but as adverse effects were being reported more frequently, sales declined. The Avandia patent expires this year.


One of the adverse effects that were being reported were an increased risk of heart attacks. While heart health is our life at Erase Disease, this immediately caught our attention. In May of 2007, a study was conducted claiming that Avandia increased the risk of heart attack by as much as 43%! In 2010 the FDA’s associated director of drug safety recommend that Avandia be taken completely off of the market due to the great heart risks it imposed upon patients.


Even with all of the negative reports and research, Avandia still brought in over $1.2 billion for GSK in 2009.


With heart disease and diabetes and obesity on the rise in the U.S, this information is highly disturbing. How many lives had been negatively affected before GSK admitted to it’s faults? And how much of an impact will a measly $3 billion make when GSK is estimated to make over $50 billion in 2010?


So who can you trust when considering prescription medication? You can trust all-natural alternatives and organic alternatives to prescription medication. Choose diet, exercise and supplements over medications that come with high risks. Choose arginine supplements that have medically proven to lower blood pressure and increase circulation. Choose l-carnitine supplements that have not only been clinically proven to help you lose weight, thus decreasing your risk for diabetes, but have been listed in the Huffington Post as one of the top 10 weight loss supplements.


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The Wonderful Benefits of L-Arginine Supplements

High blood pressure is exactly what is sounds like; extreme pressure that blood within your body places on artery walls. Normal blood pressure is the direct result of a healthy heart and open arteries, aspects of the body that L-arginine facilitates with vasodilation. High blood pressure is directly associated with poor heart health, high stress, and build-up within the arteries.


Arginine for Blood Pressure

Technically speaking, blood pressure “is the pressure exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels, and is one of the principal vital signs. When used without further specification, ‘blood pressure’ usually refers to the arterial pressure of the systemic circulation.” (Wikipedia)


What is Systolic Blood Pressure?

Systolic blood pressure is the reading that you see on top of the recorded two numbers that measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, or contracts.


What is Diastolic Blood Pressure?

Diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number that represents the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats, when the heart is resting in between beats.


High Blood Pressure and L-Arginine

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes for heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. It’s not somethign to overlook, as it can be fatal if not dealt with properly. While there are prescirption medications that can ease the burden of high blood pressure on the body, we at Erase Disease are always looking for natural alternatives to these prescription medications. 


L-Arginine and High Blood Pressure

L-arginine, once within the body, converts to nitric oxide, a key element in healthy blood flow. Arginine facilitates in vasodilation, or the widening of the arteries, which increases blood flow. This increased blood flow decreases pressure and thus helps to ease symptoms of high blood pressure. Arginine has also been shown to dissolve plaque build-up on the arteries, another precursor to hypertension.

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What are the Benefits of L-Carnitine?

There are literally thousands of health supplements on the market, and it can be tough to determine which ones will be most effective for you. After all, you can get many health benefits just from taking a multi-vitamin. From iron to zinc to l-carnitine supplements, it seems like each has its own purpose and effects. However, l-carnitine is definitely one to stash in your medicine cabinet, as its health benefits are numerous and lasting. It benefits most all areas of your body and can contribute to what is perhaps the most important health benefit of all: good heart health.



What Is L-Carnitine?
Carnitine is an amino acid that resides naturally in certain foods, including red meats, avocado and most dairy products. Even if you eat plenty of foods rich in l-carnitine you might need a supplement if you regularly exert high levels of energy, since the l-carnitine is burned up quickly with exertion.

L-carnitine supplements come in liquid or capsule form – in fact some cite the pleasant citrus-like taste of the liquid as a reason for switching from taking a capsule of this supplement. Users might take anywhere from 1 to 3 grams daily, depending on the reason for including it in a daily regimen.

Carnitine is an amazing amino acid that metabolizes fatty acids in the body and helps to release stores of fat that can be harmful to your health. It also helps to regulate protein in the body, contributes to good heart health and helps muscles to properly contract. L-carnitine supplements also aid in the treatment of diabetes and may help with liver disease. It can also provide additional energy for workout purposes; in other words, those that add this supplement to their daily vitamin regimens may see an increase an energy, which can then be used to work out more, thus resulting in a greater overall well-being.

What is The Best Part About L-Carnitine?
Carnitine has an amazing ability to help the body burn fact. Since one of the this amino acid’s responsibilities within the body is to burn, or metabolize, fat, many use it for weight loss. 

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Water with L-Arginine: Dehydration and Hypertension

Water is our life-blood. Every single cell in our bodies contain water, need water to survive, and thrive off of water to be the best. From blood to muscles, lungs and brain, it all needs water to function at peak performance. Water transports oxygen and nutrients to the body, delivers essential vitamins to the cells, removes waste from the body, and can help to protect your joints and organs. It’s amazing, which is why we mix Cardio Juvenate every morning into a nice, cold glass of blood pressure lowering water. Yep, you heard me, water can lower your blood pressure!


Dehydration Causes High Blood Pressure

Did you know that by depriving your body of water, whether knowingly or unknowingly, you are increasing your risk for heart attack and stroke? Yep, the less water you drink, the higher your risk for heart complications. Dehydration, in the extreme, can elevate your blood pressure and place a great deal of stress on your arteries and cells.


Technically speaking, our bodies become dehydrated when there is a 66% water loss from the interior of the cells, 26% water loss from the environment around the cells, and 8% loss from the vascular system. When this begins to happen, the body will restrict blood vessels to try and preserve fluid. Restriction of the blood vessels is what causes high blood pressure, which, through dehydration, can lead to stroke and heart attack.


Are You Drinking Enough Water To Beat Hypertension?

Experts say that you can determine how much water you should be drinking by taking your weight in pounds and dividing that number in half. This how many ounces of water you need to be drinking each day.


Avoid alternatives to water such as sports drinks and juice, as those usually have high sugar content and can, in fact, have the opposite effect of rehydrating your body. Nothing beats a nice cold glass of water.


Water with L-Arginine

L-arginine has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure by widening the walls of your arteries and thus increasing circulation. Remembering how insanely important it is to drink water each and every day to avoid dehydration, mix in some Cardio Juvenate with l-arginine to not only keep your body hydrated but keep your blood pressure low.


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Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

May 13 through May 19 is officially National Women’s Health Week! Yay! We try to do our part at http://EraseDisease to focus on women’s health as well as men’s health, but it’s great to have a reminder every once in a while how important our ladies are, and how important their health is to everyone. National Women’s Health Week should be used as a tool to ‘encourage all Americans to celebrate the progress we have made in protecting women’s health and to promote awareness, prevention, and educational activities that improve the health of all women,’ the president said.


National Women’s Health Week is a Great Time to….

Tell your mom, sister, daughter or grandma how important they are to you. Did you show yoru appreciation for the women in your life on Mother’s Day? Well, why not extend that appreciation into Women’s Health Week by showing your support for mom’s health. Get mom to do the following to support her own health:


·         Get your yearly physical exam!! Life can get busy, but it’s extremely important to get in for that yearly exam with your OBGYN. It’s easy to forget to schedule one, or simply forget to go in, or put if off for something more important. What is more important than your health?


·         Get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked!! As an organization that is passionately, almost insanely, dedicated to heart health and feeling amazing, we can’t stress this one enough. Moms, you might not even know that you’re blood pressure is high, or your cholesterol levels are out of whack. So get checked!! It takes two seconds at your local pharmacy.


·         Eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and take your supplements!! You know that we’re all about all-natural, all-organic living here at Erase Disease. Our heart healthy supplement with l-carnitine and l-arginine is a great way to combat hypertension, as well as many of the symptoms from menopause. Busy days easily lead to fast food lunches and dinners, missed breakfast and not staying properly hydrated. It’s extremely important that you put your health first. Take care of yourself and your body by eating healthy and making healthy food choices.


·         Take time for yourself!! It’s incredibly difficult for moms to take time out for themselves, this we know. But it’s crucial that you do things for you  and you alone. Reduce stress, laugh, smile, feel motivated and positive about life by doing the things that you love to do. Take a class at the local gym that boosts your spirit. Take a walk with the dog or go for a bike ride. You may not realize it, but the stress that builds up in your system from ignoring your needs can wreak havoc on your heart.


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Long Commute Linked to Hypertension

Lately we’ve been talking a lot about your morning, and evening commute to work. It’s rough, right? It’s stressful, it’s time consuming, it’s boring, and it kills your back. On top of all of that, new research is now showing that your daily commute could be the reason behind your high blood pressure and could possibly increase your risk for heart disease.


The Long Commute and Heart Health

Recent studies conducted simultaneously in Sweden and the U.S. are pointing to how dangerous for your heart being stuck in traffic is. In fact, in the recent Swedish study, results showed how important it is to ride your bike or walk to work, something that not many Americans get the opportunity to do.


However, the U.S. study, conducted in three Texas cities, linked high blood pressure, obesity and other health problems to a long daily commute.


“Long commutes really get under the skin in terms of affecting people’s health,” says lead author Christine Hoehner, an assistant professor of public health sciences at Washington University, in St. Louis. Read more:


According to the study, those who sat in traffic for longer commutes were less physically active, either because they were too stressed to participate in activities, or they just didn’t have time. Either way, those who sit in traffic every day are clinically proven to be at higher risk for chronic diseases, including heart disease.


Seventy-six percent of people who worked within five miles of their home averaged at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per day (as federal health officials recommend), compared to just 70% of those whose commute exceeded 30 miles round-trip.

Those who have a daily commute of just 20 miles round-trip were found to have an increased risk of elevated blood pressure, or pre-hypertension. That’s only 10 miles each way!


When taking a closer look at the data, researchers found two things; increased obesity and risk for obesity-related disease was more in relation to the lack of exercise from long commutes, and high blood pressure was simply from sitting in traffic, which is something we all do every day.


Researchers still are unclear as to why sitting in traffic can elevate a person’s blood pressure to dangerous levels. Whether it’s the fast food people tend to eat while commuting, the stress of sitting in traffic, or lack of sleep as longer commutes mean getting up earlier, your heart health can literally depend on your commute.




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Emotional Stress and Women’s Heart Health – New Research

Men and women deal with stress differently. We all know this on a subconscious level, but what are the statistics behind this. How does stress affect the heart health of men and women? Who is more susceptible to heart attack and cardiovascular issues because of stress? Who can receive the greatest benefit of l-arginine for heart health? Some new information out of Penn State has taken on some of these topics.


According to recent findings by Chester Ray, PhD, from Penn State’s College of Medicine and Hershey, as men and women become stressed their heart rate increases and blood pressure rises. This is common on both sexes. However, in men as their heart rate increases and blood pressure rises, blood flow to the heart also increases to help the heart work harder while under stress. In women, blood flow did not increase even as the heart rate did and blood pressure rose.


This remarkable difference between men and women in terms of heart health can mean that women are far more susceptible to have cardiovascular issues.


The difference might explain why women are more likely than men to have heart problems after emotional upset, such as the loss of a partner, Ray says.


Granted, the study was small and has not yet been published in a peer reviewed journal, but it is interesting and the first step in much research to come.


Broken Heart Syndrome

We often talk about Broken Heart Syndrome at because of it’s amazing impact on women. There is a strong link between emotional state, stress and heart health. Back in November we posted an article title “Broken Heart Syndrome – How Stress Impacts Heart Health” on our website:


Broken heart syndrome is exactly what it seems to be, a syndrome that occurs during overly emotional experiences. Researchers at the University of Arkansas have recently found that women, who are also at a greater risk for chronic pain conditions, are at least seven times more likely to suffer from broken heart syndrome than men.

Broken heart syndrome can happen in response to shocking or suddenly emotional events — both positive ones like winning the lottery, or negative ones like a car accident or the unexpected death of a loved one. A flood of stress hormones and adrenaline causes part of the heart to enlarge temporarily and triggers symptoms that can look like heart attack: chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heart rhythm. The difference is that the factors that would normally cause heart attack, such as a blocked artery, aren’t present.  (

Overall, the study found that women had “about 7.5 times the risk of broken heart syndrome as men.” And while researchers are not entirely sure why there is such a dramatic difference in numbers, one theory is that hormones play a role. Another, according to the Associated Press, is that men have more adrenaline receptors on cells in their hearts than women do, “so maybe men are able to handle stress better” and the chemical surge it releases.


L-Arginine for Heart Health

Stress is a fact of life. Whether it’s emotional stress, mental stress, or physical stress, there is always something pulling at us. With the new study out of Penn State showing how stress affects women’s hearts in a negative way, plus the information on Broken Heart Syndrome, it’s extremely important for women to take care of their heart now.


With l-arginine supplements, like Cardio Juvenate Plus, women can began to take control of their heart health. Of course, exercise, proper diet, and kicking bad habits are an absolute must as well, but arginine supplements can help as well.


Arginine has the amazing ability to lower heart disease risk by facilitating the creation of Nitric Oxide, widening the arteries for increased cardiovascular health. It lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, and increases energy. But don’t just take out word for it, read the testimonials for yourself on our Amazon Page!

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Do you know how important amino acids are? They are literally responsible for every chemical reaction within your body, from protein synthesis to energy production. While amino acids like L-arginine and L-carnitine are amazing for heart health, heart disease, blood pressure and circulation, they are also wonderful when it comes to muscle gain and weight loss.


What are Amino Acids?

Amino Acids serve two major purposes within the body; synthesize proteins and produce energy, simply speaking. Many amino acids are precursors for other molecules within the body, such as arginine is a precursor of nitric oxide. Amino acids make up 75% of your body, and are responsible for every syntheses and chemical reaction within your body.


L-Cartinine Supplements

L-carnitine is one of those amazing amino acids that can literally do it all. It increases muscle growth, increases weigh tloss results, increases energy, and still helps to maintain a healthy heart. 


L-carnitine, like L-arginine, increases blood flow to the muscles, which delivers important nutrients and oxygen to those muscles during workouts. It also increases the amount of T Receptors inside the cells of the muscles, which stimulates muscle growth. Studies have also shown that L-carnitine increases levels of IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), which has been proven to promote growth and prevent cell death. IGF-1 is also becoming quite popular among body builders.


L-Arginine Supplements

L-arginine is well known for being a precursor to nitric oxide, one of the body’s most important elements. Besides being amazing for heart health, L-arginine is great for muscle growth.  By increasing the production of nitric oxide, l-arginine dilates and opens blood vessels as well as regulates muscle growth. By increasing blood flow to the muscles, L-arginine facilitates a healthy delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles as they pump, increasing growth. 


It sounds too good to be true, right? In reality, there are hundreds of studies out there both proving and disproving the effects of amino acids like L-carnitine and L-arginine. However, there are even more satisfied and impressed clients that have tried Cardio Juvenate Plus, with both l-carnitine and l-arginine, who can tell you how amazing this combination is. It’s a wonder why none of the competition has included L-carnitine in their supplement…


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Heart Health and Moderation

Don’t  eat red meat. Do eat red meat. Don’t eat sugar. Do eat sugar. Don’t drink alcohol. Do drink alcohol. How do you keep it all straight? Well, when it comes to your heart you can always count on arginine supplements like Cardio Juvenate Plus to keep your heart healthy. And, some new research out of Harvard School of Public Health, you actually should drink alcohol…after your heart attack.


According to the New York Times, after controlling for smoking, body mass index, diabetes, hypertension, aspirin use and other factors, the researchers found that, compared with abstainers, men who drank one or two glasses of beer or wine daily, or one or two shots of liquor, were 34 percent less likely to die from any cause and 42 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease.


There seems to be a happy-medium for alcohol consumption. Too much alcohol and you could be putting yourself at great risk for many diseases, including heart disease. However, if you don’t drink any alcohol at any point in your life you might also be putting yourself at risk. So, what do you do?


Everything in moderation, that is the key to a healthy life. I know, I know, you’ve heart that age old sentiment a million times. You want that chocolate cake? Have a small piece, but not the entire cake! You want to be lazy and watch a movie today? Great, just don’t stay on that couch for longer than that one movie or TV show, then get up and get moving! Want that fried chicken for dinner? Fine, just have a small piece and make sure you eat your heart healthy veggies and have your heart healthy l-arginine supplement as well. And don’t make fried foods a habit.


Whether it’s eating or drinking, everything in moderation. Of course, if you’re hitting the gym or getting active, feel free to splurge on those activities.  Even when taking Cardio Juvenate with l-arginine for heart healthy, take it in moderation. Keep to the directions for use, and remain consistent. Just as with working out, you will see results.


So, what is the moral of this story?


“The maximum benefit is seen at moderate levels,” said Jennifer K. Pai, the lead author and an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. “We’re not telling people to drink if they don’t already. But we can say that continuing to drink moderate amounts after a heart attack seems to be beneficial.”



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