Healthy Beginnings

Reversing Heart Disease: It’s All About the Energy


Many people have been told that their heart disease cannot be reversed or healed. They have been lead to believe that they can only stop the problem where it is, but not reverse it. What if that was not necessarily true? It isn’t!

The key is maximizing
the amount of oxygen
your heart extracts from the bloodstream by accelerating the rate at which the muscle cells convert nutrients into energy.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a board
certified cardiologist and specialist
in an area he calls “Metabolic
Cardiology,” has found a way to do this
with an energy enhancing nutritional approach.

I am not meaning to imply that there is no place for conventional cardiology. There is no question about
the essential work cardiologists do every day to save lives from deadly blockages in crucial coronary arteries.

What Dr. Sinatra is saying is that a synergistic combination of nutrients can essentially charge up every body cell to function at optimal capacity.

The first nutrient in this three-part combination is called L-Carnitine. The principal function of this amino acid is to facilitate the transport of long-chain fatty acids (fats) across the cell membrane into the mitochondria in the cell so they can be burned for energy. In fact, it is the only carrier that can do this and, for that reason, its abundant presence in the cell is an absolute requirement for life.

Other crucial functions of carnitine include the metabolism of branch chain amino acids (from protein digestion), ammonia detoxification (a waste product of protein digestion) and removal of lactic acid from tissues. This helps prevent exhaustion and burn out of the energy supply in muscles (especially heart muscle!) during strenuous physical activity.

The second nutrient in the combination is called Coenzyme Q 10 or CoQ10, for short. More than 30,000 citations on the Internet alone cite the proven benefits of CoQ10 in treating a wide variety of degenerative diseases, but especially cardiac conditions including congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, angina and arrhythmia as well as other cardiac conditions.

CoQ10 performs many functions in each cell but its most important function is in cellular energy metabolism. It plays a crucial role in the transport of electrons to the proper place in each cell that results in the energy production that allows all our cells to do what they do to support our life.

The third component is called D-Ribose. Research into the biochemistry and physiology of this simple sugar in hearts has been going on for decades. It works in the heart by accelerating energy recovery during and following cardiac ischemia (poor oxygen level).

In 1992, Dr. Wolfgang Pliml (Germany) proved the benefit of supplemental ribose in improving exercise tolerance in patients with coronary artery disease. It is the combination of all three
 of these supplements that has been shown to provide great benefit to patients recovering from heart disease.

Despite the large body of available scientific evidence, clinical information and descriptions in mainstream textbooks on cardiology, these nutrients are still widely ignored by the majority of clinical cardiologists, and most of the conventional medical establishment.

For more information, contact Reno Integrative Medical Center, 6110 Plumas St., Ste. B, Reno, NV 89519, at 775-829-1009 or visit


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  2. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., Stephen T., The Sinatra Solution- Metabolic Cardiology, Basic Health Publications, Inc., 8200 Boulevard East, North Bergen, NJ 07047, 2005