The secret sign of heart risk no one’s warned you about—Beat the CREEP that’s KILLING you!
Your doc just LOVES tests.
He’ll poke you like a pincushion and take so much blood you might think he’s selling it. He’ll shoot you up with dye and then zap you with imaging tests… and then connect a bunch of wires to you and make you do laps like a hamster on a wheel for a stress test.
Perfectly healthy? Doesn’t matter. Ticker in tip-top shape? Doesn’t matter. Heck, it doesn’t even matter if your heart’s beating steady as a rock and keeping time like a metronome.
He’ll run all those tests anyway. And for what?
It turns out for NOTHING!
Oh he’ll swear to you that all those tests will help him figure out your heart risk. But in reality, they won’t figure out squat—because most of them are about as reliable as an old Yugo.
One recent study even proves it, showing that healthy patients who get common heart tests DON’T have better outcomes, DON’T have a lower risk of heart problems and DON’T have better survival.
But there is one test that matters—one test that’s better than all the rest put together. It’s a test for C-reactive protein, aka CRP.
Or, as I like to call it, “The Creep.”
The Creep shows up when you get inflammation, silently lurking, unseen and unfelt, for years before the first warning sign of chronic disease shows up on any of those other tests.
One study found that high CRP will increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart disease by 52 percent over five years. Another found that The Creep will increase your risk of cancer by 30 percent—and if you have the disease, it’ll increase your risk of death from it by 80 percent.
There’s even evidence CRP can help predict dementia long before your first brain hiccup.
But your doctor never tests for it.
Trust me when I tell you this is not a time to be shy, your life is on the line. If he doesn’t order it, ask for it—DEMAND it—because the results of this test could mean the difference between life and death.
You want a high-sensitivity CRP test, which is so simple you don’t even need your doctor to explain the results.
If your score is a 1.0 mg/L or less, you’re sitting pretty—because that’s pretty much perfect. Below a 3.0 is considered normal, while above is considered high-risk.
And that means it’s time to get to work—because you can cut inflammation and chase The Creep away for good, and you can do it without drugs.
All you need are my…
TOP FIVE CREEP CRUSHERS
If you’re already sick, you can chase The Creep away. If you’re not, you can make sure he never darkens your door in the first place. Either way, the answer’s the same—focus on boosting your intake of these simple, safe and all-natural remedies available in any decent vitamin shop.
#1) Omega-7: You’ve heard of omega-3 fatty acids. You probably even know a thing or two about omega-6.
But there’s ANOTHER omega out there that your own doc probably doesn’t know much about… not yet anyway. But soon, everyone will know about it, because the world-famous Cleveland Clinic has found that omega-7 can cut body-wrecking, disease-causing inflammation and kick The Creep out of your life for good.
In just 30 days, omega-7 supplements in the form of palmitoleic acid could slash your CRP levels by 44 percent.
It can also boost your levels of HDL—the stuff even the mainstream calls the “good” cholesterol—by 5 percent, and cut your levels of deadly triglycerides by 15 percent.
But here’s where you’ve got to be careful. Omega-7 often travels in pairs with a dangerous fat called palmitic acid. Most omega-7 supplements are made from plants, which are highest in this deadly companion.
So look instead for an omega-7 supplement made from fish that’s been purified to purge any trace of that palmitic acid.
By the way, omega-3 is no slouch either. Plain old fish oil supplements can slash CRP levels by 29 percent, but you need more than you’ll get from a single capsule.
Look for a minimum of 1.6 grams of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. (This is NOT the same as 1.6 grams of fish oil, so be sure to read the label closely.)
#2) Glucosamine and Chondroitin: You know these two. You might already be among the millions who rely on them for pain relief, especially from the pain caused by the wear-and-tear of arthritis on the knees.
But these two can do so much more than ease osteoarthritis.
Arthritis is a disease of inflammation, and glucosamine and chondroitin attack that inflammation like a tiger going after raw meat. As a result, one recent study published in PLoS One finds this powerful pair will cut your CRP levels by nearly a quarter in less than month when compared to a placebo.
All it takes is 1,500 mg a day of glucosamine hydrochloride and 1,200 mg of chondroitin sulfate—or the very same dose proven to be as good as painkillers for improving pain, stiffness and overall function for arthritis of the knees.
#3) Vitamin C: Basic? You bet—but this back-to-basics nutrient just so happens to be a potent antioxidant and inflammation fighter with the power to knock The Creep down for the count.
Just 500 mg a day cut CRP levels by 24 percent over two months, according to one study.
Impressed enough? Don’t be. You can do better. A measly 500 mg is practically nothing, and higher levels will undoubtedly lead to some truly impressive dips in inflammation.
I typically recommend between 2 and 6 grams per day for fighting inflammation and giving your immune system the kick in the pants it needs to stay alert. Those levels are safe, but could lead to gas if taken all at once so split it up into three or four doses spread throughout the day.
#4) Your Multivitamin: You ARE taking a multivitamin, right? If you’re not, then now’s the time to start because the synergy of ingredients in your basic blend of vitamins and minerals is actually a potent inflammation fighter on its own.
The higher your CRP levels, the bigger the benefit from knocking them down.
In one study, HALF of the patients with high CRP levels—levels over 3.0—were brought back to normal levels within 6 months. Those on a placebo actually had INCREASES in their CRP levels.
The average benefit among those on the multi was a reduction of 0.8. But those with higher CRP levels saw much bigger drops. In some cases, patients with sky-high CRP levels of 9 saw their levels plunge all the way down to a picture-perfect 1.0 thanks to that multivitamin.
#5) Dental Floss: One of the first places The Creep of inflammation will hit you is—POW—right in the kisser.
Gum disease is often a sign of system-wide inflammation. It’s heart disease waiting to happen, which is why people who have tattered, bleeding gums have a higher risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Not at all coincidentally, periodontal disease increases CRP levels by 14 percent.
Fight back by flossing daily, and then go for the knockout by rinsing with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.
You can also fight The Creep with food. Strawberries, cherries, olive oil and oatmeal (REAL oatmeal, not the stuff that comes in single-serve envelopes) have all been shown to cut CRP levels, along with plain old vitamin D.
And don’t forget the most potent inflammation-fighter of all: sleep.
Poor sleep increases inflammation and raises CRP levels. That means good sleep will bring those levels down—so get your rest, and don’t be afraid to take a nap when you need it.