A new study has linked higher magnesium intake to a statistically significant risk reduction in fatal coronary heart disease and a risk reduction for sudden cardiac death among postmenopausal women.
While magnesium is certainly important in preventing coronary heart disease, it isn’t the critical factor. Instead, Dr. Rath’s scientific research work has proven that atherosclerosis is essentially an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Unlike animals, humans develop coronary artery disease because their bodies cannot produce vitamin C and they generally obtain insufficient amounts of it in their daily diets. Among its many functions in the body, vitamin C plays an important role in the synthesis of collagen – the key stability molecule for the artery walls and for connective tissue in general.
While the human diet usually provides enough vitamin C to prevent scurvy, this is not enough to guarantee stable artery walls. As a consequence of the constant daily pumping action of the heart and an insufficient supply of vitamin C, millions of tiny cracks and lesions develop in the artery walls. Subsequently, cholesterol and other risk factors enter to repair this damage.
Of all these risk factors, by far the most important is a molecule known as Lipoprotein(a). Primarily found in humans and sub-human primates, Lipoprotein(a) functions as a fat transporting repair molecule that compensates for the structural impairment of the artery wall. In the case of a chronic deficiency of vitamin C, the arterial damage and repair process becomes continuous. The overshooting of the repair process eventually leads to severe atherosclerosis and the occurrence of heart attacks and strokes.
As such, the real culprit behind atherosclerosis is a lack of vitamin C. It therefore follows that the key to preventing coronary artery disease is an optimum supply of vitamin C and other collagen-supporting micronutrients. Ensuring a proper intake of these micronutrients helps keep the artery walls in a state of optimal repair.
To learn more about Dr. Rath’s protocol for the natural prevention of cardiovascular disease, read this article on our website.