One of the common conditions we cardiologists treat has nothing directly to do with the heart itself, but rather with blockages of blood vessels going to and from the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs and feet. We call this condition peripheral vascular or arterial disease. You may know it as “poor blood circulation.”
Poor Blood Circulation is a Common Issue
An estimated 12 million Americans are affected by poor blood circulation, and its incidence increases with age—about one-fifth of people age 70 and older have it. The condition is sometimes called a “smoker’s disease” because it’s particularly prominent among people who have smoked at some point in their lives.
Most doctors and holistic health practitioners agree that poor blood circulation is typically due to the buildup of plaque in the affected blood vessels—similar to the kind of buildup we see in the coronary arteries that feed the heart or the carotid arteries leading to the brain. The result is restricted blood flow, discomfort, tiredness, heaviness and, often, cramping.
To combat poor blood circulation, doctors often use drugs, angioplasty or surgery. My approach takes a different tack. I focus on the muscle cells and how to get rid of their metabolic by-products, which become increasingly toxic because of the poor blood circulation.
The solution to poor blood circulation is to help remove the toxins. To do this, I suggest taking glycine propionyl-L-carnitine (GPLC), a recently developed form of L-carnitine that can help improve poor blood circulation, as well as blood pressure levels. Like other forms of carnitine, GPLC gets quickly into the muscle cells’ mitochondria (the part of the cell where energy is produced). There it acts as a ferry, ushering in the fatty acids that are burned as fuel, and escorting out the toxins that otherwise would build up inside the cell.
GPLC has also been shown to increase the primary enzyme responsible for nitric oxide production in the arteries. Nitric oxide, as you may know, helps regulate the dilation of blood vessels. Proper dilation is necessary to keep poor blood circulation problems at bay.
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