Dr.Karol, MD

The doctor with alternative solutions

Black Elderberry for Heart Health

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This is an absolutely phenomenal berry. It has been used for centuries all across Europe for many ailments. Its primary use was for respiratory track infections and for “loosening” dry cough to be able to cough up the phlegm. As such it was used as an expectorant. It is not clear what the active compounds in Elderberry are but one thing is for sure, whatever they are they are strong immune-stimulants.  Immuno-stimulants are simply compounds that stimulate the immune system.  Numerous very well designed human studies have shown that Elderberry reduces the symptoms of viral flu by about 60% compared to placebo. That’s from an average of 6 days of flu to merely 2 days. This effect has been shown to be effective for both type A and type B flu. The other important point about this fruit is that it is packed with anti-oxidants. This is not one bit surprising as the fruits resemble a cluster of grapes on a tree and have a dark purple color when ripe. I say this because barriers in general have a high content of anti-oxidants and the general rule (with a few exceptions) is that the darker red or purple they are the more their anti-oxidant content. Such anti-oxidants are very beneficial to the cardiovascular system and the heart as they protect the small arteries and capillaries from oxidative damage which may eventually lead to arterial plaque formation and blockage of blood flow. They are not only beneficial for the heart and the circulatory system but also prevent the ageing of skin, wrinkle formation as well as slow down the aging process in general. We can say that anti-oxidants are beneficial to every single organ system by helping in their proper functioning and preventing oxidative damage…..Read More…..

Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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