Nutrition for the Heart: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol & Buckwheat

by Jamie Holland, LAc, ABT, ACN

Summary of Rutin and Collagen

Rutin promotes collagen production. The strength of our capillaries is in collagen. High blood pressure (HBP) can rupture weak capillaries causing hemorrhage. Weak collagen in the digestive tract causes leaky gut, colitis, IBS. Weak collagen in the vessels of the legs cause varicose veins. Radiation damages collagen of the cell walls. For all of these conditions, we need to increase our collagen and rutin intake.

Cholesterol Myths

It is a common misunderstanding that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease. However, cholesterol is produced by the body when there is inflammation present. Inflammation, most often caused by blood sugar and spikes in insulin, is the cause of high cholesterol in the bloodstream.  Thus, blaming cholesterol is like blaming he fireman who shows up to fight the fire. Below are excerpts of studies, which you can find links to in the sources section below, which have shown that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. In the next section are excerpts of studies that show that buckwheat extract (which is high in the vitamin, rutin) lowers blood pressure and high cholesterol (by reducing its cause, inflammation).

“Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed. —University Positions (46)

Our review has shown either a lack of an association or an inverse association between LDL-C and both all-cause and CV mortality. The cholesterol hypothesis seems to be in conflict with most of Bradford Hill’s criteria for causation, because of its lack of consistency, biological gradient and coherence. Our review provides the basis for more research about the cause of atherosclerosis and CVD and also for a re-evaluation of the guidelines for cardiovascular prevention, in particular because the benefits from statin treatment have been exaggerated.” —British Journal of Medicine (47)

“Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions” —British Journal of Medicine (48)

Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure and Rutin (found in high quantities in Buckwheat),

“A lot of research has been conducted in the functionalities and properties of buckwheat proteins, flavonoids, flavones, phytosterols, thiamin-binding proteins, and other rare compounds in buckwheat seeds. Buckwheat proteins have unique amino acid composition with special biological activities of cholesterol-lowering effects, antihypertensive effects…”—Food Science and Technology Department, Ohio State University(43)

“Buckwheat protein extracts may have strong healing effects to some chronic diseases, such as hypertension, hypercholester- olemia, and many other cardiovascular diseases” —Food Science and Technology Department, Ohio State University (43)

“Buckwheat proteins also show a strong supplemental effect with other proteins to improve the dietary amino acid balance with spe- cial biological activities of cholesterol-lowering effects, antihypertensive effects... “ —College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering, China Agricultural University (44)

"Buckwheat protein is presumed to improve health in various ways, notably reducing serum cholesterol" (44)

“Buckwheat (mainly the flavonoids rutin and quercetin) grain is a highly nutritional food component that has been shown to provide a wide range of beneficial effects. Health benefits attributed to BW include plasma cholesterol level reduction, neuroprotection, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic effects, and improvement of hypertension conditions.” —Division of Food Science, Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (45)


Rutin supplementation and its ability to promote the production of collagen also protects our body from harmful radiation (see this article), protects us from strokes and clotting (see this article), protects our gut lining from breaking down, thus healing leaky gut (see this article) and prevent and heal varicose veins (see this article).


Reading Suggestions

Book: “Put Your Heart In Your Mouth,” by Natasha Campbell-McBride

Online: The Diet-Heart Myth: Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Are Not the Enemy, by Chris Kresser

Sources

***A special thanks to Dr Mark Anderson, and his Back to School for Doctors Seminars 2015 and 2016. Without him and his vast capacity to research, this article would not exist.

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