do you have sitting duck syndrome...

Are you a sitting duck, just waiting for a heart attack to strike, or a stroke, or cancer, or deadly diabetes? These diseases mean the difference between living well into your 90s, or dying suddenly in your 60s, 50s or even younger.

To find out if you are a sitting duck, answer these questions:

1. Do you have a sibling, parent or grandparent who suffered from any of the above mentioned diseases? (There is a strong genetic link to these diseases).
2. Are you overweight?
3. Do you smoke?
4. Do you drink too much alcohol, or do you ever binge-drink?
5. What about your diet – do you eat fewer than five large servings of brightly coloured fruit and veggies daily? Is your diet high in bad fats, low in good fats, high in refined carbohydrates, or low in fibre?
6. Do you get less than six hours sleep on most nights?
7. Do you exercise for less than 50 minutes at a moderate-to-high intensity rate at least four times a week?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you are a sitting duck waiting for a dreaded disease to strike. You may be fine now, or at least think you are. But the degenerative and damaging processes are already happening inside your body, increasing your risk as time goes by.

The more yes’s you have answered to these questions, the greater your risk is, because with each affirmative answer comes an increased risk of all four of the biggest killers – heart attack, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

What supplements will stop sitting ducks from suffering heart attack, stroke, cancer and diabetes you ask?

Five Essentials
1. Fish oil omega-3 fatty acids:  Take 3 x 1000mg capsules after supper. Don’t take an omega-6 or 9 supplement, since we get excessive amounts of these in our diet anyway (an excess of omega-6 and 9 actually causes health problems). If your diet contains good daily levels of this reduce accordingly to a minimum of 1000mg.

2. Vitamin D3: Take at least one 1000 IU tablet every day after a meal. Vitamin D is a powerful anti-cancer protector. It also reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by keeping calcium in the bones, and out of the arteries, where it causes damage and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Vitamin D also reduces the risk of diabetes. 

3. Rhodiola Rosea. This herb helps to protect the heart and brain against the 300-600% increased risk of fatal heart attack and stroke that stress causes. It is important to take a product that contains an extract of the herb because this is many times more effective than the non-extract herb powders.

4. Anti-cancer: Taking a combination of cancer-fighting nutrients and plant extracts is one of the most important preventive interventions available. These include two phytonutrients known as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and di-indole-methane (DIM) extracted from broccoli sprouts. Other important cancer fighters are curcumin from turmeric, quercetin, selenium and EGCG extracted from green tea.

5. Co-enzyme Q10:
Co-enzyme Q10 is probably the most important heart-protector after fish oil omega-3. It keeps the heart muscle strong, and helps prevent heart failure and elevated blood pressure. There are two types of co-enzyme Q10, ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Both are good, but the ubiquinol form is better because it is eight times better absorbed and is 66% better at protecting the heart than the ubiquinone form.

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