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After waking up from my medical indoctrination training in 2005, I soon realized that statin drugs were not the answer to prevent, treat and reverse cardiovascular disease. 

I wrote an entire article about the lack of benefit to statin drugs and also describing the dangers of statins. You can find that article here

However, I do realize that there are natural solutions to optimize cholesterol and lipid levels, while lowering oxidative stress and inflammation. 

But I want to be clear at this time, the foundation to cardiovascular health and longevity is Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well. 

Certainly, evidence-based supplements have a role. That is why I created OptiLipid. 

Let me tell you about the seven ingredients in OptiLipid:

1. Curcumin

Curcumin is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in the spice turmeric (Curcuma longa), which is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric is commonly used as a spice in many cuisines, particularly in South Asian dishes, and it’s known for its bright yellow color. Curcumin is responsible for the vibrant yellow color of turmeric, and it’s also the compound that contributes to many of the health benefits associated with turmeric.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Antioxidant Effects
  • Improvement of Endothelial Function
  • Improving Cholesterol Levels
  • Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Reduced Risk of Atherosclerosis
  • Antiplatelet Effects

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2. Berberine

Berberine is a natural compound found in various plants, including the roots, rhizomes, and bark of certain herbs. It has been used in traditional medicine, particularly in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, for its potential health benefits. Berberine is known for its yellow color and is commonly found in plants such as goldenseal, barberry (Berberis vulgaris), and Chinese goldthread (Coptis chinensis).

  • Cholesterol Regulation
  • Blood Sugar Control
  • Blood Pressure Reduction
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Improvement of Endothelial Function
  • Antioxidant Activity
  • Antiplatelet Effects

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3. Silymarin

Silymarin is a flavonoid complex extracted from the seeds of the milk thistle plant (Silybum marianum). While it is most commonly known for its hepatoprotective (liver-protective) effects, there is some evidence suggesting potential cardiovascular benefits as well. Here are some of the possible cardiovascular benefits of silymarin:

  • Antioxidant Properties
  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects
  • Improved Lipid Profile
  • Blood Sugar Regulation
  • Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Endothelial Protection
  • Reduction of Atherosclerosis Risk

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4. Green tea extract

Green tea extract is derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Unlike black tea, green tea undergoes minimal oxidation during processing, preserving the natural compounds found in the leaves. Green tea extract is rich in bioactive compounds, including polyphenols, catechins, and flavonoids, which are believed to contribute to its various health benefits.

Cardiovascular benefits associated with green tea extract include:

  • Antioxidant Properties
  • Optimal lipid levels
  • Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Endothelial Function Improvement
  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects:
  • Reduced Blood Clot Formation
  • Improvement in Arterial Function

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5. Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, commonly referred to as ginger root, is widely used as a spice and for its medicinal properties. The rhizome is the underground stem of the plant, and it is characterized by its aromatic and pungent flavor.

Cardiovascular benefits associated with ginger root include:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects
  • Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Improves Lipid Levels:
  • Antioxidant Activity
  • Improved Blood Sugar Control
  • Antiplatelet Effects
  • Improved Endothelial Function

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6. Quercetin

Quercetin is a flavonoid, a type of plant pigment found in various fruits, vegetables, grains, and leaves. It is known for its antioxidant properties and is part of a larger group of compounds called polyphenols. Quercetin has been studied for its potential health benefits, including its effects on cardiovascular health.

Foods Containing Quercetin:

Quercetin is found in a variety of foods, particularly fruits, vegetables, and some beverages. Foods rich in quercetin include:

  • Apples: Especially in the peel.
  • Berries: Such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.
  • Citrus Fruits: Like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits.
  • Onions: Particularly red onions.
  • Leafy Greens: Such as kale, spinach, and lettuce.
  • Tomatoes: Especially in the skin.
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower:
  • Cherries
  • Red Grapes
  • Tea: Especially green tea.

Cardiovascular Benefits of Quercetin:

Quercetin has been studied for its potential cardiovascular benefits, including:

  • Antioxidant Effects
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Endothelial Function Improvement
  • Antiplatelet Effects

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7. Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol compound that belongs to a larger class of phytochemicals called stilbenes. It is found in various plants, especially in the skin of red grapes, and is known for its antioxidant properties. Resveratrol has gained attention for its potential health benefits, particularly in the context of cardiovascular health.

Foods Containing Resveratrol:

Resveratrol is found in the following foods:

  • Red Grapes: Resveratrol is most commonly associated with red wine, which is made from red grape skins. However, it’s important to note that the resveratrol content in wine varies, and excessive alcohol consumption can have negative health effects.
  • Berries: Blueberries, cranberries, and bilberries contain small amounts of resveratrol.
  • Peanuts: Resveratrol can be found in peanuts and peanut products.
  • Dark Chocolate: Cocoa beans, the main ingredient in dark chocolate, contain small amounts of resveratrol.
  • Certain Plants: Some plants, such as Japanese knotweed, also contain resveratrol.

Cardiovascular Benefits of Resveratrol:

Resveratrol has been studied for its potential cardiovascular benefits, including:

  • Antioxidant Effects
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Improvement of Endothelial Function
  • Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Antiplatelet Effects

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Statin drugs are not the answer to cardiovascular disease. Finding the root cause is the answer. And to support root cause, in a natural way, OptiLipid is the ideal choice for those concerned with cardiac longevity, vitality and mental clarity.


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Health Coaching

Our health coaches use evidence based skillful conversation, clinical interventions, and strategies to engage you actively and safely in health behavior changes.

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Cardio Tests

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Office Visits

Schedule an office visit with one of our cardiologists, holistic physicians, chiropractor, or health coaches.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email health@naturalheartdoctor.com. A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Tonia Rainier’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.