Using CT heart scans, Dr. Davis was able to show how a combined supplement approach could result in reversal of heart disease.
Dr. Davis noted that if someone did not implement a preventative program, calcium scores on CT scan could be expected to increase by 15-40% every year. Through close observation in his practice he noted that obtaining a lipid panel of 60 mg/dl for LDL, HDL and triglyceride could result in improvements in plaque sizes. He calls this the 60-60-60 plan. In the study, Dr. Davis lowered total cholesterol by 24%, LDL by 41%, tiglycerides by 42% and HDL was increased by 19%. This was achieved by combining a statin medication with sustained release niacin. The niacin dose used in the study was between 500 and 1500 mg daily dosed once daily.
In addition to the niacin, Dr. Davis added omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil at a dose of 1440 mg per day which was separated in two doses. What was fascinating, however, was the third and final nutritional supplement that he added to the program. When Dr. Davis combined statins with niacin and fish oil he would commonly note a 3-8% decrease in plaque volume. When he added one final supplement, however, he began to see dramatic and faster reductions in plaque levels. In fact, after addition of this common supplement he noted up to 64% reductions in plaque size.
What was the supplement?
Plain old, inexpensive, run-of-the-mill, vitamin D3 . He would dose each patient until their blood vitamin D3 levels would achieve an optimal level of 50-60 ng/ml. In the majority of the patients this would require a daily dose of 3590 iu per day. Vitamin D is gaining popularity as an important heart nutrient and this study simply confirms this finding.
In addition to the above mentioned changes, he noted in the interview that preliminary experience suggests that a lower carbohydrate diet that restricts wheat, cornstarch and sugar further improves results. In the above mentioned study, the mean reduction in calcium scores of the heart was 14.5%.
Dr. Ray’s Notes: Although I could debate whether or not cholesterol lowering is an essential component of the program, there is no debating that the comprehensive program does decrease calcifications of the arteries. Dr. Davis has a website dedicated to reversing the plaques in the arteries. It can be found at www.trackyourplaque.com . You may also want to check out the Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s book entitled, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. This book provides an aggressive dietary approach for reversing plaque buildup in the arteries which he has been able to confirm through the use of CT Calcium Scoring.
I do have some recommendations for further improving the results presented above. First, I would also add a dose of vitamin K2 in the form MK-7 . Vitamin K2 activates a compound in the body that helps to get calcium out of the arteries and deposit it where you want it, in the bones. Taking 100-300 mcg of MK-7 may provide extra benefits especially when we consider the synergy that you get when you combine vitamin K with vitamin D. I might also recommend using a compound called tocotrienols which offers antioxidant protection in addition to cholesterol lowering effects (75 mg twice daily). Dr. Davis makes no mention of homocysteine or C-reactive protein. Taking an aggressive stance with controlling these two blood compounds could help to further improve outcomes.