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Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular Health 

Our heart and circulatory vessels make up what is known as the Cardiovascular system, which is vital to life. The heart pumps blood through the arteries and veins in our body. The arteries transport blood away from the heart, and veins transport blood back to the heart. This movement is known as circulation, which is an essential process that supplies oxygen and nutrients to our cells and removes waste products. The heart plays the critical role of pumping oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood into a circulatory system of arteries, veins and capillaries. Being physically active and eating a balanced diet can help maintain a healthy heart and circulatory system. Where the diet may be less than optimum, supplements can ensure intake of selected key nutrients.

Essential fats are known to impact on the levels of free fats (triglycerides) circulating in the blood, although maintaining low refined sugars in the diet is probably more important. Vitamins C and E have well documented roles in the health of the heart and circulation. It is relatively simple to care for your most precious organ. Combine an active lifestyle and a healthy diet with a heart health supplement for the best results. A few nutrients that are vital for a healthy heart include: (read more)

 

  • Vitamin E – acting as an antioxidant, Vitamin E protects blood fats and prevents blood from sticking, clotting or causing artery damage. Studies have shown that a marked reduction in clotting occurs when vitamin E is regularly taken as a cardiovascular supplement.

  • Vitamin C – This is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C works with vitamin E by recycling it and keeping the blood vessels healthy, lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol.

  • Vitamin B Complex - B2, B6 and B12 all aid in digesting fats and sugars, lowering excessive homocysteine in the arteries of anyone who regularly takes it as a heart health supplement.

  • Calcium – The American Journal of Epidemiology has stated that ‘calcium supplements reduce the risk of death due to ischemic heart disease.’ Add some calcium to your diet with a glass of milk per day.

  • Magnesium - This mineral, in conjunction with potassium, is responsible for an incredible number of reactions in the human body.

  • Omega 3 and 6 - Maintaining a balance between Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids is vital for optimal health. These compounds have been found to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by lessening triglyceride levels, which prevents blood clotting, as well as lowering blood pressure.

  • L-arginine- This amino acid may help relax blood vessels through the increased level of Nitric oxide

  • Co-enzyme Q10- It is vital that levels of Q10 are maintained in our cells to generate physical energy and thereby ensure effective pumping of blood and oxygen into vital muscles of the heart.

    Arteriosclerosis is one of the most common diseases of the arteries. This disease occurs when plaque (which is made up of cholesterol, fibrin, platelets and other substances) forms on the walls of the arteries and obstructs the normal flow and circulation of blood. The arteries become narrowed and the walls lose their elasticity, causing blood flow to be reduced.

    Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol and calcium deposits found in the blood. The plaque hardens over time and narrows the arteries thus reducing the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the organs and other parts of the body.  This can lead to serious problems, including heart attack, stroke, or even death. While there is a distinction between arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, however, the symptoms and effect on health are the same. It has been shown that cholesterol per se is not the cause of these problems but adulteration of cholesterol which can build up on arteries at the point of fissures or other wall defects.

    Reducing damage to cholesterol (say from oxidation processes) or avoiding hydrogenated fats in the diet are amongst the preventative approaches taken. Defects and oxidised cholesterol are more likely with high sugar intake or for diabetics. Appropriate levels of essential fatty acids may improve circulation, reduce cell wall defects and control characteristics of triglycerides.

    Products that may help circulation and avoid some problems with platelets and thrombocytes include Serrazyme ( protealytic enzyme) , Pycnogenol and Homocysteine Modulators. Hawthorn and Garlic are two of the cardio-protective herbs. The amino acid Arginine has proven blood vessel relaxing properties as it helps produce nitric oxide. (Caution: Always take medical advice on supplements when on blood thinning medication).

 

Cardiovascular problems

Arteriosclerosis is one of the most common diseases of the arteries. This disease occurs when plaque (which is made up of cholesterol, fibrin, platelets and other substances) forms on the walls of the arteries and obstructs the normal flow and circulation of blood. The arteries become narrowed and the walls lose their elasticity, causing blood flow to be reduced.

Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol and calcium deposits found in the blood. The plaque hardens over time and narrows the arteries thus reducing the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the organs and other parts of the body.  This can lead to serious problems, including heart attack, stroke, or even death. While there is a distinction between arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, however, the symptoms and effect on health are the same. It has been shown that cholesterol per se is not the cause of these problems but adulteration of cholesterol which can build up on arteries at the point of fissures or other wall defects.

Reducing damage to cholesterol (say from oxidation processes) or avoiding hydrogenated fats in the diet are amongst the preventative approaches taken. Defects and oxidised cholesterol are more likely with high sugar intake or for diabetics. Appropriate levels of essential fatty acids may improve circulation, reduce cell wall defects and control characteristics of triglycerides.

Products that may help circulation and avoid some problems with platelets and thrombocytes include Serrazyme ( protealytic enzyme) , Pycnogenol and Homocysteine Modulators. Hawthorn and Garlic are two of the cardio-protective herbs. The amino acid Arginine has proven blood vessel relaxing properties as it helps produce nitric oxide. (Caution: Always take medical advice on supplements when on blood thinning medication).