This week we are talking about heart health. A healthy heart is a major factor in leading a longer and healthier life; so it makes sense that we understand how to look after our hearts.
How do I know if my heart is healthy?
The most obvious indications of heart issues are:
Am I likely to get heart disease?
Sadly, heart disease is a major illness in this country and this is because of our lifestyles. Those most at risk:
These are just a few examples of lifestyle choices that create stress for us, there are many more.
How can I help myself?
There are a number of different approaches you can take:
This is an extremely effective antioxidant. As we get older we produce less of it. CoQ10 helps us to generate energy and tackle the impact of oxidative stress – typically we see the impact of oxidative stress through signs of ageing. CoQ10 levels may be compromised through statin use. Many people find it helpful to take a supplement to address this imbalance.
Viridian has put together a CoQ10 combination that uses MCT – medium chain triglycerides. There is encouraging research that indicates MCT’s help our body to produce more good cholesterol and also reduce the levels of bad cholesterol. MCT’s appear to help us manage the risk factors such as weight and inflammation.
One of the active ingredients in Turmeric is associated with reducing inflammation and oxidation. In addition, it supports the lining of our blood vessels. To find out more see our blog on Turmeric!
Regular readers will know how much store we put in maintaining good gut health. Proven have a great product Cardiobiotic which contains Lactobacillus Plantarum and Lactobacillus Reuteri.
Plantarum has been identified in recent research as effective for decreasing the amount of cholesterol that reaches the gut. The product also contains BI which is recognised as contributing to normal function of the heart Antioxidant support comes from the olive leaf included in the product.
These oils are linked with good heart health. Our bodies do not produce them so they need to be part of our diet. Deficiency occurs because people don’t eat enough fish or possibly don’t eat it at all.
The good news is there is help through supplements and specific foods:
The other obvious changes you can make are linked to your lifestyle so refer back to the risk factors and see where you can make some changes.
Maybe you can:
As ever we hope that you have enjoyed this article and we would love to hear your comments or experiences.
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