HEART HEALTH

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Heart disease ranks as the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. The CDC has identified a number of risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, excess body weight and obesity, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and excessive intake of alcohol.

Atherosclerosis is a disease in which the arteries narrow due to build-up of plaque on the insides of the blood vessels. If a blood clot becomes stuck in one of these narrowed vessels, a heart attack or stroke can occur.

According to the American Heart Association, cholesterol levels are one of the primary controllable risk factors; taking action to lower your cholesterol is an important prevention strategy.

Narrowed arteries are one cause of high blood pressure as well. About half of Americans have high blood pressure, which, if left untreated, can damage blood vessels and lead to heart attack and stroke.

Supporting the heart and blood vessels with the vitamins and minerals necessary for proper function is one way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, ongoing research continues to provide more evidence about the positive effect of plant-based and herbal preventives and therapies.

Our favorite cardiological support formulas

We’ve selected some supplements that we like for maintaining optimal blood pressure, helping lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, and keeping blood vessels open and healthy:

Cardio Essentials BP Support:
 
If your blood pressure is in the normal range and you want to keep it there, consider taking this plant-based formula with four herbs that have cardiovascular benefits. Research shows that olive leaf extract can keep bad cholesterol from building up in arteries, which can keep blood pressure at optimal levels. Black garlic, a fermented form of garlic, can protect the heart, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, and reduce inflammation. Multiple studies show that grape seed extract can lower blood pressure, and the phthalides in celery seed can relax the muscles of artery walls, which also contributes to normal blood pressure.
Cardio Essentials Cholestin Support:
 
Optimal cholesterol levels are important for cardiovascular health, and this supplement helps maintain that balance. For years, nicotinic acid, a form of niacin, has been known to lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides and raise good cholesterol. Studies show that red yeast rice extract, a fermented form of rice, can have dramatic cholesterol-lowering effects. Phytosterols block dietary cholesterol from being absorbed, and pantethine (from vitamin B5) has the ability to lower total and LDL cholesterol.

Cellular Energy:

Keeping your blood flowing freely to your tissues is essential for good energy levels. According to research, CoQ10, NAC, ALA, and grape seed extract promote proper blood flow throughout the cardiovascular system by preserving the activity of nitric oxide—a molecule that expands blood vessels. This supplement can benefit your cardiovascular health and help energize your mitochondria, your cells’ powerhouses.

Dynamic Cardio Flow:

What’s one cell thick and lines the inside of blood vessels? The epithelium. When the epithelium is healthy, it results in vasodilation—relaxed blood vessels that carry more oxygen and nutrients to your body’s cells. Dynamic Cardio Flow promotes the release and function of nitric oxide. One of its most effective ingredients is a patented, highly bioavailable form of magnesium, one of the most important minerals for heart and blood vessel function. Just mix a scoop of this powder in water and drink down a powerful formula of vitamins, minerals, and herbs designed to keep your endothelium happy and healthy.

Dynamic Cardio-Metabolic:

Here’s a great-tasting drink formula that contains a comprehensive mix of macro- and micronutrients. Use this easily digested drink to help you maintain good cholesterol and triglyceride levels as you balance your blood sugar. Carefully chosen phytosterols, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and prebiotic fiber team up in this
mini-meal or snack, making it a great option for anyone concerned about cardiovascular health. Of course, you won’t find added sugars, artificial sweeteners, gluten, dairy, or GMOs.

Methyl Complete:

High levels of the amino acid homocysteine in the bloodstream are associated with atherosclerosis and damage to the epithelium of blood vessels. Folate is an important vitamin that breaks down homocysteine, but not everyone can convert folic acid to its bioactive form. Methyl Complete contains a patented bioavailable folate plus additional nutrients like NAC, vitamin B12, and betaine HCL that support your body’s ability to metabolize homocysteine. Other ingredients help support the oxygen-carrying functions of red blood cells.