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A Head Start for a Healthy Heart
December 16, 2013
Hello everyone! Did you know that despite all the changes in diet and exercise many Americans have undertaken in recent years that the risk of strokes and heart attacks are still in an upswing? I have published an article in the local newspaper, the Arizona Republic discussing heart healthy tips that you and anyone in your family can definitely benefit from! Happy Holidays to you!
Originally published in the December 13th 2013 Daily Edition of the Arizona Republic:
Everyone knows that diet and exercise are some of the best tools to ensure a healthy heart. However, the prevalence of strokes and heart attacks continues to rise in the U.S., especially as people age. Fortunately, there are many nutrients that can significantly benefit heart health and also decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Fish Oils: Specifically Omega 3 fatty acids, these oils are very effective in reducing high blood pressure and maintaining healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They also help prevent the formation of blood clots. Omega 3 oils can be taken as a daily supplement or by increasing dietary intake of fish like salmon or cod at least twice per week.
CoQ10: Studies show that this nutrient increases energy production to feed heart cells and strengthens the heart muscles to pump more blood to the rest of the body. CoQ10 also acts a potent antioxidant which fights against atherosclerosis.
Fiber intake: Because fiber is not absorbed into the bloodstream, it can bind to LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol in the gut and eliminate it from the body, thus lowering your cholesterol levels. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great sources of fiber, with studies showing that a plant-based diet can help cut cardiovascular disease by half!
Magnesium: This mineral is a very important nutrient that can help decrease the risk of heart attacks. It acts to relax blood vessel walls, which lowers blood pressure, as well as normalize heart rhythms in people suffering from arrhythmias.
Folate: High blood levels of an amino acid called homocysteine have been associated with heart disease, namely atherosclerosis. Daily intake of folate from leafy, green vegetables or as a supplement can decrease homocysteine, ultimately reducing the risk of heart disease.
Take heart and incorporate these nutrients early on into a good diet and exercise plan. It can provide a head start for a healthy heart.