The Heart of Health?
The heart is literally the ‘heart of our health’ – the vital organ in the cardiovascular system, driving circulation of blood through millions of blood vessels. Healthy circulation is our body’s ‘transport system’ delivering vital nutrients and oxygen to cells, enabling proper function of all body tissues and organs, as well as maintaining the general environment.
Heart health is a major concern in today’s society; high blood fats (triglycerides), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and poor circulation are relatively common and often part of more serious problems. However, if heart health is suboptimal, our cells and tissues won’t have enough oxygen or nutrients to function well, meaning it can affect almost any organ, often leading to tiredness, poor memory & concentration, or cold intolerance.
Heart Health Challenges
Heart health is really challenged by our modern life, especially diet (high fats, carbohydrates, and salt), stress, alcohol, sedentary lifestyle, inflammation, oxidative stress, and nutrient insufficiencies, especially iron, folate, B12, B6, and omega-3 fatty acids, like EPA and DHA. So, how can we optimise our heart function, maintain a healthy resting heart rate, cholesterol balance and circulation? How can vitamins, plant sterols, antioxidants and other nutrients in supplements help?
We need every part of the cardiovascular system to be appropriately nourished and supported. The heart is a hardworking muscle, which means it equires a constant supply of nutrients for fuel to maintain muscle contractions including magnesium and co-enzyme Q10. Our blood vessels need to be structurally strong and flexible to withstand constant blood pressure changes. Blood needs to be the right consistency, not too viscous, so that it flows efficiently around the body. Antioxidants like bilberry and grapeseed support circulation and blood vessel integrity. Ensuring our blood does not contain excessive fat levels is vital to keeping the system in good condition. Green tea helps to maintain triglyceride levels, and, alongside plant sterols, healthy cholesterol levels.
Heart Health Solutions
Because the heart and circulation are constantly working, our modern lifestyle can easily affect this robust, yet sensitive, system. So, how can we optimise our heart health? We’ve created a range of different supplements, and identified some key lifestyle tips, to support all these areas and help you optimise your heart health.