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Live A Heart Healthy Life

hearthealthylifeJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Most of the research on the benefits of exercise focuses on cardiovascular protection, as studies show that exercise clearly strengthens the heart and reduces cardiac risk factors.  Numerous scientific reports link regular physical activity to enhanced cardiovascular health. Conversely, low levels of physical fitness are associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular events. Even so, the majority of us remain sedentary, despite evidence that even in midlife, increased physical activity is associated with decreased mortality. Should coronary heart disease develop, it tends to be less severe and occur at a later age in those who are physically fit. Although science tells us that exercise, along with a healthy diet and maintenance of a healthy weight are the key components of a long and healthy life, less than one-third of adults meet even the minimum recommendations for long term health.

While we know that exercise makes us feel and look better, improves our mood, reduces stress and aids more restful sleep, how specifically does it benefit heart health? Genetics, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood lipids are the major risk factors for heart disease. Exercise combined with a healthy diet has a favorable effect on obesity, and blood pressure, triglyceride, and insulin levels. Those who think that going out for a brisk daily walk just isn’t all that important for their long-term health, should know that the effects of continued, moderate exercise on overall cardiac health can be lifesaving. Studies show the greatest gains in mortality rates are realized when a sedentary individual becomes moderately active. The recommendations for participation in moderate activities for a minimum of 30 minutes daily is surprisingly reasonable.

A new analysis of data recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a healthy lifestyle, punctuated by not smoking, moderate exercise, and a nutritious diet can reduce cardiac risk even for those with the worst genetic factors. According to Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, the director of the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, “DNA is not destiny; it is not deterministic for this disease. You do have control over the problem, even if you have been dealt a bad genetic hand.” The researchers found that even though genes can double the risk of heart disease, a healthy lifestyle cuts the risks in half. Just as importantly, an unhealthy lifestyle erases about half the benefits of good genetics.

The researchers analyzed data from four large studies that had both genetic and lifestyle data on 55,000 participants who developed heart disease. Researchers created a genetic score based on 50 genes associated with heart disease, and a lifestyle score based on whether people smoked, exercised at least once per week, followed a healthy diet and whether they were overweight or obese. The optimum lifestyle score was based on having three or all four of these elements. Dr. Kathiresan concluded that even with obesity, when people exercised, followed a healthy diet, and didn’t smoke, the genetic risk was reduced.

Dr. Lawrence J. Appel, director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, concurred, “You do not have to have an exemplary lifestyle to reap a big benefit. It looks as if the biggest protective effect by far came from going from a terrible lifestyle to one that was at least moderately good.” It’s important to know that even those with a worrisome genetic risk, have the power to change that risk. It appears that making even a moderate effort to live a healthier lifestyle can lead to a longer healthier lifespan, even for those who have a higher genetic risk of heart disease.

Everyone has to start somewhere. If you’ve been eating poorly or have been sedentary for years, this study showed that every step you take and every small dietary change you make, makes you just a bit healthier each day. It’s not all or nothing at all. It’s a small commitment towards a higher goal to reduce cardiac risk and improve your health, so you can look forward to a long and vibrant health span.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other top quality products to support cardiac health and overall wellness:

CardioCardio by NovaHue – This bioactive, synergistic, patented whole food formula provides optimal levels of standardized tomato extract along with a proprietary blend of phytosterols. Safe and effective, clinically tested Cardio helps to maintain blood pressure already within the normal range, and provides support for overall cardiovascular health and the circulatory system. Egg, milk and wheat free. Contains soy.

D-Ribose PowderD-Ribose Powder by Healthy Origins – D-ribose is a naturally occurring pentose sugar that supports energy production, muscle recovery and cardiovascular health. D-ribose does not elevate blood sugar nor cause insulin spikes. Gluten, diary, yeast and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

B12 InfusionB12 Infusion by Enzymatic Therapy – These fast absorbing, chewables provide methylcobalamin, the active form of vitamin B12 in support energy production, homocysteine metabolism and nervous system function. Gluten, dairy, soy and yeast free vegetarian formulation.

L-Carnitine 500L-Carnitine 500 by Progressive Labs – L-Carnitine transports fatty acids, triglycerides and cholesterol into the mitochondria where they are oxidized, supporting energy production, weight management, and liver and cardiovascular health.

 

References:
Genetic Heart Disease Risk Eased by Healthy Habits, Study Finds. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/health/genetic-heart-disease-risk-eased-by-healthy-habits-study-finds.html
American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/American-Heart-Association-Recommendations-for-Physical-Activity-in-Adults_UCM_307976_Article.jsp
Coronary artery disease. http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/coronary-artery-disease
Exercise and Cardiovascular Health. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/107/1/e2
Healthy Heart. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_heart/move_more/six-heart-benefits-of-exercise

 

Heart Healthy Strategies

Heart Healthy StrategiesJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

As age is a major risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease, one reality of aging may be the realization that we need to pay more attention to cardiovascular fitness. In the U.S., heart disease is a major cause of disability and the number one cause of death. Prevention involves not just avoidance of serious heart health issues, but also includes circumventing lifestyle limitations, which might include high blood pressure, shortness of breath, fatigue or physical limitations. To reduce the risks of developing cardiovascular disease, lifestyle management strategies such as avoidance of smoking, limited alcohol consumption, stress reduction, restricted sodium intake, heart-healthy eating, and frequent moderate exercise are often highly recommended.

While blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels are important in measuring heart health, chronic inflammation also puts your health at risk. Clinical studies have shown a compelling relationship between inflammation markers and the risk of future cardiac events. Chronic inflammation can potentially damage artery linings and contribute to the growth of artery clogging plaque formations. Taking steps to reduce smoldering, systemic inflammation can limit the damaging effects on the heart. Fortunately, the same lifestyle strategies that reduce cardiovascular risks, also reduce inflammation.

An anti-inflammatory diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, and maintaining a healthy weight are at the top of the list, as fat cells, especially those located in the abdomen, are like little inflammation factories that produce inflammatory proteins. In other words, fat cells are not inert; they play an active role in harming the body through a pro-inflammatory response. The most powerful way to reduce inflammation is through diet and the loss of excess weight. In general terms, barring genetic factors, your overall health largely depends on your own lifestyle choices, as many age-related diseases are preventable.

Supplements, in combination with healthy, nutrient dense foods and exercise, can ensure you are getting the full daily recommendations of vitamins and minerals in support of overall and cardiac health. Key areas for cardiovascular wellness include blood pressure maintenance, controlling blood lipid and blood sugar levels and stress management. The effective use of dietary supplements can provide support as you endeavor to maintain cardiac vitality.

Omega-3 fatty acids – Thought by many to be the most beneficial for protecting heart health, omega-3’s also help to reduce inflammation and support healthy blood pressure.

Coenzyme Q10 – As a very important nutrient for healthy heart function, CoQ10, and its reduced form ubiquinol, supports the heart muscle and contributes to healthy circulation and blood pressure.

Phytosterols – These naturally occurring compounds found in plant cell membranes are structurally similar to the body’s cholesterol. As a result, they compete with cholesterol for absorption in the digestive tract, which helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. The fiber found in plant foods has also been shown to lower blood cholesterol.

Astaxanthin – In addition to its powerful antioxidant and pain relieving benefits, astaxanthin is a potent anti-inflammatory. By reducing inflammatory compounds, astaxanthin helps to reduce the risks of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Lycopene – Studies show that lycopene helps to boost the body’s natural antioxidant defenses protecting against DNA cell damage. Additionally, lycopene is believed to be cardio-protective for its inflammation and blood pressure reduction benefits.

In addition to adopting the recommended healthy lifestyles guidelines, here are some unique supplements that will aid you in your quest for cardiac and overall wellness:

CardioCardio by NovaHue – This clinically supported complex contains patented standardized tomato extract plus a proprietary blend of 5 relevant phytosterols in support of heart health, a healthy circulatory system and maintenance of blood pressure already within the normal range.
Lycopene
 
 
Lycopene by Progressive Labs – As an effective free radical scavenging antioxidant, Lycopene may help to reduce the risks of heart and other age-related degenerative disease by lowering oxidized LDL cholesterol.
 
Astaxanthin 4 mg
 
Astaxanthin 4 mg by Pure Encapsulations – Derived from Hawaiian microalgae cultivated under pristine conditions, this powerful antioxidant supports the skin, macula, joints, immune and cardiovascular wellness.
 
 
Ubiquinol-QH (201899)
 
Ubiquinol-QH (201899) by Douglas Laboratories – This biologically reduced form of CoQ10 supports antioxidant, energy and cardiovascular function.
 
 
 
Plant Sterols
 
 
Plant Sterols by Ortho Molecular – Designed to provide support for healthy cholesterol levels, this product contains plant sterol esters for natural cardiovascular support.