Heart disease is the biggest killer in the UK – here’s how to lower your risk through a good diet and supplementation.
Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) incorporates all the diseases of the heart and circulation, including coronary heart disease and stroke, and statistics show that it is the biggest killer in the UK.
Risk factors include smoking, drinking alcohol, a poor diet, a lack of physical activity, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. In order to lower your risk of heart disease and build a healthy heart, it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle including a sensible diet, regular exercise and good supplementation.
HEART HEALTH TIPS
Firstly, if you smoke, it is essential that you stop. The chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries), which can in turn lead to a heart attack.
Aim to include 30 minutes of aerobic exercise into your daily routine for at least five days of the week. Physical activity
will help to keep your weight at a healthy level and may reduce your chances of developing other conditions that could put your heart under strain, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Follow a healthy diet and your heart will thank you for it. Limit the amount of sugar and salt you consume and reduce your intake of saturated fat – this is mostly found in red meat, dairy products and coconut and palm oils. Cut out trans fats completely from your diet – these are found in processed and deep-fried fast foods, bakery products and margarines. Increase your intake of fibre from fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and omega-3 fatty acids from fish and olive oil. Only drink alcohol in moderation – no more than two drinks a day for men, and one a day for women.
Let’s take a look at some supplements that are beneficial for heart health.
Serrapeptase is a multi-functional proteolytic enzyme derived from silkworms which dissolves non-living tissues such as fibrin, plaque, blood clots, cysts, and inflammation in all forms – without harming living tissue. It has been found to help with reducing swelling and inflammation , which is why it is increasingly being used to support heart health – in particular atherosclerosis. The German physician, Dr. Hans Nieper, reportedly had great success using serrapeptase to help patients with heart disease and arterial blockage.
Nattokinase is a potent anti-clotting enzyme that is extracted from the traditional Japanese soy food, ‘natto’ (boiled soybeans that have been fermented with a bacterium called Bacillus natto). Research has shown that nattokinase helps to dissolve blood clots2 and reduces high blood pressure3. The way in which it works is that it breaks down fibrin, a protein involved in blood clotting. In the heart, blood clots cause a blockage in the flow of blood to the muscle tissue which can result in the oxygen supply to that tissue being cut off, resulting in angina and heart attacks. Clots in the chambers of the heart can mobilize to the brain where they can also block blood and oxygen from reaching necessary areas, resulting in a stroke.
Magnesium is an important mineral that plays a key role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. It helps to prevent angina by keeping the coronary arteries from having spasms, it regulates heart rhythm by co-ordinating the activity of the heart muscle and the nerves that initiate the heartbeat and it controls high blood pressure by relaxing the muscles that control the blood vessels and allowing the blood to flow more freely.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential nutrient which is made in the body and found in high amounts in the body’s main organs, with the highest concentration being in the heart. Research has shown that CoQ10 can help to improve blood pressure and its antioxidant activity can help to combat lipid peroxidation, which contributes to the development of atherosclerosis.
This product features a blend of powerful nutrients such as serrapeptase and nattokinase, digestive enzymes, antioxidants and proanthocyanidins such as grape seed extract and Pycnogenol® now in a delayed release capsule.
Other recommended products include UB8Q10, which is up to eight times more absorbable than ordinary CoQ10. Also, Magnesium Oil, which is applied topically for faster absorption and works immediately to raise magnesium levels 12 times faster than oral supplementation.