What you need to know about the world’s biggest killer – Heart and Arterial Disease
The amount of information circulating these days regarding health, nutrition and how to live a longer life is impressive. The internet has succeeded in dispersing information in a fashion that would have been unimaginable just 20 years ago. Yet, even with all of this information designed to encourage us to live healthier and longer lives, stroke and heart disease still remain the leading cause of death for men and women in the UK, including those in the 45 to 65 age range.
If blood flow is severely restricted, or cut off to part of the heart, the result is a heart attack. Our hearts do their job for decades or, in some cases, even more than a century without taking a break. The coronary arteries are responsible for feeding the heart with blood, and taking measures to prevent the hardening and narrowing of these arteries should be a number one priority for anyone looking to live a long and healthy life.
There are several reasons for why this narrowing of the coronary arteries occurs. These include chronic inflammation, brought on by the stress hormone cortisol. Also the consumption of processed foods that are high in sodium, sugar and fat take their toll on overall health and heart health in particular.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to protect your heart and keep it healthy. One of these is avoiding processed foods and fast foods which are usually low in nutrients, but high in sugar. Cut these out of your diet and you will be doing your body and heart a great service.
Grain-fed dairy and meat are another problem. By switching the high saturated fats contained in grain-fed dairy and meat with grass-fed meat and chicken alternatives, you will be doing your heart and body another favour, as grass-fed meat and chicken have 6 times less saturated fat.
Research supports the fact that foods high in monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil, and polyunsaturated fat, like nuts and vegetables, are good for your heart and your brain as well. Nuts protect against heart disease, as they are high in alpha-linolenic acid, often found in walnuts, as well as oleic acid, magnesium, arginine, fibre and vitamin E.
Oily fish and fish oil supplements are another great way of supporting your health. Consumption of fish, such as sardines, black cod/sablefish and wild Alaskan salmon, are all outstanding choices. These foods are high in heart and brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which research has shown can even reverse aspects of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Furthermore, these foods are loaded with antioxidants which are important for fighting premature ageing and have anti-cancer and anti-disease properties as well.
Any changes you can make to reduce inflammation in your body are steps towards preventing heart and arterial disease. The most effective food supplements are anti-inflammatory enzymes.
DID YOU KNOW?
PAD, or peripheral artery disease, is a condition that occurs due to the obstruction of large arteries in the legs and arms. This can result in a range of symptoms including leg pain when walking, which is known as intermittent claudication. This condition may indicate a wider spread accumulation of fatty deposits in the arteries called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is quite serious, as it can reduce blood flow not just to the legs, but to the brain and heart as well. Lifestyle changes and anti- inflammatory supplements can greatly reduce your risk.
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Other recommended products include UB8Q10, which is up to 8 times more absorbable than ordinary CoQ10. CoQ10 is necessary for the functioning of every cell in your body. Also, The Krill MiracleTM is a super-rich source of omega-3, 6 and 9 which now contains AstaXanthin to provide heart, cardiovascular, cholesterol and blood lipid level support.