Love Your Heart
February is Heart month so show your heart some love by joining their 10 minute challenge or wear red on February 6th. This is an annual event organised by the British Heart Foundation and you can learn more about the event and also lots of ways to keep your heart healthy by visiting www.bhf.org.uk
There are lots of ways you can improve your heart health:
- Healthy Easting
- Staying Active
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
- If you smoke – stop
- Keep within the healthy guidelines for alcohol consumption
- Reduce Stress
Top Supplements for a Healthy Heart
According to the Montmorency Cherry Health and Nutrition Report there is strong evidence suggests that diets rich in colourful fruits and vegetables may help lower heart-disease risk.
Montmorency cherries are one such fruit and the phenolic compounds contained within them may offer protection against heart disease and stroke.
Oxidative damage is another factor in the functions of the cardio-vascular system and the anthocyanins contained in Montmorency Cherriescan help protect from Oxidative damage. This same compound might also lower blood lipids thus reducing heart disease risk.
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Your body naturally makes small amounts of CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone and ubiquinol. It’s key for normal cell function. As a supplement, CoQ10 may help lower blood pressure, either on its own or along with drugs. Other studies have found that adding CoQ10 to heart failure drugs may improve symptoms and quality of life. CoQ10 supplements are also popular as a treatment for statin side effects. Why? Statins can sometimes lower natural CoQ10 levels. Some doctors suggest adding a CoQ10 supplement to counteract the effect, hoping it will relieve statin side effects like muscle pain and weakness.
Fish oil with omega-3 fatty acids can slash levels of triglycerides — an unhealthy fat that can cause clots in the arteries — by up to 50%. Fish oil may also improve blood pressure
Not only does garlic make just about anything taste delicious, it could also lower blood pressure. It may slow the build-up of plaque in the arteries, lowering your risk of clots. Research shows that both whole garlic and supplements may help.
Research shows that green tea, either as an extract or as a drink, may lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. Green tea may also lower your risk of developing high blood pressure, although not all studies show this benefit.
Large studies have linked magnesium deficiency to high blood pressure, while some have shown an association between magnesium supplements and a decreased risk of death from heart disease. A higher intake of magnesium may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes.
We wish you a very happy and healthy Heart Month!