Looking After Your Heart

Do you want to live a long life?

If you want to live a long active life it is important to look after your heart. Eating healthy and exercising are great ways to keep your heart healthy. With regular exercise and good food you can boost your heart health. And why not boost it a little further with some supplements. I don’t mean to replace the food that you eat, I mean supplement your diet to get the best out of it.


What supplements are best?

Terranova is a brand of supplements that we love here at Natural Health Store. Their products contain no fillers, binders, or other additives. Each Terranova nutritional product is enhanced with its own synergistic complex of botanicals and phytonutrient rich foods, called Magnifood. Magnifood ingredients are combined in a manner which enhances the body’s biochemical environment in order to maximize the potential benefits of the product’s vitamins, minerals and/or other nutrients. Many of the plants used in Magnifood are fresh freeze dried. Research shows that fresh freeze drying has the unique ability to retain a plant’s enzymes, and is shown to be superior to other drying methods in terms of activity, stability, solubility and preservation of a plant’s original fresh chemistry (as it was when the plant was harvested).

These are our top supplements to choose from for heart health:

Terranova Vitamin C

If you take vitamin C to boost immunity, you may be benefiting your heart as well. This powerful antioxidant reduces free-radical damage throughout the body, lessening overall inflammation and inhibiting the production of C-reactive protein. Studies have shown that vitamin C also plays a role in keeping blood pressure down, in theory because it helps blood-vessel walls dilate, which increases blood flow and reduces blood pressure.

Terranova Vitamin C is a non-acidic form of vitamin C which has been specially formulated to ensure the optimal assimilation and absorption of Vitamin C by the body.


Terranova Vitamin D

Vitamin D protects the heart by blocking a compound called angiotensinogen, released by the liver, that increases blood pressure. In addition, vitamin D regulates the immune system and lowers inflammation throughout the body. Terranova Vitamin D3 comes in two strengths 1000IU and 2000IU Terranova. Their Vitamin D3 is extracted from a vegan friendly strain of edible lichens.

Terranova Magnesium

This mineral aids optimal muscle and nerve function, both critical components of cardiac health. Magnesium works to maintain electrolyte balance, vascular tone and structure. Studies are finding magnesium plays a critical role in preventing the most common and even the most deadly cardiovascular-related health conditions. In fact, one decade-long study concluded magnesium deficiency may be more detrimental to cardiovascular health than both cholesterol and saturated fat. Terranova Magnesium Complex has no fillers or binders and is in a MAGNIFOOD blend including Avena Sativa, Nettle & Pumpkin Seed with Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate.

Terranova Coenzyme Q10

As we get older our the bodies levels of CoQ10 decline. Intense physical exercise or illness will also increase the need for more CoQ10. It is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radical damage. It also helps the cells create energy of which the heart has a massive need for. A constant heart beat needs a constant source of energy. Terranova’s CoQ10 is in a additive free base and is in MAGNIFOOD base of Stabilized Rice Bran, Acai Berry, Sea Buckthorn Berry/Leaf and Artichoke Leaf.

Fibre

Eating more fibre is a great way to take care of your heart — but it can also benefit your whole body. Foods high in fibre can help lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Chia Bia - Milled Chia Seeds are high in fibre and also high in omega 3 both of which contribute to lower cholesterol levels. Other ways to increase your fibre intake is to focus on whole grains in your diet.

Red yeast rice extract

The heart-protective qualities of this extract from the yeast grown on red rice result from a compound known as monakolin K, which works very similarly to statin drugs, blocking the enzyme in the liver that manufactures LDL cholesterol. One 2008 study found taking Red yeast rice extract for 12 weeks in combination with fish oil supplements resulted in a slightly high cholesterol reduction, but there was a significant drop in triglycerides, blood fats associated with cardiovascular disease.

The bottom line is a heatlhy and active lifestyle, but stress, illness and other lifestyle choices can create the need to supplement your diet. Always check with your doctor before taking supplements if you are taking medications for your heart.