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Heart and Circulation

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General Health Information

The cardiovascular system includes the heart, blood vessels, veins, and capillaries. The heart must beat regularly to pump adequate amounts of blood throughout the body so that all body organs and tissues get a continual supply of oxygen and nutrients. A healthy vascular system is open and unobstructed, and rich in magnesium, l-carnitine, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, l-taurine, and many other nutrients, which cumulatively help insure continual cardiovascular health. Optimal cardiovascular health can be maintained by supplying the body with key nutrients throughout our life.  Daily intake of critical nutrients helps ensure that our heart and blood vessels are well nourished.

Clogged blood vessels can lead to many serious health problems. Obstruction of the coronary vessels is often preceded by a narrowing of the arteries caused by atherosclerotic deposits made up of cholesterol, lipids, and lipoproteins (commonly referred to as hardening of the arteries).  Several dietary factors are thought to influence coronary artery disease by promoting atherosclerosis and/or thrombosis (clotting). Of these dietary factors, the undesirable effects of dietary fat (particularly saturated fat) on homocysteine and cholesterol metabolism are well documented.

The importance of beneficial dietary components such as unsaturated fats (omega 3 & 6 fatty acids), trans fatty acids, antioxidants, herbs and phytonutrients, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and fiber cannot be overlooked and should be considered as supplemental support to cardiovascular health.   Further, it is not known whether these effects of diet are additive or interact in a more subtle way. It is clear, however, that coronary artery disease is not controlled by any single characteristic of the diet.

 

Wellness Plan for Support of Heart and Circulation

Regular aerobic exercise
Low fat, low carbohydrate, low salt, high fiber diet, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
Moderate alcohol and caffeine intake
Avoid smoking
Stress management
Work towards ideal body weight
Pharmacistís Supplement Recommendations:
Antioxidants - coenzyme Q10, grape seed extract, red grape skin extract, Pycnogenol†
Amino Acids - L-carnitine, taurine
Herbals - green tea leaf, hawthorn, forskolin, garlic, bilberry, ginkgo biloba, milk thistle, turmeric, rosemary and horsechestnut†
Vitamins and Minerals - especially niacin, vitamins B6, B12, C and E, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, and selenium
Essential Fatty Acids - omega-3, omega-6, DHA

Pharmacist's Recommendations for Support of Heart and Circulation

These products are recommended by licensed pharmacists who have specialized in natural medicines and dietary supplements.  For maximum benefit from these recommendations, be sure to read the Wellness Center Guidelines.

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Cardio Health Support

(with Hawthorn & CoQ10)
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This sophisticated blend of phytonutrients and herbs contains appropriate amounts of several cardio selective and well researched supplements including:

  • Coenzyme Q10 is a vital nutrient that supports many critical biochemical mechanisms in the heart and blood vessels and provides for cellular energy production
  • Folic acid is important in homocysteine metabolism
  • Magnesium is a mineral critical to the heart and blood vesselsí ability to relax and contract.
  • Hawthorn flower and leaf extract contains flavonoids well known for supporting heart function by promoting nutrient flow to the heart muscle
  • L-carnitine and taurine are amino acids which are very important to heart function
  • Soy isoflavones help promote healthy cholesterol metabolism
  • Horsechestnut seed extract helps promote good venous blood flow especially in the legs
  • Green tea leaf extract contains compounds called catechins which posses many favorable cardioactive properties
  • Grape seed extract is a potent antioxidant that promotes healthy blood vessels and capillaries
  • Citrus bioflavonoids improve capillary permeability

 

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Garlic

Standardized Chinese Garlic Extract 400mg
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The healthful benefits of garlic have been known since ancient times. Along with being a tasty food herb, it is also widely known for its medicinal properties. Garlic helps to enhance the health of the entire cardiovascular system. It aids in maintaining a healthy cholesterol level and a healthy blood pressure. Garlic also helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system by "thinning" the blood. Garlic supports the body's immune system, and helps combat bacterial, viral, and fungal attack. While we all love to cook with garlic, its medicinal values are best obtained by taking garlic regularly as a dietary supplement.

 

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Omega Max

Complete Essential Fatty Acid Formula
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Essential fatty acids have known beneficial effects on our cardiovascular system. Daily intake of essential fatty acids is necessary because our body itself cannot make them. One of their functions is to keep our blood vessels from clogging up, thus preventing blockages from occurring. This helps to ensure an adequate supply of blood to our heart, and throughout our whole body as well.

 

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Essentials Performance UltraMax

MultiVitamin and Mineral
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A well-designed, high quality vitamin and mineral supplement with key nutrients are essential for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. They provide the essential nutrients that serve as building-blocks for the heart tissue and the walls of the blood vessels, all necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system

 

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AntiOxidant Essentials

(with Vitamins C & E)
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Antioxidants help protect the body from the formation of damaging free radicals. They are especially important in helping to prevent damage to the heart muscle itself. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers that neutralize these free radicals, thus guarding against deterioration of the heart and its functions. They are especially important for anyone with lots of physical and mental stress, and stress itself a factor in heart conditions. Some of the ingredients included in this superior blend of antioxidants are:

  • Beta Carotene Vitamins C and E
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine
  • L-Glutathione, Zinc and Selenium
  • Quercetin

 

Additional Products for Support of Heart and Circulation

 Adrenal Health Support

 Alpha Lipoic Acid

 Cardio Total Health

 Chole Rx Depletion

 Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex

 CoEnzyme Q10

 DHEA 50mg

 Energizer Formula

 Ginkgo Biloba

 Grape Seed

 Green Tea

 Guggulipid

 Hawthorn Berry

 Horsechestnut

 Hyper Rx Depletion

 L-Carnitine

 Magnesium & Potassium

 Niacin No-Flush

 Red Rice Yeast

 Soy Isoflavones

 Saw Palmetto Plus

 Vascular Health Support

 Vitamin E 400IU

 

Wellness Centers Related to Cardiovascular System 

Cholesterol

Healthy Living  

Hypertension

Macular Degeneration

Nervous System

Respiratory System  

Sport and Fitness  

Stress Control

 

Additional Information on Heart and Circulation

Aim for a Healthy Weight - A practical guide for weight control from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

FDA Approves  New Health Claim for Soy Protein and Coronary Heart Disease- recent publication of the Food and Drug Administration

Coronary Heart Disease Explained- excellent article by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute  

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