Archive for February, 2012

Heart Healthy Nutrition: 10 Things You Can Do with Your Diet

Heart Healthy IdeasReady to start caring for your heart? Here are 10 easy – and delicious – things that you can do with your diet to make it more heart-friendly:

  1. Up your intake of nuts, especially almonds, as they come packed with heart healthy nutrients. Try mixing almonds in with your oatmeal in the morning or snack on them between meals.
  2. Try more superfoods, like blueberries, spinach, and broccoli, as they come packed with heart healthy antioxidants plus plenty of vitamins and minerals. You can even make delicious superfood smoothies that use everything from fresh berries to spinach all in the same mix (and they still taste yummy!)
  3. Go gluten-free. Here’s a great post describing how gluten can play into heart disease: Heart Disease and Gluten Sensitivity.
  4. Eat more fish, which are rich in heart healthy omega fatty acids. Just make sure the fish is prepared in a lean way (e.g. grilled instead of fried).
  5. Drink more water. Water helps to detoxify the body, regulate body temperature, and keep our cells healthy.
  6. Monitor your intake of dairy and fats, which can prove to be detrimental to your heart in large amounts.
  7. Eat more eggs! Eggs are rich in protein and contrary to popular belief, aren’t terrible for your cholesterol! Keep things lean by eating egg whites instead of egg yolks for the same benefits but lower calories.
  8. Cut back on the salt, which can raise your risk for many heart-related health issues.
  9. Same thing goes for sugars. Processed foods and sugary foods are some of the worst things for your heart.
  10. Get more greens, which contain vitamin E, vitamin C, and other valuable nutrients.

How do you maintain a heart healthy diet?

 

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Heart Healthy Supplements To Consider

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Taking care of your heart can also involve the right supplements and at OVitaminPro.com, we have plenty of heart support supplements that can do the trick. In our selection of heart support supplements, here are some of the products we’ve found to be the most effective and the most beneficial for maintaining overall heart health.

  • Perfusia: Made by Thorne Research, Perfusia is formulated to help regulate blood pressure and aid in balancing your lipid profile. For those who want to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, Perfusia is a great option.
  • Cholestar: Cholestar contains natural compounds to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels as well as triglycerides. One of our best sellers.
  • Fish Oil: Fish oil is rich in omega fatty acids, which research shows can lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, and improve cardiovascular health overall. For fish oil, we recommend Nordic Naturals fish oils, as they are third party assayed and showcase the best overall quality. One of our most popular supplements.
  • Coenzyme Q-10: Also known as CoQ10, Coenzyme Q-10 is a powerful antioxidant known for reducing inflammation and boosting longevity. It’s long been used to treat gum disease and congestive heart failure.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D has been shown to help autoimmune diseases, heart disease, some cancers, fibromyalgia, depression, hypertension, chronic fatigue and chronic pain. Up your intake with a vitamin D supplement like Ultra D Complex or Iso D3.
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E promotes healthy circulation, blood vessel integrity, and healthy blood lipids. For Vitamin E, we recommend Metagenics E-Complex, which offers a great dose of natural vitamin E.

Have questions about any of these heart-healthy supplements? Feel free to contact us for more info.

 

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Celebrate American Heart Month with OVitaminPro

February is American Heart Month and at OVitaminPro.com, we want to help you take better care of your ticker! All month long, we’ll be posting helpful articles and resources about heart support supplements that can help you get a better grasp of what you can do to maintain better cardiovascular health. When your heart is healthy, you feel better, extend your longevity, and reduce the risk of many serious health conditions.

So what can you do today to take care of your heart? Well, for starters, you can start off with some little things, like:

  • Choose grilled foods over fried foods to cut back on cholesterol and unhealthy fats
  • Up your intake of fresh fruits and veggies, which are rich in nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Drink plenty of water – hydration is key for good health
  • Taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood to up your heart rate and boost energy

In the long run, you’ll want to follow a heart-healthy diet plan and utilize regular cardio exercise to ensure good heart health. You’ll want to get your blood pumping for at least 150 minutes each week through exercise, but if you can, see if you can work in at least 60 minutes of exercise per day! Your heart will thank you! In terms of a heart healthy diet plan, most experts agree that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein is the way to go, but in more specific terms, here are some things you should be incorporating into your diet:

  • Omega fatty acids: Found in nuts and fish, omega fatty acids help to lower cholesterol and reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Vitamin E: Up your intake of vitamin E to support heart health through foods like almonds, spinach, chard, turnip greens, sunflower seeds, and bell peppers.
  • Antioxidants: Able to reduce inflammation naturally, antioxidants are essential for good heart health. Get yours through foods like blueberries, spinach, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.

Not getting the nutrition you need? Be sure to take a closer look at heart support supplements like Perfusia, CoQ 10, and Nordic Naturals ProOmega 1000.

Finally, you’ll want to educate yourself on heart healthy issues. At OVitaminPro.com, we’ve put together a variety of heart health resources to help keep you on top of the best ways to care for your heart. Here are a few of our favorites (remember – all systems in the body are dependent on each other, so caring for your heart can be as easy as caring for your immune system!):

Also, be sure to check out this helpful video on cardiovascular system basics:

What questions do you have about caring for your heart?

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