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The risk factors are:

  • Heredity - offspring of parents and grandparents with cardiovascular disease are more likely to have heart attacks and strokes.
  • Men - men are more likely than women to have heart attacks and have heart attacks at younger ages.
  • Increasing Age - 4 out of 5 people who die of heart attack are over 65 years of age.
  • Physical Inactivity - regular aerobic exercise plays a significant role in preventing heart and blood vessel disease. Even modest levels of low-intensity exercise is beneficial if done regularly over the long term. Exercise also helps prevent of control blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, etc.
  • Cigarette / Tobacco Smoke --smokers have more than twice the risk of heart attack as nonsmokers, and the risk of sudden cardiac death is between two and four times the risk faced by nonsmokers.
  • High Blood Cholesterol Levels - higher LDL ("bad") cholesterol correlates with increased risk of heart disease.
  • High Blood Pressure - the extra burden on the heart causes the heart to enlarge and weaken.
  • Obesity - the extra weight causes a strain on the heart; obesity leads to diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.
  • Diabetes Mellitus - 80 percent of people with diabetes die of some form of heart or blood vessel disease.
  • Stress - a potentially significant risk factor, particular in conjunction with one or more other risk factors.

10 Superfoods for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.

1. Legumes. Are low in fat, high in fibre and nutrients and flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants which can protect against hea Omega-3 oil is usually thought of as “that healthy stuff in fish”. But, what if you don’t want to eat fish every day? What if you’re a vegetarian, or simply worried about pollution adding harmful substances to your fish dinner? Chia is the richest plant-source of this healthy oil. By weight, chia contains more omega 3 than salmon, and it still tastes like whatever you want! Omega 3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health. It’s also recently been targeted as a weight-loss helper. USA Weekend magazine also reports on a study where overweight dieters who included omega 3s in their eating plan lost 2 more pounds monthly than the control group, who did not. rt disease.

2. Chia seeds. Chia is the riches source of plant based omega 3. Without the potential toxins that fish derived omega 3 may contain. Omega 3 is extremely important for heart and choleserol health and may have a role in lowering blood pressure also.

3. Nuts. The high vitamin E content is an essential antioxidant for heart health.

4 Fish. Another essential omega 3 source. Also a great low fat replacement for red meat.

5. Green vegetables. Spinach, broccoli, rocket etc. The high magnesium and antioxidant content offer protection against heart disease and other degenerative diseases. Also they have a high folate B9 content so assist in reducing homocysteine levels in the body.

6. Berries. The high vitamin c content and flavonoid content offer essential antioxidant protection , prevent artery hardening and many also have a role in controlling blood pressure.

7. Oatmeal. The fibre and high magnesium content are excellent for cardiovascular health. Oats contain a fibre known as beta glucan which have been shown to reduce cholesterol.

8. Wine. Okay, red wine in moderation due to the very high antioxidant of the grape. Organic is always better when it comes to red wine consumption

9. Green Tea Contains antioxidant properties called polyphenols. These assist in eliminating free radicals decreasing the levels of cholesterol in the blood and prevents the process of oxidisation creating bad cholesterol.sterol

10. Bitter Foods. Stimlulate the liver and fat digestion. Hence have a role in keeping cholesterol under control. Try lemons and rocket.Avoid saturated fats found in red meat and dairy and also trans fats (found in margarine, packaged biscuits and processed foods), high salt foods, MSG, and foods containing sugar.

Supplements: To reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, consider the value of supplementing key vitamins. Especially if you have a family history or have been diagnosed with a heart condition or high blood pressure by you GP.

 

Vitamin E: strengthens the immune system and heart muscle, improves circulation, reduces risk of clots (preventing thrombosis: blot clot blocking a blood vessel), destroys free radicals.

Vitamin C: important in treating cardiovascular disease. Our practitioner only Beta AC contains both vitamin C, A and E plus antioxidants

Multivitamin Tresos B (Vitamins B6, B12, and Folic Acid found in high doses in multivitamin tresos B) : deficiency has been linked to heart disease, particularly blocked arteries. These nutrients also have a role in reduced homocysteine levels. A major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The combination of B vitamins folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, has been found to reduce the level of the amino acid homocysteine in the blood. At high levels, homocysteine damages the lining of the arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease. A deficiency in one of these B vitamins can lead to higher homocysteine levels. Hence it is essentail to take a daily multivitamin.

CoQ10 promotes heart function, an antioxidant, reduces risk of heart failure, reduces high blood pressure, speeds recovery from bypass surgery, reduces risk of heart attack, and prevents recurrences of heart attack. Protects against side effects of statins heart medication.

Chromium Picolinate: fights atherosclerosis, lowers triglycerides, and improves blood cholesterol and blood sugar profiles. Our naturopath chosen Magnesium biocomplex contains chromium and magnesium or our glucosupport formula

Magnesium: contributes to proper functioning of heart muscle, keeps heartbeats normal, reduces angina. See our magnesiumm biocomplex mineral formula in the supplements section.

 

Mediherb Nevaton or kava: if stress is a factor consider taking a herbal supplement to manage stress. Nevaton (St johns Wort, schisandra, damiana and skullcap herbs) is best for ongoing stress and anxiety or mild depression. Kava is good to have for those stressful days and works quite instantly. Vist our supplement section for more information.

Krill oil: Results from a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported that krill oil can significantly reduce heart-damaging inflammation. The study was conducted by measuring the presence of C-Reactive Protein (a.k.a CRP) levels in the blood. One way to measure the risk of heart damage is to examine the amount of the body's CRP levels. Participants of the study were divided into two groups; a placebo and krill oil group. During the study, CRP levels were measured three times; the beginning, seven days and 14 days. After 7 days, the placebo group's CRP levels increased by 15.7 % and after 14 days levels increased again by 32.1%. The group that had been taking 300 mg of krill oil daily reduced their CRP levels by 19.3% after seven days. After 14 days, CRP levels dropped even further by 29.7%.

Findings revealed that patients taking just 500 mg of krill oil daily achieved 300 % improvement in cholesterol levels.

 

Omega 3 in fish or fish oil tablets: There is mounting evidence and research that omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oil supplements not only help prevent cardiovascular diseases in healthy individuals, but also reduce the incidence of cardiac events and mortality in patients with existing heart disease.

  

Antioxidant support: Spirulina or vital greens. Ensure diet is high in fresh fruit and vegetables! 

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