How's your Heart Health

Heart Disease is a top concern for many...

Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our nation's No. 1 killer. How is your Heart Health?


The heart is the largest muscle we have in our body, yet we abuse it and take it for granted. Without the heart, we are as hollow as the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.

Here are a few things you might want to think about when asking yourself the question, "Do I take good care of my heart?"

  • Do you often use convenience foods or eat at fast food restaurants due to cost, convenience or lack of time?
  • Do artificial or imitation food products often become part of your diet because they are low in fat or cholesterol?

If you answered YES to either question, then a good, researched, complete multi-vitamin would be a good nutritional insurance investment.

  • Does your lifestyle allow you to consistently maintain adequate protein intake and at the same time, keep your cholesterol consumption below 400 mg a day?

If not, then a balanced soy protein with a full range of amino acids would be a great substitute for some of the animal protein in your diet.

  • How are you doing on the fruit and vegetable consumption? Do you consume at least 2-3 servings of fruit every day?

If you answered NO, you are a typical American. It also means you are not getting the Vitamin C you need plus the antioxidants necessary to maintain healthy cells.

  • And how about eating the 3-5 servings of fresh vegetables and 6- 11 servings of whole grains each day?

If you say yes, then your body is getting the fiber and antioxidants it needs, but... once again if you eat a typical American diet you are lacking. Most of us get 7 to 10 grams of fiber a day. We should have 30-35 grams.

What can you do for better Heart Health?

Other things that can improve your heart health include more exercise. It doesn't have to be strenuous, but getting off the couch for a good walk can do wonders.

One supplement that has been shown to improve your heart health and energy levels is CoQ10. This substance is naturally produced by out bodies but it reaches peak production at age 20. It is all down hill from there, so it never hurts to supplement.

Other supplements that have been shown to improve your overall health and more specifically the health of your heart include, Fiber and Vitamin B.

Fiber can reduce serum cholesterol and stabilize your blood sugar.

Vitamin B Complex helps to reduce the risk factor homocysteine. Stress and processed foods do a lot to reduce our supply of B complex so we need to reduce those while we increase how much B we are getting.

That is it in a nutshell as they say.

Once again, there is no magic button. Good health takes focus, caring, wanting good health and taking good supplements./p>

Think about it!

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