The heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime, pushing millions of gallons of blood to every part of the body. This steady flow carries with it oxygen, fuel, hormones, other compounds, and a host of essential cells. It also cleans up the waste products of metabolism. When the heart stops, essential functions fail, some almost instantly.(1)
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number 1 cause of death globally. (2) A key problem is atherosclerosis, where plaque out of cholesterol and other substances narrow arteries, limiting the important blood flow that nourish the heart and the whole body. Elevated blood pressure or high cholesterol levels are indicators for atherosclerosis. A heart attack or stroke is caused when a plaque blocks the arteria.
Microcirculation is a sign for age and the risk to develop circulation and metabolism related disorders, like e.g. lack of energy and muscle power, diabetes type II or cardiovascular disease. Changes in microcirculation have been found to occur years prior to manifestation of symptoms of these disorders. Therefore it is important to maintain a healthy circulation and blood flow.
A healthy lifestyle, following a nutritional diet, sufficient exercise, and balancing stress is a good bases. Furthermore, it is important to avoid infection, which could lead to longterm capacity limitation of the heard.
Fatigue – High blood pressure? Don’t panic
When you’re under pressure, your brain produces hormones such as cortisol that put your body on alert. As a result, your pulse quickens and blood pressure rises. In the early days of mankind, this physical reactions prepared our body to deal with difficult situations by confronting it or by running away from it – the so-called “fight or flight” response. Nowadays, stressful situations often remain unmanaged and stress becomes chronic. Chronic stress may results in constantly elevated heart rate and blood pressure eventually damaging the artery walls and increasing the risk of heart disease.
Find your personal strategies to calm down and balance stress. For some people it is yoga for others it is jogging or singing. Learn to meditate, learn to organise your life better or turn down your desire to be perfect. Everybody has to find his own way. But it is important to find it. Sometimes there is even some help from nature. Plant extracts like lemon balm can help you to stay calm with a positive mindset and to cope with stress.
Choose the right food
Omega-3-fatty acids from fish like salmon or sardine.
NO booster. Amino acids, like l-arginine or compounds found in beetroot juice, cocoa seeds or mango fruit for instance are used by our body to produce nitric oxide, a molecule that relaxes and widens blood vessels and thus increases the oxygen and nutrient supply to the cells.
SIRT Food. Dark chocolate, coffee, kale, mango – these are all foods that activate sirtuins and switch on a healthy metabolisms in the body. These are the same pathways more commonly activated by fasting and exercise – meaning they help the body to burn fat, increase muscle and improve health.
Keep a healthy diet or support your body with food supplements containing these natural heart savers.
Vital Solutions heart health ingredients Bluenesse® & Careflow®
With Careflow® and Bluenesse® Vital Solutions has developed two natural and scientifically proven ingredients targeting various important factors for a healthy heart. Bluenesse, an exclusive lemon balm extract, supports the ability to cope with occasional stress and to stay in a calm and positive mood. Careflow, a fruit powder made of a special variety of Indian mango, has been shown to improve endothelial function and microcirculation.