Heart Attack Myths, Busted

Forget the current fads or what you’ve heard on the street about heart attacks.

With facts grounded in research, we’re here to answer questions about the misconceptions of heart disease and share the truth about cardiovascular health. Consider your heart attack myths BUSTED.

 

Fiction: I’ve been smoking for a while. Stopping now won’t really help me.

Fact: Put the cigarette out, then back away nice and slow. There. You’re already helping yourself. Harvard Medical School says that after a year of not smoking, you risk for a heart attack will lower 50%. In ten years, it will be as though you never smoked at all.

 

Fiction: I have heart disease so I’m not allowed to eat any kind of fat, ever again.

Fact: Sure, cut out those pesky saturated and trans fats. But remember that everything has a light and a dark side—the same is true with fat. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, and monounsaturated fats found in avocados or olive oil are examples of heart-healthy fats that should be in your diet!

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Fiction: I shouldn’t work out as much if I have heart disease.

Fact: Untrue! Being at a standstill with physical activity won’t do you any favors as far as improving your blood flow or heart strength.

We’re not saying you have to train for a marathon, but taking on a low-stress activity such as walking can help put you back on track. Ask your doctor!

 

Fiction: I’m young. I don’t really need to worry about heart disease.

Fact: It’s NEVER too early to begin taking charge of your health! How you live and take care of your body now, will either help or harm you in the future and as your body ages.

 

Fiction: Heart disease runs in the family. I’m helpless.

Fact: UNTRUE! Sure, you’re risk is a little higher than the average person’s. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a way to reduce the risk! Stay active and eat healthily. Cut out smoking and excessive drinking, and watch your risk lower drastically.

 

Fiction: If I have high blood pressure, I’ll have obvious symptoms.

Fact: The Mayo Clinic says that most people with high blood pressure won’t have any symptoms until the blood pressure reaches life-threatening stages.

At that point, the symptoms would manifest themselves as headaches, dizzy spells, or abnormal nosebleeds. The only way to stay on top of your blood pressure’s status is to have regular check-ups, or see your doctor if you have any concerns.

 

The best way of getting to the bottom of your heart health is talking to your doctor and staying knowledgeable about where you stand and the factors that might put you at risk for heart disease.

For more heart healthy knowledge, see Better Health-5 Keys To Better Health in Just a Month.

 

 
Sources:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/10-myths-about-heart-disease

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/basics/symptoms/con-20019580

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All-New L-arginine Plus

Same Great Product, Same Low Price with a New Look and Improved Formula

L-arginine Plus

As effective as the original L-arginine Plus has shown to be, we’re excited to release the new and improved L-arginine Plus.

Our all-new scientifically-developed formula has been improved to offer users even more of the powerful benefits of the Nobel Prize winning nitric oxide discovery. We’ve added more L-arginine to L-arginine Plus for improved results while adding more L-citrulline.

You’ll also notice the new formula mixes easier and taste better than ever. We’ve also updated the look of our powerful, proven formula.

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Benefits of the All-New L-arginine Plus

Faster and More Sustained Results – By increasing the amount of L-arginine and L-citrulline in L-arginine Plus, users will notice the benefits of L-arginine Plus quicker while also seeing the benefits last longer.

New and Improved Flavor – As we developed the all-new formula we took customer feedback to improve the flavor with a powder that mixes much easier and tastes even better.

NSF Manufacturing – We’ve moved operations into an NSF-certified facility to even further improve the consistency and quality of every bottle we make so you always see the powerful benefits with every bottle you order.

Frequently Asked Questions about the New and Improved L-arginine Plus

What is the difference between the old formula of L-arginine Plus and the new formula?

The primary difference is the old formula of L-arginine Plus was made with 5,000mg of L-arginine and 1,000mg of L-citrulline while the new formula is made with 5,110mg of L-arginine and 1,010mg of L-citrulline. We’ve also refined the manufacturing process to improve the powders ability to dissolve while improving the flavor.

How does the new L-arginine Plus taste?

With the new formula, you should notice a smoother and more consistent taste as the powder has been shown to mix easier and dissolve quicker. Of course, individual tastes will determine how much of a difference there really is compared to the old formula.

Will the price of L-arginine Plus increase?

We’re committed to keeping L-arginine Plus affordable. The online price for the new formula will remain the same with continued discounts and savings offered to our loyal customers through email and social media.

You’ll be able get L-arginine Plus for the same low price with steep discounts available when you purchase multiple bottles.

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Blood Pressure: The Ins and Outs

We’re all familiar with the magical Velcro cuff that tightens around our arms and seems to magically determine the status of our blood pressure.

Blood Pressure

The nurse calls out a set of numbers like “120 over 80” and we’re just supposed to know what to make of it. But unless we ask, most of us have no idea what those numbers mean.

Here, we break down some numbers and facts for you. What is high blood pressure? What do systolic and diastolic mean?

We’re going beyond the Velcro cuff to help you figure out where you stand with your blood pressure, why it is the way it is, and how you can keep your blood pressure going strong.

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Defining Blood Pressure:

The amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries is what determines blood pressure.

As your heart pumps blood through your body, it relies on your arteries, veins, and capillaries being open enough to transport the amount of blood being pumped.
If it’s a tight squeeze to get blood through your veins, your heart has to work harder to pump blood, and the pressure against the walls of your arteries is higher.

Inside the Blood Pressure Numbers

Blood pressure is measured by two numbers placed in a ratio that looks like this: 117/76 mmHg.

The top number is your systolic blood pressure. This measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats, or contracts.

The bottom number is your diastolic blood pressure—the pressure in your arteries when your heart is resting, or between beats.
Ideally, a healthy blood pressure is a systolic less than 120, and a diastolic less than 80.

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Who has low blood pressure(hypotension)?

Typically, if you are consistently active, your blood pressure will naturally be lower. Sometimes even lower than the prescribed 120/80 mmHg.
A runner’s blood pressure could even be as low as 110/75. This is normal for active people because their bodies and hearts have learned to pump blood and function more efficiently than sedentary bodies.

According to Mayo Clinic, low blood pressure may only be cause for alarm when it comes with symptoms such as dizziness or fainting. Low blood pressure may be caused by pregnancy, a nutrient-deficient diet, dehydration, infection, or allergic reactions.

Who has high blood pressure (hypertension)?

There are two types of hypertension: essential, and secondary. Essential hypertension develops in adults over a long period of time.

Secondary hypertension usually has a very sudden onset and occurs due to certain medications, illegal substance abuse, thyroid problems, kidney problems, or alcohol abuse to name a few.

There are all kinds of risk factors such as age, race, family history, obesity, leading a sedentary lifestyle, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption.
Most are familiar with the risks that go hand-in-hand with high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms, and more.

Making even small changes to your lifestyle can put you on track for a healthier life, heart, and better blood pressure.

See how using L-arginine plus can be a simple change for the better.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/low-blood-pressure/basics/risk-factors/con-20032298

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/basics/risk-factors/con-20019580

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L-Arginine Supplements: The Essentials of taking L-Arginine

It’s a complex world on its own, especially if you’re trying to navigate the world of supplements by yourself.

Sometimes, even when speaking to so-called “experts” it feels like you aren’t getting all the answers when it comes to purchasing supplements including L-arginine supplements.

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We wanted to share some key information about L-arginine supplements to shed a little light on what is still a mystery amino acid to so many people.

Even millions of people who could significantly benefit by taking an l-arginine supplement don’t know about or understand all it has to offer.

We wanted to answer a few questions about L-arginine supplements to help you understand the benefits and when to look for when it comes to purchasing a product with L-arginine in it.

Key questions about L-arginine

How does L-arginine work?
L-Arginine is an amino acid that functions to trigger the body’s natural release of Nitric Oxide.
Nitric Oxide is a key molecule discovered to help relax and enlarge blood vessels.

As a supplement, L-arginine has been shown to help in a number of different ways from support overall cardiovascular health to regulating blood pressure and cholesterol. L-arginine is so popular among those who use it because it is believed to improve energy, reduce the rick of strokes, heart attacks and even improve overall health.

As you take L-arginine, the body puts it to work right away and it doesn’t take long to notice the benefits.

Why would I need L-arginine?

Before you buy L-arginine supplements, you may wonder about the ingredients. L-arginine itself is an essential amino acid, which means your body needs it, but is incapable of producing it on its own.

It is naturally occurring in certain foods such as, peanuts, walnuts, salmon, beef, and dairy. So, an l-arginine supplement is meant to make up for a deficiency in an individual’s dietary intake of l-arginine.

While L-arginine supplements are predominantly known for decreasing cardiovascular health risks, it has also been studied for its effects on muscle building and healing wounds.

Some research even shows that L-arginine could be beneficial to breast cancer patients, type-2 diabetics, those suffering from erectile dysfunction, infertility, and more.

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How much l-arginine do I need?

The amount of L-arginine an individual needs in their diet depends on what they need the supplement for. A higher daily dosage may be required in someone with severely clogged arteries or congestive heart failure. L-Arginine Plus recommends one scoop (or 12 grams) a day.

Key Questions about L-arginine Supplements?

How Much Should I Pay for an L-arginine Supplement?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about what an L-arginine supplement should cost.

Part of the confusion stems from products priced as low as $7 to $10 a bottle to products priced as much as $70 a bottle or even more.

While $70 is far too expensive for an L-arginine supplement, there is a big difference in what you’re getting based on price. The key is to see how man milligrams of L-arginine you’re actually getting and what else is in the product.

With the cheapest products, you’ll only get 100 to 1000 mg of l-arginine, while products ranging from $25 to $50 generally contain 3,000 mg or more L-arginine. Remember to take note of how much L-arginine is in the supplement.

You’ll also want to take a look at the ingredients because some products are solely l-arginine while others are blends that help add value and increase benefits.

If you’re spending more than $40 a bottle on an L-arginine supplement, regardless of what’s in it, it’s definitely over-priced. Look for more affordable comparisons including L-arginine Plus.

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What Else Should I Look For in an L-arginine Supplement?

If you are interested in buying a blend, there are key ingredients that help maximize the benefits of L-arginine. One to always look for is L-citrulline and at least 1,000 mg. The L-citrulline extends the benefits of the nitric oxide within the body to help you get more out of taking L-arginine.

As L-arginine has been shown to improve energy, B vitamins are also valuable in your L-arginine supplement. B vitamins help to naturally improve your energy levels.

Do a little research and find a formula with ingredients that support the benefits of L-arginine and you’ll be happy with the product you choose.

What’s so special about L-arginine Plus?

Of course, we recommend L-arginine Plus as the #1 L-arginine supplement in the world.

L-arginine Plus comes with a 100% Money Back Guarantee with thousands and thousands of people using it and seeing the benefits.

One key difference that really makes L-arginine Plus stand out is the added benefit of AstraGin which helps the absorption of amino acids and other nutrients. Not all L-arginine supplements contain AstraGin. So, with L-arginine Plus, not only are you given the amino acid you are also provided with the help your body needs to absorb it.

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Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-l-arginine

http://www.drugs.com/npp/l-arginine.html

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Look Cholesterol In The Eye: How High Cholesterol Affects Your Vision

Cholesterol Levels and Your Eyes

When it comes to your body’s cholesterol levels and your cholesterol, even your peepers may be at risk.

It’s said that the eyes are windows to the soul.

But, in the case of giving away signs of high cholesterol, your eyes are the bearers of tell-tale warnings, and can serve as the window to your cardiovascular health as well as your overall health.

Cholesterol, in particular, can lead to problems for your eyes.

Read More About Risks and Symptoms Related to Cholesterol and Your Eyes

Corneal Arcus – Also associated with diabetes, a corneal arcus is a series of gray or yellow deposits surrounding the cornea and iris.

Corneal Arcus can occur in diabetics, in those with high cholesterol, and those who have inherited tendencies towards high cholesterol (familial hyperlidemia).

While a corneal arcus doesn’t typically affect vision, doctors will always recommend taking measures to lower cholesterol.

Retinal Vein Occlusion – Just as cholesterol pads the walls of any other vein in the body, is can also back up the blood vessels in the eyes, leading to a block between the blood vessel and retina.

Sudden blurring, partial, or complete loss of vision occurs when a clot cuts off the blood supply to the eye or bursts.

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Xanthomas – Xanthomas are fatty, yellow deposits that can form under the surface of your skin just about anywhere on your body due to high cholesterol. However, they can be quite noticeable in the skin under and around your eyes.

On their own, xanthomas are not dangerous, but rather a sign of a greater internal danger and extremely high cholesterol.

Your eyes, like the rest of the body, tell a story about your health if you pay close attention. Any eye doctor will automatically check for symptoms of the above, but now you can have a more informed conversation next time you get those eyes checked!

Be sure to check out the rest of the L-Arginine blog for other great tips on living a healthier lifestyle!

Resources:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001447.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12188416

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Cholesterol Facts: 8 Bizarre Things You Didn’t Know

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Cholesterol is bad for you, and good for you, and also has some weird stories to tell.

This little monster of heart disease and high blood pressure is surrounded by interesting facts that might help you gain a better understanding about how cholesterol functions in your body and in your life.

Read These Cholesterol Facts For More Health Insight

1) Cholesterol Is for Kids - Good cholesterol (HDL) is necessary to having healthy kids. Women take on naturally higher cholesterol levels during pregnancy.

A pregnant woman’s lack of cholesterol has been linked by research from the Human Genome Project to a severe fetal brain defect called HPE, in which the brain does not divide into two halves.

2) Naked Chicken Is Better - Chicken is generally a healthy protein choice, but sometimes its wholesome beauty is only skin deep. Literally. Say goodbye to a low cholesterol meal if you keep the skin on that bird you’re about to cook.

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3) What’s In A Name? - The name cholesterol has Greek origins from “khole” (bile) and “sterops” (solid). Cholesterol = solid bile.

4) No Brainer - Were you thinking of eating brains for your next meal? Think again and don’t do it. The nutrition label on one serving of beef brains reads 12,121 mg of cholesterol.

That cholesterol is supposed to help brain and nervous system function, but it won’t help lower your risk for heart disease.

5) It Affects Vision - High cholesterol will not only put you at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke, but it also puts you at risk for retinal vein occlusion.

This occurs when high cholesterol causes blockage in blood flow to and from the eye, consequently obstructing the connections between your optic nerve and your brain. This can lead to a blood clot which results in sudden vision loss.

6) It’s In Your Head - Some research suggests that the way cholesterol functions in the central nervous system could be linked to violence or suicidal tendencies. Research is still being done on this, but scientists have explored the relationship between low cholesterol levels linked to violence and suicide.

7) In Vino There Is Health - Resveratrol is the ingredient in red wine that could help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and guard arteries from damage. Research indicates that consumption of red wine (in moderation, of course) could help the condition of blood vessels.

8) L-Arginine Helps - Those with high cholesterol might not have enough Nitric Oxide in their bodies. Nitric Oxide works to relax and enlarge blood vessels, increasing blood flow and decreasing build up of plaque in blood vessels.

Nitric Oxide is just the thing that supplements like L-Arginine work to replenish in the body.

Learn more about ways you can monitor and lower your cholesterol.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/red-wine/art-20048281

http://www.genome.gov/12512735

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007330.htm

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201103/low-cholesterol-and-suicide

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Better Health – 5 Keys to Better Health in Just a Month

Better Health

At this time of year, more and more people are thinking about their health than at any other time of the year.

With New Year’s resolutions in mind, better health becomes a priority. Unfortunately, most people don’t stick to it and soon fall off the track to better health. But even with a few lifestyle changes, you can make a lasting difference to your health in just a month.

Better health is possible if you’re committed to turning your knowledge into action. This short list isn’t everything you need to do for better health, but it’s a giant step in the right direction and you will notice you feel healthier in just a month if you take care to follow each step.

Be More Positive

Be Positive to Better Health

Research has shown time and time again that a healthy, positive attitude helps overall health in so many different ways. Our thoughts and attitude can go a long way to helping build a strong immune system, reduce the chance of depression, improve resistance to stress and even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

It’s also believed by many experts that those who have a more positive attitude tend to have a healthier lifestyle and exercise more regularly, eat a healthier diet, avoid smoking and excessive drinking and sleep better.

If you tend to have a negative outlook, practice positive self talk and avoid self-criticism while being more accepting to yourself and others. As your state of mind becomes more optimistic, you’ll notice your health gradually improve according to studies.

Get Your Diet Right

Eat Betterfor Better Health

There’s no question eating a healthier diet is going to keep you in better health both mentally and physically. And the good news is eating right doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself, but it means you get a proper balance of lean proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

Experts recommend getting between 45 and 65 percent of your daily calories from carbohydrates, 10 and 35 percent from protein and between 20 and 35 percent from fats.

Eating healthier is going to improve your health in so many ways from your cardiovascular health to your energy levels, bone and teeth health and your weight management.

Aim to eat a variety of foods and avoid eating too many carbohydrates, a problem for so many people.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise Regulary for Better Health

Like a healthy diet, regular exercise goes hand in hand with being in better health.

If you feel like you need to be healthier, you can’t ignore this aspect of your life. Regardless of your age, sex or even physical ability, you can get serious benefits from exercising regularly.

Exercise is a proven way to help you control your weight, combat disease, improve your mood, boost your energy levels, promote better sleep, improve your sex life and build relationships.

Build Relationships

Build Relationships for Better Health

Social connections offer a way to improve our health a lot of people don’t realize. Individuals with more satisfying relationships tend to be happier, have fewer health problems and live longer. On the other hand, having fewer social connections is linked to depression, cognitive decline and even premature death.

How do social connections and relationships help improve your health? Better relationships help relieve harmful levels of stress which can cause all kinds of health problems from damaged arteries to poor digestive health to a depleted immune system.

And when it comes to improving your health as a result of your relationships, both quality and quantity make a difference. A study showed women in more satisfying marriages had a lower risk of cardiovascular health than women in less satisfying marriages. Other studies indicate negative interactions with family or friends can lead to poor health.

Take the time to foster your relationships and develop new relationships. Participate in activities that bring family and friends together whenever possible and you’ll be able to notice your health improving.

Get a Healthy amount of Sleep

Get More Sleep for Better Health

Getting the right amount of sleep is absolutely vital to keeping your heart as healthy as possible, your weight where it should be and your mind as sharp and healthy as possible.

While sleep is far less discussed than diet and physical activity, it should never be ignored if you’re looking to improve your health.

Sleep is an important part of learning, reduces inflammation, increases creativity, sharpens your attention, helps you manage your weight, reduces stress, improves your mood

A lack of sleep can negatively impact your mind, body and overall health in many ways. Chronic lack of sleep is linked to colds and flu, diabetes, heart disease, poor mental health and even obesity.

As you consider your health during this time of year, be aware of the steps you can take to improve your health for the long term. Once you make these changes to your lifestyle, it’s easier to make them habits and then to stick to them throughout the year.

Resources:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/5-benefits-proper-nutrition-3664.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationships

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221_2,00.html

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-benefits-10/

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Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

As dangerous as high blood pressure is for your health, more than a third of those with high blood pressure don’t realize they have a problem.

The first step to lowering your blood pressure is realizing you need to do something about it. After that, it’s up to you to take the necessary steps to lower your blood pressure.

So what are some natural ways to lower blood pressure?

11 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

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Turn off the cell phone – A ringing cell phone has been shown to raise blood pressure by as much as seven points according to Italian research presented at the 2013 meeting of the American Society of Hypertension. Experts suspect the disruption may cause momentary anxiousness that leads to the spike.

Take l-arginine and l-citrulline – Extensive studies have been conducted on the benefits of taking the amino acids l-arginine and l-citrulline. L-arginine is a precursor for the vasodilator nitric oxide. Nitric oxide improves blood flow by expanding the blood vessels.

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Go vegetarian – Analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a vegetarian diet can help lower blood pressure by up to 7 points. How does eating more like a vegetarian help? Plants are low in sodium and high in potassium to help lower blood pressure.

natural ways to lower blood pressure

Take time to relax – People that regularly feel stressed or anxious are more likely to develop hypertension. Whether your stress relief is to take a few deep breathes or exercise, do something that can help relieve your tension.

Get more sun – Low levels of vitamin D are believed to be related to high blood pressure according to a British analysis of 35 different studies. Getting some time in the sun will help you get an extra dose of vitamin D. A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found just 20 minutes of UV exposure helps blood vessels expand to boost overall cardiovascular health.

Take an evening walk – Replace a half hour of TV time with a walk in the evening. Adults, no matter how active, who watch the most TV are at greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared to those who don’t watch as much TV. The more moderate exercise you partake in, including an evening stroll, the more likely your blood pressure will remain at a healthy level.

Take in some beet juice – According to an Australian study in 2012, drinking 17 ounces of beet juice has been shown to drop blood by five points in just six hours. The nitrates found in beets help relax the blood vessels and improve blood flow.

Eat more wild blueberries – Wild blueberries have been shown to help the blood vessels relax, especially during times of stress according to research from the University of Maine. The antioxidants are believed to support healthy blood pressure.

Eat more potatoes – Aim to eat 2,000 to 4,000 mg of potassium a day to help lower your blood pressure. Both potatoes and sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium. Tomatoes, orange juice, bananas, kidney beans, peas, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, prunes and raisins are all great sources of potassium.

Cut your sodium intake – Most Americans should cut their sodium intake in half for healthier blood pressure. That means cutting sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day. Remember the sodium doesn’t just come from your saltshaker but from many other foods.

Eat dark chocolate – The flavonoids in dark chocolate have been shown to increase the elasticity of the blood vessels and have been shown to help lower blood pressure levels.

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What Causes High Cholesterol?

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If you blame your high cholesterol on your ancestors, while it might be true, that fact won’t help you lower your cholesterol.

That’s not all that causes high cholesterol. A lot of people ask, “what causes high cholesterol?”

But if you let that stop you from taking the right steps toward a solution, you’re probably headed in the wrong direction.

And while genetics is the most common cause of high cholesterol, many other causes can be controlled with the right information and the right action.

We want to share some of the leading causes of high cholesterol and help you identify ways you can lower your bad cholesterol.

What Causes High Cholesterol? 7 Causes of High Cholesterol

Your Diet – Eating high amounts of saturated fat can cause high cholesterol. Saturated fat is found in many animal products including beef, pork, veal, milk, eggs, butter and cheese. Other foods high in saturated fat include packaged food made with coconut oil, palm oil or even cocoa butter, margarine, vegetable shortening and cookies, crackers, chips and other snacks.

Your Weight – Being overweight is going to lead to increased triglycerides and decreased HDL (good cholesterol). Individuals with a high body mass index tend to have higher levels of LDL cholesterol.

Your Activity Level – Feel like you don’t exercise enough? It could definitely be leading to extra LDL cholesterol. A lack of regular exercise can increase your “bad” cholesterol and decrease the good kind.

Your Age and Gender – Unfortunately, age is another factor that causes your cholesterol to rise. After you hit age 20, your cholesterol levels begin to rise naturally.

Your Health – Skipping your annual physical can leave you in the dark about your health in general. It can also leave you in the dark about your cholesterol levels that can be caused by certain diseases including diabetes or hypothyroidism.

Your Smoking – With so many risks involved, including the fact that it can lower your good cholesterol levels, just quit smoking if you smoke now. Smoking also damages your arterial walls that make them more susceptible to plaque buildup.

Your Family History – As mentioned earlier, this is the leading cause of high cholesterol. The inherited type of high blood pressure affects one in 500 people. It’s more likely the cause of your high cholesterol if you develop high cholesterol while you’re younger. Genetics can cause an abnormality that leads to the overproduction of cholesterol in the liver.

If any of these factors are causing you to have high cholesterol, you can take action.

What can you do to lower your high cholesterol?

Of course there are obvious steps you can take like exercising and eating better. But there are a few more steps that will help you lower your cholesterol.

What can you do to lower your cholesterol?

Consider a supplement – L-arginine Plus utilizes l-arginine and l-citrulline to boosts nitric oxide levels. Increased nitric oxide has been shown to strengthen arterial walls and help lower bad cholesterol.

Learn more about L-arginine Plus here

Avoid saturated fat – Avoiding saturated fat comes down to your diet as mentioned above. But you can also eat more smart fats. Eating more fish instead of red meat, eating healthier oils like canola oil or olive instead of vegetable oil, butter, margarine or shortening.

Eat more fiber – Dietary fiber can help lower bad cholesterol. Eating more fruits and vegetables and whole grains provide healthy fiber as well as antioxidants. The fiber acts like a sponge to soak up and get rid of cholesterol through the digestive tract.

Try more fish – Fish and fish oil are loaded with cholesterol-lowering omega-3 fatty acids. To get the benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids, eat fish two or three times a week. While other sources of omega-3s include soybeans, canola, flaxseeds, walnuts and the oils from those sources, the biggest benefits have been linked to the omega-3s found in fish.

The truth is even small steps can help lower your cholesterol levels. If you’re inactive, start moving toward better health with a small step toward being more active to get started toward lowering your cholesterol. You can also start adding fish to your diet, and you may want to consider taking L-arginine Plus.

Read more about getting and maintaining a healthy cholesterol level here.

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Heart Healthy Diet – What Does it Really Mean?

There is more talk about eating a heart healthy diet than ever before.

But what does it really mean and how can eating a heart healthy diet really help improve the health of your heart? Keep reading and we’ll shed some light on the whole heart healthy phenomenon.

Heart Healthy Diet

Most people understand eating certain foods too often can be harmful to their heart and their health. But for most people, that’s about all they know and they aren’t even sure which foods to avoid and which ones they should make sure to eat.

A heart healthy diet is especially important for anyone with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, individuals who are overweight and so many other health concerns.

So what is a heart healthy diet and how can you make sure your diet is heart healthy? Here are a number of recommendations and tips on keeping your diet as healthy as possible.

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Recommendations for a Heart Healthy Diet

Use as many calories as you take in – By using the calories you consume, you can prevent weight gain that can put unnecessary stress on your heart. Make sure you are getting regular exercise to avoid the calories being stored as fat.

Eat foods from all the food groups – Eating a variety of different foods can help you get more of the nutrients you need for overall better health.

Eat fewer nutrient-dense foods – Nutrient dense foods are those foods packed with calories, low in nutritional value and tiny in size. (i.e. candy bars, cookies, cakes and other snacks).

Base your eating on the following recommendations:

Eat lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare without added saturated fat and trans fat.

Eat fish at least twice a week. Research indicates eating oily fish with high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids can help lower your risk for coronary heart disease.

Eat fat-free and low-fat diary products.

Avoid partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat.

Reduce saturated fat to less than 6 percent of your total amount of calories.

Avoid food and beverages with added sugars.

Prepare and eat foods with little or no salt. Aim for less than 24 grams of sodium a day and 15 grams to lower your blood pressure.

If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. Limit yourself to one drink a day if you’re a woman and two drinks a day if you’re a man.

When eating out, always be aware of the portion size you’re eating.

Tips to Making Your Diet More Heart Healthy

What You Should Include in Your Diet:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Beans and legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fish
  • Skinless poultry
  • Fat-free and low-fat dairy
  • Healthy fats and non-tropical oils

What You Should Limit in Your Diet:

  • Sodium and salt
  • Saturated fat
  • Sweets and added sugars, especially sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Red meats

What You Should Avoid in Your Diet:

Trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils

Follow these simple tips and you’ll be on your way to a heart healthy diet before you know it.

  • Compare nutrition information
  • Watch your calorie intake
  • Eat reasonable portions
  • Eat a variety of foods
  • Prepare and eat more often at home

Key nutrients for heart health

L-arginine – L-arginine is an amino acid that converts to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide helps to expand the blood vessels and improve overall blood pressure. By improving blood pressure levels, L-arginine is one of the best nutrients available for your heart.

L-arginine is found in many foods we eat but most of us don’t get significant amounts from our diets. Supplementing with L-arginine Plus helps to provide proven amounts of L-arginine so you see improvements in the health of your heart.

L-citrulline – L-citrulline is another one of the best amino acids for the health of your heart. L-citrulline also improves the amount of nitric oxide within the body to improve blood flow.

Magnesium – Many people are seriously low on magnesium even though the benefits for your heart really stand out. Low levels of magnesium can lead to high blood pressure and worse. Magnesium helps to ensure the muscles function properly around the blood vessels.

B Vitamins – Numerous studies have shown B vitamins help reduce the risk of heart problems. Studies have shown the B vitamins help lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that damages inner linings of arteries, leading to blood clots.

Resveratrol – Resveratrol is the key ingredient in red wine shown to improve the health of the heart. Resveratrol prevents damage to the blood vessels, reduces LDL cholesterol and reduces the risk for blood clots.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – For years the American Heart Association has recommended people eat fish one or two times a week to get more Omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. These unsaturated fatty acids help reduce inflammation that can lead to damaged blood vessels and increase risk for heart disease.

Resources:

http://holistichealthjournal.me/2014/02/12-key-nutrients-heart-health-infographic/

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/The-American-Heart-Associations-Diet-and-Lifestyle-Recommendations_UCM_305855_Article.jsp

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/How-to-Eat-Healthy_UCM_307257_Article.jsp

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