Cardiovascular support is one of the most underrated and underutilized aspect of training and health. The cardiovascular system is at the center of all normal health function. Without a healthy cardiovascular system, all other bodily functions are limited. This article will help you understand what nutrients you need for a healthy cardiovascular system.
Vitamin C is extremely important as a regulator of high blood pressure and cardiovascular support. Vitamin C is also an important antioxidant that is required for at least 300 metabolic functions and helps prevent the formation of free radicals. Vitamin C works synergistically with vitamin E and is necessary for the absorption of iron which is needed by healthy red blood cells carrying oxygen to the body via the cardiovascular system.
Vitamin E is one of the key fat-soluble antioxidant found in tissues and blood. Vitamin E protects against heart disease by lowering the total cholesterol level, reducing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, and increases HDL cholesterol. Vitamin E also prevents blood cells from forming clots that can cause heart attacks or strokes and protects arteries from free radical damage with its antioxidant properties.
Niacin (B3) regulates abnormalities in plasma lipid and lipoprotein metabolism and in the treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. It also plays a role in circulation as well as lowers cholesterol.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL) has the capacity to lower homocysteine blood levels by converting homocysteine to harmless and/or useful compounds. Vitamin B6 may also inhibit the platelet aggregation which occurs in atherosclerosis.
Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamine) has been shown to lower blood homocysteine levels, thus reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Working synergistically with folic acid, vitamin B12 facilitates the conversion of homocysteine to the amino acid, methionine.
Folic acid is a key nutrient in preventing heart disease due to its effect on regulating blood levels of the compound homocysteine. Research indicates that folic acid supplements can reduce total homocysteine levels by approximately 25 percent. Folic acid deficiency is one of North America’s most common deficiencies.
Magnesium is a powerful mineral that is utilized by the body in reparation of damaged tissue. Research indicates that Magnesium deficiency may be a missing link between diverse cardiovascular risk factors and atherosclerosis. Magnesium supplementation protects against atherogenesis, acts as an antinflammatory agent against oxygen radicals.
Grapeseed extract has a potent antioxidant effect in the body and enhances the benefits of other antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E. It improves the collagen matrix of blood vessels, thereby repairing arterial and vascular linings and improving circulation and cardiovascular health as well as helps to prevent the plaque build-up that can clog arteries. It supports various circulatory and arterial blood vessel disorders that are likely to benefit from increased blood flow, such as diabetes, leg cramps, varicose veins, and arm and leg numbness or tingling.
Hawthorn Berry is known as the “heart herb” and is used with great success for many complications of the cardiovascular system. Hawthorn contains compounds known as flavonoids, and has the ability to nutritionally support proper cardiovascular function. It plays a critical role in preserving and protecting and increasing the strength of the heart tissue, tissue function and improving coronary blood flow.
Coenzyme Q is used in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Commonly called ubiquinone, Co Q is used in the cellular energy transport system for cellular energy. It is also a very powerful antioxidant. Co Q has been shown to lower high blood pressure as well as increase survival rate of cardiovascular disease by 75% when added to traditional therapies.
L-carnitine reduces myocardial injury after ischemia and reperfusion by counteracting the toxic effect of high levels of free fatty acids that occur in ischemia and also by improving carbohydrate metabolism. L-carnitine results in improved heart recovery on reperfusion assist in clearing fats from the blood and into the mitochondria, the energy powerhouse of the cells. L-Carnitine has also been shown to support muscle growth, weight management and liver health.
Horsechesnut seed extract helps protect your circulatory system against vascular damage by decreasing the porosity of capillary walls and increase circulation. It has also been prescribed for varicosity in peripheral veins and reducing excess fluid retention in tissues and edema. Horsechesnut helps regulate function of capillaries and veins that involves ion channels and the flow of calcium in particular. Horsechesnut works synergistically with Grape Seed Extract.
Taurine accounts for 25% to 50% of the aminoacid pool in myocardium and is an essential building block of amino acids. Taurine is utilized in the cardiovascular system by regulate sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium and thus, helps prevent atherosclerosis, edema, cardiac arrhythmias. Taurine has been shown to lower blood pressure and possess antioxidant properties.
Green Tea Leaf extract Green tea drinkers appear to have lower risk for a wide range of diseases, from simple bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, periodontal disease, and osteoporosis. Green tea helps lower cholesterol levels and reduces amounts of LDL cholesterol facilitating the prevention of atherosclerosis.
Cayenne is used to strengthening the heart by acting as a circulatory stimulant. Cayenne helps lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL/HDL ratio, while. It also reduces blood clots, dilates capillaries as well as possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne improves your blood circulation and is vital in the prevention of blood clotting.
Citrus Bioflavonoids have very antioxidant properties that fight oxidation and free radical damage of the cardiovascular system. Bioflavonoids maintain capillary walls strength and resistance to permeation and change of pressure while working synergistically with Vitamin C.
These seems like a lot of nutrients for your heart, but believe me when I tell you, it is worth taking a cardiovascular support if you or anyone in your family has a history of heart disease. One of the first signs of cardiovascular dysfunction is a heart attack and the mean age is in the late thirties. Fortunately, most quality cardiovascular support supplements have most of these nutrients in them. As always, I like whole foods, organic, vegetarian supplements so you get all of the extra nutrients in nature rather than a synthetic form of an isolated compound that research shows to be less effective when compared to natural supplements. You only have one heart, so you better take care of it now!!! Eat healthy, exercise, and enjoy a long and healthy life!