Heart Disease is the result of the narrowing of the arteries that supply the heart with blood, oxygen, and nutrients. This process, called coronary artery disease, can generally be traced to a condition called atherosclerosis, the build-up of cholesterol-rich fatty deposits, or plaques, on the inside of arterial walls. As these deposits accumulate over time, the coronary arteries narrow to the point that the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart is impeded. (Arterial spasms, triggered by smoking, extreme emotional stress, or exposure to very cold temperatures, may also cause coronary arteries to narrow suddenly and dangerously.)
- VITAMINS C, E, AND CAROTENOIDS (antioxidants) all prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Vitamin C enhances tissue repair and keeps arteries supple.
- GRAPESEED EXTRACT is an extraordinarily potent antioxidant (up to 50 times more powerful than vitamin E), and works as a bioflavonoid, to keep the arteries in a healthy state.
- B VITAMINS: B6, B12, AND FOLIC ACID (also called homocysteine regulators). One of the most important effects is to lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid-like substance that is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
- OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS. A diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids lowers your heart disease risk. Adding flaxseed and fish oils can provide these nutrients.
- COENZYME Ql0. This compound is especially plentiful in a healthy heart. Findings suggest that CoQ10 can help protect against blood clots, lower high blood pressure, diminish irregular heartbeats, and relieve mild congestive heart failure and angina.
- Normal levels can help protect against both heart attacks and heart-rhythm abnormalities. Magnesium also helps to lower blood pressure.
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