The human heart is one of the vital organs in the Tripod of life (brain, heart and lungs). Supplying and receiving blood to and from the body are the major functions of the heart. That is why it is of utmost importance that heart health be maintained and regulated within healthy levels
Many factors affect heart health but about 3 quarters of cardiovascular abnormalities can be attributed to conventional risk factors; such as: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, poor diets and abnormal blood sugar levels. Other non-changeable risk factors include gender, aging and family history.
Heart dysfunction is the world’s main cause of death. Together with stroke, it is responsible for almost 17 million lives a year worldwide, one in every three deaths. Deaths from cardiovascular abnormalities are expected to rise to 25 million by 2020, accounting for almost 40% of all deaths. In 2005, nearly 800,000 Americans died from heart disease or stroke, more than 650,000 of them from cardiovascular impairment alone. In 2006, heart disease cost Americans more than $258 million, including health care services, medication and lost productivity.
The American Heart Association advises that healthy eating, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight are critical to heart health. Reducing cholesterol by 10%, for example, can lower the risk of coronary heart disease, from nearly 20% in people 75-84 to more than 50% among those aged 35-44. This is especially important as the number of adults with high cholesterol is forecast to grow by 20% in the next decade.
Along with diet and exercise a number of natural supplements may be helpful to maintain normal heart health naturally:
Omega-3 fatty acids have been studied regularly for their possible effects to support healthy inflammation and to preserve normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Coenzyme Q10 helps boost oxygen in the heart and is used to help maintain healthy circulatory system.
The antioxidant properties of tocopherols/tocotrienols and vitamin E are regularly studied for their possible association with improved circulation.
Polymethoxylated flavones and green tea have been shown to contribute to heart health by supporting the normal detoxification process.
French Maritime pine bark, in some studies has been shown to contribute to heart health in patients with abnormal blood sugar levels.