The heart is an amazing muscle. It never rests for more than a second. It is astonishingly efficient. Its few moving parts are almost indestructible. It is far more durable than any man made pump. It is hardly bigger than a clenched fist and weighs only 200-425 grams. Yet, every minute this powerful pump is delivering blood (which carries oxygen and nutrients) to all parts of the body.
• Human heart starts contracting at about four weeks after conception?
• In a typical year, it pumps about 3.5 million liters.
• In the average lifetime, the heart beats 2.5 billion times to pump 250 million liters!
And as one of the few organs you can actually feel working, the heart symbolizes all life forces - love, excitement, courage, fear - which make you what you are.
Most of us take our hearts for granted – until we experience a problem. A stroke, heart attack or even a diagnosis of high blood pressure can cause you to take notice of your heart health. But cardiovascular fitness doesn’t just happen. How you treat your heart will determine how long and how well it will continue to work for you.
Heart disease is the biggest killer all over the world now, especially for the middle-aged and senior people. Lifestyle is a major factor in heart disease.
According to medical doctors, there is a whole group of risk factors that increase the chances of cardiovascular diseases development, including high cholesterol level, hypertension, overweight/obesity and diabetes. (1)
The good news is that heart disease is largely preventable.
There are lifestyle factors you can control that may help prevent (or at least postpone) heart disease.
Diet is really important for your heart’s health.
• Cut back on foods, which are high in saturated fat.
• Eat more fish, and skinless chicken.
• Eat more vegetables and fruits. Oranges, bananas, potatoes and tomatoes, for example, supply your body with potassium, which may help control blood pressure. They also provide essential antioxidant vitamins.
• Eat more fiber. Fiber-rich foods may help lower blood cholesterol levels.
• Bake, broil, steam or grill foods rather than frying.
• Avoid adding salt to your food. Cutting back on sodium may help lower blood pressure.
• If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.
Maintain a healthy body weight
The best way to do this is to make sure the calories you consume do not exceed the calories you burn. Being overweight increases your risk of heart disease because excess body weight forces your heart to work harder and less efficiently.
Regular exercise is essential for a healthy heart. Exercise helps control body weight, and reduces blood pressure. And because your heart is a muscle, it gets stronger with regular exercise like any other muscle in your body. To get the most benefit, you need aerobic exercise (brisk walking, jogging, swimming, cycling) at least three times a week for 30 minutes.
Smokers are up to three times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers.
Stress can adversely affect your heart health. It can raise your blood pressure. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation and massage can often help lower your stress level.
Even if you eat a high-fiber, low-fat, well-balanced diet, studies show your heart can benefit from a nutritional supplement. Antioxidant vitamins (A, C and E) guard against free-radical damage, which gives extra protection against heart disease. Garlic helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and Ginkgo biloba promotes optimal functioning of the heart.
Santegra®’s product CardioPhyt™ is a powerful formula created to nourish and strengthen the cardiovascular system.
CardioPhyt™ contains vitamins, minerals, herbs and other ingredients targeted to support the cardiovascular system. CardioPhyt™ assists circulation, strengthens the blood vessels and prevents plaque formation on the blood vessel walls, lowers cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure, normalizes the heart rhythm. It contains potent antioxidants, which protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Each CardioPhyt™ capsule supplies a full spectrum of vitamins, herbs, amino acids and chelated minerals.
Vitamin A is presented in the form of an exclusive natural carotinoid complex: beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin and lutein, providing a wide spectrum of action and effectiveness of this important ingredient. Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and cryptoxanthin inside the body are turned into vitamin A – an important antioxidant.
Vitamin A is vital for many body’s functions: growth, reproduction, immune system function. Vitamin A helps reduce the risk of cancer development; participates in production of visual pigments necessary for normal twilight and color vision; provides integrity of epithelial tissues, regulates bone tissue growth, strengthens hair and nails, improves skin condition. Zeaxanthin and lutein are indispensable for maintenance of vision function, prevents cataract development, and macular degeneration.
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant. Antioxidants block some of the damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants also help reduce the damage to the body caused by toxic chemicals and pollutants (such as cigarette smoke).
Vitamin C is extremely important for cardio-vascular system; it helps decrease blood cholesterol level, blood viscosity, and thrombus formation. Vitamin C necessary to form collagen, an important protein used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. The body does not manufacture vitamin C on its own. It is therefore important to include plenty of vitamin C in your daily diet.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects your body against the effects of free radicals. Vitamin E has a unique ability to protect fat cells (including cholesterol) from oxidation, a major quality for proper cardio-vascular system functioning. Vitamin E helps maintain blood vessel’s wall elasticity, decreases blood coagulation, prevents clot formation, and improves circulation. Clinical researches conducted in the last 10 years proved that vitamin E plays an important role in prophylaxis of cardio-vascular diseases, strengthens the immune system.
Vitamin B3 (niacin) plays essential role in energy metabolism in the living cell and nervous system functions. Niacin is effective in improving circulation and reducing “bad” cholesterol (low density cholesterol) and triglycerides levels; increases “good” cholesterol (high density cholesterol) in the blood. (3, 4)
Folic acid (Vitamin B9) aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body’s genetic material, and red blood cells; for nervous and cardio-vascular systems functions.
Vitamin B9 works to control blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine. Elevated levels of this substance appear to be linked to certain chronic conditions such as heart disease and, possibly, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. (5)
Vitamin B9 level decreases with age, but homocysteine level increases. (6) Supplemental folic acid intake can prevent the increase in homocysteine blood level. (7)
Vitamin B12 is essential for the maintenance of the nervous and cardio-vascular systems, for the synthesis of molecules, which are involved in the production of energy, red blood cells formation. It is also needed to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 in combination with Folic acid, and vitamin B6 control homocysteine blood level, decreasing the risk of cardio-vascular disease development. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause irritability, depression, and cognitive changes (loss of concentration, memory loss), loss of endurance.
Magnesium is a vitally important mineral for human health with a wide range of biological functions. Magnesium is essential for more than 300 biochemical reactions in human body. It plays a major role in skeletal system support, increases calcium assimilation. Magnesium is required for support of nervous and immune systems, participates in energy metabolism and protein synthesis, and regulates blood sugar level. Magnesium can regulate arterial blood pressure. (8)
Zinc is an important microelement that stimulates activity of more than 100 enzymes in a human body. Zinc is essential for immune system support, for normal growth and development, and many different aspects of reproductive functions. It is needed for wound healing activity, DNA synthesis, sense of smell and taste.
Selenium is an essential micronutrient for normal cardio-vascular functions. Clinical trials showed the inverse negative relationship between blood Selenium concentration and the risk of developing cardio-vascular disease.
Selenium is required for activation of large quantity of enzymes used in antioxidant protection that is vital for cardiac health.
Potassium is an element that is essential for the body’s growth and maintenance. Potassium also plays an essential role in the response of nerves to their stimulation and in the contraction of muscles. Cellular enzymes need potassium to work properly. Deficiency symptoms include muscle weakness, decreased reflex response, alkalosis and arrhythmia.
CoQ10 supports cardiovascular system, assists in stabilizing of arterial blood pressure and cardiac rhythm, prevents blood clots formation, improves microcirculation in all tissues, raises energy production in mitochondrion, strengthens the immune system, improves allergies, condition of gums, and raises body’s endurance.
L-carnitine is a necessary component of an energy exchange, with its help fatty acids in an organism are transformed into energy. L-carnitine has beneficial effect on cardiovascular system. Clinical data suggest that L-carnitine is capable to improve myocardium functional parameters, to normalize a cardiac rhythm, to support a normal level of cholesterol and triglycerides, improves blood circulation, and helps to raise physical endurance of an organism.
Red wine grape (Vitis vinifera) extract contains polyphenols (powerful antioxidants) that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases development, decrease capillary’s wall permeability, increase blood vessels elasticity, and decrease the "bad" cholesterol level. Red wine grape extract provides cancer preventive maintenance.
Ginkgo biloba is the longest surviving tree species in the world. Ginkgo has shown to enhance circulation in the brain and extremities. Ginkgo biloba decreases vascular permeability, improves blood vessel elasticity, and normalizes blood pressure. (9)
Ginkgo biloba reduces activity of platelet activating factor, and thus reduces tendency of blood to clot. Ginkgo biloba is a potent antioxidant.
CardioPhyt™ contains Ginkgo biloba leaf extract (24 % ginkgo flavone glycosides and 6 % terpene lactones) to guarantee its effectiveness.
For centuries garlic (Allium sativum) has been considered a "wonder remedy", with a reputation for preventing everything from the common cold to the plague. Substance, which is responsible for garlic’s positive effects, is sulfur compound allicin, it also contains vitamins A, B1, C, nicotinic acid and choline.
Medical studies have shown that garlic can lower cholesterol, prevent dangerous blood clots, reduce blood pressure, prevent heart diseases, and protect against bacterial and fungal infections.
Many publications have shown that garlic supports the cardiovascular system. Clinical trials suggest it may mildly lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. CardioPhyt™ contains odor-controlled garlic extract (10,000 ppm allicin).
Hawthorn (Crataegus spp) is traditionally used for various cardiovascular system problems. The main active ingredients of a hawthorn are proanthocyanidins (potent bioflavonoid antioxidants) and flavonoids. Hawthorn berries contain vitamin C and vitamins B complex. Hawthorn’s active ingredients provide a toning effect on cardiac muscle, strengthen myocardium contraction, help improve brain and coronary blood circulation, assist in arterial pressure reduction. Hawthorn demonstrates positive influence on nervous system, possesses calming effect, and is useful for sleeplessness.
As a dietary supplement take 1 capsule with a large glass of water 3 times a day for one month.
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