World Heart Day is celebrated around the world on September 29th, a date we use to remember and raise awareness about the importance of looking after our hearts to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
These are the main cause of death globally and cardiovascular risk factors include high total cholesterol, homocysteine and triglycerides, high blood pressure, diabetes and low levels of HDL cholesterol or “good cholesterol”. Conditions that affect the heart or blood vessels, including, for example, heart attacks, strokes or heart failures result in the death of 20.5 million people each year.
80% of premature deaths due to cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by making small changes to our lifestyle: diet, exercise and controlling stress in order to improve our heart health.
In this article, we will talk about the importance of nutrition and how we can supplement a healthy diet with our products to improve our quality of life.
HEALTHY AND BALANCED DIET
One of the essential requirements for good heart health is to follow a healthy and balanced diet, where we eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, wholemeal cereals, pulses, nuts, low-fat protein foods and reduce the consumption of red meats, processed foods, sweets, fizzy drinks, sauces, etc.
Doing exercise and physical activity helps us to exercise the heart and ensure it works normally. Doing household chores, walking or cycling to places and doing “cardio” exercises like running for at least 30 minutes each day helps to reduce blood pressure and therefore the risk of suffering from a cardiovascular disease.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE HABITS
Avoiding substances like tobacco and alcohol will improve the cardiovascular function since these substances reduce lifespan and increase coronary risk. Staying well hydrated and drinking at least 1.5 litres of water each day is also important since this improves kidney function which also affects blood pressure.
SUPPORT WITH OMEGA-3
In addition to diet, one of the most effective and natural ways of maintaining a healthy heart is through the consumption of Omega-3, which can be found in foods like blue fish, avocado or nuts, but can also be obtained more effectively through supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids, like eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are essential for reducing the risk of suffering cardiovascular problems since they reduce the levels of triglycerides, increase HDL or “good” cholesterol and reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Moreover, they are necessary in order to maintain good brain and eye health.
SUPPORT YOUR HEART HEALTH WITH OMEGA 3 COMPLEX
You can find these fatty acids in our Omega 3 Complex, a supplement developed from blue fish oil which, in addition to Omega-3, contains antioxidant vitamins like Vitamin E, which provides an anti-oxidant effect, and Vitamin D3, which boosts the health of our bones and muscles.
Its properties and benefits can be enhanced and complemented by combining it with taking other supplements which also improve cardiovascular health.