Love your Heart

Care for your Heart

Love your HeartFebruary is, Heart Health Awareness Month and it is appropriate to give importance to Heart.

Did you know that your heart is the organ in your body that does the most physical work? Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles, and if you spread that over a lifetime, that’s equivalent to driving to the moon and back. It is important to make the right decision when it comes to caring for our heart. There are two ways we can care for it. Either choosing medication to prevent future heart disease along with side effects, or choosing healthier way. I came across two wonderful articles and resources that I think you will benefit from.

Our heart is the most amazing organ with the most important function — pumping blood to almost the entire body, non-stop, every day. It’s important to take good care of our heart. We need to pay attention to the way we treat our entire cardiovascular system with a special focus on the heart.

Recently there has been some discussion about the validity of studies whose findings promote using statin drugs as a primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in low-risk patients with no previous history of the disease. Whether or not the studies are trustworthy, which is questionable, it seems to me that, basically, they are trying to prove doctors should give statin drugs to patients before those patients even have heart disease in the name of “prevention.”

I mean…of course, listen to your doctor, but popping a pill sure seems like the lazy way out of taking proactive responsibility for our health. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is largely preventable simply by incorporating healthy habits into our daily lives. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather eat some vegetables (admittedly, NOT my favorite), get a little exercise, and take nutritional supplements—which can offer all sorts of health benefits—rather than take a synthetic chemical drug (with coenzyme Q10-depleting side effects) that is designed to manage a disease I don’t even have “just in case”!

To further support the idea of using nutritional supplements as part of a heart smart lifestyle, here’s my take on a study the amazing USANA scientists recently conducted in conjunction with a research team at the Boston University School of Medicine. The study showed that some key nutrients in dietary supplements can actually be beneficial for patients who already have a form of CVD, so imagine what supplementing those nutrients could mean for those who don’t have the disease.

Source:Camille Fletcher Usana blog


High Fibre Intake Reduces Risk of Heart Disease:

High dietary fiber intake, especially from a variety of sources, is related to a reduction in many cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Increased dietary fibre intake is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.  The results of a cross-sectional study published in the December 2005 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition added unique insight to the growing body of evidence linking higher dietary fibre intake with reduced risk of heart disease.

In this study, data was collected from roughly 2,500 men and 3,500 women (5,961 in total).  These individuals were already participating in the SU.VI.MAX Study, a trial designed to evaluate the effect of antioxidants on cancer and heart disease incidence over an eight year period.  Participants from this study were selected because the SU.VI.MAX Study already required detailed dietary information, making it easy to estimate fibre intakes for the participants.

Higher total and insoluble dietary fibre intakes were associated with reductions in the risks of elevated waist-to-hip ratio (a marker of obesity), hypertension (high blood pressure), plasma apolipoprotein B (LDL cholesterol), apolipoprotein B to apolipoprotein A-I ratio (LDL to HDL ratio), triacylglycerols, and homocysteine.  Fibre from cereals was associated with a lower body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and homocysteine concentration; fiber from vegetables with a lower blood pressure and homocysteine concentration; and fibre from fruit with a lower waist-to-hip ratio and blood pressure.  Fibre from dried fruit or nuts and seeds was associated with a lower body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and fasting apo B and glucose concentrations.

The findings of this study illustrate the significance of increasing fibre intake from various dietary sources.  The results also indicate that 25 grams total dietary fibre per day may be the minimum intake required to attain a significant protective effect against cardiovascular disease, and that total dietary fibre intakes of 30-35 grams/day might provide an even greater protective effect.

Source:Lairon D et al. Dietary fiber intake and risk factors for cardiovascular disease in French adults. 2005. AJCN 82(6):1185-94.

Recommendation:

  1. Report on the study
  2. Report on Weight loss and Heart disease
  3. Books
  4. Products to help your Heart
  5. Fibre for healthy Heart

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