With Valentine’s Day celebrated second week of February, we all tend to think of matters of the heart this time of year. But it’s also a good time to assess just how healthy our tickers actually are. At HTC we don’t have a recipe for avoiding heart breaks this year, but we do know how to keep a heart healthy!
New research has found that nearly half of us in the UK fear our loved ones could be struck down by a heart attack or stroke due to their lifestyle. With Cardiovascular Disease – the umbrella term for all diseases of the heart and circulation, still the UK’s biggest killer, responsible for one death every seven minutes, it’s crucial to make sure we do everything possible, to prevent development of a heart condition.
There are many things we can do to help our cardiovascular system stay healthy – eat a balanced diet, take regular exercise, learn to manage stress and get rid of harmful habits such as smoking or excessive drinking. But we can also help our bodies by providing them with nutrients that help keep the heart pumping strong, arteries clean and cholesterol levels at bay, which is why this month we’ll be looking at a supplement that delivers ingredients that have been scientifically proven to benefit the heart – softgels containing our premium Fish Oil 33/22 enriched by addition of CoEnzyme Q10 and Vitamin E.
EPA and DHA – two fatty acids no heart can live without
Fish Oil being one of the most popular supplements of all times, is very well known to aid cardiovascular health, by delivering Omega 3 essential fatty acids – EPA & DHA. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are two converted types of omega 3 essential fats found in fatty, cold-water fish. Salmon and other high omega 3 fish obtain dietary ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) from marine phytoplankton and seaweed and convert it into more useful for human body forms of Omega 3 such as EPA and DHA. Taking Fish Oil supplements, rich in EPA and DHA is a great way of ensuring our bodies get plenty of these so much needed nutrients – the higher the index at your Fish Oil supplements, the higher the content of the Omega 3 EFAs. For example, the most standard 1,000mg capsule of Fish Oil 18/12 will deliver 18% of EPA (180mg) and 12% of DHA (120mg).
A new meta-analysis published in Clinical Nutrition in 2017 has confirmed previous recommendations for using long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) to reduce heart disease risk factors.
Hundreds of studies suggest that Omega 3s may provide significant benefits to dealing with a wide range of diseases: cancer, asthma, depression, Alzheimer, ADHD and even autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Nevertheless, they remain most popular due to their positive influence on the cardiovascular system, which is why EU has approved label claims referring to EPA and DHA contributing to the normal function of the heart, maintaining normal blood triglyceride levels as well as correct blood pressure, providing the correct dosage information is displayed.
Antioxidants to the rescue
Omega 3 fatty acids, although irreplaceable, are not the only nutrients that can help with cardiovascular health. Antioxidants, such as CoEnzyme Q10 or Vitamin E, can be particularly helpful for people having problems with cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis. Antioxidants are natural substances that exist as vitamins, minerals and other compounds in foods. They are believed to help prevent disease by fighting free radicals (substances formed by normal bodily processes such as breathing, and by environmental contaminants like cigarette smoke). Without adequate amounts of antioxidants, these free radicals travel throughout the body, damaging cells. Part of this cellular damage leads to one of the major known factors in the development of heart disease – oxidation of cholesterol. Oxidation, meaning the addition of oxygen to low-density lipoproteins (LDL or “bad” cholesterol), contributes to the build up of fatty plaque on artery walls (atherosclerosis), which can eventually slow or block blood flow to the heart.
CoEnzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone, has substantial antioxidant properties and it prevents heart muscle’s weakening due to oxidative damage, cleansing the body of the types of free radicals, which are known to damage cellular walls, causing many of the bodily malfunctions that come with getting older. It also makes the heart’s muscle cells more efficient at producing and using energy.
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) is a fat-soluble vitamin, found in every cell of our bodies, that is also most known for its antioxidative properties, helping protect the cells of the body from damage by free radicals. Enhancing the benefits of CoEnzyme Q10, Vitamin E also helps prevent arteries from clogging, but it also thins the blood, allowing it to flow more easily through arteries even when plaque is already present. Studies in the last 10 years have reported beneficial results from use of vitamin E supplements as part of a prevention strategy for heart disease and other types of cardiovascular disease is certain groups of population.
At HTC we offer a selection of supplements benefiting the heart health, including a wide array of Fish Oil and Omega 3 supplements, which vary in their EPA/DHA content, as well as individual nutrients with marvelous antioxidative properties: CoEnzymeQ10 and Vitamin E . For more information on these products or for a free instant quote, contact our sales team now on +44 1923 652529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Claims for food supplements mentioned in this article are not meant for general public, but are purely for information of food supplement industry professionals. Please note that the claims are not authorised by European Food Safety Authority for use on labels or marketing materials.