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The Beginners Guide To Cardiovascular Support Supplements

The Beginners Guide To Cardiovascular Support Supplements

Unfortunately, circulatory problems are among the leading causes of death in the United States, and according to the American Heart Association, 1 in 4 deaths are related to heart disease. Processed diets, lack of physical activity, high blood sugar, smoking, alcohol, and being overweight are all significant risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease [1]. The good news is that these risk factors are modifiable! This means it’s never too late to make heart-healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle. 

In addition to eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet and living an active lifestyle, one of the easiest and most effective ways to promote circulation and heart health is by nourishing your body with a daily support supplement of essential nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids. Keep reading to learn more about your miraculous circulatory system and how you can use natural supplements to give your heart some extra love!

Remember that supplements are not a cure for any disease or condition but can help support the body's natural processes.

 

What is the cardiovascular system?

Your circulatory system stretches around 60,000 miles, which is over 2.5 times the earth's circumference! It consists of a few essential components that carry blood in two parallel circuits: the heart, lungs, and blood vessels that take blood containing oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, and hormones to and from your cells, sustaining life every second. [2] 


Let’s take a closer look at some of these components:

 

The heart

Your heart is the muscular pump of the system and is about the size of your fist. Its powerful contractions are controlled by electrical signals that move 2,000 gallons of blood through all the body’s vessels every day. [3]

 

The blood

Your blood contains many different vital components, including: 

  • Red blood cells, which are responsible for picking up oxygen from the lungs and carrying it to every cell in the body while collecting carbon dioxide that needs to be breathed out.
  • White blood cells, which are a part of your immune system, help fight off infections and foreign invaders.
  • Platelets, which, when activated, help your blood clot in response to injuries.[4]

 

The blood vessels 

Your arteries, veins, and capillaries are like the pipes of your cardiovascular system. 

Arteries have strong elastic-like walls and take oxygenated blood away from the heart to where it needs to go in your body. At the same time, your veins carry deoxygenated blood back toward your heart. 

Lastly, your capillaries are the tiniest of blood vessels and are responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients directly from the bloodstream to the tissues. [5]

 

Why is its function important?

Your cardiovascular system sends life-sustaining oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to your cells and tissues every moment of the day, making cardiovascular health imperative to overall wellness.

For your cardiovascular system to be healthy, blood should be able to flow freely from your heart throughout your body and back to the lungs at a safe pressure. However, many things can disrupt this natural flow.

For example, the buildup of fat and cholesterol in the walls of the arteries (known as plaque) can cause the arteries to narrow, restricting blood flow and leading to coronary heart disease. If these plaques bursts, they can form clots that can affect blood flow to the heart resulting in myocardial infarction (a heart attack) [6]

Also, if blood pressure within the arteries is too high, this can cause damage over time, increasing the risk of heart attack, heart disease, or even stroke. [7]

It’s also essential to keep your veins healthy since if blood cannot flow properly through them, it can make it hard for blood to move back to the heart, leading to symptoms like varicose veins and swelling in the legs. [8]

Now that you’ve got the lowdown on your cardiovascular system and why heart health is so essential, let’s dive into some nutritional supplement options that may help support cardiovascular health and form a necessary part of a healthy diet.

 

 

Understanding the supplements

 

Advanced Circulation Support

Our holistic Advanced Circulation Support supplement contains eight potent research-backed ingredients, including hawthorn, niacin, and ginger root, to support your overall circulatory system, healthy blood pressure, and heart health. 

 

Advanced Circulation Support may support:

  • Healthy cholesterol levels
  • Overall vascular function
  • Heart health
  • Healthy blood flow
  • Inflammation & oxidative stress

 

What does the research say?

A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that l-arginine supplements may significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. [9]

Research has shown that butcher broom extract may help reduce the symptoms associated with chronic venous insufficiency, a vascular disease in which veins in the legs don’t function properly to take the blood back to the heart. [10]

Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, shown in studies to have potent anti-inflammatory properties and helps prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, linked to plaque formation in the arteries. [11]

 


Chia Seed Oil

Chia Seed Oil is rich in essential omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants that help to nourish heart health. Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation is well-known for supporting heart function and chia seed oil, which contains sterols and phytosterols, offers an ideal vegan alternative to fish oil and fatty fish. Our Chia Seed Oil capsules are produced using advanced CO2 extraction technology to ensure you get the purest and most potent dietary supplements.


Chia Seed Oil may support:

  • Healthy cholesterol levels
  • Overall vascular function
  • Inflammation & oxidative stress
  • Skin & brain health
  • Overall wellness

What does the research say?

While research on chia seed oil and heart health is still limited, some studies demonstrate the cardioprotective benefits of essential components of chia seeds like sterols and omega 3 fatty acids.

For example, a clinical trial found that when people who had previously experienced a heart attack ate an omega 3 rich Mediterranean style diet, they had a decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a reduced risk of overall mortality. [12]



Black Seed Oil

Our Black Seed Oil contains a potent health-boosting compound known as thymoquinone, which has strong antioxidant properties that may help fight free radicals that can negatively affect blood vessels. Black seeds are also rich in essential fatty acids to help promote cardiovascular wellness and support a healthy heart.


Black Seed Oil may support:

  • Healthy cholesterol levels
  • Overall vascular function
  • Heart health
  • Inflammation & oxidative stress
  • Skin & brain health
  • Overall wellness

What does the research say?

A meta-analysis of clinical trials looked at the effects of black seed on cholesterol. Researchers found that participants who took black seed oil supplements had significantly lower total cholesterol levels than the placebo. [13]

A randomized controlled trial found that taking a black seed extract significantly lowered both diastolic and systolic blood pressure in those with mild hypertension. [14]

Other research shows that thymoquinone, one of the active constituents of black cumin seed, could help support antioxidant enzymes in the body, which may help to protect the cardiovascular system. [15]



Vitamin K2 + D3 & AdaptoZen Vitamin D3 + K2

Vitamin D deficiency may be associated with various risk factors and an increased risk of heart disease. Our Vitamin K2 + D3 Complex and AdaptoZen Vitamin D3 + K2 drops supplements contain added bioactive Vitamin K2 to ensure that calcium is deposited in the bones and not in soft tissues like the arteries. 

 

Symptoms Vitamin D3 with added K2 may support:

  • Cardiovascular wellness
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Improved mood
  • Stronger immunity
  • Bone health

What does the research say?

A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that supplementation with Vitamin D was associated with a decreased risk of heart failure in those over 60 years of age. Although it’s important to note that there is conflicting evidence on this front. [16]

A cross-sectional study examined the connection between Vitamin K2 intake and cardiovascular health. They found that K2 intake was associated with decreased calcification of the arteries, which may support heart health. [17]

 

 

Final Thoughts

We hope this article has enhanced your knowledge of the importance of heart health while helping you make the right NutriRise supplements choice based on your unique needs and that you’ll soon be on your way to cardiovascular wellness!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our customer advocate team at hello@nutririse.com!

 

Note: This article is for informational purposes only and not intended for use as medical advice. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any dietary supplements.

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