Heart Health: Beyond Cholesterol

February was American Heart Month, which has been recognized annually in the US for the last 57 yearsBut for many people, focusing on heart health is – and should be - a year round pursuit.

Heart Health is More Important than Ever This Year

Why?  Because we are in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic, which experts say is likely to influence cardiovascular health for years to come.  We now know COVID-19 isn’t just a lung and respiratory issue, it’s a systemic inflammatory disease which can be especially serious for the heart.

What Can You Do to Improve Your Heart Health – Now and in Years to Come? Plenty!

Heart disease is mostly avoidable.  It’s a diet- and lifestyle-related disease that you can prevent, even reverse, by:

“Eating Smart for Your Heart” is More than Just Managing Cholesterol

Did you know that most major heart attacks occur in people with a normal cholesterol level? It’s true! One national study showed that nearly 75% of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had cholesterol levels indicating they were not at high risk for a cardiovascular event!

What does this tell us?  That heart health is not just about reducing cholesterol.  It’s also about reducing inflammation and maintaining a healthy blood pressure.   

Grape Seed Extract (GSE) Helps Maintains a Healthy Heart

The polyphenols in GSE have been shown to have numerous heart health benefits, including reducing blood pressure:

  • A 2015 review of 10 clinical trials showed that grape polyphenols significantly decreased systolic blood pressure.
  • In 2016, a review of 16 clinical trials also demonstrated that GSE had a beneficial impact on blood pressure--both systolic and diastolic; the effect was more pronounced in obese subjects.
  • Just recently, another clinical study demonstrated that GSE had a positive effect on blood pressure in healthy volunteers, possibly by reducing vascular inflammation.

Olivino contains 150 mg of GSE per 2-capsule serving, a level clinically documented to help maintain a healthy blood pressure.  Fight your inflammation and maintain a healthy heart with the Fruits of the Mediterranean Diet.  

Just own it: Your heart health is in your hands. 

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