Heart Health: Beyond Cholesterol
February was American Heart Month, which has been recognized annually in the US for the last 57 years. But 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:
- Quitting smoking
- Getting enough exercise
- Eating smart
“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.