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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Dr. Clare Hasler-Lewis

Dr. Hasler-Lewis holds a Master's Degree in Nutrition Science and a dual Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology and Human Nutrition. Following graduate school, she did post-doctoral research at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. During her 24 years at both the University of Illinois and the University of California, Davis, she lectured around the world on diet and health issues, and co-authored dozens of research papers on this topic. Diet and health are her passions.