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Boost Your Cardiovascular Health

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes disorders of the heart and blood vessels, is the number 1 cause of death globally.

That’s the bad news.

Here’s the good news: CVD is mostly preventable! Your lifestyle choices can reduce your risk.

Follow Life’s Simple 7 from the American Heart Association:

  • Be active
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Maintain a healthy cholesterol
  • Don't smoke or use smokeless tobacco
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy blood glucose

And take two (2) Olivino every day! The Olive, Grape and Tomato antioxidants and polyphenols in Olivino may improve heart health by helping you maintain healthy levels of blood pressure, blood glucose and blood cholesterol.

Olivino may also help "relax" your blood vessels by improving the function of your endothelium—the single layer of cells that line and protect the inside of your blood vessels. A recent review of 14 clinical trials showed that consuming a Mediterranean Diet improves endothelial function—even in those with cardiovascular disease!

The Research Behind Olivino

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