Supplements for Heart Health

heart healthLast week, we talked about four numbers that are important for heart health, and this week we will look at supplements that can support your heart. Supplements can be helpful and used in combination with diet, exercise and lifestyle, and can significantly improve cardiovascular wellness. Before taking any supplement, please consult with a healthcare practitioner to make sure it is right for you.

Supplements to Support Healthy Cholesterol

Pathway Cholesterol Support: Several key vitamins, minerals, herbs, and Continue reading “Supplements for Heart Health”

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Dinner Tonight: Heart-Healthy Tomato Soup

tomato-soupOur last recipe in honor of American Heart Month is a lycopene-rich tomato soup. Better than anything you will ever get in a can, this heart-healthy recipe is loaded with antioxidants, particularly lycopene. Lycopene is the carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red color. It is particularly beneficial for cardiovascular health and heart disease prevention.

When it comes to heart health, studies have discovered that high levels of lycopene in the blood are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in both men and women. It may also have cholesterol-lowering properties.

Cooking tomatoes increases  the bioavailability of lycopene, making it easier for the body to absorb. This recipe will soon become a comfort food staple. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Heart-Healthy Tomato Soup”

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5 Tips for a Healthy Heart

heartFebruary is American Heart Month and according to the American Heart Association, about 2,150 Americans die each day from these diseases. That is one every 40 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

Scary, right? But here is the good news. Since heart disease is usually a result of lifestyle choices you make every day, you can begin to make new choices, starting today, that will significantly decrease your risk of developing or dying from a cardiovascular condition, no matter where your heart’s health stands right now.

Here are five tips for a healthier heart:

1. Watch and know your weight. In a world of increasingly less activity, thanks to computers and smart phones leading to more sedentary lifestyles, as well as consuming more food,  we are at our fattest ever. Your weight relative to your height is an important indicator of your cardiovascular disease risk. While you don’t need to weigh yourself everyday, knowing what you should weigh is a good baseline.  Get to know your BMI, as well. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. Anything over 30 is considered obese. Continue reading “5 Tips for a Healthy Heart”

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