The Silent Killer (II)

What Can Be Done

The question that needs to be asked is how we get to this kind of situation – and the answer seems to be that the growing problems with cardiovascular disease can be blamed on our modern-day, highly stressed living style that includes little or no exercise and too much high-fat foodstuffs.

There is no doubt that lifestyle plays a hugely significant part in the growth of hypertension statistics worldwide. It is seen in Africa in the difference between rural and urban dwellers – rural Africans have low rates of hypertension while they’re reaching epidemic proportions amongst prosperous, urban Africans.

Rural people live active but low-stressed lifestyles with diets high in natural, unprocessed foodstuffs. This is unlike urban dwellers who generally live increasingly stressed lives that are low in ‘healthy’ practices like getting enough exercise and eating wholesome, natural foods. Smoking is also a problem in this group and there are few things worse for hypertension than tobacco, which increases the heart rate while hardening and constricting the blood vessels.

When asked the question ‘What can be done?’, first and foremost, lifestyle changes to do with smoking, diet and exercise must be made. In fact, in the case of pre-hypertension, increasing exercise and adjusting diet (including supplementation) may be all that is required.

Scientists have known for some time that, whereas eating the wrong foods can increase your risk of contracting fatal heart disease, eating the right foods can reduce your risk! Recent studies show that certain foods are much richer in heart protector nutrients than others and offer incredible protection that can cut your risk dramatically!

While changing one’s diet to ensure intake of the right kinds of food is necessary, very often supplementation with correct nutritional products is as essential. To obtain the amount of nutrients required to effectively address cardiovascular health in the body often requires more food intake of certain foods than is physically possible; for example, to get enough Vitamin E from spinach, one would  need to eat 970 cups!

A growing body of evidence points to supplementation as one way of ensuring that your body gets the kind of nutrients it needs, that play a significant role in heart health.

Trials indicate at least three really important nutrients that need to be part of your daily diet and if these cannot be obtained through diet alone, supplementation is essential.

The three are Omega 3, Vitamin E and Garlic.

Next Post: Omega 3 – The Essential Fat

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