Prevent Winter From Freezing You Out of Vitamin D

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“An estimated 50 percent of Americans now have a vitamin D deficiency,” according to Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, physiology and biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine. Continue reading “Prevent Winter From Freezing You Out of Vitamin D”

Garlic: Good for More than Keeping Vampires Away

Garlic and wooden stakes have historically been though for their protection against night-walking vampires. But garlic holds many other protective benefits. Garlic contains manganese, tryptophan, phosphorous, copper, protein, vitamin B1, B6 and C at only 42 calories per ounce.

Vitamin C: Prevents the oxidation of your LDL (bad cholesterol). Oxidized LDL can lead to damage of your blood vessel walls.

Vitamin B6: Lowers the levels of the amino acid, homocysteine, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

Selenium: Aids in slowing the oxidation of LDL and so lowers the risk of coronary artery disease; also activates prostaglandins, which aid in the expansion and constriction of blood vessels, and regulate blood pressure.

Other Health Benefits of Garlic

● produces hydrogen sulfide gas, which helps to expand blood vessels and keep blood pressure in check

● may help improve iron metabolism

● has the ability to lower triglycerides and total cholesterol

● can help protect against blood clots by preventing the platelets from becoming too sticky

Preparation Tips: After chopping or crushing, let the garlic rest for a few minutes before adding it to a hot pan. And when cooking with garlic, add at the end of the recipe to maintain the most nutrition and taste.

Reliv nutritional products containing garlic include Reliv Now®, Reliv Classic® and FibRestore®. Not a garlic lover? Try a berry flavored CardioSentials® shake from Reliv instead. CardioSentials is clinically proven to lower risk factors for heart disease.

Could You Have a Heart Attack and Not Know It?

SubscribeButton-webheart attack and not know itDespite the important focus on breast cancer, heart disease is actually the leading killer of women in the United States. One problem is that heart attack symptoms in women aren’t always obvious or the same as in men. Less than 30 percent of women reported having chest pain or discomfort before their heart attacks, and 43 percent reported having no chest pain during any phase of the attack. Continue reading “Could You Have a Heart Attack and Not Know It?”

Oh, The Many Wonders of Omega-3

SubscribeButton-webomega 3Despite the abundance of food in most developed countries, our diets today are still sadly lacking. One key power nutrient missing? Omega-3, an essential fatty acid. And more studies are showing that increasing omega-3 in our diets can pay off in significant health benefits, from weight loss to decreased risk of heart disease. Continue reading “Oh, The Many Wonders of Omega-3”

Take Vitamins to Heart

Take Vitamins to Heart

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Much attention is focused on breast cancer prevention in women — and rightly so. Yet we often forget that the number one killer of women in America is heart disease.

Exercise and a healthy diet are key to a heart-healthy lifestyle. New studies are suggesting women may want to consider adding multivitamins to their fight against heart disease. Continue reading “Take Vitamins to Heart”

Promoting Heart Health

SubscribeButton-webheart healthWe know, based on multiple studies, that your diet can either work for or against you when it comes to heart disease risk. Heart-healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish should be staples of our daily diet. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for far too many people. Continue reading “Promoting Heart Health”