Valentine’s Day is coming up, so let’s talk about heart health! Our hearts are amazing things. Over the average lifetime, the heart beats billions of times to pump blood throughout the body. Blood carries the oxygen, vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and all the other things we need to stay alive while helping us get rid of the things that we don’t.
In short, we are all dependent upon our heart’s health. Poor diet, smoking, lack of exercise, family history of heart disease, or sudden illness can endanger an otherwise healthy heart. There are, however, several things that we can do to keep ourselves and our hearts healthy as we age.
How Can Drinking Tea Help?
A recent study conducted in China involving over 5,000 participants found that those who drank a cup of tea every day were less prone to hardening of the arteries and were far less likely to suffer from heart failure or other cardiovascular issues by at least 20 to 22 percent. Those who drank tea less than three times per week showed higher cholesterol levels and higher incidences of related cardiovascular stress.
We can directly attribute one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease to inflammation. The flavonoids act as antioxidants and can be found in black, green, and white tea. These antioxidants may help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and reduce high blood pressure.
Researchers with the British Heart Foundation believe there is a strong sign that the epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG found in the tea plant leaves may fight inflammation and help break up and dissolve plaques that can build up in the blood vessels.
This plaque buildup can cause cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, which can reduce blood flow to the brain and the heart, leading to stroke, heart attack, or even death.
Those who took part in the original Chinese study showed lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and less buildup of dangerous plaques in their arteries. The scientists believe perhaps the main reason for plaque reduction can be traced to the antioxidant properties of black, green, white, and oolong teas. They found flavonoids helped keep blood vessels and arteries relaxed and flexible and improved blood flow.
More Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy
No matter how old we are, making healthy lifestyle choices in terms of a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep can maintain and support the health of the heart. Here are some more ways to keep your heart healthy.
- Maintaining a healthy weight – Being overweight puts you at a higher risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Avoid fatty, high sodium, and processed foods – Eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and fish can help improve our overall health. Eating salmon, herring, trout, or other fish high in Omega 3s or nuts and seeds provides healthy fats that can help maintain and potentially improve heart health.
- Pay Attention to What You’re Drinking – Another way to cut calories is to drink water or tea instead of reaching for a high-sugar soft drink. If you do drink alcohol, do it in moderation.
- Get Regular Exercise – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise and muscle-strengthening exercise at least two days per week. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to jog, do yoga, swim, or ride a bike. The key is to get moving.
- Quit Smoking – Smoking takes a heavy toll on our lungs and hearts.
- Take your prescribed medications as recommended – Many of us are already taking medication to keep us healthy. For those with conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, for example, it’s essential to follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Taking Heart-Healthy Supplements
Because our daily diets will sometimes fall short in nutritional value, at Sir Jason Winters International, our primary focus is bringing the highest quality teas and health supplements to our customers.
- A Daily Multivitamin – Here on our blog, we have discussed the importance of taking a quality multivitamin every day. Whether you prefer to take it in pill form or prefer a gummy vitamin, a multivitamin contains vitamins and minerals that can help you get the essential vitamins you need.
- Fish Oils -The American Heart Association recommends consuming fish at least once each week to ensure we get the right amount of Omega 3 fatty acids in our diet. These Omega 3s help lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol while raising the HDL or “good” cholesterol levels. Sir Jason Winters’ Royal Crest Krill Oil Supplements , and our Organic Flax Oil Supplements provide the necessary Omega 3s, 6s, and 9s that may be missing from our diets. Sir Jason Winters Triple Omega 3-6-9 supplement comes in easy to digest softgells and are an excellent choice to help you get just the right amount of essential fatty acids in your daily diet.
- CoQ10 – The supplement CoEnzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is a nutrient that contains powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help us to resist the free radicals that we are exposed to daily. Taking a CoQ10 supplement every day might help us keep a healthy heart by potentially lowering our blood pressure and reducing the risk of stroke or heart attack. Our Sir Jason Winters CoQ10 supplements are easy to digest gel caps and contain 100 milligrams of CoEnzyme Q10.
- Vitamin C – Researchers at the University of California Irvine found that one effect of taking a vitamin C supplement is that it makes the veins and arteries in the body more elastic. This makes blood flow more efficient. Each tablet of our Royal Crest Vitamin C tablets contain 1000 milligrams of Vitamin C, citrus bioflavonoids complex, rutin, hesperidin, acerola berry, querceti. Take one to three tablets daily for full immune support.
- Herbs for Heart Health – Since ancient times, traditional healers and herbalists have been aware of several herbs that may improve cardiovascular health. Among those are Indian sage leaf, gotu kola, elecampane root, burdock root, and cayenne. Along with these herbs, Sir Jason Winters has added our proprietary special spice, Herbalene, and created our Ultimate Combination or TUC Formula.
- Tea for Overall Good Health – Taking a cup of tea at any time during the day is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. Few things equally match the sense of calm and relaxation that tea can bring. Tea can ease stress by allowing us to slow down.
Right now, all of Sir Jason Winters’s products are available at significant savings. We are offering an additional 5% savings if you take advantage of our monthly or bi-weekly subscription service to save even more. Visit our shop today and give yourself or someone you love the gift of good health.
Disclaimer: Please note that all information provided on this blog is not intended to recommend, diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition or to replace the advice of a qualified doctor or other healthcare professional. Before consuming tea or any other natural health supplement, please consult your doctor.
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