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  • Better Heart Health Now

    According to Harvard Health Publications, approximately 90 percent of people with cardiovascular disease have at least one risk factor that is controllable. Research indicates that problems like high cholesterol and high blood pressure can be managed and even eliminated with preventive measures.

    The most important way to protect your heart? Living a healthy lifestyle, such as eating well, exercising regularly and avoiding smoking. Get additional benefits by supplementing a well-balanced diet with these vital nutrients.

    1. Both EPA and DHA are types of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil that help keep blood triglyceride levels in check and lower elevated blood pressure. If you aren’t eating several servings of fatty fish each week, your diet may be lacking in important omega-3s. Supplement with fish oil from a trusted company like Nordic Naturals, which uses sustainable fishing methods and observes stringent guidelines to minimize exposure to common contaminants such as mercury.

    2. CoQ10 is produced naturally in the human body, but low levels have been demonstrated in patients with heart conditions. Preliminary research suggests that supplementation with CoQ10 may be beneficial in the treatment of angina and elevated blood pressure. Our practitioners often recommend New Chapter CoQ10 because it is fermented and therefore more bioavailable in the body. Try pairing a CoQ10 supplement and D-ribose, both of which provide cellular energy. CoQ10 is especially important for people already taking statins.

    3. Research over the past five years has shown promising evidence of resveratrol’s ability to increase life expectancy in animals. More recent studies have shown human benefits that include increased circulation and improved control of diabetes. While red wine has been shown to contain this compound, it would take far too many glasses of wine to reach levels used in research. Instead, supplement with Jarrow Formulas Resveratrol 100 capsules for antioxidant benefits like inhibiting LDL oxidation and maintaining the integrity of capillaries.

    4. Garlic has been used for over a thousand years in Chinese medicine to help thin the blood. Many more recent scientific studies have demonstrated garlic’s ability to not only prevent but also reverse the development of atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up in arterial walls. A 2009 study led by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine found that while fresh garlic is most beneficial, processed garlic also retains some antioxidant properties.

    5. Hawthorn extract has been used in the U.S. for cardiovascular purposes since the 1880s. Flavonoids are one of hawthorn extract’s most beneficial compounds, responsible for helping protect blood-vessel health and increasing blood flow. We often recommend supplementing with Hawthorn Supreme from Gaia Herbs, whose products are organically grown on a farm in North Carolina.

    Pharmaca recommends consulting with your regular physician before beginning a supplement program. One of our practitioners can then discuss options, benefits, brands and dosage with you in our stores.

  • Aging Has Met its Match in Resveratrol

    How can French people stay so healthy while eating rich foods and drinking red wine? Recent research may have the answer: Red wine is a good source of resveratrol, a natural compound also found in red grape juice, peanuts, blueberries and cranberries. This wonder nutrient shows promise in promoting heart health, increasing life expectancy and preventing cancer.

    The resveratrol found in wine is extracted from the skin of red grapes during the fermentation process. The longer a wine ferments in the presence of grape skins, the greater its final resveratrol content. However, you'd have to drink a lot of red wine to get maximum benefit from resveratrol.

    While a typical glass of wine can contain less than a milligram of resveratrol, supplements like Jarrow's Resveratrol 100 formula contain as much as 100 times that amount. "It's on our 'A list' of healthy aging supplements," says Paul Clark, a clinical herbalist at our Sonoma store, who emphasizes that Jarrow's supplement delivers the compound in an active form.

    So what exactly does resveratrol do? According to aggregated research from the Linus Pauling Institute, laboratory tests have shown the compound boosts heart health by inhibiting clot formation in the arteries and promoting dilation of the arteries.

    The compound may also make people live longer and slow the signs of aging. In studies with yeast, worms and fruit flies, resveratrol stimulated enzymes that lengthened the organisms' lives by as much as 59 percent. Resveratrol had a similar effect on the human version of the enzyme in test tubes.

    In another study, elderly mice that were given resveratrol showed a marked reduction in signs of aging, including greater motor coordination, preserved bone strength and reduced cataract formation. Though the compound did not significantly increase the mice's lifespan, resveratrol showed great promise in reducing some negative effects associated with the aging process.

    Other tests have demonstrated resveratrol's promise when it comes to slowing the progression of cancer. Researchers who added resveratrol to cell cultures found that it inhibits the growth of many cancer cells, including those from breast, prostate, stomach, colon, pancreatic and thyroid cancers.

    Though definitive studies that show resveratrol's effects on humans are still on the horizon, practitioners continue to recommend this antioxidant to boost general health. If you are heart-conscious or young-at-heart, head to Pharmaca to speak with one of our practitioners about our selection of formulas containing resveratrol.

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