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Health & common sense from the original formulator of OPC Factor
Digest Series: The Heart of the Matter, Part 3

What you can do today for optimal cardiovascular health

So you’ve read parts one and two of this series on heart health and you’re up on your heart and cardiovascular knowledge and now you want to know the secret to eliminating heart problems for good!

Spoiler alert: there is no silver bullet. There is no single, one thing you can do that will eliminate the risk of heart disease or reverse its effects.

Fortunately there are a variety of SIMPLE things you can do to become heart healthy and improve the overall performance and maintenance of your cardiovascular system.

My suggestions will sound very familiar and, well, that should tell you something. They work! And best of all, they won’t cost you any money.

Exercise

Why is it that some people absolutely love to exercise while others whimper and scatter when they hear the mention of the word? I think some of us are afraid. I think many of us are scared of failure. But exercise doesn’t mean training for a grueling marathon.

In fact, exercise can be and SHOULD be enjoyable. For instance, I live in Idaho. We have lots of beautiful meadows and lovely mountains. A brisk two-mile trek can be achieved in around half an hour. But the great thing is that often I don’t want it to end so soon. Its actually quite peaceful, and fun. Try walking in a local park or on a wooded path instead of the treadmill. You may become addicted. Plus it’s good for stress management.

Bottom line: It is recommended that we should exercise for a half hour per day, five days a week. If you find this difficult to start, try to shoot for two days of some sort of heart-pumping activity for at least half an hour. Then add to that, say two-and-a-half days then three and work up to four or five days a week of a half-hour a day. Be patient. Good things come with time.

Don’t smoke

I’m not going to go into depth on this topic. If you smoke, you’ve heard it a million times and you know the risks. Studies show that you are four times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than a non-smoker. Four times!

In addition, smokers are twice as likely to suffer from sudden cardiac death, which is an abrupt and horrible way to die.

Antioxidant Supplementation

The reason we eat is to get vitamins, period. I think some believe humans eat because it’s fun or that we get energy from food. Neither is incorrect, but we actually eat to provide the various parts of the body various fuels and chemicals they need to work. We used to get these solely from our diet. However…

My broken record speech is that even if you eat healthy organic vegetables, chances are you are still not getting the vitamins and minerals you need mainly due to mineral depletion in the soil. Sadly, there are not as many vitamins, minerals and nutrients in the foods we eat today, as there was a century or even 50 years ago. This is caused from over-farming. Not to mention, many of the fruits and vegetables we eat are not vine-ripened.

Of course, continuing to add more nutrient-rich foods to your diet is always a good idea but you still may come up deficient in the antioxidants your body needs.

Speaking of antioxidant benefits for your heart and cardiovascular system, a recent study conducted by BioMed Central revealed that antioxidants exhibited a “significant increase” on the elasticity of the arteries and also showed a “significant increase” of HDL (good cholesterol) levels in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors.

In English? It means that when patients in poor cardiovascular health were treated with antioxidants their symptoms decreased. Hardened arteries became more elastic and their good cholesterol level increased.

How was this possible, you ask? It’s back to the root problem OPC Factor‚ chock-full of antioxidants‚ was developed to solve. And that is to stop and reverse the damage cause by reactive oxygen species, otherwise known as oxidative stress.

The study reveals that it’s not too late. Even if you suffer from cardiovascular conditions right now, you can reverse the damage with antioxidants.

The specific antioxidants used in the study included; vitamin c, vitamin e, selenium‚ all available in OPC Factor.

Lastly, click here if you’d like more information about OPC Factor’s, natural ingredients that are known to improve the health of your heart, your blood vessels, and other vital functions. Click on any of the 30 ingredients to learn how they are improving and helping to maintain your health and helping you live better and longer.

Thanks for your continued support of this digest,

David

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David Pillott

Who is David?

David Pillott was the brainchild and original formulator of OPC Factor. His passion and commitment to promoting better nutrition serves as the inspiration behind every David's Digest we publish.