Why does the EnergyOne Multivitamin/mineral include the antioxidant complex ACE? These antioxidant vitamins prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Vitamin C helps protect artery walls and keep them healthy. B vitamins help keep homocysteine levels in check, an end-product of protein metabolism that is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Magnesium is one mineral most Americans do not get enough of from their diets. Deficiencies in this mineral can cause heart-rhythm abnormalities. Magnesium also helps normalize blood pressure. Finally, supplementing your diet with omega-3 fatty acids can offer added protection against heart disease.
Low vitamin D levels pose a real risk to the heart. Why? The Archives of Internal Medicine published a study that found that participants with low vitamin D levels were more likely to have high blood pressure, high levels of bad cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes. Although there is some D in foods (such as egg yolks, salmon, cheese, and fortified milk), you cannot get required amounts from healthy portion sizes of these foods. Recall that most vitamin D is produced by your body, when sunlight reaches the skin. Yet, its February. We're in the heart of winter. How has your sun exposure been in the past few months? A vitamin D supplement, such as EnergyFirst's Vitamin D supplement, may be necessary.
Nap for your heart! A report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that regular nap takers had 37% less heart disease than those who never napped. Therefore, that midday snooze is just as important as your regular exercise routine and healthy diet. Can you spot an area where you can make a lifestyle change for a healthier heart?
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