Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S., killing more people than cancer, infectious diseases, and homicides combined. Nearly a third of all victims will not survive their first symptom. Half of all victims won't reach the hospital alive.
Let's take a quick look at what causes heart attacks. In most cases there is nothing wrong with our heart...it was designed to work efficiently for 100 years or more.
Until recently, doctors thought of heart disease as a "plumbing" problem. The theory was arteries, like pipes, became clogged by cholesterol deposits and slowed down blood flow to the heart.
This fatty "sludge" narrows the arteries to the heart and/or brain, reduces the blood's normal flow and results in scar tissue that causes the artery wall to harden and lose its elasticity. The end result could be a heart attack or stroke.
Most of us are aware that a healthy diet and regular exercise reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Not so well known is the damage to the arteries caused by free radicals.
A free radical is a highly reactive or "oxidative" molecule that can bind to and destroy cell membranes and can damage DNA codes within the cell's nucleus.
Free-radical damage has been shown to be responsible for the initiation of heart disease as well as cancer.
A group of compounds called antioxidants come to the rescue. The evidence is compelling that antioxidant vitamin supplementation can play a strong role in reducing free radical damage.
In a recent double-blind placebo-controlled trial, 520 high risk patients in Finland were given 200 mg per day of Vitamin E, 500 mg per day Vitamin C, both or neither. A 45% reduction in atherosclerosis was found among men who were taking the Vitamin C and Vitamin E combination.
The research was conducted by the Antioxidant Supplementation Atherosclerosis Prevention Study and reported in Family Practice News.
Footnote: If you are taking a "one a day" multivitamin check the amount of antioxidants shown on the label. Most inexpensive formulas (such as Centrum Silver) contain only 60 mg of vitamin C and 45 IU of vitamin E.
Finding a high quality natural vitamin that meets the needs of both women and men can be difficult. My favorites are Vital Life Nutritionals Food Rich formulas for men and women. They do a great job of "exterminating" heart disease free radicals.
This all natural food rich vitamin specifically addresses the unique nutritional needs of today's man.
In addition to providing 100% of 19 vitamins and minerals, Men's Multi Vitamin contains Siberian Eleuthero and marigold extract, both powerful antioxidants.
It also includes saw palmetto for prostate health and tomato powder for lycopene.
This iron-free multi is specially formulated to reflect the demands of modern men, providing them with a divided dosage for nutritional support throughout the day. Read more about Men's Food Rich Multi Vitamin.
The nutritional needs of a woman are vastly different than those of a man. Wmen need additional iron, calcium and folic acid to help achieve optimum health, just to name a few.
And though our multivitamin line offers many excellent choices for ladies, Women's Multi is the only product specifically formulated to suit the nutritional demands of today's women.
In addition to extra amounts of the above mentioned vitamins and minerals, Women's Multi includes the amino acid L-tyrosine, lavender extract, chaste berry extract and several other herbs and vitamins critical to women's health. Click here to read more about the Women's Food Rich Vitamin.
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