Heart Healthy Nutrition

Heart Healthy Nutrition

Your heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood per day. It’s able to work so hard because it’s a muscle, but because it’s a muscle, it’s also very fragile. Unlike many of the cells in our bodies, muscle cells don’t divide, and since they don’t divide, they can’t regenerate. When the heart is injured during a heart attack, part of the muscle dies and stays dead.

The good news is that heart disease can be prevented through mindfulness: exercise, diet and nutrition, abstention from smoking, alcohol and other drugs and through the proper management of stress. While The AIM Companies can’t bottle exercise—although we came close with Red Rush—we can offer top-tier nutrition for overall cardiovascular health.

Vegetable Nitrates in RediBeets and Red Rush

The nitrates in processed meats are bad news, but the nitrates in vegetables are the opposite kind of news. The body is able to convert dietary nitrate from beet juice into nitric oxide, a vasodilator now believed to be as important to the respiration cycle as oxygen or carbon dioxide. Nitric oxide causes the blood vessels to widen and blood pressure to drop, taking a lot of strain off the heart. Clinical trials on healthy males have shown that the drop is usually 4 to 5 points.

Recently, researchers at Washington State School of Medicine in Saint Louis gave beet juice to a small group of heart failure patients. When the patients drank beet juice, they exhibited 13% more muscle power. This is comparable to the magnitude of force a heart failure patient could normally exert after 2 to 3 months of regular resistance training.

Fiber in Herbal Fiberblend and fit ‘n fiber

Fiber has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease in healthy people. A Harvard study of over 40,000 men found that a high fiber diet reduced the risk of coronary heart disease by 40%. Another large study on about 30,000 Seventh Day Adventists produced similar results.

Additionally, soluble fiber has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Simply adding 5-10 grams to your diet may decrease your LDL cholesterol levels by up to 5 percent, but if you combine fiber supplementation with a low-fat diet, it may be possible to lower your cholesterol levels by 25 percent.

A fiber-rich diet has also been shown to decrease the risk of stroke, diabetes and obesity, all strongly associated with heart disease.

Magnesium in Mag-nificence, Cell Wellness Restorer or CalciAIM

Nearly four out of five North Americans aren’t getting enough magnesium in their diets. While most of those people are only magnesium insufficient, those that have severe deficiencies may experience rapid heartbeat as well as other changes in the heart. A severe deficiency may also lead to heart failure. Magnesium regulates the heart’s rhythm and without it, the heart wouldn’t beat at all.

Not only has regular magnesium intake been linked to a small drop in blood pressure, but it has also been affiliated with lower risk of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac
death. But wait, there’s more! Magnesium is often used as part of the treatment for irregular heartbeats, atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. It’s been found to lower the stress hormone cortisol, a chemical known for increasing inflammation and blood pressure. Plus, stress is bad for the heart in general. So relax your weary heart with magnesium.

Omega Fatty Acids in AIMega

Essential fatty acids are well-known for their heart-healthy properties. AIMega provides essential fatty acids from plants instead of fish. Although most scientific studies have focused on fish oil, a study done by scientists at Penn State and published in Advances in Nutrition found that essential fatty acids from plants were just as effective as fish oil when it came to cardiovascular health.

In randomized clinical trials on people with and without coronary heart disease, omega-3 fatty acids were shown to reduce the likelihood of strokes, heart attacks and death caused by coronary events. Essential fatty acids have also been shown to decrease triglyceride levels, inflammatory responses, the risk of arrhythmias, thrombosis and the growth of atherosclerotic plaque. It may also improve endothelial function and lower blood pressure.

CellSparc 360 with CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 (aka CoQ10) has strong antioxidant properties and plays a role in the conversion of food into energy. Because CoQ10 improves energy production in the cells, it is believed to provide cardiovascular protection. Most notably, folks with lower levels of CoQ10 in their bodies—it’s found in nearly every cell—tend to have higher levels of cholesterol. CoQ10 has been shown to reduce side effects like muscle pains from CoQ10-lowering statins.

CoQ10 may lower blood pressure and improve endothelial functioning. It’s often given to people after a heart attack, heart surgery or heart failure and is used to protect heart damage caused by chemotherapy.

In Conclusion 

AIM offers plenty of other heart-healthy options as well. Vitamin K in BarleyLife and LeafGreens has been shown to protect arterial health. The cocoa flavanols in CoCoa LeafGreens show promise for blood pressure control due to antioxidant properties. And probiotics like FloraFood may have potential for preventing cardiovascular issues. Any way you look at it, the AIM products are a part of a heart-friendly lifestyle and a nutritious diet. So look after that strong, yet vulnerable heart of yours with help from AIM.

Published by The AIM Companies

The AIM Companies pioneered the use of plants—barley, carrots, and beets—as vehicles to deliver the body concentrated nutrition conveniently. Founded in 1982 in Nampa, Idaho, The AIM Companies has operations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, providing AIM products to more than 30 countries around the world.

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