Cardiovascular disease is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels.
High blood pressure, heart disease and lung disease all fall under this, and each one can have life-threatening consequences.
A healthy lifestyle can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Naturopathic Nutritionist Amy Morris from Water for Health has also revealed five supplements that benefit cardiovascular health.
Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in plant foods such as flaxseeds and animal foods such as cold water fish. Foods high in omega 3 are widely known to benefit heart health, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as decreasing the risk of sudden cardiac death, according to Amy.
She added: “EPA and DHA, the fatty acids found in omega 3 are also effective at reducing blood triglyceride levels by an average of 25-30 per cent, helping to reduce the occurrence of cholesterol related heart issues. In addition, omega-3 fats reduce inflammation and therefore have therapeutic applications in a number of diseases that are associated with pro-inflammatory mechanisms such as rheumatoid arthritis and other joint-related diseases.
“These fats have also been shown to protect against muscle loss and even enhance fat breakdown. The body is unable to make omega 3 fatty acids, so it is vital we get these from our diet. To ensure you’re getting adequate amounts, I recommend UnoCardio 1000, a unique omega 3 and vitamin D blend which has been independently named as the highest quality fish oil supplement on the market since 2015.”
In many studies, plant sterols, also known as phytosterols have been shown to reduce cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease.
Amy explained: “They have a structure that is similar to cholesterol, causing it to decrease gut absorption and to enhance elimination of dietary cholesterol. A comprehensive review of 41 trials comparing plant sterols to placebo concluded that intake of two grams per day of sterols reduced “bad” LDL cholesterol by 10 per cent with the effects independent of diet. The same study concluded that the cholesterol-lowering properties are above and beyond that achieved with diet or medications that also lower cholesterol.”