Nu­tri­ents to sup­port heart health

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul - Wellness -

HEART dis­ease is of­ten re­lated to a process called ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis.

It is a con­di­tion that de­vel­ops when plaque builds up in the in­ner walls of the blood ves­sels, nar­row­ing it and in turn, mak­ing it harder for blood to flow through.

If a blood clot forms, it can stop blood flow and part of the heart mus­cle supplied by that blood ves­sel be­gins to die. This can cause a heart at­tack or stroke.

Ni­tric ox­ide is one of the most im­por­tant chem­i­cal com­pounds for heart health. It is a vi­tal cel­lu­lar sig­nalling mol­e­cule in­volved in many phys­i­o­log­i­cal and patho­log­i­cal pro­cesses.

Ad­e­quate ni­tric ox­ide pro­duc­tion is the first step in a chain re­ac­tion that pro­motes healthy heart func­tions while in­suf­fi­cient ni­tric ox­ide trig­gers prob­lems that even­tu­ally re­sult in heart dis­ease.

As ni­tric ox­ide is produced by the in­te­rior sur­face of blood ves­sels, the build-up of plaque re­duces its ca­pac­ity to gen­er­ate the mol­e­cules.

You can sup­ple­ment your healthy life­style by con­sum­ing foods and nu­tri­tional supplements that are sci­en­tif­i­cally known to in­crease ni­tric ox­ide level such as amino acids L-cit­rulline and L-argi­nine.

Both amino acids play a role in a num­ber of phys­i­o­log­i­cal func­tions in the body and are best known for its heart health ben­e­fits.

Sci­en­tific stud­ies have shown that the com­bi­na­tion of L-cit­rulline and L-argi­nine sup­ple­men­ta­tion in­creases blood lev­els of ni­tric ox­ide more ef­fec­tively than sup­ple­men­ta­tion of L-argi­nine alone.

This re­sults in va­sodi­la­tion, or widen­ing of the blood ves­sels and an in­crease in blood flow and cir­cu­la­tion, re­duc­ing high blood pres­sure.

L-cit­rulline and L-argi­nine may break down plaque buildup and pre­vent blood clots.

They also seem to de­crease symp­toms and im­prove ex­er­cise tol­er­ance and qual­ity of life in peo­ple with angina (chest pain).

Both L-cit­rulline and L-argi­nine also play other im­por­tant bi­o­log­i­cal roles.

They im­prove phys­i­cal and ex­er­cise per­for­mance, boost en­ergy level, sup­port mus­cle de­vel­op­ment, im­mune func­tion and brain power.

Over­all, in­creas­ing L-cit­rulline and L-argi­nine in your body has been shown to of­fer sig­nif­i­cant health ben­e­fits.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Herbs of Gold. For en­quiries, call 1800 183 288.

L-cit­rulline and L-argi­nine have been shown to of­fer sig­nif­i­cant health ben­e­fits as they sup­port heart health and other body func­tions.

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