Cel­e­brate the joy­ful beats

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

THE heart is an ef­fi­cient mus­cu­lar or­gan that works tire­lessly without paus­ing for rest.

On an av­er­age, it beats 72 times a minute – that is 100,000 times a day.

With each heart­beat, the heart pumps blood through­out the body to de­liver oxy­gen and nu­tri­ents it needs to sus­tain life.

Yet, a well-func­tion­ing heart is of­ten taken for granted un­til prob­lems oc­cur.

Age­ing, pro­longed stress, sleep de­pri­va­tion and nu­tri­tional de­fi­cien­cies can all take a toll on the heart’s cir­cu­lat­ing sys­tem.

There are many things one can do to ward off heart ail­ment, or pre­vent it from re­cur­ring if one al­ready has heart dis­ease.

Mirac­u­lous mag­ne­sium for heart health There is a min­eral that plays a big part in keep­ing your heart healthy, but too of­ten gets over­looked: Mag­ne­sium.

In many who do not take enough mag­ne­sium-rich foods, the health con­se­quences of mag­ne­sium de­fi­ciency are sig­nif­i­cant.

One can be at risk of heart at­tacks, strokes, heart fail­ure, hy­per­ten­sion, ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis (hard­en­ing of the ar­ter­ies) and ar­rhyth­mias (ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat).

Tak­ing mag­ne­sium sup­ple­ments may be a good idea to op­ti­mise the body’s mag­ne­sium lev­els. The body re­lies on am­ple mag­ne­sium sup­plies to re­lax the heart mus­cle for an op­ti­mal heart rhythm.

It also helps blood ves­sels to di­late, which in turn lower blood pres­sure and pre­vent plaque build-up that can lead to clogged ar­ter­ies.

Mag­ne­sium sup­ple­ments come in a va­ri­ety of forms that of­fer dif­fer­ent, or tar­geted, health ben­e­fits.

Mag­ne­sium oro­tate, a com­plex of mag­ne­sium bound orotic acid, is ex­ten­sively doc­u­mented to have pro­found ef­fects on re­duc­ing the risk of heart dis­ease.

In ad­di­tion to its su­pe­rior bioavail­abil­ity, it pro­vides orotic acid nec­es­sary to in­crease the avail­abil­ity of DNA and RNA pre­cur­sors needed for re­pair of dam­aged heart tis­sues.

It is par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial for re­cov­ery from heart at­tacks or heart surgery.

Other heart-healthy nu­tri­ents L-car­ni­tine and coen­zyme Q10 or CoQ10 give the heart op­ti­mal en­ergy sup­ply to en­hance its pump­ing abil­ity.

L-car­ni­tine trans­ports fatty acids into mi­to­chon­dria where they are burned for en­ergy, while CoQ10 ig­nites en­ergy pro­duc­tion within the mi­to­chon­dria.

Poli­cosanol, rice ex­tract, niaci­namide and orange bioflavonoids are ex­cel­lent choles­terol busters.

Vi­ta­min B6 (pyrid­iox­ine), B9 (folic acid) and B12 (cobal­amin) are used in com­bi­na­tion to lower ho­mo­cys­teine lev­els in the blood, which may po­ten­tially pre­vent re­cur­rent stroke or heart at­tack.

Cou­pled with reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, a hearthealthy nutri­tion can im­prove their car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness and keep your ticker beat­ing strong for many years to come.

This in­for­ma­tional ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Vi­taHealth. For en­quiries, con­tact 1800 183 288.

The body re­lies on am­ple mag­ne­sium sup­plies to re­lax the heart mus­cle for an op­ti­mal heart rhythm.

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