HEART TO HEART

Ex­pert tips on keep­ing your ticker healthy and happy.

Shape (Singapore) - - Live Healthy -

Astrong heart is the foun­da­tion for a healthy life. As­taReal med­i­cal ad­vi­sor, Dr Robert Cor­ish, shares how you can pro­tect yours and stave off car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases.

Why is good nutri­tion and a healthy life­style im­por­tant for heart health? Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease – which in­cludes heart at­tacks and strokes – con­tin­ues to be the lead­ing cause of death in the de­vel­oped world. This is mainly due to un­healthy eat­ing habits, like con­sum­ing ex­cess sugar and car­bo­hy­drates, and un­healthy life­style choices such as smok­ing and a lack of ex­er­cise. These bad habits pro­mote weight gain, high blood pres­sure, in­sulin re­sis­tance and di­a­betes.

Be­sides main­tain­ing a healthy diet and life­style, what else is good for heart health? Adopt­ing a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and re­duc­ing stress. Ex­er­cise, med­i­ta­tion and yoga are all proven meth­ods of keep­ing cor­ti­sol lev­els in check. Cer­tain sup­ple­ments have also been shown to pro­tect and support car­dio­vas­cu­lar health. These in­clude nat­u­ral as­tax­an­thin, omega-3 fatty acids and vi­ta­min D3.

Clin­i­cal stud­ies so far have shown that as­tax­an­thin, na­ture’s most po­tent an­tiox­i­dant, re­duces ox­ida­tive stress and inam­ma­tion, im­proves blood lipid proles, and pro­motes better blood ow. All these benets lead to a health­ier heart.

As­tax­an­thin is a cousin of lutein and zeax­an­thin. It gives cer­tain seafood like sal­mon, crabs, prawns and lob­sters their nat­u­rally red colour, as well as pro­tects them from harsh en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions. It is also 6,000 times stronger than vi­ta­min C, 800 times more pow­er­ful than coen­zyme Q10, and 110 times stronger than vi­ta­min E!

Are women less likely to have heart at­tacks than men? Oe­stro­gen of­fers women a small de­gree of pro­tec­tion from heart at­tacks. How­ever, post­menopausal women are ac­tu­ally at a greater risk of heart dis­ease than men. This is where tak­ing the right sup­ple­ments can help pro­tect your ticker through all phases of life.

As­tavita Healthy Liv­ing An­tiox­i­dants ($61), for­mu­lated in Ja­pan and man­u­fac­tured in the US, con­tains ex­tracts of high- qual­ity nat­u­ral as­tax­an­thin from Swedish alga ( Hae­ma­to­coc­cus plu­vi­alis), so that means there is no risk of seafood al­lergy. This sup­ple­ment is said to help com­bat ox­ida­tive stress in your body, ght fa­tigue, and boost heart health.

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