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Oxidative Stress: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Oxidative Stress: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart | Mr Vitamins
With every breath we take and with each biochemical reaction in the body that takes place, free radicals are formed as a by-product of metabolic functions.

Free Radicals and Ageing

Free radicals are responsible for increasing levels of oxidative stress which is damaging to all cells – effectively causing your body to ‘rust’ and accelerate the ageing process. High energy output areas of the body such as the heart muscle and also the epithelial lining of the blood vessels of the cardiovascular system are at particular risk of oxidative stress.

Antioxidants - the unseen superheroes fighting the free radical enemies

Luckily, we have antioxidants that can be helpful to ‘mop up’ free radicals and slow down the onset of oxidative damage.
  • Consider the use of an antioxidant formula or supplement such as Grapeseed, vitamin E, Olive leaf or CoQ10 that have a high affinity with the cardiac muscle and vascular system
  • Increase intake of rainbow coloured vegetables - eat something fresh from each of the red, orange, yellow, green and purple food groups every single day. These foods contain specific phytonutrients and antioxidants that support cardiovascular and optimal health. Berries, tomatoes, dark chocolate and red wine in particular, all are heart friendly foods for your Valentine
  • Use bergamot extracts to reduce damaging oxidation of LDL particles,lower bad cholesterol sub-fractions and to maintain normal arterial function and flexibility
  • Follow the guidelines of a Mediterranean diet as research shows that consistently this is the best way to reduce the risk of heart disease. This means optimal intake of oily fish, plenty of colourful vegetables, good fats such as olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds and a limited amount of red meat and dairy to promote a healthy heart

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