How Do The Best Heart Supplements Work?
The Best Heart Supplements
At BioStem, we focus many of our Dr. Dave’s Best products on the most vital of the vital organs. While our pharmaceutical-grade fish oil can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, there are some customers out there who want to give that extra boost directly to the heart. Because your heart health affects every part of the body (including the brain), we’ve created the best heart supplements around: Dr. Dave’s Best Cardio Booster, BioStem Wellness Met 191, and Dr. Dave’s Best Coenzyme Q10.
Before we start talking about each individual product, it’s important to answer some questions about heart health. How can cardio supplements help improve heart health? What’s the science behind it? Let’s take a look at supplements that support heart health.
Why Do People Need Cardio Supplements?
Hearts work hard. Of all the organs, it gets the least amount of rest, because it’s working every second of every day, awake or sleeping, running or sitting in front of the TV. It helps the lungs provide oxygenated blood to every cell of the body, and give the brain the oxygen it needs. There’s a good reason why people are interested in keeping it as healthy as possible.
Unfortunately, the heart also takes the brunt of our sedentary lifestyles. The heart is just like any other muscle, in that if you don’t use it enough it atrophies. When you don’t get enough exercise, the heart becomes weaker. Genetics and diet play a huge part in how plaque and cholesterol buildup, but proper exercise is important to keeping those health detriments cleaned out.
We’ll talk more about exercise below, but it’s not the only step you can take to improve your heart health. Consider using a pharmaceutical-grade supplement that can support heart health. Eating right, exercising, and taking the right supplements is a way to fight dangerous maladies that affect this amazing organ.
Can’t A Person’s Diet Provide What They Need?
Yes and no. There are certain foods that should be a part of your diet that can maintain and improve heart health. For instance, whole grains are recommended by dieticians because science shows time and again how beneficial they can be to your health. Fiber is also beneficial to heart health, as are the good fats found in pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 nutraceutical supplements. Please don’t stop eating healthy foods, because they are very important to improving heart health and staying healthy!
But there can be problems getting enough specific heart-healthy foods. Take the anthocyanin-rich powders in Dr. Dave’s Best Cardio Booster, for instance. Black Currants and chokecherries (also known as aronia berries) aren’t exactly easy to find in most grocery stores. And when you do eat them, you’re also getting a lot of calories that you might rather avoid. On top of that, those berries can be overly tart and leave your mouth feeling very dry, which makes those fruits difficult for many people to enjoy in their natural state.
Other ingredients, such as those found in BioStem’s Met191, simply aren’t part of the American diet and can only be found in specialty grocery stores in only the biggest cities. Why make an hours-long trip when you can simply buy our health supplements online?
What Are Anthocyanins?
One word you’re going to hear a lot when it comes to the best heart supplements is anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are found in foods that are deep red, purple, and blue. These flavonoids are produced by the plant as a natural protection against UV light; it’s essentially internal plant sunscreen to protect their cells. Plants that are high in anthocyanins include black currants, blueberries, chokeberries, black rice, black soybeans, and many others. To humans, most anthocyanin-rich foods are mildly astringent.
Anthocyanins have been extensively studied for their ability to help with heart health, including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary artery disease. The most common theory is that the anthocyanins help reduce artery stiffness, which is better not only for the arteries but also puts less constant pressure on the heart.
Now that we’ve discussed some of the most commonly-asked questions about our cardio supplements, it’s a good time to discuss who should — and who should not — be taking them. Read on!
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Who Are Heart Supplements For?
Because the heart is so vital, our cardio supplements are for just about anyone looking to improve heart health. (Remember, it’s always a good idea to discuss any diet and exercise changes with your doctor.) Who are the customers coming back time and again purchasing our pharmaceutical-grade supplements that support heart health?
Who Cardio Supplements Are For: Those Over 60
As we get older, it’s harder for our bodies to repair themselves like they used to. They get tired easily and are more prone to injury, making exercise that much more difficult and unappealing. That’s why it’s important to support your heart health with the best heart supplement you can find in order to defend against heart problems that show up as we age. (Keep eating healthy and exercising to the best of your ability, though!)
Heart supplements either provide your body with heart-healthy herbal supplements that might not be a part of normal nutrition or give it nutrients that can flag as we age. By giving the heart what it needs to keep its cells strong, it can remain healthier.
Who Cardio Supplements Are For: Those Who Love Working Out
Almost everything about exercise is good. The stress it puts on the heart is the kind that strengthens it, and more exercise tends to lead to better circulation throughout the body. On top of that, it fights weight gain and its associated dangers.
One thing that’s not so good about exercise is that it can cause oxidation in the cells. We recommend taking a cardio supplement that can protect cells against oxidative stress. For instance, we recommend three Cardio Booster tablets 30 minutes before a workout and three tablets 30 minutes after to take advantage of the benefits.
Okay, now that we’ve told you about our most common customers, it’s time to mention who shouldn’t be taking these supplements without the expressed consent of a medical doctor. Typically, there are three categories of people who should not take our cardio supplements...
Who Cardio Supplements Are Not For: Those under 18 Years Old
Bodies under the age of 18 are still actively growing, so it’s best to just let them grow as they need to. Also, hearts at that age tend to be very healthy already; any problems with the heart should be dealt with directly by a physician and not via supplements.
Who Cardio Supplements Are Not For: Those Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Speaking of those under 18, fetuses and babies who are breastfeeding are growing faster than at any other stage of their lives. Once again, it’s important to not have any supplements that are designed for adults get in the way of their natural growth.
Who Cardio Supplements Are Not For: Those With Cancer
If you have had or currently have cancer, we advise against using this product unless specifically told to do so by a physician. We don’t want there to be any interactions between cancer medications and our products. Also, those about to undergo surgery should consult their doctor about stopping all supplements before the surgery, as some (not necessarily cardio supplements) can have an adverse effect on wound healing.
Now that we’ve discussed the types of people that our cardio supplements are best used by, you might be wondering what makes a particular company’s supplements safe to use. It’s a legitimate question, one which we’ll discuss below.
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Are Cardio Supplements Safe?
Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. We certainly wouldn’t sell anything that could hurt you. For instance, Dr. Dave’s Best Cardio Booster is a 100% natural herbal cardio supplement containing anthocyanins from chokeberries and black currants. BioStem Wellness Met191 contains natural ingredients such as Indian Barberry Root and Picrorhiza Root. Coenzyme Q10 provides a vitamin-like coenzyme that helps prevent oxidation in your cells, including heart cells. As long as you stick to the recommended dosage on the bottle, you don’t have to worry about anything.
Beware Lower-Grade Supplements
Of course, the label only tells half the story when it comes to the safety of your heart supplements. It’s also vital that you vet the company you’re purchasing from to ensure that they are providing you with regenerative supplements that are manufactured in a safe way. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to choose a premium supplement brand like BioStem Wellness.
- Made in The USA - Products made in the United States are under more thorough scrutiny by health departments and the FDA.
- Machinery Makes a Difference - Properly maintained and cleaned machinery means that there’s no cross-contamination between supplements.
- Avoid Contaminants - When you choose health supplements online from a top supplement provider, you’re not getting fillers and contaminants that you might find in the cheapest brands.
- Even Distribution - State-of-the-art machinery ensures that each pill gets the same amount of ingredients, which means you get the same dosage each time.
- Freshness - Cardio supplements from foreign countries often spend weeks in hot shipping containers on the ocean.
When you consider the ingredients and how they are manufactured, it’s important to choose a pharmaceutical-grade supplement (as opposed to a “food-grade” supplement.). BioStem and Dr. Dave’s Best utilize the most effective, efficient, and, above all, safest ingredients and manufacturing methods to ensure you’re taking the best heart supplements around.
Before we tell you about the specific supplements we offer that could improve your heart health, we’re going to talk a bit about two more reliable ways that people can support that amazing muscle. Let’s take a look at diet and exercise.
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How Exercise Helps the Heart
Humans often take the path of least resistance. It’s often said that people don’t want to do the hard work in order to fix their health problems, that they’d rather just “take a pill” and have everything fixed. Wouldn’t it be nice to take a pill and suddenly be able to bench press 450 pounds? Wouldn’t it be nice to take a pill and lose all the weight you wanted? While there are supplements that can help with those, they’re not going to do all the work on their own.
We’ve created our cardio supplements to provide you with nutrition for heart health, but no pill on earth is going to keep your heart healthy if your genetics, diet, and lack of exercise are going to get in the way of good cardio health. Maybe someday we’ll be able to get the benefits of exercise without the effort, but that day isn’t today!
Let’s Talk About Exercise
What is today? It’s the day to talk about exercise and what you can do to keep your heart as healthy as possible, which, wonderfully, improves the health of the rest of your body as well. You won’t be surprised to know that exercise plays an important part of heart health. There’s really no question in the scientific community regarding the positive effects that exercise has on the entire body, most importantly the heart.
Looking at it from another angle, not exercising can have incredibly detrimental effects on your health. You’re twice as likely to die from heart disease if you engage in little or no physical activity. This is equivalent to smoking! Let’s take a look at what’s going on with exercise to improve heart health.
Why Does Exercise Improve Heart Health?
First of all, it’s important to remember that the heart is made of muscle. Certainly, it’s the most complex muscle in the body, but it still adheres to the same rules that govern your other muscles. For instance, the more you use it, the healthier it becomes. Conversely, a person who is confined to a bed might have their leg muscles atrophy; a heart that isn’t used much can also lose its strength.
- Exercising a heart allows it to work more efficiently. A well-exercised heart can pump more blood with each beat. Your heart will attain a slower resting pace; that means there’s less pressure on your arteries and you should have a better blood pressure.
- Exercise lets your tissues (including your heart, which itself needs oxygen for its cells) to pull oxygen from the blood more efficiently, allowing you to perform better during strenuous exercise.
- Exercise improves your HDL cholesterol levels (the good cholesterol), which moves through your heart and flushes away the harmful LDL cholesterol.
- Exercise can also increase the amount of blood flow in the small blood vessels around the heart. Keeping blood flowing through them better reduces the risk of heart attack.
- Finally, exercise can help the heart make new connections between blood vessels, allowing the blood to take a different path rather than being blocked.
What Problems Can It Improve?
There are many physical maladies that exercise and having a strong heart can help you avoid.
- Heart Disease - Narrowed blood vessels restrict blood movement throughout the heart, which can lead to a heart attack.
- Chest Pain - Not every chest pain is a heart attack, but it does signal that something is wrong. Exercising can help you do away with this painful experience.
- Stroke - Having an unhealthy heart can lead to not enough blood, and therefore not enough oxygen, getting to the brain.
- Increased Cholesterol - When there’s too much cholesterol in your blood (introduced by the foods you eat), it can build up on the walls of your arteries. These narrowed arteries restrict blood flow to the heart. A significant enough blockage means you might suffer a heart attack.
- As we mentioned above, exercise can improve good cholesterol which in turn helps to reduce bad cholesterol.
What Types of Exercise
Here’s the good part: it doesn’t really matter what type of exercise you engage in, so long as you get your heart rate up. Here’s a fun way to check: if you can sing, you’re probably not exercising enough. If you can’t talk, you’re probably over-exerting yourself and need to pull back a bit.
Your age will probably have some influence on which types of exercise are right for you. If your joints aren’t what they used to be, running might not be right, but swimming laps might be perfect. If you’re young, training for a marathon might be just what you’re looking for.
Most doctors will simply tell you to do what you enjoy. If you hate running and it makes you feel horrible, then don’t run; you simply won’t stick with it. But if you love tennis, you might not even realize how much you’re exercising.
How Much Exercise Is Right?
We’re tempted to say “any exercise is better than no exercise.” While that is true, saying that lets people off the hook a little too easily. Suddenly they’re thinking “I walked from my car to my office desk, I’m good.” Unfortunately, that’s just not enough.
Thousands of studies have been done on exercise, all recommending different amount. A typical number to start off with is 30 minutes of intense at least three times a week. Others might say 30 minutes a day. The important thing is that you’re actually getting your heart moving, that you can feel the effects of what you’re doing. If you can’t do 30 minutes a day, consider working up to it.
Here’s a surprising find. Some studies show that less frequent or strenuous exercise can have a better long-term benefit. How can that be? Well, people who exercise a few times a week are more likely to stick with it! Exercising a few days a week is something that most people can keep up with. If their original intention was to “hit the gym every day” and perform strenuous exercise, they might get downtrodden the first time they miss a day, then give up on it completely. Don’t let that happen to you...missing a day or two is fine, as long as you keep up with it overall.
It’s incredibly important to employ exercise as part of your attempts to improve heart health. When you combine exercise with supplements that support heart health, you have a much better chance of maintaining good health.
Of course, exercise and cardio supplements are only part of the equation. It’s also important that you eat right, and that’s what we’re going to talk about next.
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How Can Eating Right Help The Heart?
We all know that we should eat a healthy diet — our heart health depends on it — but that’s not always easy, is it? While it would be awesome if each of us had a cook to ensure that we’re eating the absolute best foods, that’s not an option for most of us. Reality gets in the way; our busy schedules cause us to eat fast food, which is full of sugar, salt, and fat. Portions at restaurants are huge, and there’s almost always some sort of snack to tempt us in the workplace.
It’s pretty obvious that eating well is something that’s hard to do, but it’s something we must do. Eating poorly can affect the performance of every organ in your body, and that includes your heart. Taking cardio supplements is a good start, but it’s important to make sure your entire diet is supporting heart health.
What Should You Eat?
While there are many foods that are bad for your heart, we’re happy to report that there are other foods that can actually benefit it. Let’s take a look at some of the most common:
- Omega-3 Rich Food - Omega-3 fatty acids are essential acids.That means our bodies need them, but our bodies can’t produce them on their own. The most common place to find them is in cold-water fatty fish such as salmon and anchovies. Unfortunately, eating too much fish can also lead to ingesting too many heavy metals from our polluted oceans, metals like cadmium, mercury, and lead. When you choose a pharmaceutical-grade fish oil like those from Dr. Dave’s Best, you’re getting all of the benefits of eating fish without the worries. Find out more about what fish oil supplements can do for you right here.
- Foods With Unsaturated Fats - Not all fat is bad; in fact, your body needs some fat. Foods high in unsaturated fat are not only a good way to get your body the fat it needs but can actually improve your heart health. Food with monounsaturated fats include nuts, avocados, olive oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, and sesame oil. Foods high in polyunsaturated fat include walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, corn oil, and soybeans oils. Fish are also an excellent source of polyunsaturated fat, which is what you’ll find in fish oil pills. The best fish for heart health are salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, and anchovies.
- Fiber - When most people think about fiber, they think about the importance it plays in gastrointestinal health. While it’s vitally important to keeping your bowels healthy, it’s also very important in heart health. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble, and the great thing is that they’ve both been linked to positive heart health. Insoluble fiber is found in whole grains, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and wheat cereals. Soluble fiber comes from oatmeal, beans nuts, apples, and many other fruits. Your body craves fiber in both forms, so be sure to give it enough of both.
- Eat the Rainbow - No, we’re not talking about a plateful of Skittles. When it comes to fruits and veggies, most people don’t know that the colors of the plant are often serving a purpose for the plant’s health. These colors come from (often beneficial) chemicals, such as the anthocyanins in dark red and purple fruits and veggies. Eating the rainbow means you’ll get a wider variety of vitamins and minerals and making the most of what the plant in its natural state can offer you.
- Eat Food Low In Saturated Fats - Your body needs some saturated fat, but problems arise when you get too much in your diet. The most common foods with saturated fat are meats and animal products. While there’s nothing wrong with eating some meat and cheese, cutting back can certainly lead to improved heart health.
- Eat No Trans Fats - The word is out, and trans fats have finally received the negative press they deserve. While your body needs some fats, trans fats are mostly man-made and completely unnecessary for your body’s systems. Just watch out for the labels on foods; being “trans-fat free” shouldn’t fool you into thinking the product is otherwise healthy.
- Eat Less Salt - It’s been known for some time that people with high blood pressure should reduce their salt intake to get it under control’ doing so helps their hearts. But it’s a good idea for everyone to cut back on salt, for the simple fact that heavily-salted food also tends to be unhealthy in other ways.
- Eat Less Sugar - Sugar can wreak havoc in the body. Sugar is full of calories and leads to weight gain, and carrying around extra weight puts a lot of strain on the heart.
How Can Your Habits Change?
Habits, by their very definition, are hard to change. If you do something again and again, it can be difficult to stop. What can you do? Start new habits that replace the old ones. Here are some changes you can make to ensure you eat healthier.
Say No At the Grocery Store
When a food is in your home, it can be almost impossible to say “no” to food that’s bad for you. If you’re upstairs, you still know that there’s that Hostess Cupcake in the pantry. You might restrain yourself a few times, but eventually you’ll end up giving in and eating one...and maybe more than one.
The best way to say no to an unhealthy snack is to leave it at the grocery store. While you might be fighting it over and over again at home, simply skipping the snack aisle ensure that you only have to deny the urges once a week.
Take a Heart-Healthy Option
Speaking of the grocery, it’s not just full of bad stuff. But vending machines and snacks at work are almost always bad for you. That’s why it’s important to be sure to take heart-healthy snacks with you so that you can eat something from the above list when you’re feeling peckish (like nuts), instead of something with a bunch of empty calories that’s also full of saturated fats.
Of course, in order to do this, you have to...
Life is busy, we get it. Many of us spend the day at work, only to be confronted by a commute twice a day that’s anything but relaxing. Then there are after-school activities and arguing with kids about getting their homework done. At the end of the day, most of us aren’t interested in planning out the week’s meals before heading to the grocery.
It’s worth it, though. Planning meals not only means you’ll be scrambling less during the week but also means that you’ll stick to the healthy stuff more often. Instead of grabbing a bag of frozen, breaded chicken nuggets, you’ll be able to fix something that supports heart health.
Planning meals also means that you’ll be less tempted to go out to eat when someone says “what are we having for dinner?” and you don’t have a clue. And as we all know, eating out almost always means eating too much and eating fatty foods.
You being on this site and seeking information about improving heart health means that you’re interested in increasing your knowledge. And in today’s world, there’s a lot of information to take in when it comes to supporting heart health. It’s important to start reading labels on food so that you can be as aware as possible about what’s in your food.
For instance, you can’t just choose something that’s low-fat and think that it’s healthy. There’s a good chance that, when they reduced the fat, they increased the sugar or salt to trick our brain into craving it. Similarly, low-calorie foods are often filled with more fat than others. Read the labels on the package’s back so that you’re not taken in by the marketing hype on the front.
We discussed exercise above, so why bring it up again? Well, exercising is a great way to tell you’re body and mind “we’re committed to this, we’re going to get healthy...and that means eating healthier as well.” Burning calories via exercise is also a great way of reminding you just how much work it takes to get rid of calories. If you exercise for an hour and burn 400 calories, you’ll think twice before you finish off that 400 calorie donut in four minutes.
Okay, now that we’ve addressed some of the ways that you can support your heart with diet and exercise, let’s take a look at the specific cardio supplements we offer here at Dr. Dave’s Best.
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