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To Your Heart Health

By Louis Ignarro, Ph.D., Nobel** Laureate in Medicine, Herbalife Scientific Advisory Board member

Your cardiovascular system is the driving force behind Cellular Nutrition. Over 100,000 miles in length and equipped with nearly six-trillion endothelial cells, your blood vessels produce the Nitric Oxide that supports Cellular Nutrition. Endothelial-derived Nitric Oxide functions in many important ways to support the cardiovascular and circulatory system. Endothelial damage, from a poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise, results in deficient Nitric Oxide production and, therefore, increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make your endothelium healthy by adjusting your diet, engaging in moderate exercise and taking Niteworks.


How does Nitric Oxide work?

Nitric Oxide, also known as NO, is the body’s most widespread signaling molecule. NO promotes Cellular Nutrition by facilitating blood flow to every cell in the body. Because NO expands the diameter of the arteries, more nutrients are delivered to the cells and more waste products are removed from the cells. Nitric Oxide provides Cellular Nutrition to all organs of the body and also protects these organs against injury and disease caused by exposure to oxidants, a condition known as “oxidative stress.” NO is the body’s most potent antioxidant, protecting cells against freeradical damage. In this regard, NO functions just like vitamins E and C.

NO deficiency and endothelial dysfunction

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and untimely death in the U.S. and is sometimes associated with NO deficiency. The diseases resulting from NO deficiency include hypertension, stroke, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, gastrointestinal ulcers and erectile dysfunction. A healthy vascular endothelium is essential to a healthy cardiovascular system because it is required for normal NO production and action. Vascular-endothelial dysfunction leads to decreased NO production and increased oxidative stress, creating a vicious cycle that promotes further endothelial dysfunction.

Promoting a healthy endothelium

The most important mechanism by which the body stimulates endothelial NO production is exercise. Physical activity promotes blood flow through the millions of arteries in the body and the friction of the blood flowing against the endothelial cells lining the arteries stimulates the production of NO. This is how exercise promotes not only a healthy heart and healthy cardiovascular system, but also a healthy body, and it’s all due to the work of NO to promote Cellular Nutrition.

Supplements increase NO production

In addition to exercise, taking certain nutritional supplements can increase the production and action of endothelium-derived NO. These natural substances include L-arginine and Lcitrulline, which serve as the body’s fuel to make NO, and L-taurine, vitamin C, vitamin E and alpha-lipoic acid, which work to protect NO against oxidative destruction by free radicals.

Niteworks contains L-arginine, L-citrulline, vitamin C, vitamin E and other beneficial ingredients. When taken together at the same time, the natural ingredients in Niteworks may enable endothelial cells to produce more NO for a healthy endothelium, lower blood pressure and protection against cardiovascular disease.


Diet improves heart health

Another way to keep your endothelium healthy is through diet. A sensible diet that is low in fats and carbohydrates, but rich in proteins, will go a long way in promoting cardiovascular health. Decreased fat intake greatly reduces the body’s production of destructive free radicals and decreased dietary carbohydrates limit the intake of calories. Eating a high protein diet maintains muscle mass and energy levels. The combination of high protein plus low carbohydrates and fats can result in substantial weight loss, which further promotes a healthy cardiovascular system.

A winning combination

The three lifestyle changes outlined–mild to moderate exercise, a high-protein diet and Niteworks - have something in common: they all play a role in enhancing the production and action of endothelium - derived Nitric Oxide. For this reason, exercise, diet and Niteworks are a winning combination for maintaining and improving your endothelial health - and a healthy endothelium means a healthy heart. When you combine their results, you can easily see how your overall health and general well-being can improve.

 
News About Blood Pressure
Normal blood pressure values revised lower by American Heart Association

The American Heart Association recently lowered the values for what it considers to be a “normal” blood pressure. In an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in May 2003, the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure provided new guidelines for hypertension prevention and management.

The report indicated that a systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or greater is a very important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Systolic/ diastolic blood pressure readings of 115/75 are now considered to be normal, rather than the previous figures of 120/80. This means that blood pressure readings of over 115/75 are clear-cut risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Moreover, the risk for cardiovascular disease doubles with each increment of 20/10 mm Hg.

Individuals who have a normal blood pressure at 55 years of age have a 90% lifetime risk for developing hypertension. Individuals with a systolic blood pressure of 120 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic blood pressure of 80 to 89 mm Hg should be considered prehypertensive and require health and lifestyle modifications to prevent cardiovascular disease. Antihypertensive drug medication might be necessary as an adjunct to improved lifestyle to control high blood pressure.


* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
** The Nobel Prize is a registered trademark of the Nobel Foundation.

   
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