Cardiovascular disease often takes loved ones away from us without any warning. If you had to take a product for prevention, what would it be? Many people ask us about cholesterol, blood pressure and the health of blood vessels. Did you know that there is a product specifically for these aspects?
Here’s what we recommend and why. We have developed Vitoli® Cardiovascular to make the best product for people concerned about their cardiovascular health. It acts on several facets and not only on cholesterol. It goes without saying that the preventive factors for cardiovascular disease are very numerous and they are all important. Above all, you should make efforts to improve your diet, sleep, physical activity and stress management. We will not repeat the recommendations of these healthy lifestyles, since many of them are already the subject of many articles in the Vitoli blog.
We will focus here on the ingredients contained within Vitoli® Cardiovascular :
– the dose recommended by the European Union of olive polyphenols (the Exclusive Provitol® Complex) for the reduction of the risks of atherosclerosis,
– Coenzyme Q10 and
– group B vitamins (B6, B9 and B12).
Olive polyphenols from the Provitol® Complex exclusive to Vitoli® products are standardized in hydroxytyrosol. It is the most important olive polyphenol, but also currently the most studied natural polyphenol, given its vast amount of health benefits. A recent article even reports its mechanisms of action and the benefits applicable to human diseases of its anti-aging effects (de Pablos et al, 2019). In cardiovascular health, its benefits are undeniable and the quantities necessary for a daily consumption were based on the Mediterranean diet. Vitoli® Cardiovascular therefore contains the dose recommended by the European Union of a very high quality extract from selected olives grown in Spain.
The second ingredient is Coenzyme Q10. Have you heard about it? It is a powerful antioxidant, but as I have explained in my books, antioxidants often have more important biological roles than the function of reducing systemic oxidation. Coenzyme Q10 is the last electron acceptor in the electron transport chain of the mitochondria (our cellular energy powerhouses). During energy production, electrons travel from molecule to molecule in the cellular wall of the mitochondria (our cellular energy powerhouses), transferring energy to molecules that serve as the energy source for all our cells. The final destination for the electron is coenzyme Q10. Its role is essential for energy production, but also for the health of the mitochondria. Thus, all tissues rich in mitochondria need an adequate supply of coenzyme Q10: the kidneys, the liver, the walls of the blood vessels and the heart. These are also the most energy-consuming organs (along with the brain). The significant beneficial uses of coenzyme Q10, the best scientifically demonstrated, are the reduction of blood pressure (when it is too high), the reduction of muscle pain related to taking cholesterol medications (statins) and heart health in general, especially for people who have already had a heart attack.
The last ingredients include 3 vitamins beneficial to cardiovascular health: vitamins B6, B9 and B12. A blog article, written by a pharmacist, discusses the risks of vitamin B12 deficiency that are common as we age. These three B vitamins are linked to cardiovascular health for their ability to reduce an important disease marker: homocysteine. A high level of homocysteine is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and nerve degeneration. The causal link is well established, but the effect of reducing the risk by taking group B vitamins is still unclear. Homocysteine is produced from an amino acid, a component of protein, and can be reduced by the action of vitamin B6 or vitamins B9 and B12 combined. Since taking these vitamins can only be beneficial, we thought it advisable to add them to produce the best product in preventing the risks of cardiovascular disease.
Here are the health claims allowed by Health Canada for this product:
– Helps maintain and support cardiovascular health.
– Antioxidant for the maintenance of good heart health.
Our hearts work hard, continuously, it is important to take care of it.
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