Heart Health Supplements for Women

Heart Health Supplements for Women

Heart disease is the # 1 killer of women in Canada and worldwide. Women are 10 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than from any other disease. And our risk is 4 times greater during and after menopause than before menopause.

The news is not all bad though. There are many ways we can reduce our risk.

One way is with heart health supplements that are high in omega 3 fatty acids and co enzyme Q10, two powerful and proven ingredients that can help lower our risk of heart disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids modulate the production of powerful hormone-like substances known as eicosanoids. Those produced by omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and reduce blood clotting, lowering the risk of heart attack.

If an attack does occur, it’s less likely to be fatal. One study of heart attack survivors showed that if they took heart health supplements with 1,000 mg of omega-3s daily, they lowered their risk of dying from heart disease by 25 percent.

Omega-3 fats also lower blood triglycerides, reduce abnormal heart rhythms and the incidence of stroke, slow the buildup of artery-hardening plaques and lower blood pressure.

CoQ10 (Co Enzyme Q10) levels decrease with age and are low in patients with chronic diseases such as heart conditions. CoQ10 is found in virtually every cell of the body, including the heart, and functions as a carrier that helps produce ATP, the fuel that energizes cells. The heart muscle has the greatest concentration of mitochondria at five thousand per cell. Statin drugs, used for elevated cholesterol levels, deplete the body and heart of CoQ10. Heart health supplements ideally should contain CoQ10 for these reasons.

We hear it all the time but if you smoke…QUIT.  If you are a women age 50 or under and you smoke, your risk of dying from a heart attack is three times greater than that of an ex-smoker.

Get moving. Inactivity doubles our risk for heart disease. Our heart is a muscle that needs regular exercise to stay healthy (aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 – 50 minutes).

Maintain a healthy weight. The risk of a heart attack is three times higher in women who are overweight.

Lower your cholesterol. 40% of women 55 years old and older have elevated cholesterol. Choosing a diet low in fat and cholesterol can reduce blood cholesterol by as much as 5-20%.

Relax. In some people, stress raises their cholesterol level and blood pressure, two factors associated with heart disease.

Lower our blood pressure. 52% of women 45 years+ have elevated blood pressure. High blood pressure (over 140/90) causes blood to press too hard against the walls of your arteries, wearing down the lining of our arteries over time.

Keep your blood sugars normal. A woman with diabetes has a 5 times higher risk of heart disease. Diabetes can damage artery walls, increasing the risk of developing atherosclerosis.

Limit your alcohol. Drinking more than two drinks per day increases your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

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About Shawna Page

Shawna Page is the founder and CEO of femMED. Following a 20-year career in the investment banking industry, Shawna was ready to settle down and take on a new challenge: early retirement and being a full-time mother to her three children. Little did she realize she would be back in the saddle after only 3 weeks. Living a healthy lifestyle has always been a top priority, and over the years Shawna had gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in the natural health world, but more importantly, she became very aware of the consumer pitfalls as well. Searching the store aisles for the right supplement was frustrating and confusing. There was no trusted brand just for women. That, combined with the lack of natural options available to women, gave birth to her desire to simplify things and she created femMED, the first ever consumer friendly all-natural solution to women’s most common health concerns.

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