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Wednesday, 14 February 2018
This February, Sona vitamins, Ireland’s oldest and largest vitamin company, wants Irish people to show their hearts a little more love in 2018. According to Croí, more people die in Ireland every year from cardiovascular disease than any other disease. It accounts for 36% of all deaths and is a major cause of disability, representing a huge burden on the Irish healthcare system.
Heart disease and cholesterol is preventable through small repetitive lifestyle and habit changes. Sona actively promotes the use of supplements as a means to optimise health and wellness. Sona has devised some helpful tips, along with some supplements recommendations, to optimise heart health year on year.
Exercise- 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity is recommended every week – 30 minutes a day, five days a week will lead to improved cardiovascular health. All types of physical activity help the heart, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walk briskly around the shopping centre or playing golf. With over 65% of Irish people deemed to be overweight according to the Healthy Ireland survey, exercise has now become critical in maintaining the overall health of the nation.
Sona offer a wide variety of supplements that can help optimise health when embarking on a more rigorous exercise regime. Sona ZinC Chewable combines Zinc with Vitamin C in a flavoured chewable tablet. In addition to providing sustenance and nutritive value, Sona ZinC contains Zinc, Vitamin C, natural Acerola and Citrus Bioflavonoids Complex. These nutrients can deplete from the body when embarking on a new health and fitness regime. They are important for immune system function, energising the metabolism and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Diet- Vary dietary choices. Eating a wide variety of healthy foods, and building occasional treats into a menu limits the levels of saturated fats in the body which is one of the main causes of heart disease and stroke. The Mediterranean Diet is proven to reduce the onset of cardiovascular disease. This consists of a mixture of oily fish, lots of vegetables and the use of olive oil on a daily basis.
It is well documented that diet is crucial in preventing heart problems and Sona has a wide variety of products to support heart health, in addition to a well-balanced diet.
Relating to diets, cholesterol is a major issue in Ireland, and can have a hugely negative effect on heart health. Sona CardioCol contains 1.7g of pure plant sterols per serving (100% of the recommended daily dose) in easy to swallow capsules. In addition to providing sustenance and nutritive value, Sona Cardiocol provides a concentrated source of plant sterols which contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
Sona CoQ10 provides 30mg of Coenzyme Q10 in each daily capsule. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals and is found in every cell of the body. These capsules contain a small amount of oil which helps the absorption of CoQ10. The heart, liver and skeletal muscle contains the greatest amount of CoQ10. As well as helping overall energy production, CoQ10 contributes to the energy making mechanisms of the heart. It is crucial to the diet of those seeking better heart health specially when on a course of statins (like Atorvastatin, Lipitor and similar) to reduce cholesterol.
Sona Red Yeast Rice provides a standardised source of Monacolin K, a natural substance which contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. Each Sona capsule contains 5mg of Monacolin K per capsule. Just two capsules daily of Sona Red Yeast Rice provide the level of Monacolin K recommended to help maintain normal cholesterol levels helping towards reduced risk of cardiovascular problems.
Stress- Stress is scientifically proven to increase the risk of cardiovascular problems. According to Harvard Medical School research, 300 patients were tracked for an average of 3.7 years — 22 of whom suffered heart-related illnesses during that period, including angina and stroke.* (Cleveland Journal)
Those with higher activity in the amygdala region of the brain, the part associated with stress, had a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and developed problems sooner than those with lower activity. Ensuring steps are taken to improve on anxiety and stress is crucial in addressing heart problems. Practicing habits like yoga, mindfulness and regular exercise will help towards reducing stress overall.
In promoting reduced stress levels, Sona Relax contains herbs that have mild sedative effects which could benefit someone with stress issues. The chosen blend of herbs in this product has unique characteristics that promote calmness. Also contains Vitamin B6 which is important for the production of tryptophan, which is helpful in creating a feeling of calm.
Smoking and Alcohol - Smoking raises blood pressure which puts strain on the heart leading to heart attacks and stroke. 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable through changing lifestyle habits like quitting smoking.* (Irish Heart Foundation)
Drinking regularly and over a long period of time can increase the risk of developing heart disease. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol causes raised blood pressure which is one of the most important risk factors for having a heart attack or a stroke.
Heavy drinking weakens the heart muscle, which means the heart can’t pump blood as efficiently. It’s known as cardiomyopathy and can cause premature death, usually through heart failure.* (DrinkAware). Creating a lifestyle that involves habits like exercise, a healthy diet and supplements helps optimise health and ultimately prevents illness.
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