Did you know that, by the time you reach 50, your heart will have beaten more than 1.8 billion times? Read on to find out how you can keep it ticking along nicely.

Your heart

The heart pumps blood to almost all the body's trillion cells, making it a crucial organ for long-term health. But lifestyle factors, like eating unhealthily and rarely exercising, mean many of us are putting our hearts in danger. Thankfully, simple changes have a big impact – and we've got plenty of advice to get you started.

Iwan Thomas on how to keep your heart healthy

Nutritional tips for better heart health

Eating dark chocolate every day (in moderation) reduces the risk of heart disease by one-third. Tea is a rich source of polyphenols: natural plant chemicals that have antioxidant properties which are beneficial for artery elasticity, blood pressure, blood stickiness and inflammation. Results from 20 trials, involving almost 1,000 people, showed that garlic supplements reduced blood pressure as well as lower the risk of a heart attack.

Heart Synergex

Heart Synergex® offers two nutrient combinations (one for the morning and one for the evening) to ensure you get the right nutrition support at exactly the right time.

Heart Synergex pack

Key Features:

Plant sterols for the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol, high-quality omega 3 fish oil, garlic extract and co-enzyme Q10.

How exercise helps

A six-year study that looked at 33,060 runners and 15,045 walkers found that walking can lower the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running. The American Heart Association also reports yoga may lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Remember, it's not just a lack of activity in general that puts us in danger, but staying sedentary. Experts advise a break from your chair every 30 minutes.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.



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