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DO  YOU  HAVE  THE
HEART  OF  A  CHAMPION?
By  Luigi  Gratton,  M.D.,  M.P.H.

Want to enjoy a long, active life full of energy and vitality? You’ll have to put your heart into it. Maintaining a strong, healthy cardiovascular system is essential to your overall health and quality of life. So why wait? Start making life choices today that will give you the heart of a champion–and the life of a winner. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. STEP  UP YOUR GAME

Get your body moving. Studies show that moderate physical activity can strengthen the heart. Regular exercise–jogging, weight lifting, playing sports–is key to a healthy heart and a rich and fulfilling life. Not interested in playing sports or joining a gym? Try walking. Taking 6,000 to 10,000 steps every day is terrific for your heart. A pedometer, available at any sporting-goods store, can help you keep track of your steps throughout the day. Try different types of exercise, find the ones you really enjoy, and make them a regular part of your life.

2. EAT  LIKE  A WINNER

Forget the fast food. Junk the junk food. Create a heart-healthy diet. That means healthy protein, healthy fatty acids like Omega-3s, lots of water and plenty of fruits and vegetables. The way you eat is important, too. So don’t skip meals. Schedule regular times for meals and snacks. And try not to eat anything within a few hours of going to bed.

3. REST, RECHARGE  AND REJUVENATE

And speaking of going to bed… it’s time to get some shut-eye. Sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk of heart problems. We’re busy people, and it can be tempting to shave off an hour or two of sleep to “be more productive.” Resist that temptation. Think of it this way: For eight hours of every day of your life, the most productive activity you can engage in for your health is sleeping. So, have a good night–and you’ll have a great life.


HEART  OF  THE  MATTER
By  Luigi  Gratton,  M.D.,  M.P.H.

There are nearly 100,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries in your body. They allow nutrient-rich blood to nourish the cells and organs of your body. But when they’re blocked, it can result in heart attack or stroke, the #1 and #3 leading causes of death in the United States.

Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease. Your heart health alone is reason enough to lose any extra weight you’re carrying. But is there anything else you can do to support your heart health? Take a closer look at the food choices you’re making. It’s also important to eat enough protein to maintain or build your lean muscle mass, and watch your intake of “good fats” and “bad fats.” Fish is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids–“good fats” that are essential for heart health.

COLORFUL  CHOICES

Make sure to include plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables in a nutrient-rich diet. Some foods are considered particularly heart healthy–garlic, almonds and certain fruits and vegetables. A great way to choose your fruits and vegetables is to use color as a guide. In general, the deeper the color, the more nutrient rich it is. Different colors indicate variety of nutrients. See the chart below for the phytonutrients each provides.


SUPPLEMENTATION

It’s often difficult to get all the nutrients you need from your diet alone, especially when you’re watching portion sizes and calories. And with our busy lifestyles, we’re often tempted to reach for fast food, which is often unhealthy food. That’s why so many people have discovered the benefits of supplementation. If you’re not meeting your daily requirements through food, supplements can fill in the gaps in your diet, insuring that you’re getting all the nutrients you need.

Losing weight is one of the most important steps you can take for your cardiovascular health. But don’t stop there. Make sure you’re doing everything you can–eat right, exercise, get regular checkups and take supplements.

 

Orange-Yellow

Oranges, tangerines,  peaches,

(terpenoids,  Vitamin  C)

papayas,  nectarines

Orange

Carrots, mangos,  apricots, acorn

(alpha-  and  beta-

squash, cantaloupes, pumpkin,

carotene)

winter  squash, sweet  potatoes

Red-purple

Red  grapes, fresh  plums,

(anthocyanidins,

cranberries,  raspberries,

resveratrol)

blackberries,  blueberries,

 

strawberries

Red

Tomatoes  and  tomato products,  pink

(lycopene)

grapefruit,  watermelon

Yellow-green

Spinach, avocado,  honeydew melon,

(lutein)

collard  greens, mustard greens,

 

yellow corn,  green peas

Green

Broccoli, brussels sprouts,  cabbage,

(glucosinolates)

Chinese  cabbage, bok  choy

White-green

Garlic, chives,  onions, celery,  leeks,

(allyl  sulfides)

asparagus


 

HEART  TO  HEART
By  Lou  Ignarro,  Ph.D.

HEART  HEALTH:  A GLOBAL  CONCERN

Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans today. According to the American Heart Association’s estimates, 1.2 million Americans will have a first or recurrent heart attack in 2008; approximately 452,000 will die as a result.

Worldwide, heart disease kills approximately 17 million people per year–that’s almost one-third of all deaths globally. The Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke, released by the World Health Organization, estimates that by 2020, heart disease and stroke will be the leading cause of both death and disability, with the number of fatalities projected to increase to more than 20 million a year.

In Mexico, heart disease has been the leading cause of death for the last 20 years, while in Europe, cardiovascular disease kills 4 million people each year. About half of the world’s cases of cardiovascular disease occur in the Asia Pacific region; 1.3 million people die of cardiovascular disease annually in Russia; and, according to a study released by the New England Journal of Medicine, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in China.

While these statistics paint a bleak picture, they also present a huge opportunity to promote the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. When I think about optimal cardiovascular health, here’s what comes to mind:

•           Maintaining  a healthy weight

•           Making sure  you  get  lots  of  antioxidants  from  your  diet  (fruits  and vegetables)  and  through
supplementation

•           Participating in some form  of  aerobic  exercise on  a daily basis

•           Making sure  you  are  well hydrated and  get  plenty of  sleep–much of  the repair  and
regenerative  work  of  the body occurs  while  we  sleep

Additionally, taking Herbalife’s Niteworks® dietary supplement powder mix helps promote Nitric Oxide (NO) levels and maintain blood pressure in the normal range.* Herbalifeline softgels target four key indicators of heart health: cholesterol, triglycerides, homocysteine and oxidative stress.

*The Food  and Drug Administration  have not  evaluated  these statements. This product is  not intended to diagnose, treat,  cure  or  prevent  any disease

 

CARDIOVASCULAR  HEALTH
Q  & A  with Lou Ignarro, Ph.D.

Q:  WHY  IS CARDIOVASCULAR  HEALTH SO  IMPORTANT?

A: Your cardiovascular system is literally at the heart of your overall health. Maintaining it is crucial for a variety of reasons. It gives you energy and the ability to keep up with the daily demands of life. A healthy cardiovascular system is also essential for mental clarity and protecting you against stress. Additionally, cardiovascular health contributes to overall vitality.

Q: WHAT KINDS OF THINGS CAN I DO TO IMPROVE MY CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH?

A: There are several things you can–and should–incorporate into your life to maintain a healthy

cardiovascular system. Exercise is crucial. Brisk walks, sit-ups, light weight training, swimming and biking are all excellent, low-impact and efficient exercises for any fitness level. The important thing is to do something every day. Another important factor is proper eating–and that means getting the right amount of essential vitamins and other nutrients, as well as antioxidants.

Q:  HOW  DOES HERBALIFELINE  HELP IMPROVE  HEART  HEALTH?

A: Herbalifeline targets four key indicators of heart health: cholesterol, triglycerides, homocysteine and oxidative stress. Taking Herbalifeline is a great way to give your cardiovascular system the nutrition it needs every day. Whatever you do to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, the important thing to remember is to make it a priority. Exercise regularly, eat right and keep stress to a minimum. Your health depends on it.

TAKE  GOOD  HEALTH  TO  HEART
Q  & A  with Luigi Gratton, M.D., M.P.H.

Q:  WHAT  IS  ALPHA LIPOIC  ACID,  AND HOW  DOES  IT  SUPPORT  THE HEART?

A: Alphalipoic acid (ALA), an ingredient in Herbalife’s Niteworks®, is a potent antioxidant first discovered in the 1950s and later recognized in 1988 for a variety of health-promoting activities. ALA works in the mitochondria, the body’s energy-producing cells, where it has been shown to protect the DNA from damage. Many antioxidants, like Vitamin C, work well in areas of the body where there is water, while others, like Vitamin E, work well in areas of fat. ALA has the unique capability to work in both water and fat, and, moreover, helps to recycle our natural Vitamins C and E. In the heart, ALA helps protect the cardiovascular system from free radical damage.

Q:  IF  NITRIC OXIDE  IS  A GAS, WHY  DOES NITEWORKS®  COME IN POWDER FORM?

A: Herbalife developed Niteworks®, informed by the research of Dr. Lou Ignarro, a Nobel Laureate in Medicine. Dr. Ignarro’s research showed that Nitric Oxide helps to keep blood vessels toned, flexible and youthful for improved circulation. His research further showed that Nitric Oxide enhances blood flow, supporting function of the heart, brain and other organs. His additional research has shown that the combination of two amino acids, arginine and citrulline, helps to support Nitric Oxide production in the body. Herbalife developed Niteworks® as a powder with these two amino acids. This product also contains alphalipoic acid and Vitamin E for antioxidant protection.*

Q:  HOW  DOES GARLIC  CONTRIBUTE TO  CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH?

A: Garlic has long been recognized as a high-quality supplement to support healthy circulation and a healthy heart. One of the key active components is called allicin, which helps to support cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, blood-thinning and antimicrobial activities. Garlic supplements should be specially coated to be effective because stomach acid inhibits activity. Herbalife developed Mega Garlic Plus (not available in Southern Africa) with an enteric coating to safely pass through the stomach for full absorption.

*The Food  and Drug Administration  have not  evaluated  these statements. This product is  not intended to diagnose, treat,  cure  or  prevent  any disease.

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