Blog Archive for Author: Louis Ignarro PhD

Nitric Oxide Minutes

August 23rd, 2017

I have been sharing #nitricoxideminutes on instagram @dr.louisignarro as I try to make #nitricoxideahouseholdword. It has come to my attention that many who follow me on twitter, Facebook, or my webpage have missed these posts. I am sorry you have missed these fun posts, and I will resend them before ...

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A New Adventure

April 11th, 2017

Please join me on my new adventure. I spent 40 grueling years doing basic scientific research. Yes, it was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it.   It was both intellectually and professionally challenging. Now I want to share my work, not only with scientists, but with the entire world. ...

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Happy Holidays

December 30th, 2016

Peace to you and your families through the Holidays and to your good health in the New Year!

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Who should take dietary supplements that increase nitric oxide?

August 11th, 2016

Who should take dietary supplements that increase nitric oxide?   Let me attempt to make the case that everyone should take dietary supplements that boost nitric oxide (also known as NO). Life itself is an aging process. That is, you begin aging at birth. Your nitric oxide levels are highest ...

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The History of the Discovery of Nitric Oxide

April 11th, 2016

Although I am Professor Emeritus at UCLA, I continue to be involved in many academic endeavors. One, which I am particularly proud of, is editing the third edition of my book: Nitric Oxide Biology and Physiology. As I began putting together the introduction, I thought you might enjoy learning more ...

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Why was the Nobel Prize awarded for Nitric Oxide?

April 4th, 2016

The Nobel Prize is awarded annually in six categories: Physiology or Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, Literature, Peace, and Economic Sciences. There are two important criteria that must be established for one to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: (1) original discovery, and (2) benefit to humankind. The discovery ...

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Nitric Oxide in Health and Disease

March 28th, 2016

Nitric Oxide functions as a widespread signaling molecule throughout the body. Some of the roles or functions of NO include the following: (1) vasodilation to decrease blood pressure and improve organ blood flow, (2) prevent unwanted blood clotting and obstruction to blood flow in arteries, (3) anti-inflammatory action in arteries ...

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Nitric Oxide: The Basics

March 21st, 2016

Nitric Oxide, also known as NO, is a natural signaling molecule produced in the arteries, brain and many other organs in the body. In its natural state, NO is a very unstable gaseous molecule that lasts for only a second or less after being produced inside cells. But this is ...

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Have you had your Niteworks today?

February 22nd, 2016

Niteworks is a natural and safe way to boost the Nitric Oxide levels in your body. Remember, #NitricOxide is made in your body to promote #hearthealth as well as the health of your brain and digestive system.  Share it with a friend.  Drink up!

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Heart Health: A call to Action

February 1st, 2016

With 2016 we have ushered in a new year, and now in February a renewed focus on our hearts.  You may be young and seemingly healthy, so why should you care about heart health??  Because the statistics are shocking.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 11.3% of adults ...

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Beautiful Paris

January 31st, 2016

I recently arrived in Paris during Fashion Week.  It certainly wasn't my plan to visit during this week, but what a show.  It looked to me like everyone there was taking their Niteworks.  They all looked so fit and healthy. Have you had YOUR Niteworks today?  I have. #Niteworks #NitricOxide

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The first trip of 2016: Herbalife Spectacular: Busan, Korea

January 19th, 2016

It is gratifying to meet so many people who are as enthusiastic about health and wellness as I am.  It was a pleasure to travel to the beautiful city of Busan and share my message.  Thank you all for your warm hospitality and your commitment to excellence!

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Travel 2016

January 12th, 2016

Happy 2016 to all of you!! Thank you for all of your support over many years.  I must say that I have not been good about updating you on my travels, or my many exciting cycling activities.  I resolve this year to bring you a more personal and thorough look ...

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Many Thank to my friends in China: 4 city tour December 2015

January 2nd, 2016

I just came home from an enjoyable and productive trip to China.  I visited Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Guangzhou.   What unique and beautiful cities they all are!  I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, and I felt most welcome!  It was an honor to share my science ...

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What IS Nitric Oxide??

December 22nd, 2015

Nitric Oxide or NO appears to be a very simple molecule since it is made up of one atom of oxygen and one atom of nitrogen.  Do not let it's small size fool you, however.  I spent much of my career, over 40 years, identifying it's presence in the body ...

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Dynamite, Nitroglycerin, Nitric Oxide, and Your Heart

December 21st, 2015

Among his many accomplishments, Alfred Nobel discovered dynamite.  He was looking for a way to make a stable form of Nitroglycerin, to use as an explosive.  In his factories it was noticed that many of his employees who had chest pain felt better during the week while they were at ...

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Heart Health Tip: Cook Your Own Beans (Recipe)

December 15th, 2015

  Beans of all kinds are a heart-healthy addition to your diet. They’re loaded with protein, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins—all beneficial to the heart and entire body. They’re so healthy, in fact, that the British Journal of Nutrition said that beans “have acquired the status of staple food for ...

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Be Proactive About Your Health: Vitamin D and DHA in Herbalife CoQ10 Plus

March 24th, 2015

One of my life mottos is “be proactive.” That’s why I exercise, eat right, keep my stress levels low, and supplement with critical nutrients. And the motto extends to the formulation of products in the Herbalife cardio line—it’s part of why we added DHA and vitamin D to CoQ10 Plus. ...

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5 Key Indicators of Heart Health

March 23rd, 2015

You can’t see your heart, and most of the time, you don’t feel it. Similarly, you can’t see or feel the indicators of heart health, yet they impact your overall well-being. That’s why it’s important to monitor your heart—and the best way to do so is by keeping track of ...

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Why We Included Folic Acid in Herbalife Niteworks®

March 20th, 2015

Folate and folic acid are forms of a B vitamin best known for its use during pregnancy. The nutrient helps support the health of an unborn baby’s brain and spine, making it especially important in those earliest stages of life. But there is a wider benefit to folic acid, and ...

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Member Spotlight: What I Learned About Opening an Herbalife Nutrition Club

March 12th, 2015

I enjoy seeing Independent Herbalife members doing big things with their health and lives. When I heard that member Nique Callantine was starting a noteworthy Nutrition Club to inspire others in her community to get healthy, I wanted to hear more. What’s different about her Nutrition Club? Nique told me ...

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Join the Herbalife World Record Workout Day!

March 6th, 2015

Have you heard of Herbalife World Record Workout Day? In celebration of Herbalife’s 35th anniversary, all around the world, tens of thousands of people will complete the same workout on March 7, 2015. The goal? To help set a Guinness World Records® achievement for the most participants in a HIIT* ...

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#28DaysofHeartHealth WINNERS!

March 2nd, 2015

WINNERS ANNOUNCED   Congratulations to our #28DaysofHeartHealth winners! Thank you to everyone who participated and helped spread heart health education throughout the world. You can find all 28 challenges here. Continue to incorporate these small changes into your everyday life, and you'll support heart health for years to come. Prizes Janae ...

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I’d like Your Feedback!

March 2nd, 2015

It’s been over a year and a half since I launched the Heart Health Initiative. Since then, my team and I have made a lot of changes, including redesigning the site, creating new resources, and interacting more on Facebook and Twitter. Now, I’d like your feedback. What do you love ...

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Health Benefits of 5 Types of Nuts

February 19th, 2015

Nuts are a great addition to any diet. Best known for their high protein content, nuts are also high in fiber, healthy fats and other nutrients. While almost any nut is a heart-healthy choice in moderation, I have my favorites. Here are five nuts and what makes them so healthy. ...

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Heart Health in Your 40s: 4 Steps to Take Control Now

February 16th, 2015

It often takes people until their 50s or 60s to realize they need to focus on heart health. I’d like to see that change. The earlier the better; research shows that heart health can be affected as early as infancy. Today, I’d like to talk specifically to those of you ...

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How Weight Impacts NO Production

February 12th, 2015

One of the greatest traits of the human body is its ability to restore health. Think about the last personal transformation you saw: Were you amazed at how healthy and vital your friend (or you!) appeared after working to get healthy? When you choose to change something about your health, ...

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5 Healthy Snacks to Pack in Your Bag

February 10th, 2015

A key to weight loss or maintenance—and to keeping the heart healthy—is what you eat between meals. Along with breakfast, lunch and dinner, make sure you eat two healthy snacks that each contain about 200 calories; this helps keep your blood sugar steady throughout the day. Don’t rely on vending ...

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Why You Should Eat Macadamia Nuts

February 4th, 2015

Think about the last time you ate macadamia nuts. It’s likely you enjoyed them in a sweet treat, such as a cookie or cake. But did you know macadamia nuts are actually a health food? Creamy and decadent, macadamia nuts are a heart-healthy accent to entrées, salads and healthy baked ...

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Endothelial Health Pomegranate-Avocado Salsa

February 3rd, 2015

I love a good salsa, and I especially enjoy recipes full of heart-healthy ingredients. Loaded with healthy fats, potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, magnesium and other nutrients, this Endothelial Health Pomegranate-Avocado Salsa is a heart-healthy spin on traditional tomato salsa.

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Daily Heart Health Month Challenges

February 1st, 2015

Find each of the challenges to date on the#28DaysofHeartHealth here.  Click here to see how the challenge works and enter to win.  

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Join Me in #28DaysofHeartHealth and Enter to Win a Fantastic Giveaway!

January 30th, 2015

It’s February, which means it’s time to show love—for your heart, I mean. If you were a part of the Heart Health Initiative this time last year, you probably remember that we launched the first ever Global Heart Health Month. The idea? Spend the entire month of February focusing on ...

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Get Ready for the February Challenge: 28 Days of Heart Health

January 27th, 2015

Now that we’re well past the 12 days of Christmas, it’s time for a new focus: 28 days of heart health. Last year, we started the first ever Global Heart Health Month. This year, I’d like to take it a step further by not only recognizing Global Heart Health Month ...

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Heart-Healthy Pumpkin-Ginger Soup

January 26th, 2015

Warm up the winter months with this delicious, nutritious soup loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, fiber, potassium and a range of other nutrients. This recipe makes a big batch, so do the work once and enjoy it for days to come—or freeze some and enjoy it again ...

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3 Foods to Protect Heart Health

January 22nd, 2015

It’s easy to assume that making just one healthy choice doesn’t matter all that much. But it does! One healthy food or drink can have a direct impact on the endothelium, the organ that produces and releases Nitric Oxide (NO) and a handful of other hormones and chemicals that influence ...

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Giveaway! Win a SIGNED Book Bundle!

January 12th, 2015

Congratulations Susana, Jeanell, and  Kassie. Please check your email for details. My team and I had such a great time redesigning the website that we wanted to do something fun to celebrate the site relaunch. So, this month, I’ll be giving away three of the popular Health Is Wealth book ...

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Antioxidants and the Heart: Why You Need Flavonoids

December 29th, 2014

The scientific community has long studied antioxidants. While a diet rich in antioxidants is a great way to support total wellness, the nutrients also specifically support the heart. The word “antioxidant” literally means “anti-oxidant,” meaning it’s combating the impact of oxidation on the body. Oxidation is a process caused by ...

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Why Garlic Is So Good for You

December 22nd, 2014

Sometimes traditional practices are still the best. Garlic has been used since the beginning of recorded history, and it’s one of the earliest documented examples of plants used to support health. Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and India all used garlic for its medicinal properties. Today, garlic is used to ...

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Why Teamwork Is Necessary to Success

December 18th, 2014

What does it take to be successful? This is the question people have been asking for centuries—maybe even millennia. As I pondered this question myself, I thought of the number of successes I’ve been fortunate to experience in my life. Perhaps my greatest lifetime achievement—aside from my family—is my Nobel ...

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December 17th, 2014

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New Study: 5 Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors to Support Heart Health

December 15th, 2014

A new study is out, and the results are clear: There are five health habits that support heart health. While this specific study was done on men, a previous study suggests a similar effect in women. Before we get to what those behaviors are, let’s look at some of the ...

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Why I Track My Fitness Digitally

December 8th, 2014

When I started running marathons, I realized quickly how useful a GPS watch was. Not only did I utilize the mileage tracking feature, but my watch also let me set time goals. As I ran, I could see whether I was ahead or behind of my goal running pace. It ...

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4 Tips for Heart Healthy Holidays

December 6th, 2014

Keep your heart healthy during the holidays with these four tips. Eat well The holiday table may be full of fatty foods and sweets, but that doesn’t mean you have to overindulge. Enjoy smaller amounts of holiday dishes, and balance those with lean protein, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and plenty ...

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Heart-Healthy Side: Garlic, Zucchini and Tomato Sauté (Recipe)

December 1st, 2014

Garlic is an excellent food for supporting circulation and cardiovascular health. The bulb has wide-ranging benefits that include supporting healthy circulation and blood pressure, maintaining cholesterol levels already within a normal range, providing antioxidant protection, and enhancing immune system function. To work garlic into your daily diet, try this delicious ...

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Meet Our Contributors

December 1st, 2014

I am pleased to welcome the following contributors to the Heart Health Initiative. Each is critical in furthering the mission to educate the world about heart health and give people the tools to live heart-healthy lives. Dr. Rocio Medina “Working to support health in my own Latino community is especially ...

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Improve Your Running Time with a Hip Flexor Workout with Samantha Clayton (video)

November 22nd, 2014

As a cyclist and former marathoner, I’m always looking for ways to get the most of my workouts. I recently came across a short video by Samantha Clayton on how to improve running time with a simple hip flexor workout. The best part is that she offers tailored exercises, so ...

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Video: Know Your Nut Butters with Susan Bowerman

November 3rd, 2014

Getting plenty of protein is important to keeping your heart healthy. In fact, studies show a link between increased protein consumption and improved heart health. Of course, while red meat is high in protein, that doesn’t mean it should be a regular menu item because it’s also high in saturated ...

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3 Heart-Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

October 30th, 2014

Around 60 percent of Americans have made it a goal to reduce stress. Those are encouraging statistics. Not only is stress emotionally challenging, but high stress levels can have an impact on the heart by impacting blood pressure and cholesterol levels. That’s why it’s important to be intentional about finding ways ...

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3 Reasons Sleep Benefits Your Heart

October 20th, 2014

Winston Churchill, Napoleon, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison were all known to enjoy naps throughout the day. They likely knew what many of us so easily overlook: sleep improves alertness, mood and performance. Yet only two-thirds of Americans get enough sleep to feel their best, according to a poll by ...

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Omega-3s: What Types of Fish to Eat and Why

October 16th, 2014

The terms “fish” and “Omega-3s” are used so often together that it may be easy to assume that all fish are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Not the case. Actually, there are specific types of fish to eat if you’re looking to up your heart-supportive Omega-3 intake: cold-water, fatty fish. ...

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4 Healthy Living Tips for Caring for Someone with a Heart Condition

October 2nd, 2014

I know from experience how much of a transition—and a learning curve—becoming a caregiver entails. It can be especially hard if the person you’re caring for has a heart condition. Caregiving can feel like an overwhelming responsibility. Not only are you likely adjusting to having a new person in your ...

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How Should I Talk to My Doctor About Taking Nutritional Supplements?

September 30th, 2014

Sixty-nine percent of adults in the U.S. take some form of dietary supplement. I’m one of them. In combination with a balanced diet, there’s a large and growing body of research showing the incredible support nutritional supplements can have on overall wellness—and especially heart health. Yet with all the benefits of ...

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5 Foods Rich in Potassium

September 18th, 2014

Potassium is often left out of the heart health discussion. And yet it’s necessary to keeping the heart healthy, partially because it aids in heart muscle contraction. Just as importantly, potassium is crucial for growth and maintenance in the body. As an electrolyte, potassium helps support the water balance between ...

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3 Nutrients for Sexual Health

September 15th, 2014

My research on Nitric Oxide (NO) has been important in understanding how to support endothelial health and keep the heart healthy. But there’s another area NO impacts: sexual function. Optimal NO levels support healthy circulation within the sexual organs, and circulatory function is especially important to men’s reproductive health. That’s ...

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Athletes: 6 Ways to Stay Cool During Hot Weather

September 14th, 2014

Summer’s heat is reaching its peak, forcing people to find creative ways to keep cool. Athletes, especially, need to find ways to cool down during high heat. Increased body temperature means the heart has to work harder and can impact oxygen delivery to exercising muscles. Aside from impacting how you ...

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Understanding Different Types of Fiber with Susan Bowerman

September 10th, 2014

Do you get enough fiber? The average American eats far less than half of the recommended 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily. That’s troubling news, especially when it comes to heart health. Fiber is found in vegetables, whole fruits, grains and beans. While best known for digestive support and ...

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The Heart Health Triad with Dr. Lou Ignarro: Weight Loss, Exercise and Heart Health (Video)

September 5th, 2014

Nobel* laureate and heart expert Dr. Lou Ignarro explains how a healthy weight, regular exercise and good nutrition extend beyond the waistline—they also impact the heart. He calls it the “Heart Health Triad”: a healthy weight, good nutrition and exercise, and heart health all work together to keep you well. ...

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What Does a Healthy Lifestyle Look Like?

September 5th, 2014

The term “healthy lifestyle” is used so often that it’s almost losing its meaning. To some, a healthy lifestyle means not eating fast food. To others, it means quitting smoking. To others still, it means taking a walk after dinner or riding a bike on the weekends. These are all ...

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5 Easy Heart-Healthy Recipe Tweaks

September 3rd, 2014

Making a complete diet overhaul can feel overwhelming, but it’s easy to make simple healthy recipe tweaks. There are substitutions or additions you can try that take almost no time, have little affect on taste, and yet can have a positive impact on the health of your heart. Here are ...

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Good Carbs, Bad Carbs: Understanding Carbohydrates

August 25th, 2014

Low-carb diets like South Beach and Atkins have given carbohydrates a bad reputation. But while there are certain carbs you should avoid, some carbohydrates are beneficial and necessary for the body when eaten in moderation. Here’s a breakdown of “good” carbs and “bad” carbs, and what you need to know ...

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Building Upper-Body Strength with Samantha Clayton

August 21st, 2014

Would you like to be stronger? A strong upper body provides more than just toned muscles. Strength gives you the ability to do more in life, whether it’s carrying in more groceries at a time or doing a challenge like an outdoor ropes course. Since the two activities I enjoy ...

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5 Facts You Should Know About Heart-Healthy Walnuts

August 18th, 2014

Tree nuts are a healthy and delicious part of a balanced diet, and walnuts are especially healthful. Encased in both a hard shell and an outer husk, the protective layers are removed to reveal the edible seed of the walnut tree. Not only is the walnut a tasty, satisfying snack ...

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Emotional Fitness with Samantha Clayton

August 7th, 2014

In a perfect world, we would all eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and rest, and have low levels of stress. But life isn’t perfect. And sometimes it’s emotionally difficult, such as during a time of loss of a loved one or another traumatic life event. In an ...

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The Truth About Sugar In Fruit with Susan Bowerman

July 28th, 2014

I recently wrote an article on seven foods with high amounts of sugar. My hope was to bring awareness to some of the small, unhealthy food choices that many people aren’t even aware they’re making. Then, I came across an article by Susan Bowerman at DiscoverGoodNutrition.com about sugar in fruit. ...

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Hidden Sugars: 7 Foods to Avoid

July 25th, 2014

Most people don’t know that by the time they’ve eaten breakfast and had their morning coffee or espresso drink, they’ve met their sugar quota for the day. It’s not the whole food ingredients or coffee—it’s the additives: added sugars in breakfast food and coffee sweeteners like syrups and flavored creams. ...

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Heart-Healthy Salmon: Why It’s So Good for You

July 22nd, 2014

I usually enjoy fatty fish like salmon a couple of times weekly. Not only is it easy to prepare, delicious, and a great entrée or meal addition, but it also supports heart health. Part of the Mediterranean diet, salmon is a rich source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and ...

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Heart-Healthy Kale Walnut Pesto

July 17th, 2014

If you love Italian food like I do, chances are you like pesto. Typical pesto is made with basil and pine nuts, but I like to use superfoods like kale and walnuts to add a boost of nutrients. Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet and is ...

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Kale Walnut Pesto Pasta with Salmon

July 17th, 2014

The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish like salmon twice per week for the Omega-3 benefits. I enjoying pairing my salmon with whole wheat pasta tossed with a delicious kale walnut pesto sauce and spinach. This is a healthy, satisfying lunch or dinner that also works great as a ...

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7 Heart-Healthy Food Substitutes

July 14th, 2014

Many of the foods in a standard American diet simply aren’t good for the heart. Instead of opting for a nutrient-poor food choice, why not reach for foods that taste just as good—or better—and are also good for you? Better yet, why not make choices that directly benefit the heart? ...

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Why I Appreciate Interacting with Independent Herbalife Members

July 10th, 2014

Being a scientist can be isolating at times. I spent 40 years of my life in a laboratory, studying one molecule in the human body. There were days when the only real fresh air I got was walking from the lab to my car, and my interaction with others was ...

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Understanding the Glycemic Index with Susan Bowerman

July 8th, 2014

I had planned to write an article about the glycemic index this month, since it’s an important topic for people looking to support heart health. But then I came across an excellent article by Susan Bowerman on DiscoverGoodNutrition.com, “Why the Glycemic Index can help you choose a healthy diet.” The ...

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How Healthy Fats from Olives Support Heart Health | Mediterranean Diet

July 2nd, 2014

I enjoy food. To me, eating isn’t just about getting enough calories. It’s about nourishing my body, taking time to relax and even connecting with others over a great meal. That’s why, as part of an ongoing series, I’ll be focusing a different food in the Mediterranean diet each month. ...

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7 Harmful Habits for Heart Health

June 24th, 2014

If you follow my blog, you probably know how to support heart health: Eat a balanced, varied diet. Support nutrition with dietary supplements. Exercise regularly. Get plenty of sleep and rest. Keep stress levels low. But we don’t often talk about what not to do—the habits that are the worst ...

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10 Surprising High-Sodium Foods

June 18th, 2014

Over 90 percent of people age 2 and older eat too much sodium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s nine out of 10 Americans! Those numbers hold true in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, mostly due to the prevalence of processed ...

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Dr. Lou Ignarro Answers Your Heart Health Questions | Omega-3s and Lifestyle

June 16th, 2014

I’m back to answer your questions related to the Heart Health Initiative, a mission to educate the world about heart health and give people the tools to lead heart-healthy lives. I’ve chosen two questions from the comments at HeartHealthInitiative.com that I’ll be answering.   Which Herbalife products contain Omega-3 fatty ...

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Getting to Know “Healthy Fats” with Susan Bowerman

June 13th, 2014

Thinking of fat as healthy seems to go against nearly every piece of nutrition advice you’ve ever heard. But there are certain types of fats that are considered healthy and are actually essential to the body. I recently read an article by Susan Bowerman on DiscoverGoodNutrition.com that gives a useful ...

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Your Body’s NO Recycling System: L-arginine and L-citrulline

June 11th, 2014

Quick, name some items that can be recycled. Glass, plastic, paper, aluminum, cardboard, steel…amino acids L-arginine and L-citrulline? It may not be quite the same process, but the idea is similar. While used materials like paper and plastic go to a recycling plant, our bodies have an internal recycling system, ...

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How long do I need to work out to increase Nitric Oxide levels? | Dr. Lou Ignarro Answers

June 6th, 2014

How long do I need to work out to increase Nitric Oxide production?   You’ll like the answer to this question: not very long. Any amount of exercise increases Nitric Oxide (NO) production, whether you take a 10-minute walking break during your workday or run a 10k on a Saturday ...

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Dr. Lou Ignarro Answers Your Heart Health Questions | Omega-3s and Heart Maintenance

June 2nd, 2014

I’m back to answer more of your questions related to the Heart Health Initiative, a mission to educate the world about heart health and give people the tools to lead heart-healthy lives. Let’s get right to them.   What benefits do Omega-3 fatty acids have in the body? Excellent question. ...

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Good fats? Why You Need Omega-3s and Omega-6s

May 23rd, 2014

You’ve heard about Omega-3 fatty acids and maybe even Omega-6s. You might even know that Omega-3s have been shown to support heart health and contribute to a well-balanced diet. Perhaps you’ve read about Omega-6 fatty acids and how they support normal growth and development, and other functions in the body. ...

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Heart Health Glossary

May 22nd, 2014

Heart health is a big subject. From understanding what the endothelium is to remembering what various acronyms mean, recalling all of the terminology might get more than a little confusing. Here’s a glossary to help you keep track of it all. I’ll update it periodically, so check back often.   ...

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Tour of Italy: My Trip, In Pictures

May 19th, 2014

I recently traveled to Italy to give two important talks. What an excellent trip! First, I presented to a group of physicians and scientists; the presentation was titled “Feed On Life.” And later in the trip, I spoke at the Herbalife Italian summit with over 7,000 excited and driven Independent ...

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Dr. Lou Ignarro Answers Your Heart Health Questions: Supplements and the Heart

May 15th, 2014

Since launching the Heart Health Initiative just last year, there has been an incredible response. Today, I’d like to answer to some of the questions I’ve received in the comments on HeartHealthInitiative.com and through other places like Twitter, Facebook and e-mail. I love responding to your questions, so let’s get ...

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Your Ultimate Personalized Workout with Samantha Clayton

May 13th, 2014

When I started getting healthy many years ago, a challenge was finding the exercise routine that was right for me. With time and patience, I finally discovered running. Eventually, I found that I enjoy cycling and now spend most of my exercise time on my bike. It would have been ...

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A Wonderful Partnership: Working with Dr. Andrew Myers

May 5th, 2014

Many people write books as a solo endeavor with just one angle of expertise. I wrote one book that way, and I enjoyed the opportunity to share my specific knowledge. But after my first book was off to the publisher, I decided I wanted to expand the expertise I offered ...

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Healthy Aging—At Any Age!

April 30th, 2014

You started aging the moment you were born. You aged as you laughed your first laugh, took your first step, rode your first bike, went on your first date and started your first job. You are even aging as you read this article. Every moment of every day, you age ...

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Want a Better Sex Life? Here’s How to Support Sexual Performance

April 28th, 2014

Most adults, regardless of age or gender, would like to find a way to support their sexual health and performance. Chances are, you’re one of them. Even if you are healthy and have a good sex life, there are nutritional strategies you can use to support healthy sexual function. In ...

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6 Surprising Benefits of an Active Lifestyle

April 21st, 2014

It probably seems everyone is telling you to lead an active lifestyle—your doctor, your spouse, billboards, magazines and even me. There’s a reason it’s such a popular topic. It’s not just because a fit body looks great; the advantages of regular exercise and movement filter into every area of your ...

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2 Ways Heart-Healthy Nutrients Benefit the Whole Body

April 16th, 2014

Nutrition is a big focus in the Heart Health Initiative—and that’s because your diet directly impacts the health of your heart. While certain nutrients can support cardiovascular wellness, did you know they can also impact the health of the whole body? The great nutritional choices you make extend well beyond ...

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6 Reasons to Eat Mediterranean

April 3rd, 2014

Wholesome food is the basis of wellness. And when it comes to choosing foods that support total health—and especially the health of the endothelium and heart—I recommend the Mediterranean diet. Rich in foods frequently found in the countries along the Mediterranean Sea, the diet has been shown by numerous studies ...

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Athletes: Don’t Forget Nutrition

March 31st, 2014

If you’re an athlete, or exercise most days a week, you’re supporting your health. Regular physical activity is one of the cornerstones of wellness—it’s a crucial part of getting and staying healthy. But while it’s necessary, it’s not enough. Just as exercise is important to health, so is a good ...

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Get Your Winter Greens!

March 14th, 2014

More and more people are eating healthy greens like kale and spinach. But there are other, lesser-known winter vegetables you should consider adding to your diet. Try eating more winter greens for a boost of antioxidants in the cold months.   1. Pick Your Greens The options abound: Broccoli, cabbage, ...

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Why I Take Vitamin D

March 11th, 2014

A little over a decade ago, I decided to take control of my health. I began exercising and eating a fresh, balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. I was feeling good—and looking better, too—but I wanted to know what was going on inside my body as a result of ...

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Vitamins C and E in Niteworks®: How They Support Heart Health

March 5th, 2014

Many years ago, I believed Nitric Oxide (NO) existed in the arteries, yet I had to prove what I felt in my gut to be true. Like any scientist hoping to prove a hypothesis, I designed a number of experiments. Many of them failed; a few of them uncovered incredible ...

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3 Reasons I Take Krill Oil

March 3rd, 2014

I’ve talked a lot about the Omega-3s EPA and DHA in previous articles because they’re such an important part of supporting heart health. And if you read my previous post on krill oil, you know it’s a good option if you want to supplement your Omega-3 intake. But I haven’t ...

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Your Breakthrough Moment Is Coming!

February 24th, 2014

Everyone working towards a long-term goal needs one thing: perseverance. Losing weight, building a business, finding financial freedom, or any other great achievement will include setbacks. There will be moments of disappointments. There will be failures. But if you can push through those experiences, there will also be times of ...

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Bicycle Vacations: My Typical Regimen

February 21st, 2014

My wife, Sharon, and I like to go on a few bicycle trips a year. Each of us looks forward to these vacations, when we get to leave behind our day-to-day responsibilities and just be outdoors, moving our bodies and enjoying life. We’re both grateful for our health and the ...

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7 of the Worst Foods for Heart Health

February 17th, 2014

I changed my nutrition and lifestyle, I made very different food choices than I do today. In graduate school, especially, my meals were focused on convenience and often consisted of fast food. I felt the effects of my poor dietary choices every single day. At the time, I understood that the ...

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3 Exercises to Try at Herbalife24 Fit Club

February 13th, 2014

There’s a movement sweeping Herbalife. It’s motivating people to get active and fit, inspiring Independent Herbalife members to work exercise into their daily lives. It provides camaraderie and inspires friendships. What is it? It’s Herbalife24 Fit Clubs. From the parks of Manhattan to Papeete on the Island of Tahiti, Fit Club ...

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Join My Travels!

February 10th, 2014

I’ve spent over a decade traveling the globe on behalf of Herbalife. In those 10-plus years, I’ve traveled over a million miles, and spoken to over 5 million people. I don’t tire of this demanding schedule; I thrive on it. It’s a privilege to meet the many people who are ...

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Global Heart Health Month

February 6th, 2014

Here in the United States, the entire month of February is devoted to creating awareness around a critical issue: heart health. For me, February 1 is a happy day because it launches an exciting opportunity to build discussion around the issue of cardiovascular wellness. For an entire month, there are ...

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Can I supplement with NO?

January 22nd, 2014

Dr. Ignarro, Can I supplement with Nitric Oxide?   Nitric Oxide (NO) is a signaling molecule that helps support the maintenance of already healthy blood pressure levels while keeping the arteries youthful and elastic. Unfortunately, NO can’t be taken as a supplement. If you want to support NO production, though, ...

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Setting Health Goals? Try My Write-Plan-Partner-Check Method

January 19th, 2014

It’s the start of a new year, and when the calendar turns over to January 1 about 45 percent of Americans set resolutions. At the top of the list for last year’s resolutions? Weight loss. And under that umbrella goal of weight loss is usually a plan to eat better ...

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The New Heart Health: What Is the Endothelium?

January 16th, 2014

The following is an adapted excerpt of my latest book, The New Heart Health, which I coauthored with my colleague, Dr. Andrew Myers. The book is a new approach to cardiovascular wellness, drawn from my Nobel Prize-winning research and Dr. Myer’s expertise in natural medicine.   What Is the Endothelium? ...

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Want to Become a Runner? Try These 7 Tips

January 14th, 2014

What does the term “runner” mean to you? Do you imagine a marathoner crossing the finish line, a devoted athlete lacing up in the early morning or even someone on a treadmill at your local gym? It can be easy to think of running—of becoming a runner—as something only “certain ...

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Nutrients and Absorption: What You Need to Know

January 10th, 2014

Almost any health-related article, book or presentation has a similar underlying message: A healthy diet is the foundation of good health. You know that eating a balanced, varied diet delivers the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to function. You might even choose foods that target specific nutrients or ...

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Start Young: Why Heart Health Matters Now

January 6th, 2014

If you own a car, what kind of care do you give it? Chances are, you don’t wait until it breaks down before taking it in for its first oil change. Instead, you likely change the oil every 3,000 miles and do maintenance at the recommended milestones. If your vehicle ...

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How I Stay Motivated to Keep Moving

December 30th, 2013

Staying healthy takes hard work, discipline and drive. For most, it involves a determined shift in lifestyle encompassing diet, activity, stress and sleep. And long-lasting change—the kind with the power to extend and enhance your older years—requires sustaining that high level of motivation over time. For many, regular exercise is ...

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6 Targeted Tips for Healthy Circulation

December 26th, 2013

Healthy circulation keeps every part of the body nourished. Your circulatory system’s main job is to move blood throughout the body, and it is made up of the heart and around 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Circulation is such an important process that your very livelihood depends on a well-functioning ...

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Answers from Dr. Lou Ignarro: Colorful Food Is Packed with Nutrients

December 23rd, 2013

I've heard I should fill my plate with colorful foods. Is this true? Does color really indicate nutrition?   Most of the time, the more colorful your meal, the more healthful it is. Think of the last meal you ate. Was it full of color—maybe a large green salad topped with ...

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12 Heart-Healthy Snacks

December 16th, 2013

Snacking is often associated with junk food—potato chips, candy or other unhealthy options. Yet, eating between meals doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, choosing healthy snacks can be a great way to support health. Your body benefits from healthy snacks in a variety of ways. Recent research ...

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5 Small Steps to Transform Your Life

November 22nd, 2013

In a recent post, I detailed my health transformation. I went from making poor eating choices and not exercising to a lifestyle full of movement, good food and a lot of happiness. Now, I am as vital as I ever could have hoped to be. If you’d told me 20 ...

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My Health Transformation

November 18th, 2013

There’s something you may not know about me: I haven’t always been healthy. Up until the age of 21, I led a very healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. But things began to go south in graduate and medical school, when there seemed to be no time available for anything ...

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Age with Vitality with CoQ10

November 15th, 2013

I enjoy aging. With age comes daily opportunities to enjoy life—to ride my bike, to eat good food, to spend time with loved ones. Today, at 72, I’m healthier and more active than I was at 40! As I grow older, however, there are some real biological changes happening in ...

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Women: Heart Health Matters

October 29th, 2013

When most women think of supporting health, they rarely think of cardiovascular wellness. However, maintaining a healthy heart is as important for women as for men. Up until recently, most of the research done on the heart focused on men, giving us ample information about men’s hearts but very little ...

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What You Need to Know About Krill Oil and the Heart

October 9th, 2013

What makes up the largest animal biomass on earth, with about 500 million tons populating the cold oceans of the world, but are each only about 2 inches long? Here’s a hint: The oil from this organism is good for your heart.   It’s krill, a small, shrimp-like crustacean.   ...

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Nutrients that Support Nitric Oxide Production

September 27th, 2013

Most research on Nitric Oxide focuses on its health-supporting benefits in the human body, especially in the cardiovascular system. Among other crucial functions, NO helps support healthy blood pressure levels while keeping the arteries youthful and elastic. This key molecule is naturally produced in the body by the endothelium from ...

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How Exercise Supports NO Production

September 25th, 2013

You’re probably aware of the amazing benefits of Niteworks®. NO is an important molecule with many functions in the body that increase blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to tissues. Since Nitric Oxide (NO) levels are the lowest at night, taking Niteworks® each evening supports your body’s ability to produce ...

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4 Contributing Factors for Low Nitric Oxide Levels

September 23rd, 2013

Nitric Oxide is a crucial part of supporting cardiovascular wellness, and one of the best ways to promote optimal NO levels is through a healthy endothelium. To understand how to keep the endothelial cells—the production house of NO—working properly, it’s important to know the risk factors for endothelial dysfunction. While ...

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The History of the Nobel Prize

September 23rd, 2013

What do Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling, Marie Curie and Mother Teresa have in common? They’ve all received one of the most prestigious awards in the world: the Nobel Prize. I consider myself fortunate to be counted among them—people I admire and who have made a real ...

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NO Recap: Why Nitric Oxide Is a Crucially Important Molecule in the Cardiovascular System

September 20th, 2013

I’ve spent my first 10 years at Herbalife talking about Nitric Oxide and heart health. Since the focus of the Heart Health Initiative is to bring the story of cardiovascular wellness to people across the globe, it’s important to circle back to the NO basics. So, let’s look at NO’s ...

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NO and Dynamite: The Unlikely Story of Alfred Nobel

September 4th, 2013

Many people know about the amazing benefits of Nitric Oxide, but few know the history of its discovery. While my colleagues and I were recognized for our discoveries about the molecule with a Nobel Prize* in medicine, the journey actually began in the nineteenth century with a man named Alfred ...

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The Science Behind Omega-3s and Your Heart

June 12th, 2013

Omega-3s are a constant topic in the wellness field, and for good reason. Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of polyunsaturated fat that the body derives from food and cannot be made in the body. The three main Omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic ...

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Why Fitness Is Good for Your Heart

June 12th, 2013

Have you ever heard the saying, “A body in motion tends to stay in motion”? It’s true: Regular physical activity helps keep the body moving for years to come. And since fitness and heart health go hand in hand, it’s important to understand why regular exercise is a cardio-smart choice. ...

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Getting Heart-Supportive Nutrients Isn’t Always Easy

June 11th, 2013

It often seems the answer to staying healthy is as easy as eating well and living an active lifestyle. Seems simple, right? Get the recommended two and a half hours of exercise per week. Eat a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, low-fat dairy and whole grains. ...

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Cholesterol and Your Heart: It’s Not Such a Bad Thing

June 11th, 2013

If you've been to the doctor for a checkup recently, it’s likely there was talk of cholesterol levels—most likely, lowering them. But did you know cholesterol isn't necessarily a bad thing? In fact, it’s the building block of all hormones! So, in order to maintain cholesterol levels already within normal ...

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5 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Heart

June 11th, 2013

Are you looking to support the health of your heart? Here are five simple ways to promote cardiovascular wellness: 1. Get active. Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day will help support a healthy endothelium and NO production. 2. Lose weight. Even a small amount of weight loss can ...

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There’s More to Nitric Oxide

June 6th, 2013

Nitric Oxide (NO) is a crucially important molecule in the cardiovascular system. It has a major role in vasodilation—opening or widening—of the blood vessels. Healthy NO production maintains blood flow to vital organs, which supports overall cardiovascular function. Essentially, NO is a “heart healthy molecule.” Like most things, there is ...

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Heart Health Overview

June 6th, 2013

If you haven’t considered the health of your heart in the past, the good news is you can start supporting your cardiovascular system now by making heart-healthy lifestyle changes. You have the power to support your heart health! When considering cardiovascular wellness, there are two vital components: Nitric Oxide (NO) ...

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Why Focus on Endothelial Health?

June 6th, 2013

When most people think of organs in the body, they think of the heart, lungs and liver. But did you know you have another, less-know organ called the endothelium? This cardio-supportive organ is made up of 6 trillion endothelial cells that line 100,000 miles of blood vessels in a single ...

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CoQ10 and Heart Function: The Key to Energy

June 6th, 2013

You need food to thrive. But what does it take for your body to convert food, like lean turkey, to energy to exercise? What is involved in converting an apple into adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in your body to provide a pick-me-up? The answers lie in coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10. CoQ10 ...

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Circulation and Your Hard-Working Heart

June 6th, 2013

Every moment of every day, your heart works hard to pump blood through your arteries and veins, delivering the oxygen and nutrients your body needs to thrive. Consider this: You have about 5 liters of blood coursing through 100,000 miles of blood vessels in your body at all times. In ...

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