Blog Archive for Tag: heart health

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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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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#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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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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#28DaysofHeartHealth Check-In: You Can Still Join In!

February 14th, 2015

   Happy Valentine’s Day! We’ve been spending the month of February celebrating Global Heart Health Month by doing something every single day for the entire month of February to support the heart. We’ve been eating more vegetables, going to bed earlier, reducing stress, and getting more movement. And we’ve not ...

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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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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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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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Protein: 7 Herbalife Healthy Tips

January 8th, 2015

Protein is something we talk a lot about at Herbalife. It is so crucial to the health and function of the entire body. In the video below, I talk about what protein is, how it works, and where to get it in your diet. Here are a seven key points ...

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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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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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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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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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Why Being Active May Help Your Child Succeed in School

October 28th, 2014

This month, I welcome Dr. Luigi Gratton, vice president, worldwide product marketing at Herbalife. He also works with the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA, the university I taught at for nearly 30 years. Dr. Gratton and I have the opportunity to interact often, and I’ve come to respect him ...

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3 Tips for a Heart-Healthy School Lunch (That Your Kids Will Actually Eat)

October 23rd, 2014

Now that kids are likely getting about a third of their nutrition from school—whether from the vending machine or cafeteria—your child’s nutrition should be the most important item on your to-do list. Consider this: Studies show that nutrition not only impacts behavior and focus, but a healthy diet full of ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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See What Readers Are Saying!

April 15th, 2014

You spoke and we listened! Thank you to all of our readers who have submitted comments to our blog!  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Interview: Herbalife Q&A with Dr. Ignarro

December 11th, 2013

Everyone knows cardiovascular health should be a priority, but there’s so much information out there that it can sometimes be overwhelming. Luckily, we have Dr. Louis Ignarro to help! A heart health expert and Nobel laureate, Dr. Ignarro sat down with Herbalife to answer some of your most popular heart health questions, ...

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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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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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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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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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