How to be heart wise
The importance of your heart
It is worth reminding ourselves every once in a while, how vital the heart is. A healthy heart is not only important for longevity but also for the quality of the lives we lead.
The heart is the epicentre of the circulatory system and functions to pump oxygenated blood throughout the body and deliver deoxygenated blood and waste products (carbon dioxide) to the lungs. The heart contracts approximately 70 times a minute, 100,000 times a day and 2.5 billion times in a lifetime1, so it pays to look after this vital organ.
How to support heart health
There are many positive steps to take for supporting heart health, including:
- Eating a healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, wholegrains and healthy fats, with a low intake of saturated fats and processed foods
- Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol
- Leading a physically active lifestyle
- Achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight
- Supporting psychological health e.g. stress management
- Avoiding smoking
- Nutritional aids including fish oil and coenzyme Q10 may also be of benefit.
Fish Oil is a source of Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). Omega 3 fatty acids are considered ‘healthy’ fats because they are beneficial for health. As they cannot be produced by the body in adequate amounts they must be supplied through the diet or via supplementation. Omega 3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial for supporting cardiovascular health. In fact, the National Heart Foundation currently recommends that all adults consume about 500mg of omega 3 every day to maintain heart health.2 Omega 3 fats from fish oil may help improve the ratio of LDL (bad) to HDL (good) cholesterol and lower serum triglycerides in healthy individuals.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat-soluble nutrient that is present in almost all cells. It is essential for cellular energy production and is particularly present in tissues with high metabolic demands, including the heart. CoQ10 is vital for all energy dependent processes including heart muscle contraction. It is considered an antioxidant and may reduce the risk of free radical damage to the body’s tissues. As an antioxidant, CoQ10 also plays a role in reducing LDL cholesterol oxidation. Coenzyme Q10 levels not only decrease with age, but may also be affected by some cholesterol-lowering medication.3
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- Chang V. Heart Facts. Cardiac Research Institute. Accessed from http://www.victorchang.edu.au/pdfs/Schoolheartfacts.pdf
- National Heart Foundation. Position statement: fish, fish oils, n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and cardiovascular health. 2008. National Heart Foundation of Australia.
- Marcoff L, Thompson PD. The role of coenzyme Q10 in statin-associated myopathy: a systematic review. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2007 Jun 12;49(23):2231-7