So what does it really mean?

It's essential to recognize risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, depleted nutrients, diabetes, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle that can significantly increase the risk of developing heart disease. 

  • Many people do not have symptoms of heart disease but for those that do, they may have tingling or pressure over their chest, neck, jaw, or shortness of breath that is worse with activity and relieved with rest.
  • Other signs of vascular disease:  aching pain in the calf, thigh, buttock that is brought on by walking and relieved with rest.
  • Poor wound healing in a foot, usually starts as a minor injury that cannot heal properly due to poor blood supply.

Cholesterol is not bad in itself, our body makes up all the cholesterol we need.  Why? Well because it is an essential part of our brain cells, insulating our neurons, making hormones, neurotransmitters and vitamin D production.

Cholesterol becomes the problem when it is deposited in our arteries as a response to the lining of the arteries being damaged.  Therefore, early intervention is KEY!

  • Smoking is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure.
  • Your chance of a heart attack is increased 6-fold.
  • Smoking increases heart rate, blood pressure and vasoconstriction of arteries.
  • Smoking decreases Vitamin C and Vitamin C is necessary for strong artery walls.


Vitamin C plays a critical role in collagen synthesis, the process by which collagen, a key structural protein in the body, is produced and maintained. Collagen is essential for the health and integrity of various tissues, including skin, bones, and blood vessels. By supporting collagen synthesis, vitamin C helps to maintain the strength and elasticity of arteries, promoting healthy blood flow and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. 

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Refined sugar poses significant risks to our health, triggering inflammation throughout the body and contributing to the development of chronic diseases, including heart disease. Its detrimental effects extend to our artery walls, where it promotes the formation of plaque, increasing the risk of cardiovascular events. Additionally, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can have harmful consequences, as they break down into methanol, a known carcinogen linked to cancer development. 

One of the most heart healthy diets are high in green leafy vegetables and fruits as they are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants that support heart health and help maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Lean meats provide essential protein without the excess saturated fat found in fattier cuts of meat, while nuts and seeds offer heart-healthy fats, fiber, and other nutrients. Also include eggs, olive oil, coconut oil and of course WATER.

  • Vitamin E: natural mixed form.  A strong antioxidant and helps dilate capillaries.
  • Vitamin C: A strong antioxidant and necessary for collagen production in our vessels.
  • Coenzyme Q 10: Needed for cellular energy production, the heart requires a lot of energy.
  • Magnesium: Chelated magnesium (not oxide form) it is needed for heart muscle contraction and the electrical stability of heart cells.

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