Heart Essentials Power Packs combine nutrients and nutraceuticals that may provide protection against heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
Included in each Heart Essentials Power Pack are 30 daily vitamin packs which contain:
This vitamin power pack for your heart was doctor-curated with the most essential nutrients to support a healthy heart. Add the unique blend of supplements in the Heart Essentials Power Packs to a healthy lifestyle so that they can work together to help lower levels of cholesterol and total triglycerides for a healthier heart.
Omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are long chain fatty acids that are found naturally in fish oil. Studies have shown that EPA and DHA play important roles in supporting cardiac health. Omega-3 fatty acids work by reducing inflammation throughout the body and is especially helpful in improving heart health by decreasing triglyceride levels in the body. Elevated levels of low density lipoproteins (LDL) cause inflammation and formation of plaque, which can cause myocardial infarction and stroke. Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA reduce synthesis and secretion of VLDL in the liver and clear TG from circulating VLDL particles, while increasing levels of high-density lipoproteins (good cholesterol). There is evidence that omega-3 fatty acids may decrease aggregation of platelets and prevent occlusion of coronary arteries that can decrease blood flow to the heart and cause risk of atherosclerosis, in addition to decreasing abnormal rhythm of the heart. According to the American Heart Association eating fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring or albacore twice a week as part of a healthy diet could decrease risk of heart disease.(1,2)
Policosanol is a high molecular weight aliphatic alcohol extracted from sugar cane that has been reported to have cardioprotective effect in human and animal studies. Policosanol reduces levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) as well as total cholesterol while increasing levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) that is effective for suppressing incidence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Policosanol acts by decreasing synthesis of cholesterol by directly affecting activity of hydroxymethylglutaryl co-enzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase . This decreases conversion of HMG-CoA to mevalonate, which is an intermediate in cholesterol production in the body.(3) Additionally, Policosanol may decrease atherosclerotic wall thickness and increase excretion of cholesterol and bile acids thus lowering LDL levels. (4) There is also evidence that Policosanol reduces systolic and diastolic blood pressure, serum triglyceride and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol levels,all of which could provide protection against heart disease.(5,6)
Magnesium is the fourth most prevalent cation in the human body. Magnesium plays an important role in the vascular system by regulating movement of ions through the sodium, potassium and calcium channels within the myocardial tissues. It plays an important role in promoting vasodilation, which increases blood flow through the vessels and may lead to a decrease in blood pressure. Adequate intake of magnesium as part of a healthy diet from food sources such as grains, nuts and vegetables or through supplements could help maintain physiologic processes dependent on magnesium. Deficiency of magnesium may lead to hypertension, angina and cardiac arrhythmias while low levels of magnesium have been associated with heart failure and coronary heart disease. Magnesium supplementation has been reported to increase survival rate in patients with congestive heart failure in addition to exerting a positive effect in patients with cardiac arrhythmia and hypertension. (7,8)
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance that is produced in the body and is also found in foods like organ meats, sardine, chicken, cauliflower and broccoli. There are two forms of CoQ10 – the oxidized form, ubiquinone and the reduced form, ubiquinol, which is the active antioxidant form made in the body from ubiquinone. CoQ10 functions in the body through the ability of its benzoquinone head group to accept and donate electrons and works to generate energy in the cells. It is essential for production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the electron transport chain that is needed in transfer of energy within cells. CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant that protects against damage from toxic free radicals. A shortage of CoQ10 may lead to oxidative stress, which may lead to risk of many disorders including cardiovascular diseases. Supplementation with CoQ10 may provide cardiovascular protection and has been shown to have beneficial effects in patients with coronary artery disease, cardiac heart failure, hypertension, migraines, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders. (9)
Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3, is an essential water-soluble vitamin that you need to get from foods such as meat, fish and grains as it cannot be synthesized in the body. Niacin may benefit cardiovascular health through its ability to improve concentrations of high-density lipoproteins while lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides that are known to increase risk of heart diseases. Niacin exerts its cardioprotective effect through various pathways that include reducing production of apolipoprotein B-100, which is required for the assembly of very low-density lipoproteins. Niacin also increases action of lipoprotein lipase so that it can increase catabolism of VLDL. In another pathway, niacin decreases breakdown of apolipoprotein A-1 from HDL during uptake cholesterol by the liver, thus maintaining functional integrity of HDL. (10,11)
Curcumin, a polyphenol present in turmeric, has numerous health benefits ranging from reducing inflammation to managing pain due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has been used as a spice for thousands of years and although its medicinal properties have been recognized for a long time, it mode of action has recently been studied. Curcumin may also play a role in improving endothelial function. Research shows that curcumin protects against cardiovascular diseases by increasing HDL and Apolipoprotein A (Apo A) serum levels and reducing concentrations of LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides, all of which could prevent thickening of the arterial walls that can lead to atherosclerosis. (12, 13)
Count: 30 daily packets (30 AM, 30 PM)
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 AM packet with your first meal of the day. Take 1 PM packet with your last meal of the day.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.