Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide for both men and women.1 That is a startling and sobering statistic. And with so many risk factors that can lead to a cardiovascular event, like unwanted weight gain, high blood pressure, cholesterol imbalance, and chronic stress, it can be difficult to know just how to prevent this deadly disease. However, if you are one of the millions of people who want to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease, or CVD, there is one type of nutrient found in nature that may be able to help.
What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are compounds that are present in a variety of whole, natural foods, like oranges, grapes, and even whole grains. They can help to prevent damage to the healthy cells of your heart and other vital organs. You see, when the process of oxidation begins as a response to environmental pollutants or toxins like the UVA/UVB rays from the sun, molecules called free radicals are produced inside your body.
Free radical molecules are highly unstable, because they are missing one electron from their chemical structure. In order to regain balance, these rogue molecules travel throughout your body, seeking out healthy cells that they can “steal” the missing electron from. In doing that, they also cause damage to your healthy body, particularly to the soft muscle tissue of the heart.
Antioxidants work to stop free radicals in their tracks, by freely donating the missing electron they need to these molecules, thereby balancing them before they can harm your healthy cells.
The Antioxidant Power of VitaPulse
VitaPulse contains three different antioxidants for the heart to offer potent, powerful free radical protection. Here is a quick breakdown of how each ingredient in the formula works:
1. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
NAC is a powerful ally to have in your detoxification regimen when looking to optimize your health and reduce inflammation in your vital organs, including the heart. The body utilizes NAC to create cell protecting and repairing antioxidants. This protein building amino acid also helps replenish glutathione levels. Glutathione is often referred to as the “master” antioxidant inside the cells, because of its amazing ability to counteract damage from free radicals. Free radicals are present in most of today’s food and drinks, and even in the natural water and air supply. Since they are often associated with a wide range of health problems, it is important to have a lifestyle centered around free radical prevention and elimination.
The energy-generating mitochondria inside the cells are crucial in allowing high levels of cellular function. This reaction also creates free radicals in the body, and is where the glutathione (a master detoxifier) comes in handy in terms of cellular protection. It is NAC’s ability to boost intracellular levels of glutathione that makes it so effective in addressing a wide range of health problems that may be the result of free radical damage to vital organs, such as the brain, liver, and of course the heart.
2. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Although there are many definitions of heart failure, quite simply, it occurs when the heart is inadequately pumping blood. This “pump failure” occurs when the heart muscles are stiff and/or not contracting well. Low blood levels of CoQ10 have been linked with heart failure, and using Coenzyme Q10, along with other herbal supplements, has been shown to be useful for treating this condition.2
CoQ10, found in the mitochondria of all cells, is essential for energy production. It is a necessity in the production of ATP, also known as the optimal energy currency. Since the heart is a muscle that never rests, supplementing with CoQ10 is a good insurance policy in maintaining ATP levels and cellular activity.
Like NAC, CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant, vital in neutralizing free radicals that may cause heart problems. CoQ10, along with other essential vitamins and minerals, plays its role in mitigating damage from free radical activity. CoQ10 is also praised for its ability to decrease high blood pressure because of its ability to reduce blood viscosity.
3. Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ)
PQQ is a micronutrient responsible for mitochondrial biogenesis, or the growth of new mitochondria. Like NAC and CoQ10, PQQ is also known for its antioxidant properties, and for its effectiveness in combating free radicals, to protect vital organs.3
One thing that makes PQQ particularly unique is that it is believed to be more effective than the beta blocker metoprolol in the reduction of post heart attack oxidative damage.4
If you are looking for a way to reduce your risk factors of heart disease, you may want to try antioxidants. Known to offer powerful protection against harmful free radicals produced during the oxidative process, VitaPulse contains a blend of the three best antioxidants for a strong and healthy heart.
- Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). World Health Organization. Fact sheet May 2017.
- James J DiNicolantonio, Jaikrit Bhutani. Coenzyme Q10 for the treatment of heart failure: a review of the literature. Open Heart. BMJ Publishing Group.
- Rosenfeldt FL, Haas SJ. Coenzyme Q10 in the treatment of hypertension: a meta-analysis of the clinical trials. J Hum Hypertens. 2007 Apr;21(4):297-306. Epub 2007 Feb 8.