There’s an old saying that goes, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” While this saying is a humorous generalization of the stereotypical big eater, it’s actually quite true in the context of health and well-being, for both women and men. This is because your heart and your circulatory system (known collectively as the cardiovascular system) require a steady, unending supply of essential nutrients to function at peak efficiency over the course of your lifetime, many of which must be obtained from your diet.
Each year the American Heart Association, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and other government sources, release updated cardiovascular health statistics to the public. In 2016 cardiovascular conditions were the leading cause of mortality worldwide. The direct and indirect costs of these conditions, including expenditures and lost productivity, is estimated at 316.6 billion dollars. The majority of Americans 20 years of age and older, and almost 69% of adult Americans (159 million adults), are considered to be overweight or obese.1
Other topics covered in this guide include:
- The Cardiovascular System
- Nutrients that Support Normal Cardiovascular Functions
- Other NOW® Cardiovascular Support Supplements
It’s clear that we could be doing a better job of maintaining the health of our heart and cardiovascular system. One of the best ways to ensure normal, healthy cardiovascular function throughout life is a healthy diet, plenty of physical activity, and dietary supplements to help fill any gaps in nutrition.
1. 2016 American Heart Association 2016 Statistics At-A-Glance https://www.heart.org/idc/groups/ahamah-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_480086.pdf