Today, it is estimated that about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year. That adds up to a whopping 1 in every 4 adults! This startling statistic reveals so much about the health of Americans, and what their primary concern is: a healthy heart.1 It’s no surprise that most Americans struggle to maintain a healthy heart as the Standard American Diet (SAD) is loaded with foods that can damage your good health. This includes large amounts of meat, dairy, fat, and sugar, as well as refined, processed, and junk foods – all well-known to harm the functions of the cardiovascular system.2
How Can I Boost My Heart Health?
As we age, the body naturally produces less of essential protective nutrients called antioxidants. These compounds are also found in dietary sources like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, however, there are many different types of antioxidant compounds, and each antioxidant works in a different way to support your health. As you may have guessed, some antioxidants are more effective in reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) than others, but most people don’t know where to get these types of antioxidants through dietary sources. For this reason, many people (especially those over the age of 65) get a recommendation from their doctor to try an antioxidant formula specifically designed for the heart.
What is an Antioxidant?
Anti-oxidants are simple enough to understand as they sound like exactly what they do. They work hard to reduce damage caused by the byproducts of the oxidative process known as free radicals. Free radical molecules are dangerous to your heart, and other healthy cells throughout your body because they are highly unstable. Why? Free radical molecules do not have the correct number of electrons within their own chemical structure to stay balanced, and for this reason they roam through your body desperately seeking to “steal” the electron they need to regain balance from healthy cells in your body. Their favorite place to take the electron from is the hardworking muscle of your heart. Antioxidants work to freely donate the missing electron needed by unstable free radicals to prevent them from damaging healthy cells of your heart, and other energy-producing vital organs like the liver, kidneys, and others.
Preventing oxidation is not possible, as free radicals are produced in your body any time you come into contact with pollutants in your environment like UV rays from the sun, or toxins in your food supply. They are even created during the natural oxidation process after you eat, or exercise! So, you see, oxidation is a natural process that your body uses to stay healthy however, the byproducts of this essential process may damage your good health, especially if you are at an increased risk for CVD because after all antioxidants are vitamins for the heart.3
The Power of Antioxidants for the Heart
Numerous studies have confirmed that oxidative stress contributes to a variety of risk factors for cardiovascular disease including cholesterol imbalance, high blood pressure, plaque accumulation in the arteries, and more. And for this reason research suggests that the use of antioxidant supplementation may help to prevent coronary heart disease.4
Why VitaPulse Contains Antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that work to fight off free radicals from harming your healthy cells. However, they also boost the functions of your immune system to support your overall health as well. You may remember this health benefit of antioxidants from when you were a child, if your Mother ever gave you a tall glass of orange juice to help you heal faster from a common cold, or flu.5
However, antioxidants are not all created equal. In fact, there are very specific types of antioxidants that work to address heart health. That’s why the simple 3-ingredient formula of VitaPulse included each of these antioxidants for the heart in their supplement.
Here are the 3 reasons the ultimate heart formula of VitaPulse contains these unique ingredients:
- Ubiquinone (CoQ10). Also known as Vitamin Q, ubiquinone is an antioxidant compound naturally produced in the body from birth. As a baby it’s levels are their lowest, but they steadily increase in production, reaching their peak around the age of 20. However, as we age the production of this essential protective antioxidant nutrient declines. And for this reason, it is vital to get more CoQ10 into your body through dietary sources after the age of 65 to stave off potential risk factors of CVD caused by oxidation.6
Ubiquinone is one of the most popular nutrients for the heart because it has been shown to boost heart health even in patients who have suffered with a previous cardiovascular event. One study revealed that CoQ10 was able to positively affect cardiac performance in patients with congestive heart failure, and ischemic heart disease to exert a clinically significant blood pressure lowering effect.7
Another report incorporating five randomized controlled trials on the effect of CoQ10 for arterial endothelial function (cardiovascular cells) found that CoQ10 significantly improved endothelial function, and vasodilation (blood vessel widening). This clinical review concluded that CoQ10 supplementation is warranted in patients both with, and without cardiovascular disease, although the exact dosage was not established.8,9
- Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PPQ). Closely related to CoQ10, PQQ is a compound that works in a similar way to protect the healthy cells of your heart from damage caused by free radicals. However, it offers some rare capabilities when it comes to your heart cells. Deep within each cell of your cardiovascular system lies an energy-producing center called the mitochondria, and that is where damaging free radicals like to steal electrons the most. However, when free radicals take an electron from the mitochondria of your heart cells it can hurt the ability of your heart muscle to provide energy to the rest of your body. As an energy source itself, the proper function of every cell in your heart is highly valuable to your cardiovascular health.
PQQ is the rare antioxidant for the heart that is known to actually repair damage to the mitochondria of cells caused by free radicals. Numerous studies have confirmed the amazing ability of PQQ to help restore heart health. By restoring damaged mitochondria to their optimal function, each cell in your cardiovascular system has a greater overall energy output as well as durability. One study showed found PQQ not only protected healthy mitochondria from oxidative damage – it also stimulated growth of new mitochondria!10
Not only does PQQ help repair damage to the mitochondria of your healthy heart cells, but it also protects it from free radical damage. As an antioxidant, PQQ has been clinically shown to withstand oxidation more than Vitamin C – up to 5,000 times!11
- N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC). Pronounced “N-a-sea-till-sis-teen,” NAC is an antioxidant compound that is derived from an amino acid called L-cysteine. Also known as the building blocks of protein, amino acids can be found in many natural food sources like cuts of meat, whole grains, seeds, and nuts. Once inside your body, L-cysteine is converted into NAC, where it acts as a powerful protector of your healthy heart cells from free radical damage. But that’s not all NAC offers your heart. NAC is well-known to be one of the best antioxidants for the heart because it boosts the production of what’s known as the “Master antioxidant,” or glutathione. Able to raise glutathione levels in the body, NAC boosts free radical protection in all cells of the body, further supporting the health of your hardworking heart.12
Further, NAC (together with glutathione) has been shown to increase the bioavailability of nitric oxide – a compound able to expand blood vessels for improvements in circulation. Some research has found that this effect of NAC may aid in reducing chest pains associated with high blood pressure.13
Can VitaPulse Help Boost My Heart Health?
The ultimate 3-ingredient formula of VitaPulse is a powerful way to supply your body with a range of different antioxidants specifically chosen for their ability to work together for the benefit of your healthy heart. However, if you are worried about your risk factors of heart disease including age, genetics, unwanted extra weight, cholesterol imbalance, or high blood pressure you may want to talk to your doctor to find out if an antioxidant supplement for the heart could help. VitaPulse contains ONLY antioxidant vitamins for the heart specifically formulated to reduce your risk of CVD – even if you have already suffered with a cardiovascular event!
Always remember that even though the simple 3-ingredient formula of VitaPulse contains only antioxidants, it is important to check with your doctor before adding any dietary supplement to your health regimen. To your healthy heart!
- Heart Disease Facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Standard American Diet. Nutritionfacts.org.
- Antioxidants: In Depth national Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. National Institutes of Health.
- Alexandra K. Adams, M.D., PH.D., Ellen O. Wermuth, M.D., M.S. Antioxidant Vitamins and the Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease. Am Fam Physician. 1999 Sep 1;60(3):895-902.
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- Gao L, Mao Q, Cao J. Effects of coenzyme Q10 on vascular endothelial function in humans: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Atherosclerosis. 2012 Apr;221(2):311–316.
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- Gao L, Mao Q. Effects of coenzyme Q10 on vascular endothelial function in humans: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Atherosclerosis. 2012 Apr; 221(2):311-6.
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): In Depth. National Center Complementary and Integrative Health.
- Chowanadisai W, Bauerly KA. Pyrroloquinoline quinone stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis through cAMP response element-binding protein phosphorylation and increased PGC-1 alpha expression. J Biol Chem. 2010 Jan 1;285:142-52.
- Rucker R, Chowanadisai W. Potential physiological importance of pyrroloquinoline quinone. Altern Med Rev. 2009 Sep;14(3):268-77.
- Chad Kerksick, Darryn Willoughby. The Antioxidant Role of Glutathione and N-Acetyl-Cysteine Supplements and Exercise-Induced Oxidative Stress. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2005; 2(2): 38–44.
- Sudesh Vasdev, DVM PhD FICA, Pawan Singal, PhD DSc. The antihypertensive effect of cysteine. Int J Angiol. 2009 Spring; 18(1): 7–21.