Our cardiovascular system is the engine that keeps our body moving, without it our bodies will grind to a halt. Proper cardiovascular care is essential to a long and healthy life.

Cholesterol and Plaque
Cholesterol is needed as a building material for of the outer lining of cells in the body, however high cholesterol levels in the blood can be dangerous. Excess cholesterol accumulates on walls of the arteries in the form of plaque. Over time, plaque leads to a narrowing of the arteries. As a result, the heart suffers from poor blood and oxygen supply. Blockage of the arteries can halt the blood supply to the heart muscle, leading to heart attacks.

Good and Bad Cholesterol
All cholesterol types are not equally dangerous. The cholesterol combined with low-density lipoproteins (LDL) is commonly called "bad" cholesterol, because in large quantities it can lead to blood-vessel blockages. But the cholesterol combined with high-density lipoproteins (HDL) can be called "good" cholesterol because it is flushed out of the vessels, transported to the liver and washed out of the body. So it is best to have low levels of LDL cholesterol and high levels of HDL cholesterol.

A Heart-Healthy Diet
Cholesterol levels can be lowered, sometimes by proper diet. It is first necessary to limit intake of animal products, especially animal fats, by substituting vegetable protein. Cholesterol levels can be lowered also by increasing vegetable, fruit and cereal consumption, since these products are rich in the fiber that promotes cholesterol and glucose excretion (as well as being excellent sources of vitamins and minerals). Good sources of fiber include oat flakes and plantain seeds. Fiber is low in calories but helps reduce hunger.

Lower Your LDL!
For decreasing the risk of heart attack, one should aim to lower the level of LDL cholesterol in the blood and control other factors that promote atherosclerosis. A sensible program of physical exercise can be important, as well as giving up smoking and altering dietary habits. Products like VITRUM® CARDIO provide the body with the necessary nutrients to assist this process (but if these measures are insufficient, it is necessary to consult a physician, who can administer the appropriate pharmaceutical drug treatment.).

Regular Check-Ups
Your doctor knows best! Make sure to see your doctor often and have complete check-ups that monitor all aspects of your health, but particularly your cardiovascular function and cholesterol levels. Listen to your doctor’s advice on how to lower your cholesterol, and do your best to live a healthy lifestyle!