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Fuel Your Heart - Everything a Woman needs to know about Heart Disease

Heart disease is still commonly viewed as a man's problem: yet heart disease is a bigger killer for women than breast cancer. In fact, women are twice as likely to die from heart disease than any form of cancer. One significant change is the menopause, causing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a decline in the naturally relaxing hormone, oestrogen. Many vitamins and minerals can support natural levels of oestrogen, and restore balance in the body. Pregnancy is also a cause of irregular oestrogen levels, and the importance of eating well to protect the heart during pregnancy is often understated. Here we recommend some of our favourite supplements to keep her heart healthy and her mind happy this Valentines.

The Q10 FactorCoenzyme Q10 is generating more and more interest, mainly due to the benefits it serves to the health of the heart. It aids the muscle cells of the heart in converting fats and sugars into energy. This means that without it, sugar and fat is more likely to be stored in the body and not used up. Co Q-10 has been proven in over 90 studies to be extremely effective in preventing and improving conditions such as high blood pressure, angina, cardiomyopahy and recovery from heart surgery. Coenzyme Q10 is also important within the body as a major fat-soluble antioxidant, protecting cell membranes from the damaging effects of free radicals, in a complementary manner to vitamin E. Coenzyme Q10 promotes healthy cardiovascular function, and healthy immune function (cells involved in immune response have a high energy dependence).