Critical Nutrients for Cardiovascular Health
Without healthy cardiovascular function, blood cannot be oxygenated, nutrients cannot be transported throughout the body, and waste products cannot be filtered by the liver and kidneys. Unfortunately, however, cardiovascular health issues are increasingly common in the United States and worldwide. Understanding the role of nutrition in achieving and maintaining optimal cardiovascular health challenges is one of the most important issues facing the health sciences today.
Essential to All Other Organs and Systems of the Body
The cardiovascular system is made up of the heart (cardio) and the blood vessels (vascular), which include the arteries, veins, and capillaries. The heart is responsible for pumping blood to all parts of the body, while the veins and arteries are responsible for transporting the blood to all parts of the body. The arteries carry oxygen-filled blood to the cells, where the oxygen is used to create energy, producing carbon dioxide, and then the veins carry carbon dioxide-filled blood back to the lungs, where the oxygenation process starts again.
Why Nutrition is Crucial
By the time cardiovascular health issues are detectable, the problem is usually quite advanced, and prevention is therefore of primary importance. In addition to healthy lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, stress management, and avoiding smoking, there is general agreement within nutrition science and health practitioners that nutritional status can significantly affect cardiovascular health.
Key Nutrients for Cardiovascular Health Include…
• Vitamins C and D
• Vitamins B6 and B12, Folate
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