Strokes, Scary Heart Disease: How to Reduce the Risk Factors

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 5 million people worldwide die from stroke each year and 15 million suffer non-fatal strokes. Commonly called “strokes”, it is the third leading cause of death after cancer and ischemic heart disease in men and the leading cause of death in women. They are also the leading cause of severe disability and the second leading cause of dementia.

The average age of onset of stroke is 73, but one-quarter of strokes occur in people under 65, one-half in people 65-84, and one-quarter in people 85 and older.
These numbers are scary! We are all concerned about the risk of stroke, fortunately, there are effective ways to prevent and reduce it!

Maintaining our circulatory system can save our life.

A stroke is a failure of blood circulation. It occurs following the obstruction or rupture of a blood vessel and leads to the death of nerve cells. So it seems obvious that maintaining our circulatory system can save us! We know which lifestyle habits to adopt to stay healthy and prevent the risks of stroke: not smoking, physical activity, avoiding excess alcohol, healthy eating… Adding the use of plants can support the optional function of our circulatory system!

Blackcurrant for an antioxidant and draining action

Blackcurrant is vasculoprotective and veinotonic. In fact, it reinforces the strength and permeability of capillaries, improving microcirculation. They can be, as such, used in the prevention and treatment of the manifestations of fragile capillaries (rosacea, starred vessels on the legs ). The blackcurrant is opposed particularly to the ageing of blood vessel walls.

It is also known that blackcurrant seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids of Omega -3 (alpha -linolenic acid, stearidonic acid, for example) and that of the omega-6 families (gamma-linolenic acid, for example). These fatty acids have hypotensive properties (low blood pressure, or voltage) and are anti-inflammatory [1].

Red Vine, the regulator of blood circulation

The EMA (European Medicines Agency), recognizes the effectiveness of red wine in the treatment of disorders of venous circulation (venous insufficiency and varicose veins ) in the treatment of fragile capillaries (small blood vessels that form under the skin), and in the treatment of burns and irritations associated with hemorrhoids crisis[2]. It attributes further anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous properties, as well as a protective action on the liver plus general antimicrobial, antioxidant and diuretic actions.

Blueberry to strengthen capillaries

Numerous clinical and epidemiological studies have been published on the relationship between the consumption of blueberries (flavonoids) and a reduction of the risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. On the other hand, the phenolic compounds of blueberries help to reduce oxidation of lipids of the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation of the vascular system [3].

Olive tree, natural hypotensive

The “trend” of the Mediterranean diet was born from extensive research that showed that the death rate for cardiovascular disease is lower in the countries consuming olive oil.
Furthermore, the proven efficacy of olive leaf makes it a preventive and curative treatment for high blood pressure. It improves circulation by relaxing and dilating the arteries, also promotes diuresis, helps reduce oedema and reduces blood urea.

Consuming red vine associated with blackcurrant, blueberry and olive, therefore, reduces the risk of stroke and has a positive effect in the prevention of cardiovascular disease[4],[5] by lowering blood pressure and reducing oxidative stress in the body, improving the composition of blood lipids, and reducing the level of “bad” cholesterol. Activa Well Being Circulation is a combination of those plants that help to support your cardiovascular system and prevent stroke.

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Sources:
[1] Thèse « Le Cassis (ribes nigrum L.) : études botanique, chimique et effets thérapeutiques », Stéphanie GERBAKA, Grenoble 2013.
[2] Étude de l’EMA
[3]] Neto CC. Cranberry and blueberry: evidence for protective effects against cancer and vascular diseases. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2007 Jun; 51(6):652-64.
[4] Rakici O, Kiziltepe U, et al. Effects of resveratrol on vascular tone and endothelial function of human saphenous vein and internal mammary artery. Int J Cardiol. 2005 Nov 2;105(2):209-15.
[5] Biomedical effects of grape products. Vislocky LM, Fernandez ML. Nutr Rev. 2010 Nov;68(11):656-70.

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