Love Your Heart This Month, And Every Month!
During National Heart Month, people across the country are encouraged to evaluate their lifestyle and inspired to change habits that are contributing to heart problems. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but fortunately, it can often be prevented and managed with healthy lifestyle choices. At Native Sun right now, we’re featuring Nordic Naturals and their Ultimate Omega line of omega-3 fish oils that can help support your heart-healthy lifestyle.
The Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Years of research has made it clear that omega-3 fatty acids should be part of a healthy diet. The Mayo Clinic recommends that adults have at least two servings of fish rich in omega-3 every week, such as salmon, tuna, and sardines. Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated and, when taking the place of saturated fatty acids such as those in meats, may help lower triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood) and blood pressure, and decrease the risk of both stroke and heart failure.
Research from Harvard Medical School suggests that supplemental fish oil was “more successful than statins at preventing death in heart failure patients.”
Save Now on Ultimate Omega Supplements
Omega-3 fish oils from Nordic Naturals are made exclusively from 100-percent wild-caught sardines and anchovies and bottled in a nitrogen-rich, oxygen-free environment for freshness, taste and purity, and its products are third-party tested.
Nordic Natural’s fish oil products are non-GMO certified, gluten- and dairy-free, and have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Right now, take advantage of 20 percent off these Nordic Naturals heart health products:
EPA Fish Oil 60 Softgels
EPA Xtra 60 Softgels
Ultimate Omega D 60 Softgels
Ultimate Omega 2X Lemon 120 count
Omega Ultimate 120 Softgels
Coq10 Strawberry Gummies 60 count
Ultimate Omega +COQ10 - Unflavored
Ultimate Omega 2X - Lemon
Ultimate Omega - Lemon 180 count
Ultimate Omega Mini Strawberry
Heart Health Guidelines
The same lifestyle guidelines that are recommended for maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of certain diseases, and simply living well support heart health as well. Prevention notes that a healthy diet and moderate alcohol consumption can cut the risk of heart attack by more than half. Here are more of its recommendations, from its “28 Days to a Healthier Heart” article:
Drink green tea for its powerful antioxidants
Read food labels and nutrition facts to ensure bad fats don’t exceed more than 30 percent of your calories
Use monounsaturated fatty acid-rich olive oil, substituting it for butter or margarine
Eat more whole grain cereals and breads with wheat bran, oats and whole wheat
Have at least one serving of omega-3 rich fish each week to potentially reduce the risk of death from a heart attack by 52 percent
Start your morning with juices that contain folic acid and antioxidants like flavonoids and resveratrol
Try to make vegetables 50 percent of each meal
Our Shelves Are Packed With Heart-Healthy Goodness
Whether you’re already focused on keeping your ticker in top shape or you’re ready to make some smart changes in your diet, you’ll find everything you need on the aisles at Native Sun.
Start in our 100-percent organic produce department with these colorful, antioxidant-rich items on your shopping list:
Citrus, greens, and berries for vitamin C
Tomatoes and melons for lycopene
Anything green for chlorophyll
Grapes and purple cabbage for anthocyanins
Sweet potatoes and carrots for vitamin A
Also, keep garlic in your pantry—just a single clove a day has the power to reduce arterial damage and the blockage caused by clotting and cholesterol. And don’t forget to go bananas, since the potassium in these nutritional superstars help lower blood pressure.
The Juice + Bar
You could buy the ingredients you need to make your own heart-healthy smoothies, but our Juice + Bar makes it easier! From top superfoods like matcha that are loaded with antioxidants to tiny chia seeds with their high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, the juices and smoothies on our menu have it all.
On our shelves
You’ll find plenty of foods and products on our shelves that can help keep blood pressure at healthy levels and reduce stress on your cardiovascular system.
Make sure to pick up some nuts—they lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, according to a major study. Researchers and healthcare practitioners agree that eating just a single serving (about one-third of a cup) of nuts twice a week is associated with a 19-percent reduction in cardiovascular disease risk and a 23-percent lowered risk of coronary heart disease. The Mayo Clinic recommends nuts for their role in lowering LDL, high levels of which contribute to plaque buildup in blood vessels. Nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, plant sterols that can help lower cholesterol, and l-arginine, a substance that may make artery walls more flexible. Keep almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts on hand for a quick, heart-healthy snack.
Flaxseed is another small bite that packs a lot of heart-healthy omega-3 fats. These powerful seeds can help cut the development of coronary disease by nearly half by preventing red blood cells from forming artery-blocking clots. A couple of tablespoons of preground flaxseed added to your cereal, oatmeal, salad or yogurt will do the trick.
Need dessert? (Of course, you do!) Dark chocolate—also on our brain-healthy food list—fills the bill, containing the antioxidants that help keep blood vessels flexible and elastic. An ounce of dark chocolate made with at least 70 percent cocoa should be eaten every day.
For more cardiovascular support, look for these supplements at your local Native Sun store:
Bluebonnet CholesteRice capsules with red yeast rice and plant sterols to help maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range
Solaray Hawthorn Special Formula from Nutraceutical, which has been shown to improve circulation around the heart, helping reduce blood pressure
Natural Factors Vitamin K2, which can potentially inhibit the calcification of calcium and other hard minerals in arteries
Save on Heart-Healthy Eating
There’s more on the menu of healthy foods that help prevent heart disease, and you’ll find them right here at Native Sun. Keep an eye on our weekly deals and monthly sales to save on the organic produce, clean supplements, seafood and more that can keep your heart going strong.