Your Heart Health

Author: Louis Ignarro
Your Heart Health

Your cardiovascular system is the driving force behind Cellular Nutrition.

Over 100,000 miles in length and equipped with nearly six-trillion endothelial cells, your blood vessels produce the Nitric Oxide that supports Cellular Nutrition. Endothelial-derived Nitric Oxide functions in many important ways to support the cardiovascular and circulatory system. Endothelial damage, from a poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise, results in deficient Nitric-Oxide production and, therefore, increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make your endothelium healthy by adjusting your diet, engaging in moderate exercise and taking Niteworks® dietary supplement.

How does Nitric Oxide work?

Nitric Oxide, also known as NO, is the body's most widespread signaling molecule. NO promotes Cellular Nutrition by facilitating blood flow to every cell in the body. Because NO expands the diameter of the arteries, more nutrients are delivered to the cells and more waste products are removed from the cells. Nitric Oxide provides Cellular Nutrition to all organs of the body and also protects these organs against injury and disease caused by exposure to oxidants, a condition known as "oxidative stress." NO is the body's most potent antioxidant, protecting cells against free radical damage. In this regard, NO functions just like Vitamins E and C.

NO deficiency and Endothelial Dysfunction cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of morbidity and untimely death in the United States and are sometimes associated with NO deficiency. The diseases resulting from NO deficiency include hypertension, stroke, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, gastrointestinal ulcers and erectile dysfunction. A healthy vascular endothelium is essential to a healthy cardiovascular system because it is required for normal NO production and action. Vascular-endothelial dysfunction leads to decreased NO production and increased oxidative stress, creating a vicious cycle that promotes further endothelial dysfunction.

Diet improves heart health

Another way to keep your endothelium healthy is through diet. A sensible diet that is low in fats and carbohydrates, but rich in proteins, will go a long way in promoting cardiovascular health. Decreased fat intake greatly reduces the body's production of destructive free radicals and decreased dietary carbohydrates limit the intake of calories. Eating a high-protein diet maintains muscle mass and energy levels. The combination of high protein plus low carbohydrates and fats, can result in substantial weight loss, which further promotes a healthy cardiovascular system.

A winning combination

The three lifestyle changes outlined – mild to moderate exercise, a high-protein diet and Niteworks® dietary supplement – have something in common: they all play a role in enhancing the production and action of endothelium-derived Nitric Oxide. For this reason, exercise, diet and Niteworks® are a winning combination for maintaining and improving your endothelial health – and a healthy endothelium means a healthy heart. When you combine their results, you can easily see how your overall health and general well-being can improve.

Louis Ignarro, Ph.D. is a Nobel† Laureate in Medicine, and is also member of the Herbalife Scientific and Nutrition Advisory Boards.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
†The Nobel Foundation has no affiliation with Herbalife and does not review, approve or endorse Herbalife® products.