Discover how Ka’Chava’s unique blend of nutrients and superfoods help keep your ticker in top shape and support healthy blood vessels.
There’s no magic bullet for achieving optimal heart and cardiovascular health—rather, it requires an overall healthy lifestyle involving regular physical activity, stress management, adequate sleep, and a nutritious diet. The 5 nutrients below have been shown to play a vital role in normal heart and blood vessel function, and some may help curb risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure, both of which are factors that can contribute to cardiovascular disease.
See the top 6 nutrients that support a healthy heart in Ka’Chava
Fiber:Maintains a healthy cholesterol + blood pressure level
In addition to supporting optimal gut health, fiber is an essential for keeping your heart and blood vessels flowing freely. Both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber have been linked to heart health benefits1. Research suggests that the people who consume the most fiber in their diets have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease2 and coronary heart disease3. Fiber’s beneficial effects appear to be due to its ability to reduce total and LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and improve insulin sensitivity4. Fiber can almost act like a sponge, binding excess cholesterol in the small intestine and clearing it from your body so it doesn’t get deposited in your blood vessels where it could contribute to a heart attack or stroke. Ka’Chava contains 4-7 grams of fiber per serving, or 14-25% of your recommended daily intake, from sources like broccoli, whole grain oats, chia, flax, and inulin
Omega-3 fatty acids:Improve heart health, and more
Omega-3 fats are widely considered the most heart-healthy fats on the planet. They’re highly anti-inflammatory and research suggests that they’re good for your heart and blood vessels in several ways:5 Omega-3s reduce levels of triglycerides, a type of fat found in your blood; they slow the buildup of plaque—a substance consisting of fat, cholesterol, and calcium—which can harden and block arteries; they reduce the risk of developing an irregular heart beat; they lead to subtle reductions in blood pressure; and they help reduce the formation of blood clots6. Omega-3s must be obtained from your diet because your body can’t make them on its own. While fatty fish like salmon are a top source, you can also get omega-3s from plant foods such as chia seeds and flax seeds, both of which are found in Ka’Chava
Magnesium + Calcium:Maintains a healthy heart rhythm
Why are we talking about magnesium and calcium together? Because these minerals—both of which are electrolytes—have complementary roles for heart health. Calcium stimulates your heart to contract, while magnesium strategically counters the effect of calcium and helps your heart muscles relax7. Together, they ensure your heart is contracting and relaxing properly. If your magnesium levels are too low, for example, calcium can overstimulate your heart muscle and lead to a rapid or irregular heartbeat8. In every serving, Ka’Chava contains a healthy balance of these two minerals— 44-46% of your daily value of calcium and 48- 69% of your daily value of magnesium.
Potassium:Maintains a healthy blood pressure + a healthy heart rhythm
Low levels of potassium have been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke, but increasing potassium intake can help alleviate these risks9. One explanation for this is that potassium helps prevent vascular calcification—the buildup of calcium in the smooth muscle cells within arteries, which contributes to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Getting enough potassium also helps you maintain a healthy blood pressure, in part by counteracting the blood pressure-elevating effects of too much sodium10. Like other electrolyte minerals, potassium also helps keep your heart beating at the right pace. Potassium is readily found in plant foods like bananas, sweet potatoes, spinach, and lentils. Ka’Chava contains 6 % % of your daily value for potassium from naturally occurring sources.
Folate:May help reduce the risk of neural tube defects and maintain healthy heart11
Folate is a B vitamin that—along with other B vitamins—helps break down homocysteine, an amino acid that may damage the inner walls of arteries and contribute to risk of heart attack and stroke12. In one study of over 20,000 adults with high blood pressure, those who took a folic acid supplement along with their blood pressure medication were less likely to experience a stroke than people who just took blood pressure medication alone13. Folate is found in many foods such as green leafy vegetables, beans, and citrus fruits. Folic acid refers to the supplemental form of folate. Each serving of Ka’Chava contains 83% of folate or folic acid.
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1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/eat-more-fiber-rich-foods-to-foster-heart-health |
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC5731843/ |
3. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/216689 |
4. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/216689 |
5. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000767.html |
6. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/omega-3/art-20045614 |
7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC4455825/ |
8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC2464251/ |
9. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/how-too-little-potassium-may-contribute-cardiovascular-disease |
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