High Blood Pressure: The Silent Killer!
3 Years Ago | By Apricot Power
American Blood Pressure Month
High Blood Pressure
Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. High blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 410,000 Americans in 2014—that’s more than 1,100 deaths each day.
Although stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major cause of adult disability, the good news is they are preventable and treatable. Many factors may affect a person’s risk for stroke , including high blood pressure, age, family health history, and more.
Learn the Risks
Stress slows down the digestive and immune systems. Someone that has a stronger reaction to stress may find it triggering health problems. Stress also depletes your body of essential vitamins and minerals.
Know the Signs
Stroke can look different for everyone. Numbness, confusion, trouble seeing, and trouble walking are just a few indicators that you or someone you know may be having a stroke. Knowing the common stroke warning signs and symptoms can help save someone’s life—maybe even your own.
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Acting F.A.S.T. can help stroke patients get the treatments they desperately need. The stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms. Stroke patients may not be eligible for these if they don’t arrive at the hospital in time.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following simple test:
F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.
Note the time when any symptoms first appear. This information helps health care providers determine the best treatment for each person.
Supplements That May Help
Supplements work hand-in-hand with exercise, a responsible diet, plenty of rest, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Advanced Multiple Vitamins
Apricot Power Advanced Multiple Vitamins are a complete daily vitamin that includes a full list of high-quality liquid vitamins, minerals, and supplements to benefit your body. Besides the 20 key vitamins you’d expect in a great multiple, it has eight blends and complexes.
- Omega 3,6,9 Fatty Acid Blend (30mg)
- Natural Carotenoid Blend (10mg)
- Prebiotic Multi-Fiber Complex and Digestive Support (2,250mg)
- Super-Phyto Food Complex (5,300mg)
- 10 Vegetables
- 29 fruit extracts or concentrates
- 12 spices and herbal extracts
- 3 sea vegetables
- ACTIValoe® aloe vera juice for a superior ORAC antioxidant and polyphenol content.
- Cardiovascular, Liver Cleanse, and Detox Support (400mg)
- Youth and Energy Complex (235mg)
- Vegetarian Amino Acid Complex
- Sea Vegetarian Derived Ionic Trace Minerals
What the Heck is...
There is a whole world of vitamins, nutrients, and supplements in the market. It’s very difficult to know everything about each of them and what their benefits may be. This column will highlight a different vitamin or supplement each month what its benefits may be. This month we are featuring CoQ10.
Breaking it down
CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is present in most cells and produced naturally in the body. The highest amounts can be found in the heart, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. The “Co” stands for coenzyme. It helps other enzymes work to digest food properly.
What Does CoQ10 Do?
In its active form, CoQ10 is called ubiquinone (or ubiquinol). It is synthesized within the body naturally and used for important functions, such as supplying cells with energy, transporting electrons and regulating blood pressure levels. It’s not only necessary for producing cellular energy but also helps defend cells from damage caused by harmful free radicals.
Why You Need CoQ10
Your cells use CoQ10 for growth and maintenance. It has been shown to improve symptoms of congestive heart failure and may help reduce blood pressure. The natural production level of CoQ10 decreases as you grow older. Fish, meats, and whole grains all have small amounts of CoQ10, but not enough to significantly boost the levels in your body. That’s why supplements may help.
Apricot Power Brand CoQ10
Apricot Power CoQ10 contains 100mg of CoQ10 plus 30 IU of Vitamin E. (100% of daily value based on a 2000 calorie diet.)
Blood Pressure: CoQ10 has been shown to improve symptoms of congestive heart failure. CoQ10 may also help reduce blood pressure.
Absorption: CoQ10 may increase the absorption of other essential nutrients, maximizing the effects of vitamins and antioxidants that are already at work in the body.
Physical Performance: Tiny organelles called mitochondria take fat and other nutrients and turn them into usable sources of energy. This conversion process requires the presence of CoQ10.