February is symbolized by the heart. Heart-shaped chocolates, heart-shaped greeting cards, pink-and-red everything...and it's not just Valentine's Day that makes this shape so fitting. Did you know that February is also American Heart Month?

Without a healthy heart, you couldn't wish a happy Valentine's Day to the ones you care about. Today, show appreciation for the blood-pumping organ by learning how to make healthy changes to your lifestyle. Then, give the gift of heart health by sharing your knowledge with someone you love!

Royal Velvet For Heart Health

Heart disease can be prevented. In addition to a healthy diet, physical exercise, stress management, and abstaining from smoking, taking natural supplements can be a simple preventative measure. Royal Velvet from The Healthy Protocol, LLC contains nutrients and growth factors that have been shown to benefit the heart.

Research has shown that insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) regulates cardiac growth and helps to protect the heart against injuries. Royal Velvet contains IGF-1 in addition to Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-Beta), which controls cell growth and plays a role in heart disease.

A lack of sleep contributes to your risk for heart disease as much as smoking, and Royal Velvet combats this by promoting better slumber. The supplement contains nutrients that are required for replenishing neurotransmitters and helping you to feel well-rested.

Finally, a recent study on Chinese medicine found that deer antler velvet partially reversed changes in cardiac function in rats with heart failure. The research suggested that antler velvet may have therapeutic effects on individuals with heart disease. Combined with a healthy lifestyle, Royal Velvet can help keep your blood-pumping muscle in check for many more American Heart Months to come.

Healthy Heart Facts

  • Your heart beats about 100,000 times per day.

  • The average weight of a woman's heart is about 8 ounces; the average weight of a man's is about 10.

  • A good, hearty laugh can increase your blood flow by 20%.

  • People with heart disease who follow a Mediterranean diet can reduce their risk for a second heart attack.

  • Each minute, your heart pumps 1.5 gallons of blood.

  • Three hours per week of brisk walking can nearly halve your risk for heart disease.

Calculating Your Risk For Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for adult men and women in the US. Both genetic and lifestyle factors can contribute to your personal risk, among them:

  • Smoking (including secondhand smoke)

  • Stress

  • High cholesterol

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity

  • Blood vessel inflammation

  • Poor diet

  • Lack of physical activity

To calculate your risk of suffering a heart attack during the next 10 years, the Mayo Clinic has developed this assessment tool.

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