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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 2/25/12 Quiz: Heart Health

What did Dr. Oz recommend to improve the elasticity of arteries this past week? Post your answer on WatchingDrOz's Facebook page and you could win a free nutrition consultation from Fuel for Life, LLC!

A. Stretching
B. CoQ10
D. Whole grains

The Answer:

Your Answers:
A. Stretching - 28%
B. CoQ10 - 56%
C. EPA - 1%
D. Whole grains – 14%

On the 2/13/12 episode of The Dr. Oz Show: Jump-Start Hour, Dr. Oz recommended stretching as a way to improve the elasticity of the arteries!

Dr. Oz has long recommended stretching as a great way to start the day and get the blood flowing. He has practiced yoga for most of his life and he says yoga contributes to a health heart. Blood vessels and arteries that are elastic have a better ability to expand and contract as needed to facilitate blood flow. Rigid arteries can lead to a hardening of the arteries and build of material which can block blood flow leading to an increased risk of stroke and heart disease.

Yoga Journal Magazine's website has a section devoted to beginners with instructions and photos of poses. Yoga studios and yoga classes are available in most cities, gym, and rec centers throughout the country. Or take a yoga class at home with a DVD or program on television.

Take a few minutes a day to stretch, energize or relax, breath and get yourself centered for the day or let go of the day's stresses with some stretching and yoga.

Most of you chose CoQ10 which is an antioxidant that provides support to the heart in the form of energy production. Your body naturally creates CoQ10 to fuel the cells, and in particular, fuel the heart. As we age, CoQ10 production declines. There's a growing theory that many heart disease issues are based on a decrease in available CoQ10 for the heart to do its job.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra is one of the leaders in utilizing CoQ10 in heart health therapies. His book Metabolic Cardiology recommends CoQ10, along with magnesium, d-Ribose and l-carnitine, as a must-have for heart health. Read more about CoQ10 from DR. Sinatra on his heart health blog.

As discussed in last week's Watching Dr Oz quiz, EPA is a component of omega-3 fatty acids primarily found in cold water fish. The fat EPA focuses on heart health from modulating inflammation to supporting healthy blood pressure levels to helping the body slow the build of arterial plaques.

Whole Grains
Whole grains are a great source of soluble and insoluble fibers. Insoluble fibers, fiber that does not dissolve, is supportive of digestive health by scouring the intestines. Insoluble fibers help to remove built up material in the intestines. Soluble fiber play a role in blocking the absorption of cholesterol. Fibers take longer to break down in the digestive tract and can play a role in healthy weight loss by making you feel satisfied and full longer.

WebMD recommends these foods as a source for soluble fibers: oatmeal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, flaxseed, beans, psyllium, cucumbers, and carrots

For insoluble fibers, look toward: whole wheat, seeds, nuts, barley, brown rice, zucchini, cabbage, tomatoes, dark leafy vegetables and grapes.


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