The cardiovascular system consists of the heart and blood vessels (arteries, veins and capillaries) in which the blood circulates, bringing oxygen and nourishment to the whole body, while eliminating waste products from the tissues. This apparatus is subject to numerous and important diseases often worsened by a diet rich in fat, smoking, sedentary lifestyle and age, among which are heart disease, thrombosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, as well as atherosclerosis and hypertension. These last two pathologies are actually risk factors for the development of other cardiovascular diseases, and it is on these that one can intervene with the integration of vitamins that strengthens the walls of the vessels, regulates the pressure and reduces the levels of fat in the blood.
Diseases that improve thanks to vitamins:
It is characterized by an increase in blood pressure values. Sometimes it causes general disorders, such as mild headaches, fatigue, vision difficulties, dizziness, palpitations. Hypertension can be responsible, alone or in conjunction with other factors, for irreversible damage to the arteries and acceleration of atherosclerosis, and is an important risk factor for the development of other cardiovascular diseases.
In the presence of this disease the inner layers of the artery walls become thick and irregular due to deposits of lipids and cholesterol. Thickening leads to a reduction in the lumen (i.e. volume) of the arteries and consequently to a decrease in blood flow. When the blood flows with fatigue, a thrombus or clot can form, which can cause a sudden stop in blood flow, heart attack and stroke.
The most useful vitamins
Vitamin C is useful for lowering blood pressure because it increases the activity of substances that cause vasodilation.
Where it is found: In addition to food (citrus fruits, spinach, blackcurrants, dark leafy vegetables, tomatoes, kiwis, etc.), vitamin C is present in large quantities in açai juice, a super vitaminic Amazonian berry (found in herbalist shops).
How much to take: Drink one scoop of açai juice a day.
If it’s deficient, the pressure will rise.
Where it is: Vitamin D is synthesized by the body through the action of sunlight. Among the foods, cod liver oil, butter and anchovies are rich.
How to take it: Eat a slice of black bread every day with a curl of butter and an anchovy fillet.
Vitamins B6, B12 and B9 (folic acid)
They help to prevent atherosclerosis because they are able to lower levels of homocysteine in the blood: this amino acid has in fact been related, if present in large concentrations, with the formation of atherosclerotic plaque.
Where to find: Vitamin B6 is present in fish, eggs, whole grains, wheat germ, dried fruit, brewer’s yeast, legumes; vitamin B12 is found in liver, eggs, fish, milk and derivatives; vitamin B9 is rich in cabbage, beans, oranges and brewer’s yeast.
How much to take: The best way to stock up on the three vitamins is to drink a warm glass of soy milk or rice in the morning before breakfast.
Thanks to its antioxidant action against free radicals, it helps to prevent atherosclerotic plaques. It also lowers blood cholesterol levels.
Where it is found: Vitamin E is present in large quantities in almonds, walnuts, raw vegetable oils, olives, apricots and apricot kernel oil, as well as in hemp oil.
How to stock up: Hemp seed oil is one of the most effective natural supplements against the formation of atherosclerotic plaques: it helps reduce plasma levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, and decreases the degree of platelet aggregation. You can find it in natural food stores: drink one teaspoon a day or use it to season.