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4 Ways to Love Your Heart with Algae

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If you’re new here, you’ll quickly learn that nutrient-dense whole food (like algae!) is nature’s natural medicine and can be just as powerful and healing as many conventional medicines.  

Our good friend, Dr. Joel Kahn, one of the world’s top integrative cardiologists agrees that plant-based nutrition like algae is the most powerful source of preventative medicine on the planet:

“In a world where our health is stressed by contaminated air, water, food, and personal items, where are you going to turn for the cleanest nutrition and wellness support on the planet? I turn to ENERGYbits and RECOVERYbits as a plant perfect route to protect, strengthen and cleanse my metabolic systems. I feel my best when I am green, clean and protected by these plant foods.” 

Joel Kahn, MD, FACC Integrative Cardiologist & Author
Dr. Joel Kahn with vegetables

Dr. Kahn’s sentiments are particularly relevant during February – a month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day and draw attention to American Heart Health Month.

Heart Disease is the leading cause of disease in the USA so showing your heart more love with healthy plant-base nutrition is not just critical, it is easier and more affordable than heart surgery. Scientists, nutritionists and holistic doctors all agree that heart disease, like many chronic diseases is largely preventable through diet and lifestyle.  Just a few minor changes in your daily routine (like adding algae tablets) can make a huge difference in your health and longevity.

This year for Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, why not skip gifting your loved ones (and yourself) chocolate and give the gift of heart health with ENERGYbits algae tablets!  Keep reading for four of the top reasons why plant-based nutrition like algae tablets love your heart to bits.

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1. Eat Healthier and Cleaner

To follow a heart-healthy diet you will want to eliminate, or limit processed carbs, refined sugar, high-fat animal products and toxic fats like GMO vegetable oils and trans fats. Instead, reach for whole foods that support healthy heart function like organic vegetables and berries, raw nuts and seeds, avocados, olive oil, grass-fed animal products, wild-caught seafood and algae. Did you know that not all fats are created equal? In fact, healthy fats like omega-3s (which are found in algae) support brain health,  lower inflammation and help with heart health (more on that later).

This may seem like a no-brainer (see what we did there), to eat healthy and choose better options. But the reality is, life can get in the way of us accomplishing our goals and staying on track.  That why we have an easy solution for you!

How Algae Can Help

Algae is the most nutrient-dense food on the planet. Even NASA says one gram of algae has the nutrition equal to 1,000 grams of fruits and vegetables. We know that’s a bit hard to conceptualize but this is easier. Consider that ONE algae tablet from ENERGYbits® ( the size of a small aspirin-)  is equivalent to the nutrition found in an entire plate of vegetables!! Wow right?

image showing that 1 ENERGYbits algae tablet is equal to a plate of vegetables, nutrition wise.

Algae tablets are not only nutrient dense, swallowing a few each day is effortless!  If you have been struggling to eat your veggies because you don’t like them or don’t have time, algae tablets are your solution! All of our algae tablets are at least 60% protein and contain over 40+ vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, antioxidants, chlorophyll and omega-3s to help support your heart [1].

chart of vitamins for a healthy heart

2. Control Cholesterol & Blood Pressure

Testing your cholesterol and blood pressure are two ways to find out if you have a healthy (or unhealthy) heart and if either one of them are high, you need to make some dietary adjustments. Taking algae tablets are the easiest, plant-based solution that can help .

The Problem of High Cholesterol: Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but if your cholesterol is too high, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. If these deposits continue to grow, it becomes difficult for blood to easily flow through your arteries which robs your heart of  the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function. Even worse, these fatty deposits can break off and form a clot that can cause a heart attack or stroke [2]. Yikes.

The Problem of High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure forces your heart to work harder to pump your blood to the rest of your body. This puts a strain on your health, not to mention your heart! High blood pressure can also damage your arteries by hardening them and making them less flexible. This decreases the flow of blood (and oxygen, hormones and nutrients) to your heart and the rest of your body. Even worse, it can cause your heart to thicken and this increases your risk of heart attack, heart failure or other cardiac issues [3]

Are you starting to understand why keeping your LDL (bad cholesterol) and blood pressure within low optimal ranges is so important? Don’t wait for your heart attack to clean up your diet. If you want an easy, effortless way to add more plant-based nutrition to your diet, simply take algae tablets every day. Both spirulina and chlorella algae are proven  and powerful preventative plant-based foods  that can improve your heart health no matter what your age [4].

stethoscope with ENERGYbits products and heart

How Algae Can Help

Spirulina Algae: Several studies have shown the positive effects of spirulina algae (like ENERGYbits and BEAUTYbits) on cholesterol levels. In one study, intake of spirulina for 4 to 8 weeks significantly decreased total serum cholesterol in the participants [5]. 

Chlorella Algae: Chlorella algae can help too! Research shows that regular use of chlorella (like RECOVERYbits) helps prevent heart disease, raises the good/protective form of cholesterol (HDL), helps to reduce high blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels [6].

Specific Heart Healthy Nutrients in Both: Algae is also a great source of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps to dilate the blood vessels which increases blood flow and improves circulation [7] and it even reduces plaque growth and blood clots. Algae for the double win!

Magnesium is necessary for normal muscle function (don’t forget your heart is a muscle!) . And similar to Nitric Oxide, magnesium also helps your blood vessels to relax and widen so blood can flow more easily [8]. A deficiency in magnesium can lead to muscle weakness, cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease) chest pain, high blood pressure, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, or heart attack [8].

To make sure you stay within optimal cholesterol and blood pressure ranges, incorporate spirulina and chlorella daily. Your heart will say thank you! Now that’s what we call algae love.

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3. Get Active

As we all know, exercise is good for our fitness health but did you know it is also important for your heart health!

Exercise can help lower your blood pressure, reduce the “bad” cholesterol (LDL), increase the “good” cholesterol (HDL), and reduce body weight. It can also help you improve your endurance and strengthen your heart (remember, your heart it’s a muscle and needs to be worked and strengthened just like your biceps!).

Science has linked being inactive and sitting too much with higher risk of heart disease and even early death [9]. Exercise can also help you shed the extra few pounds we all tend to be carrying around this time of year from the holidays and inactivity- thanks quarantine!

athletic woman in running position, with ENERGYbits products

How Algae Can Help

Incorporate ENERGYbits® or BEAUTYbits® spirulina tablets into your pre-workout regimen to give you the energy to break a sweat and then take RECOVERYbits® chlorella tablets after your workout to help remove lactic acid so your muscles aren’t sore the next day.

Spirulina’s 64% protein and high B Vitamins keep you naturally energized and powered through your workout with no crash and Chlorella’s high chlorophyll and hard cell wall attach to toxins like lactic acid and removes them- leaving you refreshed and restored from the inside. The nutrients in both algae will also improve your endurance, oxygen flow, increase your time to exhaustion [10], – all thanks to mother nature!

cartoon heart holding up weight dumbbell bar and ENERGYbits canisters

4. Reduce Inflammation

Think back to a time you got a splinter in your finger. The result? Redness and swelling as your immune system and white blood cells tried to rid your body of the intruder.

Now think about this same situation but as it relates to your cardiovascular system which you can’t see like you can see a sliver in your finger. But a poor diet, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol “injures” your heart, just like the splinter injures your finger. You just can’t see it. So you probably don’t pay attention to it. But you should.

A poor diet can cause atherosclerosis, fatty deposits in your arteries and hardened and narrowed arteries [11].  When this happens, the body becomes inflamed and perceives the plaque as abnormal and foreign (which it is!) and tries to block off the plaque from the flowing blood. However, that plaque may rupture, and lead to blood clots [11].  None of this is good and all of it is preventable with lifestyle and diet changes. The easiest  is to simply taking algae tablets

two adults under covers, holding up heart signs

How Algae Can help

The best and easiest way to reduce inflammation is to include more inflammation-fighting nutrients like Omega-3 and antioxidants. One of the cleanest and safest sources for both of these is algae!

Antioxidants protect against the oxidative stress and inflammation that can cause heart disease [12][13]. Free radicals cause oxidative stress which damages your cells everywhere, not just in your heart. Antioxidants help correct this by putting out the “fire” of inflammation. Foods like algae have the highest concentration of antioxidants in the world!

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease inflammation, prevent blood clots, and help maintain a healthy heart by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol [14]. You can find omega-3 fatty acids in wild salmon or fish oil but algae is a safer, purer, vegan source- particularly spirulina algae like ENERGYbits®. Fish get their Omega-3 from algae so maybe you should too! Your body will thank you and so will the fish!

Conclusion:

Your heart needs your love and support every day and not just on February 14th.  After all, it works for you 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day.  We suggest sharing the gift of heart health by sharing some algae love this year! You can’t go wrong with healthy foods like ENERGYbits® algae! That sure sounds like true love to us!

This month love your heart and body to bits with algae! To learn more and stay up to date with algae, sign-up for our newsletter here!

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