Cardio Relax AO™ + HeartZest™
The proprietary blend of safe, natural ingredients in CardioRelax AO™ and HeartZest™ are designed to combat two culprits of high blood pressure: inflexible blood vessels and clogged, hardened arteries,
Supple, Flexible Blood Vessels
Cardio Relax AO™
When blood vessels can’t relax and stretch, the pressure inside rises. (That’s why many drugs like ACE inhibitors aim to relax the tightness of blood vessels.)
A major cause of inflexible arteries is free radical damage, which is why CardioRelax AO™ was formulated with 10 different powerful antioxidants to neutralize the damage of free radicals and support healthy blood circulation.
What’s in cardio relax ao™?
Grape Seed Extract
Processed from grapes grown in the Loire valley in France, the proprietary Grape Seed Extract in CardioRelax AO™ is standardized to a minimum 95% procyanidin content. This matters because procyanidins are a powerful antioxidant (50 times more potent than Vitamin C) that can increase activation of Nitric Oxide, which helps blood vessels relax. (One studyi showed a 46 point drop in blood pressure for subjects taking this specific grape seed extract.)
Grape Seed Extract also helps circulation, including the microcirculation of tiny blood vessels inside your organs like the heart, eyes, and kidneys. (All of which are easily damaged by high blood pressure, leading to kidney failure and blindness.)
Green Tea Extract
Green Tea Extract has been shown in thousands of studies to have far reaching health impacts, from healthy cognitive function to protection against breast and prostate cancers.
Green Tea Extract may also improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels, essential to maintaining healthy blood pressure. One studyv of Japanese tea drinkers showed a 42% lower risk of Type II diabetes among those who drank the most green tea.
In another study of 56 obese, hypertensive patients, people who took Green Tea Extract significantly lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure – as well as reduced their fasting glucose serum levels, insulin levels, and their insulin resistance, as compared to the placebo group.vi
Olive Leaf Extract
Recorded in the Bible as a potent infection fighter, Olive Leaf Extract’s antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties have been confirmed by laboratory studies. Olive Leaf includes the antioxidant oleuropein, a potent antioxidant that may help lower blood pressure – one study on identical twins showed oleuropein was equally effective in lowering blood pressure as the popular prescription drug Captopril.iv
The Olive Leaf Extract inside each capsule of CardioRelax AO™ is verified to include 20% oleuropein.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Your body’s “energy spark”, CoQ10 rapidly declines with age (30% lost by the time you hit your 40s) and also may decline with statin drugs. CoQ10 is found in the mitochondria of cells, where it helps to power the energy factories of your cells.
As a powerful antioxidant, CoQ10 fights cell damage to heart and vascular tissue. Also supports healthy blood pressure by helping your arterial walls properly expand and contract.ii
BioPeriene (black pepper extract)
BioPeriene black pepper to maximize CoQ10 absorption.
BioPeriene has been shown to increase your body’s absorption of CoQ10 by 30% (most CoQ10 supplements in stores simply pass through your body without doing it any good.)
Extracts from Amla Fruit, Blueberry, Tomato, Pomegranate, and Beet Root
This proprietary blend of FIVE fruit and vegetable extracts includes antioxidants shown to fight free radical damage, act as a natural ACE inhibitor, and increase body’s production of nitric oxide.
“Declog” Hardened Arteries
When arteries get clogged, there is less room inside for blood to flow. As any kid with a garden hose can tell you, if there’s less space in a tube, the pressure increases.
HeartZest™ contains 7 biologically active forms of select vitamins and minerals to help eliminate two common scourges of clogged, hardened arteries: calcium deposits and high homocysteine levels.
What’s in HeartZest™?
Vitamin D, in its biologically active form of Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), may help achieve lower blood pressure, according to data from numerous studies. One large scale analysis of 283,537 people from 2013 that showed for each 10 mg/ml increase in a person’s vitamin D levels, they had a 12% lower risk of developing hypertension.
The reason for Vitamin D3’s link with healthy blood pressure may be due to how it clears calcium from the blood stream. (Excess calcium, if not properly absorbed in the bones, may pile up in the blood vessels, causing them to stiffen and thereby raise blood pressure.)vii
Vitamin D3, generated by sunlight, is found in very few sources of food, which is why so many doctors now prescribe Vitamin D supplements. The key is to get the right “biologically active” form of D3 rather than the more common variety Vitamin D2. Each capsule of HeartZest™ includes the active form Vitamin D3.
Vitamin K2 also combats hardened arteries by transporting calcium into the bones and out of blood vessels. Not to be confused with Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone), which is common in many fruits and vegetables. Vitamin K2 (menaquinone ) is harder to obtain from dietary sources (it’s commonly found in animal livers), which is why many researchers suggest supplementation.
But be warned – Vitamin K2 itself comes in thirteen different varieties, only 3 of which – MK-7, MK-8 and MK-9 – have been shown to lower calcification and decrease the risk of heart disease factors.viii
Every capsule of HeartZest™ includes the effective MK-7 variety.
Potassium is an electrolyte that helps to regulate proper nerve function and acts as a natural diuretic – but without the damaging side effects of prescription drug diuretics, which can drain your body of vital nutrients like zinc.
Potassium supplementation can lower blood pressure by balancing out high sodium levels, thereby maintaining a healthy amount of fluid in your blood. (Too much fluid causes a heavy stress on your blood vessels, which raises blood pressure.)
The Potassium in HeartZest™ is paired with aspartic acid to aid in its cell-energetic properties.
Magnesium is responsible for over 325 enzymatic processes in the body, including maintaining a steady heart rate and relaxing blood vessels – but it’s estimated that up to 80% of Americans are deficient in it. One study showed that magnesium supplementation led to lower blood pressure in hypertensives.
Magnesium may also reduce insulin sensitivity, a precursor to Type II Diabetes and a major culprit behind high blood pressure.
Each capsule of HeartZest™ uses dimagnesium malate, a form of magnesium that is more absorbed by the body, and so has less of a “laxative effect”. (In contrast, the cheapest form of magnesium, Magnesium oxide, is only 4% absorbed by the body.)
Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid
The family of B Vitamins may help to reduce high blood pressure by clearing the blood stream of homocysteine, a natural by-product of animal protein digestion that can harden arteries when levels get too high. Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid can help promote healthy homocysteine levels in the body.
The famous 2003 Framingham Study found a link between high blood pressure and homocysteine levels – individuals with hypertension had elevated homocysteine levels, and Vitamin B deficiency may be to blame for this.
Each of these three B vitamins also provides several other benefits, including:
The body uses Vitamin B6 to create energy and may also boost mood through its role in production of the “feel good” neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. It also helps to produce melatonin, used by your body to regulate your internal clock and create longer, deeper sleep cycles. Some studies suggest Vitamin B6 supplementation may reduce the risk of stroke.
Each gel cap of HeartZest™ uses a coenzyme form of Vitamin B6 called Pyridoxyl-5-Phosphate or “P5P.” P5P can be immediately used by your body (other forms of Vitamin B supplements must first be converted into P5P).
Vitamin B12 helps convert glucose into energy for your cells, so Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause sluggishness and depression. Vitamin B12 also helps to maintain healthy nerve and red blood cells.
HeartZest™ contains a “biologically active” form of Vitamin B12 called Methylcobalamin, the natural kind used in the body. (If you look carefully at the fine print on commonly sold multivitamin bottles, you’ll see the Vitamin B12 listed as cyanocobalamin, which is a synthetic form that must first be converted by the body to be used).
Popularly known to prevent birth defects, folic acid also helps create new DNA and healthy red blood cells. Folic Acid may also help reduce the risk of strokes for people with high blood pressure, according to a randomized medical trial recently reported in the Journal of American Medicine.ix
Because of its role in healthy mood levels, doctors have added folic acid to antidepressants to increase their effectiveness. Folic acid may also help prevent Alzheimer’s – one study of 579 men and women age 60 and above showed that those people who got the recommended level of 400 mcg of folic acid each day slashed their risk of developing Alzheimer’s in half. Healthy Folic acid levels may also help to ward cancer.
Each capsule of HeartZest™ uses the most biologically active form of folic acid, known as 5-MTHF (5-methyltetrahydrofolate) – this is the form of folic acid naturally found in the body, which means its ready for use right away. Hailed as the “fourth generation of folic acid”, 5-MTHF has higher solubility, which increases its bioavailability.