Cardiovascular health (Part 1)

Cardiovascular health is all about the transport of blood which carries oxygen and nutrients from our heart and lungs to nourish individual cells. Our focus here is to look at common problems and identify the role of nutrition to both help and prevent problems. This is a brief overview and you should contact me for personalised nutritional advice.

A healthy body will have blood that is able to flow smoothly throughout our body. To achieve this, the processes that manufacture blood will ensure that the liquid plasma, red blood cells, platelets and white blood cells that form our blood are made seamlessly. Good blood is able to bring oxygen and nutrients to cells so that our cells can function at their best.

Common problems include poor red blood cell formation caused by low levels of nutrients especially iron and vitamins B12 and folate which can be tested and treated by your GP. A problem often ignored is how easily blood flows. Certain antioxidants such as grape seed proanthocyanidins (OPC) promote blood flow and in doing so can help normalize blood pressure. Antioxidants are especially important as they reduce oxidative stress (free radical damage) in blood vessels and also help blood to flow properly.

A good multi should have the nutrients that help with blood flow. These should include natural vitamin E, B vitamins and most importantly the potent antioxidants proanthocyanidins (OPC) in grape seed extract and anthocyanins from blackcurrants.

Your daily multi should include these nutrients. It should have a full B complex, at least 50IU of natural vitamin E and have 150mg of pure OPC with supporting anthocyanins. This will help your blood flow, protect your heart and blood vessels and help maintain good circulatory health.

John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med.) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. If you have questions or need help you can contact John 0800 423559.  You can email John at

Please note that the health advice given through this column is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health problem. © John Arts 2021

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