We all know how important a healthy heart is. It’s the single most important organ in our body that is essentially the command center. But not all of us take care of our hearts nor do we have the necessary information on maintaining this important organ healthy.
Based on research (http://www.nordicnaturals.com/), more than 610,000 people die each year in the US from heart disease. That is one in every four deaths, making it the leading cause of death in both men and women. It is no surprise then that the American Heart Health Association recommends eating fish two times per week in an effort to support overall cardiovascular function and reduce the incidence of heart disease. Why? Because thousands of clinical studies have shown that increased intake of EPA and DHA – the omega-3 essential fatty acids naturally found in fish and fish oil- have many cardiovascular benefits.
But simply including fish in your diet may not always be sufficient and there are also concerns over environmental contaminants. Supplementing the diet with a high-quality purified fish oil guarantees the recommended dosage of omega-3’s to support heart health, particularly for anyone with existing cardiovascular disease.
As an avid believer of living a healthy lifestyle, I have personally incorporated certain vitamins and minerals into my daily diet, including heart healthy supplements such as Omega-3. You don’t have to have a history of heart disease in your family to know how important it is to keep your heart healthy. But Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t only beneficial to the heart. This nutrient also helps with the entire cardiovascular system, the blood system, neurological system, and the lungs. Because it’s especially beneficial for children and seniors, Omega-3 fatty acids, which includes EPA and DHA should be eaten on a regular basis. For vegetarians and vegans, ALA Omega-3 comes in the forms of certain nuts and oils.
For the month of February, Americans honor Heart Healthy Month and Nordic Naturals had sent me a “Heart Healthy Pack” which included a bottle of Ultimate Omega 2X, a bottle of Nordic CoQ10 Ubiquinol, and a copy of Dr. Michael Ozner’s book, The Complete Mediterranean Diet. I tried the Nordic CoQ10 Ubiquinol while my husband tried the Ultimate Omega 2X since it’s made with fish oil.
I had never heard of the term Ubiquinol before and was fascinated to learn that Ubiquinol is the active antioxidant form of CoQ10, a fat-soluble molecule found in nearly every cell, tissue, and organ in the body, which helps transform food into energy. Nordic Natural’s Ubiquinol is ideal for promoting cardiovascular health, helps supports cellular energy production, and helps neutralize free radicals. For those interested in learning more about CoQ10, you can find info on Nordic Natural’s website.
I was even more intrigued about Dr. Ozner’s book, The Complete Mediterranean Diet. I think we’ve all heard bits of information about the Mediterranean Diet and how it improves one’s health with healthy and seasonal fresh foods. In The Complete Mediterranean Diet, the book details facts about the benefits of a Mediterranean Diet and how it can improve one’s overall health and vitality. The book also includes over 500 heart healthy recipes that are easy and delicious to make. Recipes include traditional Mediterranean dishes such as Couscous Parsley Salad, Greek Olive and Feta Cheese Pasta, and Sauteed Portobellos with Garlic and Parsley. There are pages and pages filled with dishes from smoothies to seafood to dessert. There is sure to be a recipe for someone, whether you’re a professional chef or a novice cook. The book even details what the daily meal intake should be based on healthy food choices. The recipes and meal plans are fairly easy to follow along if you plan on trying them out.
For the month of February and for Heart Healthy Month, Nordic Naturals has generously offered 1 lucky reader of Happymomblogger the opportunity to win a Heart Healthy gift pack. The prize includes a bottle of the Ultimate Omega 2X, a bottle of CoQ10 Ubiquinol, Dr. Ozner’s book, The Complete Mediterranean Diet, and a Swag Bag (total value of prize pack $130). According to Nordic Naturals, the use of a Mediterranean Diet along with a fish oil supplementation can help support overall cardiovascular function. So winning this prize will be a winning combination for your health and well being.
So how do you win this fabulous prize? Read below to find out!:
Here’s how to enter the Nordic Natural’s Heart Healthy giveaway:
#1 entry – “Like” Nordic Naturals on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nordicnaturals and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.
#2 entry – Become a follower: https://twitter.com/happymomblogger and “Tweet” me @happymomblogger that you are entering the Nordic Naturals Heart Healthy giveaway. Become a follower of Nordic Naturals: https://twitter.com/nordicnaturals and “Tweet” that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger.
#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.
#4 entry – Tell me what your favorite “heart healthy” food is.
#5 entry – Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs using the link provided below.
You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. Happymomblogger is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure your prize gets there. In the event the winner can not be contacted within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.
Contest Start Date: February 15, 2016
Contest End Date: March 3, 2016 – CONTEST CLOSED. WINNER WILL BE SELECTED.
Only 1 winner will be chosen at random and I will post the winner’s name on my blog.
Good Luck and thank you for participating!
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The book The Complete Mediterranean Diet by Dr Ozner, http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Mediterranean-Diet-Everything/dp/1939529956.