Why Choose The Cardio Shield Bundle*
A comprehensive approach to cardiovascular health goes beyond diet and exercise. Your cardiovascular system is an arrangement of cell signals and tissue response which dictates the balance of fatty acids, stress hormones and end-products of metabolism that support endurance, stamina, healthy aging and metabolic conditioning.
THE CARDIO-SHIELD BUNDLE - INCLUDES FIVE PRODUCTS
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Frequently Asked Questions*
Why was nutraMetrix Isotonix OPC-3® chosen for the Cardio-shield bundle?
Isotonix OPC-3® is made from a combination of bilberry, grape seed, red wine and pine bark extracts, and citrus extract bioflavonoids, all found to be powerful antioxidants. Grape seed extract is extremely rich in polyphenols, compounds with high antioxidant activity. Grape seed extract has been found to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. The antioxidant properties of red wine extract contribute to maintaining healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins, and promoting overall cardiovascular health. As one of the most potent natural scavenger of free radicals, Pycnogenol combats many aggressive free radicals before they cause oxidative stress to vital organs. Its super-antioxidant capabilities help support healthy blood platelet activity, support healthy blood glucose levels and promote cardiovascular health. Scientific studies confirm that bilberry extract supports healthy vision and venous circulation. Bilberry extract helps maintain healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins. Bioflavonoids have been found to promote cardiovascular health, help maintain healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins, and demonstrate anti-inflammatory activity.
Why was nutraMetrix Isotonix® Vitamin D w/K2 chosen for the Cardio-shield bundle?
nutraMetrix Isotonix Vitamin D with K2 contains vitamin D3, the metabolically active form of vitamin D, along with vitamin K2, a form of vitamin K which supports vascular health and calcium utilization. Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health, heart health and immune support while working with vitamin K to support normal absorption of calcium, and promote healthy arteries. Vitamin K2 helps to maintain bone mass, support calcium utilization and promote elasticity of blood vessels. Vitamin D levels have been strongly correlated to healthy cells. Through its interaction with VDR (vitamin D receptor), vitamin D supports the healthy expression of the gene encoding renin, thus helping to maintain healthy blood pressure.
Why was nutraMetrix TLS® Trim Tea chosen for the Cardio-shield bundle?
nutraMetrix TLS® Trim Tea contains WellTrim® iG (Irvingia Gabonensis/African Mango) and black tea extract. Studies have shown Irvingia gabonensis supports levels of the hormone adiponectin, a hormone closely related to glucose regulation/insulin sensitivity. Insulin helps our body store glucose correctly. This helps maintain normal blood sugar levels and promotes normal insulin activity. Higher levels of adiponectin are associated with increased insulin sensitivity, which can increase long-term metabolic health. Higher adiponectin levels have also been shown to beneficially inhibit adipocytes (fat cells) from differentiating and multiplying, support fat burning and to support healthy endothelial function.
Why was nutraMetrix® Heart Health™ Omega III Fish Oil w/Vitamin E chosen for the Cardio-shield bundle?
nutraMetrix Heart Health Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E provides the three grams of EPA† (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA† (docosahexaenoic acid) that studies reveal is the most effective amount to promote overall cardiovascular health. Fish oils have been clinically demonstrated to provide a host of benefits that successfully promote cardiovascular health. Essential Omega III Fish Oil helps maintain normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels, helps maintain healthy levels of C-reactive protein, helps maintain normal blood flow and helps enhance mood.
†According to the FDA, supportive, but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Why was nutraMetrix® Heart Health™ Advanced CoQ10 chosen for the Cardio-shield bundle?
Clinical studies have shown that supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may be beneficial in promoting cardiovascular health. CoQ10 is a coenzyme, meaning that it is essential to activating enzymes. Enzymes are produced by the body and are necessary for survival and healthy living. CoQ10 is known as a ubiquinone and is found in every cell in the body. It is important for cellular energy production, promoting the strength of the heart muscle and providing antioxidant protection to the cardiovascular system. Heart Health™ Advanced Co-Q10 is a blend of CoQSol-CF®† and vitamin E, designed to promote overall cardiovascular health. It helps maintain normal blood pressure, healthy cholesterol levels and heart muscle strength. It also provides antioxidant protection for the cardiovascular system and promotes cellular energy production.
Additional Bundles Offered*
Optimizing Your Genetic Environment – 5 Important Considerations
1. There isn’t one Superstar Gene – a healthy gene environment is not influenced by just one gene, but how all your genes interact with each other. Knowing your personal gene story will help provide the information needed to create an optimal gene environment.
2. Gene pathways – Your genetic expression may take one of three pathways:
- Optimal gene potential – pathways to “turn up” or optimize;
- Alternative – pathways needing a different combination/form of nutrient composition to support a unique gene environment or “turn down”;
- arrested or low/non-functioning – pathways to support or redirect.
3.One size does not fit all – because your gene story is unique, a health program should be personalized and tailored to the needs of your body. Your nutraMetrix Health Professional could help you by performing a Gene SNP DNA Analysis that will show gene variations and what components should be targeted.
4. Gene environment is influenced by more than nutrients – although nutrients are an essential component in optimizing your gene environment, maintaining an active lifestyle can significantly regulate gene environment. Sleep and stress management must be addressed to maximize your genetic potential. Nutrients and supplementation can help maximize your fitness, sleep, and stress/balance potential.
5. Combination is key – Because there is no one “master” promoter of health or optimized gene environment, it is vital to have a combination of different components, such as:
- Physical Fitness
- Optimized Sleep
- Stress Balance
- Select nutrients, fatty acids and antioxidants
Focusing on one component will not have a significant impact on your health. It takes a commitment to exercise, getting the proper amount of sleep, managing stress, as well as the nutrients you eat and supplements you take to create your optimal gene environment.
Key Ingredients Found In The Cardio-Shield Bundle*
nutraMetrix Isotonix OPC-3
Grape Seed Extract (25 mg)
Grape seed extract is typically extracted from the seeds of red grapes (instead of white), which have a high content of compounds known as oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). Grape seed extract is extremely rich in polyphenols, compounds with high antioxidant activity. Grape seed extract has been found to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Red Wine Extract: 25 mg
Red wine extract is a powerful antioxidant. This extract is found in grape vines, roots, seeds and stalks, with the highest concentration in the skins. The antioxidant properties of red wine extract contribute to maintaining healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins, and promoting overall cardiovascular health.
In the late 1990s, scientists took note of a phenomenon among the French. There were very low rates of cardiovascular problems in the provinces where residents consistently ate high fat foods and drank red wine. Scientists concluded that the protective properties of red wine have helped the French maintain cardiovascular health for years and subsequent scientific studies have further shown that the OPCs found in red wine are particularly beneficial for protecting the heart and blood vessels.Pine Bark Extract (Pycnogenol®) (25 mg)
Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract from the bark of the maritime pine tree, which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France in Les Landes de Gascogne. This unspoiled and natural forest environment is the unique source of pine bark. Pycnogenol is one of the most researched ingredients in the natural product marketplace. Published findings have demonstrated Pycnogenol’s wide array of beneficial effects on the body. Pine bark extract is an all natural combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids.
The extract has three basic properties — it is a powerful antioxidant, selectively binds to collagen and elastin, and promotes the normal production of endothelial nitric oxide, which promotes the normal dilation of dilate blood vessels.
As one of the most potent natural scavenger of free radicals, Pycnogenol combats many aggressive free radicals before they cause oxidative stress to vital organs. Its super-antioxidant capabilities help support healthy blood platelet activity, support healthy blood glucose levels, reduce mild menstrual cramping and abdominal pain, maintain joint flexibility, promote cardiovascular health, promote healthy sperm quality, maintain healthy cholesterol levels and support a healthy complexion.
Bilberry Extract (25 mg)
Bilberry extract is derived from the leaves and berry-like fruit of a common European shrub closely related to the blueberry. Extracts of the ripe berry are known to contain flavonoid pigments known as anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. Scientific studies confirm that bilberry extract supports healthy vision and venous circulation. Bilberry extract helps maintain healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins.
Bioflavonoids are antioxidants found in certain plants that act as light filters, which protect delicate DNA chains and other important macromolecules by absorbing ultraviolet radiation. They have been found to promote cardiovascular health, help maintain healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins, and demonstrate anti-inflammatory activity.
nutraMetrix Isotonix Vitamin D with K2
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 5000 IU
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is found in some foods and endogenously produced when sunlight strikes the skin and activates vitamin D synthesis. Vitamin D promotes the efficient intestinal absorption of calcium, primarily in the duodenum and jejunum by supporting the synthesis of calcium-binding proteins to promote normal calcium absorption and retention. Vitamin D also promotes the normal formation of bone and normal bone growth and bone remodeling by osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Vitamin D deficiency can be caused by factors such as lack of exposure to sunlight, reduced skin synthesis of vitamin D, lower dietary intake, impaired intestinal absorption and reduced metabolism to active forms of vitamin D by the kidneys, all of which increase with aging. Deficiency has been linked to numerous health concerns, and insufficient levels of this vitamin are associated with weak bones and muscle weakness. In addition to promoting strong bones, vitamin D also has other roles in health, including supporting the body’s normal modulation of neuromuscular function and immune function. Vitamin D has been shown to support immune-modulation, and it is thought that supplementation promotes immune health by promoting the body’s normal regulation of T-cell function. In reference to cellular health, vitamin D supports the modulation of many genes that are responsible for encoding proteins that regulate normal cell cycle activity. Vitamin D levels have been strongly correlated to healthy cells. Lastly, through its interaction with VDR (vitamin D receptor), vitamin D supports the healthy expression of the gene encoding renin, thus helping to maintain healthy blood pressure.
Vitamin K2 45 mcg
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin found in meat, eggs, dairy and natto. Although a fat-soluble vitamin, the body stores very little K2, and its stores are rapidly depleted without regular dietary intake. Natural vitamin K2, also known as menaquinone-7 (MK-7), is the most bioavailable form of K2 and has the longest half-life in the blood of any form of vitamin K. The Japanese soy food natto is particularly rich in menaquinone-7 (MK-7). Studies of natto consumption in Japan have linked menaquinone-7 to bone and cardiovascular health. The correlation of vitamin K to cardiovascular and bone health directly focuses on supporting proper calcium utilization, whereby adequate metabolism of calcium supports arterial and bone health. This is often referred to as the calcium paradox. The calcium paradox is explained simply as getting calcium in the right place (i.e., into the bone structures instead of the arterial vessel walls.) These events are dependent upon the synthesis of the vitamin K-dependent proteins osteocalcin and matrix Gla protein in a process called carboxylation. The carboxylation of these proteins is a post-translational step; that is, osteocalcin and matrix Gla protein are translated from their respective messenger RNA and then modified by enzymes to the active forms. These carboxylated forms support the healthy binding and releasing of calcium. This reaction is essential for optimal and healthy utilization of calcium. Vitamin K2 promotes the synthesis of proteins involved with calcium utilization, thereby supporting bone retention and arterial health. While Vitamin D supports the healthy regulation and synthesis of osteocalcin, the mineral-binding capacity of this protein requires vitamin K-dependent carboxylation and is thought to be related to bone mineralization. Gas6 is a vitamin K-dependent protein found throughout the nervous system, as well in the heart, lungs, stomach, kidneys and cartilage. Although the exact mechanism of its action has not been determined, Gas6 appears to be a cellular growth regulator involved in cellular activities such as cell adhesion, cell proliferation and protection against apoptosis.
nutraMetrix TLS Trim Tea
Black Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis): 700 mg
Camellia sinensis is a plant used to produce various types of teas, including black tea, green tea, and oolong tea. The difference in the teas involves the process in which the leaves are fermented. Leaves are fermented in black tea, partially fermented in oolong tea and unfermented in green tea. Due to these differential fermentation processes, black tea and green tea have different chemical constituents.
Polyphenols – such as flavonoids including catechins, thearubigins, and theaflavins — are abundant in black tea and thought to be responsible for many of its benefits. Black tea also contains tannins.
WellTrim® iG (IGOB131®) African Mango (Irvingia gabonensis) Seed Extract: 300 mg
WellTrim iG is a clinically-studied extract of African mango, also known as Irvingia gambogia. The African mango trees can be found throughout farms and tropical forests of Central and Western Africa. This botanical ingredient is a traditional West African culinary fruit kernel in which the mucilage (a glycoprotein) is used to make traditional soups, such as Ogbono. WellTrim® iG is the authentic, patented, clinically-tested irvingia seed extract for weight loss and metabolic wellness. One of WellTrim iG’s mechanisms of action is supporting leptin sensitivity.
Leptin is a hormone involved with hunger signals. Research has shown leptin levels to be elevated in those who are overweight. Irvingia gabonensis supports leptin in its ability to enter the brain and signal the stomach that it is full.
Studies have shown Irvingia gabonensis also supports levels of the hormone adiponectin, a hormone closely related to glucose regulation/insulin sensitivity. Insulin helps our body store glucose correctly. This helps maintain normal blood sugar levels and promotes normal insulin activity. Higher levels of adiponectin are associated with increased insulin sensitivity, which can increase long-term metabolic health and overall weight loss. Higher adiponectin levels have also been shown to beneficially inhibit adipocytes (fat cells) from differentiating and multiplying, support fat burning and to support healthy endothelial function. Adiponectin levels are inversely related to body fat percentage; the greater the levels of adiponectin, the lower the percentage of fat. Additionally, the body’s fat cells store excess fat in a form that is easily packed away.
Irvingia gabonensis acts upon one of the enzymes, glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, which helps form this stored fat. By moderating this enzyme, less fat is formed, causing a decline in the amount of fat stored. By supporting leptin sensitivity and healthy levels of adiponectin, Irvingia has the potential to help control hunger, help maintain normal blood sugar balance and promote thermogenesis–all important components of the metabolic rate. There are two published human clinical studies and that have shown effects of Irvingia gabonensis for areas including appetite control, satiety, thermogenesis, weight management and metabolic wellness. Significant improvements in weight management and metabolic wellness variables occurred in both studies.+
WellTrim® iG is a trademark of Icon Group, LLC.
IGOB131® is a trademark of Gateway Health Alliances, Inc. and is protected under U.S. Patent 7,537,790.
nutraMetrix Heart Health Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E
Fish Body Oils 3000 mg [EPA† 900 mg and DHA† 600 mg]
Fish oils or marine oils are lipids (fats) found in fish, particularly cold water fish like herring, kipper, mackerel, menhaden, pilchard, salmon, sardine and trout, and phytoplankton. The sources of fish oil in Heart Health™ Omega III Fish Oil are sardines and anchovies, tested by the manufacturer and an independant testing company to be virtually free of mercury lead, PCB and other heavy metals. Fish oils are rich sources of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanenoic acid) are the two most studied fish oils. DHA is a necessary component of the phospholipids in human cellular membranes, especially those found in the brain and retina. Clinical studies have shown omega-3 fatty acids to help maintain healthy triglyceride levels. A strong correlation has also been shown between fish oil consumption and the ability to maintain healthy levels of C-reactive protein. Fish oils are also important in the maintenance of normal blood flow, as they support normal fibrinogen levels (coagulation or blood clotting), which contributes to normal platelet activity.
EPA and DHA have several mechanisms of action to help maintain normal triglyceride and cholesterol levels, help maintain normal blood flow and pressure, and support normal platelet activity. EPA and DHA help maintain normal triglyceride levels by promoting normal lipogenesis and supporting normal fatty acid oxidation in the liver. EPA and DHA promote the normal transcription of genes coding for lipogenesis enzymes and promote the normal transportation of the regulatory enzymes of fatty acid oxidation. Activating PPAR (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor) - alpha, helps to support normal fatty acid oxidation. The promotion of normal lipogenesis is done through down-regulation of SREBP (sterol regulatory element binding protein) -1c messenger RNA.
EPA is the precursor to series-3 prostaglandins (PG), the series-3 thrombaxanes (TX) and the series-5 leukotrienes (LT). More specifically, EPA is a precursor to eicosanoids (TXA3 and LTB5), which promote normal platelet activity and promote normal vasodilation. These effects demonstrate EPA’s potential ability to help maintain normal blood pressure and support normal blood clotting. Fish oils inhibit the arachidonic acid synthesis of thromboxane A2, which help to promote normal platelet activity and vasodilation. Fish oil may also contribute to the normal production of prostacyclin, a prostaglandin that promotes normal vasodilation and supports normal platelet activity.
Omega-3 fatty acids compete metabolically with omega-6 fatty acids, found in higher amounts in typical western diets. Omega-6 fatty acids may inhibit the incorporation of omega-3 fatty acids into tissue lipids. Omega-3 fatty acids may inhibit the conversion of many omega-6 fatty acids into arachidonic acid. Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, a corresponding increase of these fatty acids appears to occur in cell membranes and circulatory lipids along with a simulataneous reduction in omega-6 fatty acids.
Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) 23 IU
The most valuable sources of dietary vitamin E include vegetable oils, margarine, nuts, seeds, avocados and wheat germ. Safflower oil contains large amounts of vitamin E (about two thirds of the RDA in ¼ cup), and there are trace amounts in corn oil and soybean oil. Vitamin E is actually a family of related compounds called tocopherols and tocotrienols. Vitamin E is available in a natural or synthetic form. In most cases, the natural and synthetic forms are identical except the natural form of vitamin E is better absorbed and retained in the body. The natural form of alpha-tocopherol is known as "d-alpha tocopherol." The synthetic "dl-" form is the most common form found in dietary supplements. For those individuals watching their dietary fat consumption, which is relatively common in the world of dieting, vitamin E intake is likely to be low, due to a reduced intake of foods with high fat content.
The main health benefit of supplemental vitamin E comes from its immune-boosting antioxidant activity. It supports a healthy cardiovascular system. Vitamin E is one of the most powerful fat-soluble antioxidants in the body. In turn, vitamin E protects cell membranes from free radical. Vitamin E is commonly added to fish oil supplements to provide antioxidant protection of DHA and EPA.
†According to the FDA, supportive, but not conclusive, research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
nutraMetrix Heart Health Co-Q10 Cardiovascular & Immune Support Formula
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQSol-CF®)†: 102 mg
Coenzyme Q10 belongs to a family of substances called ubiquinones and is a water-insoluble, wax-like substance that is part of the respiratory chain. Since it is a coenzyme, it is necessary to support the action of an enzyme. CoQ10 is found in each of the trillions of cells throughout the body, except for mature red blood cells. It has a multitude of health benefits at the cellular level, in the cardiovascular system and with the body’s metabolism.
Much is known about the biochemistry of CoQ10. CoQ10 is a two-part compound that is composed of a long, fat-soluble isoprenoid tail that anchors the molecule in the inner membrane of the mitochondria, and quinine that is capable of accepting and transferring electrons through a portion of the respiratory chain. The “Q” stands for quinine and the “10” stands for the number of isoprenoid units in the tail portion of the molecule. It is synthesized in the cells, and is involved in electron transport and energy production in mitochondria.
All cellular functions depend upon the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a molecule with three high-energy phosphate bonds, and is the primary energy source for many metabolic processes. CoQ10 is essential to the ATP production process. The heart has a high metabolic demand, which is why normal levels of CoQ10 are associated with good cardiovascular health. As part of the energy production process, CoQ10 functions to generate energy from oxygen, in the form of ATP, for bodily processes. CoQ10 serves as a free radical scavenger and an antioxidant. The antioxidant activity in the mitochondria and cell membranes protects against peroxidation of lipid membranes. Combining CoQ10 with vitamin E generates a synergistic antioxidant effect on lipoprotein and spares the vitamin E.
CoQSol-CF® is a unique, patent-pending formula including these ingredients: CoQ10, food grade d-limonene (which serves as a non-polar, organic solvent), and tocopherols ( a form of vitamin E). This combination of ingredients creates a liquid, crystal-free solution of CoQ10 that provides enhanced bioavailability.
† CoQSol-CF® is a registered trademark of Soft Gel Technologies.
Vitamin E (d-alpha-Tocopherol): 200 IU
Vitamin E is a family of related compounds called tocopherols and tocotrienols. It is available in a natural or synthetic form. In most cases, the natural and synthetic forms are identical except the natural form of vitamin E is better absorbed and retained in the body. Along with vitamins A, D and K, vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. For those individuals watching their dietary fat consumption, vitamin E intake is likely to be low due to a reduced intake of foods with high fat content.
Vitamin E is one of the most powerful fat-soluble antioxidants in the body. It helps protect cell membranes from the effects of free radicals. Additionally, high intakes of vitamin E has been found to support cardiovascular health.
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My Product Review of the Cario-Shield Bundle
I recently had to see a Cardiologist for some blood pressure issues and while my heart itself is perfectly healthy, I needed a change up of my BP Meds and some lifestyle changes.
I find that this bundle is just great for the support of Cardio Health. My cardiologist even suggested that I take Co-Q10 as well as Vitamin D3 and I was happy to report to him that "yes" I take those along with the other 3 products in this amazing bundle. It is always wonderful to hear that your doctor supports the supplements that you are taking.