Core Nutritionals is a brand that many hold in high regard. They are known for their loaded formulas, flavoring, efficacious dosages, and simply being a great brand all around. They are certainly regarded as one of the best brands when it comes to sports nutrition.
Recently, Core Nutritionals launched a new line of supplements. The new line is called Lifeline, which is more geared towards health and wellness, instead of performance at the gym. In an industry filled with over-caffeinated pre-workouts, overhyped fat burners, and sketchy fat burners, Core is here to remind you that you are human, and you need to take care of yourself.
Today we are looking at Heart, which of course is a product meant to aid with heart health. Let’s take a look at what we get in Heart, and how it may help you.
Hawthorn Berry Extract – 1000mg
Hawthorn Berry may be one of the first ingredients that come to mind when it comes to blood flow. Hawthorne has a wide range of benefits, including being beneficial for inflammation, blood pressure, supporting healthy cholesterol levels, and digestive health.
One double-blind study actually showed that Hawthorn was beneficial at lowering systolic and diastolic blood pressure after 10 weeks of use.
Certainly a nice addition to Core Heart, and at 1 full gram of the extract, you are getting a good amount.
Olive Leaf Extract – 1000mg
Olive Leaf Extract is a popular ingredient for heart health, and is actually quite common. Olive Leaf Extract is a natural source of Oleuropein, the active compound in Olive Leaf Extract that provides all of the benefits.
Olive Leaf Extract has been shown to be beneficial for lowering blood pressure. One study was done on subjects with stage 1 hypertension. Olive Leaf Extract was dosed at 500mg, twice a day in one group, while the other group received 12.5mg of Captopril daily.
After 8 weeks, Olive Leaf Extract was shown to be as effective as Captopril at lowering blood pressure, and unlike Captopril, was shown to reduce triglyceride levels.
The studied dose is 500mg, twice per day. You are getting 1000mg in heart, which is a clinical dose.
Bergamot Fruit Extract – 500mg
This is one of our favorite ingredients here on Fitness Informant, Citrus Bergamot! Why add Citrus Bergamot? Well let’s take a look.
In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study done on 98 older adults, 500mg of Citrus Bergamot was shown to be effective at lowering LDL cholesterol levels.
The study also showed that Citrus Bergamot may also be beneficial for improving fasting blood glucose levels.
In a similar study, Citrus Bergamot was shown to pretty much do the same thing over 6 months, however this study used even less Citrus Bergamot.
You get 500mg of Citrus Bergamot Extract in Core Nutritionals Lifeline Heart, which is a solid dose
Curcumin (95% Curcuminoids) – 500mg
Curcumin is a popular ingredient, and while many think of it as an anti-inflammatory, it also has some heart health benefits. You will most likely find it in joint health supplements like Core Soothe for example, however there is actually some data backing it for heart health as well.
According to a study, Turmeric has been shown to increase nitric oxide levels in doses as low as 80mg.
At 500mg at a 95% standardization, you are getting a solid dose.
Polygonum Cuspidatum (50% Trans-Resveratrol) – 500mg
Polygonum Cuspidatum is a source of trans-resveratrol, which is a popular ingredient for heart health.
Resveratrol is a very popular ingredient for the purpose of heart health. If you ever hear people say that a glass of wine at night may be beneficial for heart health, it may be true, as red wine is rich in Resveratrol.
According to a study, Resveratrol may be beneficial for blood flow and promote vasodilation. This study was done on 22 healthy adults, and was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study.
At 250mg, it is dosed well in Core Nutritionals Heart.
CoQ-10 – 100mg
Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10 is used to treat many cardiovascular condition. Per the Mayo Clinic, CoQ10 may might help reduce blood pressure.
A meta analysis done in 2007 looked at 12 clinical trials with 362 patients to determine the effectiveness of CoQ10 on lowering blood pressure in hypertension patients. The researchers concluded that Coenzyme Q10 has the potential in hypertensive patients to lower systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by up to 10 mm Hg without significant side effects..
Per WebMD, there is no established ideal dose of CoQ10. Studies have used doses of CoQ10 ranging from 50 milligrams to 1,200 milligrams in adults, sometimes split into several doses over the course of a day. A typical daily dose is 100 milligrams to 200 milligrams.
We get 200mg with Heart, which is a solid dose.
BioPerine is a popular ingredient already, and it is a patented form of Black Pepper Extract. It is a natural source of Piperine, which may help with the absorption of some ingredients.
At 10mg, you are getting a solid dose.
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