Whole Earth & Sea represents a major breakthrough in dietary supplements, including innovative whole food formulas to support a healthy heart.
Whole food nutrition for a healthy heart
Heart disease and stroke remain the leading causes of death in Canada and the US, killing one Canadian every seven minutes on average, despite medical advances that have led to dramatic reductions in death rates over the past half-century.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is still considered preventable. Key ways to cut your risk of heart disease and stroke include quitting smoking, minimizing stress and exercising regularly – the heart is a muscle after all!
Another primary way to support a healthy heart is to eat a whole food, predominantly plant-based diet that supplies plentiful antioxidants, phytonutrients, and healthy fats. Ensuring optimal nutrient intake every day (while minimizing stress) can be a challenge, however, which is where convenient, whole food dietary supplements can make a big difference.
Heart-healthy nutrients – Vitamin E
Vitamin E has long been considered a heart-healthy nutrient as it is the body’s primary defence against free radical damage. As a key antioxidant for the maintenance of good health, vitamin E supports the heart muscle and blood vessels (Rizvi et al., 2014).
In one study involving 39,242 participants aged 40–79, women with the highest blood levels of vitamin E had a 65% lower incidence of total stroke than women with the lowest levels (Nagao et al., 2012).
Unfortunately, ensuring a good intake of intact vitamin E can be difficult as it is easily damaged by light, air, and heat. This vulnerability also challenges supplement manufacturers, who must ensure strict quality control to achieve consistent nutrient levels.
The sunflower oil in Whole Earth & Sea Pure Food Sunflower Vitamin E is identity preserved, meaning its unique qualities are protected from seed to shelf, guaranteeing consistent levels of natural vitamin E and no cross-contamination by GMOs. Each softgel contains 400 mg of d-alpha-tocopherol from non-GMO sunflower seed oil, making it the ideal way to enhance your antioxidant intake while avoiding soy-based supplements.
Omega-3 for heart health
Omega-3 is another nutrient that supports cardiovascular health, as well as cognitive health. The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) support a healthy inflammatory response and blood vessel health while helping to maintain healthy blood lipid levels and glycemic control (Bjørndal et al., 2014).
According to the American Heart Association:
“Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden death. Omega-3 fatty acids also decrease triglyceride levels, slow growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and lower blood pressure (slightly).”
Whole Earth & Sea offer both a vegan-friendly omega-3 derived from algal oil, and Herring Gold™, an omega-3 supplement sustainably sourced from the roe of Norwegian spring-spawning herring.
Marine source omega-3
Herring Gold Omega-3 contains the highest available amounts of omega-3 phospholipids, for optimal absorption without the fishy aftertaste. In addition to providing a rich source of DHA and EPA, Herring Gold Omega-3 also features choline, a nutrient known to support liver health, fat metabolism, and cognitive health (Bjørndal et al., 2014).
Because of its proven absorption, bioavailability, and bio-accretion at the cellular and organ level, Herring Gold Omega-3 is available in smaller capsules than many fish oil supplements, making heart-healthy nutrition even easier to swallow.
While a healthy plant-based diet is known to benefit heart health, vegans, vegetarians and those with a fish allergy or sensitivity will be happy to note that they too can enjoy the cardiovascular and cognitive advantages of omega-3.
Whole Earth & Sea Marine Algae-3 is a non-GMO and 100% fish-free sustainable plant source of EPA and DHA derived from specially selected microalgae (Schizochytrium).
Each 1000 mg capsule of Whole Earth & Sea Marine Algae-3 provides 400 mg of omega-3, including 120 mg of EPA and 240 mg of DHA.
Natural Factors Whole Earth & Sea represents a significant step forward for dietary supplements. Voted one of 2014’s Top 10 Best New Products by Vitamin Retailer Magazine, these innovative formulas deliver a broad spectrum of nutrients from whole foods in their natural state for maximal absorption and use by the body.
Whole Earth & Sea products feature 100% certified organic raw ingredients grown at Factors Farms in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
Natural Factors Whole Earth & Sea range also includes whole food-based multivitamin and mineral formulas, a Super Mushroom immune support formula, vegan bioenhanced vitamin D3 and a Bone Structure formula, in addition to a range of nutrients to support a healthy heart.
American Heart Association, Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, June 15, 2015. Accessed January 16, 2015. Available: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Fish-and-Omega-3-Fatty-Acids_UCM_303248_Article.jsp#.VpsJLCorLDc
Bjørndal B, Strand E, Gjerde J, et al. (2014). Phospholipids from herring roe improve plasma lipids and glucose tolerance in healthy, young adults. Lipids in Health and Disease, 13:82.
Heart and Stroke Foundation, Statistics. Accessed January 17, 2016. Available: http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3483991/k.34A8/Statistics.htm
Rizvi S, Raza ST, Ahmed F, et al. (2014). The role of vitamin e in human health and some diseases. Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J, 14(2), e157-65.