Journey to Heart Health with Lyprinol and OliveHeart Part 02

October 2014

Welcome back to the second article on how to eat your way to health. The focus of this article is on heart health.

Let’s start with some chilling facts. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number-one cause of death worldwide and kill two and a half times more people than all cancers. According to the WHO (World Health Organisation) 17.5 million people died from CVD in 2012. According to the SA Heart and Stroke Foundation, 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes occur daily in South Africa.

Heart disease is one of the many debilitating diseases caused by inflammation. So, the first step would be to follow a proper diet with a balanced ratio of omega 3 and 6. Why, you might ask. Well, because omega 3 fights inflammation while high levels of omega 6 causes a constant low-grade inflammation. Currently, the western world tends to follow a diet that is too rich in omega 6, so we are encouraging inflammation in our bodies, which is the cause of many illnesses, including heart attacks, atherosclerosis, strokes and arrhythmia.

The World Health Organisation recommends omega 6 to omega 3 ratios that falls between 5:1 and 10:1. In reality, our diets are generally as high as 20:1 and in some instances, 50:1. If you think about it, most of the food we eat contains, or is fried in vegetable, canola or sunflower oil – all of which are rich in omega 6 – a perfect setting for the start of inflammatory-based diseases.

Omega 3 rich foods include the green-lipped mussel, fish, chia seed, flaxseed, walnuts and green leafy vegetables. Omega 3 contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Together they regulate cell activity and maintain a healthy cardio-system. Listed below are some of Omega 3s heart benefits:

  • They regulate heart beat
  • Prevent clots and inflammation of the blood vessels
  • Reduce triglycerides (the main element of fats and oils in the blood)
  • Decrease the growth of plaque allowing the blood to flow without restriction
  • They help to lower blood pressure

Our bodies cannot manufacture the omegas, so we need to obtain them from an outside source. Lyprinol is the richest natural source of omega 3 and although OliveHeart® offers high levels or omega 3, its unique CVD benefits comes from a little polyphenol called hydroxytyrosol. More about this a little later.


As Lyprinol is so rich in omega 3, it has a potently high content of EPA, DHA, as well as eicosatetranoic acid (ETA) and octadecatetranoic acid (OTA), which are extremely successful in fighting inflammation. The presence of ETA and OTA make Lyprinol unique and more effective as they are not found in other fish oils.

Lyprinol has also been proven to be a better option than traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, because they are twice as effective and do not have the same unbearable side effects. One of the ways that they do this is by blocking a pro-inflammatory enzyme, which produces leukotrienes – the cause of many inflammatory diseases, including heart disease.


Recently, scientists discovered that a polyphenol called hydroxytyrosol, (a minor component of olives), is much more effective than the previously identified monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) in maintaining heart health. In fact, hydroxytyrosol is the most potent natural antioxidant and free radical protector known to man. It also has a powerful ability to fight inflammation, to the extent that the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) scientific panel sanctioned hydroxytyrosol in 2011 and stated that “Olive oil polyphenols contribute to the protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress”.

In today’s stressful and rushed lifestyles they play an important role as they absorb free radicals and help to prevent fat accumulating in the arteries. They are also known for their ability to increase HDL (good cholesterol), reduce inflammation and prevent blood clots.

Not all olive oils have a high polyphenol content and it is this that makes OliveHeart® so exceptional. As a pure, high polyphenol extra virgin olive oil (hpevoo), it contains the quantity of polyphenols prescribed by the EFSA and thus plays a vital role in the protection against heart disease.

Taking Lyprinol capsules and adding OliveHeart® oil to your food on a daily basis is an excellent start to improving and maintaining heart health.

Join us next time as we look at how these two products can benefit people suffering from Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.

Don't miss out also reading Part 01 in the series: