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When to consider Nuvexa for your customers

When to consider Nuvexa for your customers

People who struggle to maintain a high-fibre low-fat diet may benefit from a soluble fibre supplement. In conjunction with lifestyle modification, these can help maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels.

Lifestyle insight
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The facts on fibre

Soluble and insoluble fibre are both incredibly important for health, as they have critical roles in the digestive tract. Soluble fibre interacts with dietary fat and cholesterol, helping to regulate LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.1 Insoluble fibre assists with stool formation, speeding up waste removal and preventing constipation.1
 
Daily intake of fibre should be approximately 25 grams per 2000 calories intake.1 However, most people don’t meet this target,1 which may contribute to risk of high cholesterol, and possible cardiovascular disease as a result.2
 

Factors that influence cholesterol levels and heart health

A range of factors contribute to risk of poor cardiovascular health, including increases in blood cholesterol levels. Some are lifestyle issues that can be controlled, while others are unavoidable.
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Lifestyle factors

  • Diet  – two elements of diet contribute to blood cholesterol levels
  • Intake of fat – consumption of too much saturated fat and trans fat may lead to increased total cholesterol levels3
  • Intake of soluble fibre – which reduces absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream3
  • Physical activity  – regular, moderate physical activity (eg, a total of 30 minutes per day, 5 times per week) can help increase HDL cholesterol levels3
  • Smoking – cigarette smoking has been shown to reduce HDL cholesterol4, and quitting will do the reverse3
  • Bodyweight – excess bodyweight, even a small amount, contributes to increased cholesterol levels3,5

Unavoidable factors

  • Genetics [DNA (double helix)] ­– a family history of high cholesterol can contribute to an individual’s risk of high cholesterol6
  • Age [male symbol with 45+ within circle, female symbol with 55+ within circle] – risk of high cholesterol tends to increase with age, from around 45 years for men, and from around 55 years for women6
  • Sex [pair of X chromosomes] – for women, menopause is associated with an increase in LDL cholesterol levels 6

Addressing lifestyle factors that influence heart health

  • Controlling cholesterol levels and blood pressure through lifestyle modification are well known to help lower the risk of poor heart health – so dietary improvements and moderate exercise are a great start for people who have low to moderate risk of cardiovascular disease.3 In terms of dietary improvements, incorporating foods high in soluble fibre is important because this has been shown to improve blood cholesterol levels in people with mild to moderate hypercholesterolemia, when combined with lifestyle modification.7,8

The role of Nuvexa in lipid control and weight management

 
Nuvexa is a natural supplement that contains alpha-cyclodextrin – a dietary fibre derived from corn – that can play a role in helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and help manage bodyweight. Nuvexa is clinically researched to help support normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and assist with maintaining a healthy bodyweight.9,11 It does so by binding dietary fat – each tablet binds up to 9 grams of fat.12,14  Read more about how Nuvexa works here.
 
This means Nuvexa is a good option for people who are at low to medium risk of poor heart health. It can be used in addition to diet and other lifestyle modifications to support healthy cholesterol levels
 
References
  1. FDA. Dietary fiber. Available at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/InteractiveNutritionFactsLabel/factsheets/Dietary_Fiber.pdf Accessed September 2018.
  2. Physicians Committee. Cholesterol and heart disease. Available at: http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/cholesterol-and-heart-disease Accessed September 2018.
  3. Mayo Clinic. Top 5 lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/reduce-cholesterol/art-20045935 Accessed September 2018.
  4. Worth T. Does smoking affect cholesterol? Available at: https://www.everydayhealth.com/high-cholesterol/living-with/the-cholesterol-smoking-connection Accessed September 2018.
  5. American Heart Association. Prevention and treatment of high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Available at: http://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/prevention-and-treatment-of-high-cholesterol-hyperlipidemia Accessed September 2018.
  6. WebMD. High cholesterol risk factors. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/high-cholesterol-risk-factors Accessed September 2018.
  7. Bell LP, et al. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;52(6):1020-1026.
  8. Kris-Etherton. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11985406
  9. Comerford K, et al. Obesity 2010;19:1200-1204.
  10. Jarosz PA, et al. Metabolism 2013;62(10):1443-1447.
  11. Grunberger G, et al. Diabetes Metab Res Rev 2007;23(1):56-62.
  12. Wagner EM, et al. Metab Clin Exp 2008;57:1046-1051.
  13. Gallaher DD, et al. FASEB J 2007;21:A730.
  14. Jen K-LC, et al. Nutr Diet Suppl 2013;5:1-7.
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