How the Cardiovascular Machine Works [Infographic]

February 24 2014 | Body System Health | Circulatory System | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol

The cardiocascular system is a fined-tune machine that makes sure everything in the body is getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs. It starts with every breath. Take a deep breath, inhale and peruse our newest graphic below: 

Related Content: View 12 Key Nutrients for Heart Health and 15 Warning Signs of Heart Problems.

How the Cardiovascular System Works

As you inhale, air moves down the trachea into the bronchi, bronchioles and finally into the 600 million air sacs -- called alveoli -- in the lungs. 

Oxygen passes from the alveoli into the tiny blood cells called capillaries that cover them.

The oxygen-rich blood from the lungs is transported to the left altrium of the heart. The heart contracts moving blood into the left ventricle. The next contraction pumps the blood into the aorta. 

From the aorta, oxygen-rich blood pumps into the body's arteries, which branch into smaller arterioles, and then to the capillaries, which deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body's cells and pick up carbon dioxide and other cellular waste. 

Capillaries, venules and veins return the oxygen-depleted blood to the heart, where it collects in the right ventricle and then to the lungs. The capillaries transfer carbon dioxide and cellular waste into the alveoli where they exit the body through the bronchioles, bronchi and trachea. 

Fun Facts About The Heart


  • The heart beats over 100,000 times every day
  • During an average lifetime, the heart pumps nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood
  • Your heart creates enough energy every day to drive a truck 20 miles
  • It takes less than 60 seconds to pump blood to every cell in the body


12 Key Nutrients for Heart Health [Infographic]

February 19 2014 | Circulatory System | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol

There are a lot of nutrients and supplements that can support heart health, and if you ask different people, each person will have their favorite. In this graphic, we tried to narrow it down to 12 key nutrients that may support the health of that muscle that works so hard to keep you alive every day. Also see some of our heart healthy supplements and our Curculatory System Pack.  


12 Key Nutrients for Heart Health



  1. L-arginine—this amino acid converts to nitric oxide in the body, which helps blood vessels open wider. It also supports heart energy, blood pressure levels, and circulation to the extremities.
  2. Omega-3—found in fish oils and in some nuts and seeds, these essential fatty acids can help lower the risk of heart disease
  3. Co-Q10—supports heart health and blood pressure and it may improve endurance
  4. Resveratrol—found primarily in red grapes and wine, resveratrol helps protect the hear and makes blood more slippery
  5. Hawthorn—these common berries contain flavonoids that support blood pressure already in the normal range and offer other benefits
  6. Guggulipid—the name sounds like a fat, but it’s actually a plant extract that supports cholesterol and triglyceride levels already in the normal range
  7. Magnesium—this essential mineral promotes heart health and helps support blood pressure and cholesterol levels already in the normal range
  8. Green Tea—The Chinese have used this powerful antioxidant for thousands of years. Green tea supports healthful blood pressure levels and may offer preventive benefits.
  9. Garlic—supports healthy cholesterol levels and may help improve blood viscosity
  10. Red Yeast Rice—naturally supports cholesterol levels already in the normal range
  11. Niacin—(vitamin B3) may help lower cardiovascular risks and supports already-normal cholesterol levels
  12. Vitamin B6—along with vitamin B12 and folate, this vitamin supports heart and red blood cell health


Sources: Monte, Tom. The Complete Guide to Natural Healing, 1997.



15 Warning Signs of Heart Problems [Infographic]

February 3 2014 | Circulatory System
When it comes to your heart, you don't want to take any chances. Heart disease is the leading cause of death, but many instances could have been saved if people knew the symptoms and called their doctor, or 9-1-1, immediately. We put this graphic together after researching 14 of the major warning signs that your heart might be in trouble. Check it out and then share it with someone you care about:


1.       Chest Discomfort. Pain in the chest is the No. 1 symptom doctors look for. But not all heart attacks cause chest pain, and chest pain can stem from ailments that have nothing to do with the heart. Heart-related chest pain is often centered under the breastbone, perhaps a little to the left of center.

The pain has been likened to "an elephant sitting on the chest," but it can also be an uncomfortable sensation of pressure, squeezing, or fullness. Sometimes people make the mistake that the pain comes from a stomach problem.  Chest pain during exercise or other physical exertion, called angina, is a common symptom of chronic coronary artery disease (CAD)

2.       Shortness of Breath. People who feel winded at rest or with minimal exertion might have a pulmonary condition like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But breathlessness could also indicate a heart attack or heart failure.

3.       Dizziness. Heart attacks can cause lightheadedness and loss of consciousness.  So can potentially dangerous heart rhythm abnormalities known as arrhythmias.

4.       Fatigue. Unusual fatigue can occur during a heart attack as well as in the days and weeks leading up to one. The heart can't pump enough blood to meet the needs of body tissues so the body diverts blood away from less vital organs, particularly muscles in the limbs, and sends it to the heart and brain. Feeling tired all the time may be a symptom of heart failure. But many other things can cause fatigue.

5.       Sudden Sweating. Suddenly breaking out in a cold sweat is a common symptom of heart attack.

6.       Rapid or irregular pulse. To "make up for" the loss in pumping capacity, the heart beats faster. Doctors say that there's usually nothing worrisome about an occasional skipped heartbeat. But a rapid or irregular pulse -- especially when accompanied by weakness, dizziness, or shortness of breath -- can be evidence of a heart attack, heart failure, or an arrhythmia. Left untreated, some arrhythmias can lead to stroke, heart failure, or sudden death.

7.       Pain in other parts of the body. In many heart attacks, pain begins in the chest and spreads to the shoulders, arms, elbows, back, neck, jaw, or abdomen. But sometimes there is no chest pain -- just pain in these other body areas like one or both arms, or between the shoulders.  The pain might come and go.

8.       Indigestion, Nausea or Lack of Appetite. It's not uncommon for people to feel sick to their stomach or throw up during a heart attack. The digestive system receives less blood, causing problems with digestion. And abdominal swelling associated with heart failure can interfere with appetite.

9.       Swelling. Heart failure can cause a buildup of excess fluid in body tissues. This can cause swelling -- often in the feet, ankles, legs, or abdomen -- as well as sudden weight gain and sometimes a loss of appetite.

10.   Weakness. In the days leading up to a heart attack, as well as during one, some people experience severe, unexplained weakness. "One woman told me it felt like she couldn't hold a piece of paper between her fingers," McSweeney says.

11.   Persistent coughing or wheezing. A symptom of heart failure can result in fluid accumulation in the lungs.

12.   Confusion and Impaired Thinking. Changing levels of certain substances in the blood, such as sodium, can cause confusion, memory loss and feelings of disorientation. A caregiver or relative may notice this first.

13.   Sexual Dysfunction. Trouble performing may be a concern for heart health as well as sexual health. When blood vessels don't work well, sexual problems can occur. "If you have dysfunction in one circulatory area you have it in others," says Dr. Rene Alvarez, associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute.

14.   Snoring and Sleep Apnea. A study from Emory University in Atlanta found that the obstructed airways in people who have sleep apnea or snore were linked to higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Disturbed sleep may be a predisposition of high blood pressure and diabetes, both contributing to heart disease.

15.   Intense Anxiety. To complicate matters further, a racing heart and shortness of breath can also be a sign of an anxiety attack, and a feeling of anxiety is also an indicator of a heart attack. Heart attack can cause intense anxiety or a fear of death. Heart attack survivors often talk about having experienced a sense of "impending doom."



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About Nature's Sunshine's New and Improved Liquid Clorophyll ES

April 18 2013 | Circulatory System | Cleansing/Detox | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Immune Health | Liquid Herbs

National Convention heralded the unveiling of our new, improved Liquid Chlorophyll ES. 

Go here to purchase Liquid Clorophyll ES.

Modifying a top-selling product is only done with the utmost caution. It's designed to first promote the blood-cleansing functions of the body with a more potent level of chlorophyll -- the green pigment in plants responsible for harnessing the sun's energy in photosynthesis. The new chlorophyll is also paraben free, which many of our managers had asked for.

Chlorophyll supports your body on the molecular and cellular level, promoting circulatory, intestinal, digestive and immune health and protects and strengthens healthy cells. This minty-fresh formula also helps neutralize body odors and acts as a natural, "internal" deodorant.


Helps promote the natural blood-cleansing functions of the body.* Promotes circulatory, intestinal, digestive and immune health* Protects and strengthens healthy cells* Encourages balanced pH levels in the body* Deodorizes the body, including the bowel* Paraben Free*

How It Works:

Protect and Strengthen Healthy Cells. Go extra green. this extra-strength, paraben-free formula features a more potent level of chlorophyll—the green pigment in plants responsible for harnessing the sun’s energy in photosynthesis. Known to support your body on both a molecular and cellular level, chlorophyll promotes circulatory, intestinal, digestive and immune health. Featuring a proprietary chlorophyll complex, this minty fresh formula also helps neutralize body odors and acts as a natural, “internal” deodorant. Boost your energy and overall well-being today with Liquid Chlorophyll ES.*


Proprietary chlorophyll complex—the most critical molecule in the plant world, chlorophyll is found in all green plants and vegetables. It’s particularly concentrated in spinach and wheatgrass.

The sodium copper chlorophyll form contained in Nature’s Sunshine Liquid Chlorophyll ES is soluble in water. With the exception of a magnesium atom, chlorophyll’s structure is identical to hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen in the blood, so it is thought to assist with natural blood-cleansing and to support healthy circulation. It also may support digestive health, toxin elimination and regularity. Like curcumin, chlorophyll acts as a particularly potent natural antioxidant that may help keep cells healthy by protecting them from oxidative damage.

Our proprietary complex also includes refreshing spearmint oil, a natural odor fighter. *

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Why Mushrooms Might Be The Ultimate Superfood [Infographic]

February 11 2013 | Body System Health | Circulatory System | Immune Health

For thousands of years, people have been using various types of mushrooms for a range of health benefits. Mushrooms abosorb vitamins, minerals and any nutrient from plants, soil, and wherever they grow. On trees, they often soak up nutrients that have been building for decades, creating powerhouse supplements. Check out our most recent graphic showing some of the benefits of one of nature's true superfoods. Click the image to make it bigger.

You can find mushrooms in the following Nature's Sunshine Supplements: Immune StimulatorCollustrum with Immune Factors and Cordyceps.

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The Fungi Your Immune System Has Been Waiting For

  • Did you know humans have more in common with fungi than any other kingdom?  We share the same pathogens, meaning bacteria and viruses. 
  • Chinese medicine has used mushrooms for over 1,000 years.
  • 50 years of research has yielded very positive results, particularly for immune health. 

Why Your Immune System Loves Mushrooms

  • Polysaccharides, enzymes, proteins and antioxidants! 
  • Several prominent polysaccharides, including beta-glucans, actually stimulate, or turn on, your body’s natural defense mechanisms. 

Where do mushrooms get these beneficial compounds? 

  • From the mushroom’s host -- usually a tree or other plant that has absorbed and stored healthful nutrients for decades. 
  • Mushrooms embrace and soak up these special nutrients, transforming into a little medicinal powerhouses.

Health benefits of Mushrooms:

  • Increased longevity
  • Improved blood flow
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar normalization
  • Liver protection
  • Kidney support
  • Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties
  • Respiratory support
  • Decreased platelet aggregation
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Improved skin and hair
  • Increased stamina 

Mushrooms are Packed with These Vitamins and Minerals

  • Niacin
  • Riboflavin
  • Folate
  • Phosphorus
  • Iron 
  • Panthothenic Acid
  • Zinc
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Selenium
  • Thiamin

It’s best to blend several mushroom species. A good trio includes: 

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi has been called the “Mushroom of Immortality,” and has been used in Asia for thousands of years.  It has ganoderic acid, which is being used to support cellular abnormalities.

Other Benefits: 

  • Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Regulation of the immune system
  • Normalization of blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels

Shiitake Mushroom

A key component of Shiitake is Lentinan, which has been found to protect the liver and provide relief for a variety of stomach ailments. Lentinan has also been linked to combating illnesses that attack the immune system. 

Other Benefits:

  • May offer anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal effects
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels,
  • Reduces platelet aggregation
  • Supports lower cholesterol levels

Cordyceps Mushroom

Called “Caterpillar Fungus,” Cordyceps is unique in that it grows out of an insect host rather than a plant host. This parasitic mushroom has a long and storied history in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine. Cordyceps is perhaps best known as the supplement that members of the Chinese women’s track and field team used in training before they broke several records in 1993 and 1994. Team members tested negative for using illegal substances, and their coach revealed that the athletes’ diets were supplemented with a Chinese “caterpillar fungus.”

A natural Chinese supplement, cordyceps benefits several body systems, including the circulatory, immune, respiratory and glandular systems. Cordyceps has properties similar to those of ginseng and is traditionally used to help the body build strength and endurance. In traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps has been used to benefit the glandular system in both women and men. In addition, cordyceps supports the kidneys, aids the upper respiratory tract and may help the body maintain proper blood viscosity.

Other Benefits: 

  • Increases ATP production, improving strength and endurance
  • Offers anti-aging effects
  • Protects the liver and kidneys,
  • Increases blood flow & normalizes cholesterol levels


Mushrooms are extremely hearty organisms that thrive in good, and bad, environments. In ideal conditions, they absorb and concentrate healthful compounds. In poor conditions, they absorb and concentrate unhealthy, harmful, and even deadly substances. Be sure your mushrooms come from a reputable, safely grown source. 

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49 Basic Nutritional Supplements For An All-Around Healthy Body [Infographic]

December 10 2012 | Body System Health | Brain Health | Circulatory System | Digestive Health | General | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Immune Health | Infographic | Intestinal System | Men's Health | Nervous System | Nutrition | Respiratory Health

There are a lot of nutritional supplements out there. For some, it can be daunting to know what to take, and what parts of the body they benefit.

This graphic shows some basic nutrients that support the skin, brain, eyes, lungs, intestines, bones, colon, joints, muscles and heart. If you want to dig further into a specific area, and go beyond these basic nutrients, try out our Health Assesment quiz to see what could help you for your specific needs.  


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Supplements for the Heart:

  • Omega 3 EFAs
  • Soluble Fiber
  • B-Complex Vitamins
  • Reservatrol
  • Calcium and Magnesium
  • Vitamins A, C, and E

Supplements for Muscles:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • B Vitamins
  • Antioxidants

Supplements for Joints:

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Antioxidants

Supplements for the Colon:

  • Fiber

Supplements for Bones:

  • Calcium and Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B12

Supplements for Digestion

  • Fiber
  • Probiotics

Supplements for the Lungs

  • Lycopene
  • Beta-carotene
  • Lutein
  • Resveratrol

Supplements for Eyes

  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Beta-carotene
  • Selenium

Supplements for the Brain

  • Omega 3 EFAs
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin E

Supplements for the Skin

  • Silica
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Omega 3 EFAs


13 Ways to Be Your Own Nurse First [Infographic]

October 8 2012 | Body System Health | Brain Health | Circulatory System | Digestive Health | Family Health | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Infographic | Intestinal System
In less than 10 years, there will be a national shortage of 800,000 nurses,about the population of South Dakota. To address this issue, came out with this graphic showing practical ways to take preventative measures -- beyond diet and exercise.

The graphic focuses on the brain, shoulders, ears, eyes, heart, lungs, intestines, back, hands, knees, legs, skin, and feet. Enjoy:

What One Drop of Blood Can Say About Your Health [Infographic]

September 24 2012 | Circulatory System | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Infographic
One drop of blood can tell you a lot about your health needs, what supplements you should take, and what changes you need make in your diet and lifestyle. Regular blood diagnostics can help you keep track of your overall health, and identify potential threats that standard testing may not find.

This graphic from WellnessFX covers a broad range of diagnostics from blood, which can provide greater knowledge about the risks for heart disease and other chronic illnesses by giving better insight to:
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Cholesterol
  • Inflammation
  • Thyroid
  • Vitamin D
Enjoy the graphic:

3 Things to Learn from Rosie O’Donnell’s Heart Attack

August 23 2012 | Circulatory System | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol

Rosie O'Donnell by David Shankbone

Comedian and talk show host Rosie O’Donnell had a heart attack this past week but didn’t even know it.

O'Donnell told USAToday that after helping an elderly woman who had fallen, she became nauseous, had clammny skin and vomited. O'Donnell thought she had only pulled a muscle, when in reality, those symptoms were from a life-threatening heart attack. 

Heart attacks don't always result in people clutching their chest or arm and falling to the ground. It’s a classic image that’s encouraged through movies, TV shows and popular culture, mostly because it’s true—but only for some people. 

1. Men and Women are Different


For a man, the classic symptoms of a heart attack consist of a crushing pain in the chest or arms making it difficult to breath or do much more than fall to the ground. For a woman, the signs can be much more subtle. 

"Women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure," Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist at New York University, told USAToday.

Women have to be extra aware. A woman could experience classic heart attack symptoms, but their symptoms will often mimic the after effects of a good workout.

2. Heart Attack Signs for Women


Rosie felt soreness in her arms and chest and said that everything seemed like it was bruised. She became nauseous and threw up. Her skin was clammy but she felt very hot.  All of these were classic signs of a heart attack—for a woman—according to the American Heart Association

What to look for:

  • Uncomfortable pressure or pain in the center of your chest that lasts for a more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. 
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath (with or without chest pain)
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

3. What To Do


If you think you’re having a heart attack do these two things:

  • Take an aspirin: A single aspirin will begin to break down the blood clots that cause a heart attack. But don’t stop there. 
  • Get medical attention: Call 9-1-1 or just go to the emergency room and have a medical professional evaluate you and determine exactly what’s causing your symptoms. 

Though she didn’t get immediate medical attention, Rosie did take some aspirin for the soreness she felt. That simple act quite possible saved her life. Whether you take an aspirin or not, always get medical attention if you believe you’re having a heart attack. 

Recognizing a heart attack is the biggest thing you can do to survive it. Your body will let you know what’s happening. You just need to understand it and take quick action. 

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The American Heart Association says 785,000 Americans have some sort of heart attack every year, and another 195,000 heart attacks people don't even know they are having. 

Heart Health Supplements


Heart health supplements may give your body what it needs to maintain a healthy life. The heart plays the important role of supplying oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the entire body. Click here to see a list of Nature's Sunshine Heart Health Supplements, including a Cholesterol Kit, Blood PressureX, and Super Omega 3 EPA.

Co-Q10 Vital for Cellular Energy & Cardiovascular Health

April 5 2012 | Circulatory System

As technology advances, we learn more about the human body and how it works. We also gather details about how supplements are utilized in the body. This type of advancement can lead to innovative change and newer, better products, like our  Co-Q10 50 mg softgels.

Co-Q10 vital for cellular energy, cardiovascular health and Longevity

Co-Q10 is a vitamin-like substance present in every cell in the body. It is vital for cellular energy, cardiovascular health and longevity. Co-Q10 helps reduce oxidative stress in all cells throughout the body and especially contributes to the health of the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. Usually after age 30, the body’s production of Co-Q10 declines, which creates a need for supplementation in some people.

Co-Q10 material is often found in a crystalline state, which is less-absorbable by the body and not as likely to have the optimal cellular energy, cardiovascular health and longevity benefits.  Some manufacturers begin their processes with a crystalfree form of Co-Q10. But after processing, the Co-Q10 re-crystallizes inside their softgel capsule. To avoid this, certain manufacturers use solvents in their products. But these solvents may interfere with absorption or cause other issues.

Nature’s Sunshine’s patended lipid blend

Nature’s Sunshine’s new formula uses a patented lipid blend to keep Co-Q10 from crystallizing and yields maximum bioavailability. Therefore, giving you the most cellular energy, cardiovascular health and longevity for your money.  Take 1 softgel with a meal daily for circulatory support.

Our Most Bioavailable Co-Q10 Yet!

Ours is up to eight times more absorbable than the crystal version! A double-blind human clinical trial showed that Nature’s Sunshine’s Co-Q10 50 mg was at least eight times more readily absorbed than competing products. Our 50 mg crystalfree liquid is equivalent to 400 mg of co-Q10 powder. Are you getting your money’s worth?

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