Cardiovascular disease refers to conditions which affect the heart or blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease is associated with a build-up of fatty deposits in blood vessels and the increased risk of blood clots. Cardiovascular disease can to some extent be prevented or delayed with lifestyle choices, such as following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, avoiding stress and resting enough. Sufficient intake of the protective nutrients (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) as well as proteins and healthy fats form the basis of a heart-healthy diet. Several nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K and ubiquinone, play a significant role in the health of the cardiovascular system.
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