Smart Heart Tub

Smart Heart

Blackmores SMARTHEART™ increase your beta glucan intake to help reduce cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and blood pressure levels.

About

Blackmores SMARTHEART™ is a good source of fibre with no added sugar or salt. It can be added to cereal smoothies or yoghurt, providing a great way to easily increase your beta glucan intake to help reduce cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and blood pressure levels.

Blackmores SMARTHEART™:

  • Clinically Proven To Reduce Cholesterol
  • Clinically Proven To Regulate Blood Sugar
  • Clinically Proven To Regulate Blood Pressure
  • Made with OatWell™ oat bran
 

Features

Not all oat products are the same! Blackmores SMARTHEART™ is different because…

  • Made from 100% OatWell™ natural oat bran.
  • 1 serving (14g) of Blackmores SMARTHEART™ = 4 Bowls of cooked oats.
  • Contains 3.1g of beta glucan (higher than recommended by Ministry of Health Malaysia) to lower cholesterol.
  • OatWell™ uses a Proprietary Extraction method that maintains the high natural molecular structure of the beta glucans.
  • High molecular structure of beta glucan is important to form the thick viscous gel in the intestines that regulates fat and sugar absorption.
  • High Qualify Assurance.
  • Fully imported from Australia.
 

Why consume Blackmores SMARTHEART™ with OatWell™?

  • Highest in beta glucan*
  • Highest in dietary fibre*
  • Lowest in sugar, carbohydrates and fats*
  • No added sugar or salt
  • No flavours or sweeteners

* compared to other major oat bran brands

 

Who can consume Blackmores SMARTHEART™ with OatWell™?

  • Suitable for all age groups.
  • Heart-conscious people who wants to positively influence their blood pressure and sugar level
  • Elderly
  • Suitable for vegetarian and it is Halal-certified

 

Did you know that?

Reducing your cholesterol level by 10% reduces your heart attack by 20%!

Blackmores SMARTHEART™ with OatWell™ has been clinically proven to reduce LDL cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels by forming a dense and viscous gel in the small intestines.

Studies have shown that the results of cholesterol-lowering starts as soon as 4 weeks!

 

Clinically Proven To Reduce LDL (“Bad”) Cholesterol

Blackmores SMARTHEART™ reduces LDL cholesterol within 4 weeks in 2 ways:

a) Blocks the absorption of fats (cholesterol) from food
Blocks the absorption of fats  

Blackmores SMARTHEART™ forms a dense and viscous gel in the small intestines and this prevents the digestion and absorption of fats (cholesterol).

 

b) Blocks the re-absorption of bile (digestive juice)
Blocks the re-absorption of bile 

Blackmores SMARTHEART™ forms a viscous gel in the intestines and blocks the re-absorption of bile, forcing the body to remove cholesterol from the blood to produce more bile to digest fats. This reduces the LDL cholesterol in the blood.

 

Clinically Proven To Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Regulate Blood Sugar LevelsOat beta glucan slows down the rise in the blood sugar level after a meal and delays the lowering of the blood sugar level to the pre-meal level. To be effective, 3g of OatWell™ oat beta glucan must be taken daily.

a) Slows down the absorption of carbohydrates, preventing sudden spikes in blood sugar levels.

b) Consistent blood sugar levels will prevent excess blood sugar being converted and stored as body fat.

 

Clinically Proven To Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Oat beta glucan slows down the rise in the blood sugar level after a meal and delays the lowering of the blood sugar level to the pre-meal level. To be effective, 3g of OatWell™ oat beta glucan must be taken daily.

a) Slows down the absorption of carbohydrates, preventing sudden spikes in blood sugar levels.

b) Consistent blood sugar levels will prevent excess blood sugar being converted and stored as body fat.

 

Regulate Blood Pressure

Beta glucan shows blood pressure lowering effects:

  • Daily consumption of oats-rich food was found to significantly reduce cardiovascular disease risk in the middle-aged people mainly through blood pressure-lowering mechanisms. (Tighe et al 2010).
  • In some clinical trials, it was found that patients consuming foods rich in oat beta glucan for 12 weeks experienced significant decrease in blood pressure. Results appear to show greater benefits for overweight or obese patients. (Maki et al 2007b and Pins et al 2002),

 

Dosage

2 tablespoons of Blackmores SMARTHEART™ daily provides 3.1grams of oat beta glucan to reduce cholesterol.


Additional Information

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a type of lipid or fat that is found in the foods we eat and is also produced in the body by the liver.

Cholesterol functions in the body as a starting material for the production of bile salts and for steroid hormones such as testosterone, oestrogen and vitamin D. It also plays a vital role as part of the structure of cell membranes.


The good and the bad
Cholesterol is often spoken about in terms of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol.

High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL): commonly referred to as ‘good’ cholesterol. HDLs pick up excess cholesterol in the body and transport it to the liver where it is readied for excretion, or to other areas of the body that are in need of cholesterol.

Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL): commonly referred to as the ‘bad’ cholesterol. LDLs are the main transporters of cholesterol in the body, taking cholesterol from one part of the body to another. However, when we have too high a level of circulating LDL in the blood, it may lead to deposits of cholesterol in the arteries, thus increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.


The Cholesterol Test
Cholesterol is measured by a blood test following a consultation with your healthcare professional.

A lipid profile test is usually taken, which looks at not only your total cholesterol, but also your LDL, HDL and triglycerides (a type of fat found in the blood).


Fats - sorting the good from the bad
To manage healthy cholesterol levels is not just a matter of taking fat out of the diet. It is actually about eating the right kinds of fats.

Good types of fats contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Polyunsaturated fatty acids include omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.

Oily fish are a great dietary source of omega-3s. Choose fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines. Don’t eat fish? Other sources include flaxseeds, walnuts, chia seeds and soybeans.

Polyunsaturated fats are found in plant foods especially nuts, seeds and cold pressed vegetable oils.

Decreasing your intake of saturated and trans fats may be an important part of maintaining healthy cholesterol levels as they increase your levels of LDL cholesterol. In additional, trans fats will also lower your level of “good” HDL cholesterol and increase the “bad” LDL cholesterol.

Saturated fats are found in fatty meats, full fat dairy products, processed foods and fatty deep fried take-away foods.

Trans fats are naturally occuring in small amounts in dairy foods, veal, beef, lamb and mutton. Synthetic trans fat may be found in processed foods, margarines, store bought baked goods and take-away meals.


Fibre
When trying to manage your cholesterol, it is also important to make sure that you are eating adequate levels of fibre. Fibre rich foods include whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Fibre may help to decrease the absorption of cholesterol.

Of particular benefit is a soluble fibre called beta glucan which is found in oats and is throught to be responsible for their cholesterol lowering effects when consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat.


Get moving and watch your waistline
Exercise and an active lifestyle are both essential for cholesterol management as they may help to increase your levels of HDL cholestrol.

Regular exercise will help to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and maintain a healthy waistline.

 

 

FAQs

1. What are the nutritional differences between normal oats and oat bran?
Both oats and oat bran have similar amounts of carbohydrates and fat, but oat bran contains more protein and fibre, and fewer calories.It is especially high in beta glucan, a powerful type of soluble fibre. Beta glucan has been found to be beneficial for heart health where more than 100 scientific studies have proven the positive effects of beta glucan.


2. What does Blackmores SMARTHEART™ contain?
Blackmores SMARTHEART™ contains natural OatWell™ oat bran powder, consisting of 22% of beta glucan which is produced by proprietary extraction method. This maintains the  high  molecular  structure of  beta  glucan that forms  a thick viscous  gel  in the intestines which reduces cholesterol and sugar absorption.

3. How is Blackmores SMARTHEART™ different than other beta glucan powder products?
Blackmores SMARTHEART™ contains 4 times the amount of beta glucan compared to normal oats. Each serving (2 tablespoons) of Blackmores SMARTHEART™ is equivalent to having 4 bowls of cooked oats. It also contains the highest amount of beta glucan and dietary fibre, and the lowest carbohydrates and fats compared with other beta glucan powder products. It has no added sugar, salts, flavours and sweeteners.

4. What are the benefits of consuming Blackmores SMARTHEART™?
Blackmores SMARTHEART™ can assist in reducing cholesterol levels and regulating blood sugar levels when consumed as part of a healthy diet low in saturated fats. It was found that by managing your cholesterol level and blood sugar level, you may reduce the risk of heart disease by 20%.

5. Who is Blackmores SMARTHEART™ suitable for?
Blackmores SMARTHEART™ is suitable to be consumed by all age groups, especially the elderly and heart-conscious people who want to positively influence their blood cholesterol and sugar level.

6. How should I consume Blackmores SMARTHEART™?
Add two tablespoons of Blackmores SMARTHEART™ to your cereal, smoothie or favourite beverage. Add more or less water or milk according to personal taste. Then, stir it and consume immediately. Avoid mixing with hot water.It is best consumed at least 20-30 minutes before meals.

7. How long does it take until we see some results?
Cholesterol levels can be reduced through the intake of the daily amount of 3g of oat beta glucan. Daily intake of Blackmores SMARTHEART™ has been found to reduce cholesterol level after 4 weeks . In order to achieve the best results, a regular intake over a longer period is recommended.

8. To what extent does Blackmores SMARTHEART™ affect the LDL (bad) cholesterol level?
Many scientific studies conducted and published in well-known scientific journals have shown that beta glucan can reduce the unwanted LDL (bad) cholesterol level by up to 10%. The HDL (good) cholesterol level remains unaffected.

9. What happens when I stop consuming Blackmores SMARTHEART™?
The positive effects on the cholesterol level are only effective for as long as the products are consumed. If the consumption of Blackmores SMARTHEART™ is discontinued, the  positive effects on cholesterol may reduce and the cholesterol levels may return to their original values.

10. Can I consume Blackmores SMARTHEART™ when my cholesterol levels are normal?
Yes. Blackmores SMARTHEART™ contains dietary fibres which play an important role in a balanced diet. It is recommended that everyone should have a fibre intake of at least 25g per day to ensure healthy functioning of the gut, as well as decreased risk for lifestyle-associated chronic diseases.

11.How have the cholesterol-reducing effects of Blackmores SMARTHEART™ been proven?
More than 100 international studies have proven the positive effects of oat beta glucan on a raised cholesterol level. Internationally recognised associations such as the European Society of Cardiology confirms the preventative advantages of oat beta glucan on blood cholesterol levels. The intake of 3g/day of oat beta glucan significantly reduces cholesterol level as soon as 4 weeks.

12. Is Blackmores SMARTHEART™ suitable for vegetarians?
This product does not contain animal-based ingredients, therefore it is suitable for vegetarians.

13. Can diabetic patients consume Blackmores SMARTHEART™?
Blackmores SMARTHEART™ does not contain any added sugar and is suitable for diabetic patients. In fact, diabetic patients should consume Blackmores SMARTHEART™ daily as it is clinically proven to regulate blood sugar levels.However, if you still have concerns, you may seek further medical advice from your healthcare professional.

14. Are there any side effects associated with taking Blackmores SMARTHEART™?
There are no major side effects from taking this product. However, you may notice an increase in bowel movement after taking this product due to the high fibre content. This will reduce with time once the body adapts to the high fibre diet.

15. If I am currently taking medication, can I take Blackmores SMARTHEART™?
You are advised to take this product 2 hours before or after your medication to avoid any possible interactions.

16. Is Blackmores SMARTHEART™ certified Halal?
Blackmores SMARTHEART™ is certified halal by Halal Certification Authority Australia (HCAA),which is recognised as a halal certified body by JAKIM. You may call our Health Advisory Team at 03-5022 8263 for more information.

 
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