Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with someone dying from it every 36 seconds. That equates to almost 1 in 4 deaths that may have been preventable through changed lifestyle factors.
Risk factors for heart disease are:
Please check with a medical professional before beginning any supplement regimen because they can interact with other medications and prescriptions you may be taking, they can potentially cause side effects with certain medical conditions. The medical professional will recommend the right strength and dose for your personal medical history. Please check with a medical professional before beginning any supplement regimen because they can interact with other medications and prescriptions you may be taking, they can potentially cause side effects with certain medical conditions. The medical professional will recommend the right strength and dose for your personal medical history.
Are Supplements Really Worth it?
Supplements are no substitute for dietary and lifestyle interventions, however there are numerous supplements people believe may have improved support for health insurance. Remember to purchase supplements from a quality source since the FDA does not regulate supplements. You will want to find a product that has had testing done by an independent 3rd party – such as the NSF, Consumer Lab, or USP.
With all that being said, let's dig into what research has shown may support heart health:
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), the energy generator of all cells, enhances the heart's pumping ability. Caution: CoQ10 may decrease the effectiveness of blood-thinning medication, such as warfarin. Food Sources: animal heart & livers, pork shoulder, beef sirloin, soybeans, parsley, broccoli, sweet potato
Folic acid, a B vitamin, helps prevent the formation of homocysteine, an amino acid that damages artery linings. Caution: Avoid folic acid supplementation if you have a history of cancer. Food Sources: legumes, asparagus, eggs, leafy greens, beets, citrus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, papaya
L-carnitine, an amino acid, increases the heart's pumping action and may facilitate weight loss by increasing metabolism. Caution: Don't use L-carnitine if you have kidney disease. Food Sources: lean beef, cod, chicken breast, milk, peanut butter, asparagus
L-taurine, another amino acid, dilates blood vessels, improves blood flow and helps reduce blood pressure. Caution: L-taurine may not be appropriate if you take diuretic medication or have stomach ulcers. Food Sources: Seafood, Organ meat, seaweed, eggs, dairy, yeast
Magnesium regulates blood pressure and heart rate. Caution: Don't take magnesium if your blood pressure is already low. Food Sources: Pumpkin Seeds, almonds, spinach, soymilk, black beans, avocado
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, increase HDL and decreases LDL and triglycerides. It may slow plaque buildup in arteries, reduce the risk for arrhythmia, and reduce blood pressure. Food Sources: fish, seafood, chia seeds, egg, hemp seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, legumes
Vitamin B-12 inhibits harmful homocysteine formation. Use a methylated form of B-12, since 40% of patients have a methylation problem (MTHFR) and cannot absorb B-12 if it is not methylated. Food Sources: seafood, meat, greek yogurt, egg, nutritional yeast
Vitamin D-3 helps prevent inflammation which reduces heart attack and stroke risk in people with high blood pressure and may protect against heart failure. Food Sources: soy milk, tofu, fortified orange juice, egg yolk, cheese, fortified cereals, mushroom (provide D2)
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