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Top 8 Heart Health Supplements
Best way to get fiber is from food
If using a fiber supplement, choose a product that has different types of fiber in it-both soluble and insoluble and be sure to stay well hydrated.
Psyllium fiber may help lower cholesterol when used together with a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat
Fiber seems to be most effective used in conjunction with diet and exercise for contributing to weight loss
Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10)
a substance similar to a vitamin
found in every cell of the body
our body makes CoQ10
cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance
also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules
Naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.
Help enzymes work to help protect the heart and skeletal muscles
Multivitamin & mineral
Vitamins and minerals taken in appropriate doses may aid in lowering heart disease risk
Whole foods should be the main source of nutrients, and research shows that many people fall short of recommended intakes
Numerous studies suggest positive association between taking vitamin and mineral supplements, and heart disease prevention
L-carnitine is an amino acid needed to transport fats into the mitochondria (the place in the cell where fats are turned into energy). Adequate energy production is essential for normal heart function.
Several studies using L-carnitine showed an improvement in heart function and a reduction in symptoms of angina.
People with congestive heart failure have insufficient oxygenation of the heart, which can damage the heart muscle. Such damage may be reduced by taking L-carnitine supplements.
Taking L-carnitine may also help reduce damage and complications following a heart attack.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Found in the oil of certain types of fish, vegetables, and other plant sources
Not made by the body and must be consumed in the diet or through supplements, often “fish oil.”
work by lowering the body's production of triglycerides. High levels of triglycerides can lead to coronary artery disease, heart disease, and stroke.
Used together with diet and exercise help lower triglyceride levels in the blood.
Taken orally as a supplement has been used as a possibly effective aid in treating high blood pressure and coronary artery disease
Can affect blood-clotting and may increase your risk of bleeding. If you need surgery, dental work, or a medical procedure, stop taking garlic at least two weeks ahead of time
Used as a likely effective aid in treating high cholesterol
been shown to lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels according to several preliminary and controlled trials
Low magnesium levels can be a predictor of heart disease, research has revealed. Low magnesium has been linked with cardiovascular risk factors such as: high blood pressure, arterial plaque build-up, calcification of soft tissues, cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.
Magnesium supplements come in various forms and mineral combinations, such as magnesium citrate , magnesium gluconate, magnesium hydroxide and the popular form of magnesium sulfate , also known as Epsom salt, used in baths and foot soaks for sore, tired muscles.
Patients with kidney disease need to be cautious with magnesium, warns Sherri Rutherford, DO, PeaceHealth Southwest Washington integrative medicine, and talk with their doctor.