The Heart of the Matter — Supplements for Heart Health
Heart health should be a primary focus for nearly everyone in the industrialized world, because it’s the chronic disease that kills the most of us. And it’s preventable! Here are some vitamin supplements that can make a difference.
OF COURSE you know that it’s pretty darn important to have one, but do you know how your heart works?
To the extent that people do, it hasn’t prevented heart disease from being the No. 1 killer of men and women, both worldwide, and in the United States, where it’s responsible for 40 percent of all the deaths.
More than all types of cancer combined!
The good news is, if enough people would change their behavior, many forms of heart disease could be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices, including diet and exercise.
In other words, this heart disease epidemic is largely self-made.
To learn about the signs of heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest, check out this information from the American Heart Association.
Additional tips, which are spot-on and to-the-point about how to get your heart healthy, particularly through nutrition, can be found at Health-Heart.org.
Finally, there’s this infographic, courtesy of Rebecca Evans, RN:
Heart Health – An infographic by GeriatricNursing.org
You Can Improve Your Heart Health with Supplements
There are a wide spectrum of supplements reputed to help the cardiovascular system. It seems with every passing month, Vitamin D is getting more press heralding it as the overlooked wonder vitamin as research indicates its value to heart, bone and immune system health.
Studies continually underscore how fish oil benefits the heart, among many benefits, such as reducing stress.
And Coenzyme Q10, a natural energy producing nutrient involved in a wide range of body systems, is known to support mitochondrial function in heart and other cells in the body.
These are the supplements I take for heart health:
Resveratrol This is fast becoming a wonder supplement. Among a long list of benefits that include helping with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, Resveratrol helps cells make protective enzymes to prevent the leakage of electrons and the production of toxic “free radicals”. Reservatrol has received a lot of favorable press of late. You should investigate if this remarkable supplement might be good for you.
Vitamin D3 Plays an important role in the body’s utilization of carbohydrates and fats and in the synthesis of protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues. It is also crucial for the production of ATP, a molecule the body uses to store energy. What’s more, there’s a link between Vitamin D deficiency and cancer.
Viva Naturals Krill Oil This form of omega-3 is absorbed faster and more efficiently than that typically found in fish oil. Neptune Krill Oil supports heart health and cell membrane integrity.
Coenzyme Q10 Is an electron/proton carrier that helps the mitochondria to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the body’s energy source. This is vitally important because mitochondria must continually generate ATP to support every cell in the body. CoQ10 is found in high amounts in the cells of the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas. CoQ10’s nutritional support of the immune system was studied by William Lee, Ph.D., who found that with a daily dosage of 60mg for three to twelve weeks, patients had significantly increased levels of immunoglobulin G, an important part of immune system function.
Just as with the descriptive statements made at the various company sites that manufacture and/or sell the supplement products presented in this blog, none, or nearly none, of the potential benefits stated here have been evaluated by the FDA. Likewise none, or nearly none, of the products here can be represented to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Before engaging a supplement program, it always makes sense to get the advice of your health practitioner.