Heart Health and Supplements

With heart disease at epidemic proportions, more supplements than ever are being sold to assist with it. There are also plenty that claim to assist with lowering blood pressure and cholestoral. The latest most popular is CoQ10, or Coenzyme Q10. It claims to lower blood pressure either on its own or with other medications. It is also sometimes used to counter the effects of cholestoral-lowering drugs because it’s believed that those drugs lower the body’s natural production of CoQ10. However, clinical trials for this have shown mixed results.

Fish oil has been the other longtime most popular for alleviating or preventing heart disease. However, it is still not certain whether the supplements are really all that helpful. Hence, the American Heart Association recommends eating about 3.5 ounces of actual fish with Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy cholesterol.

Two “unlikely” resources

Garlic has been found to slow plaque buildup in arteries. It doesn’t seem to make much difference as to whether you add it to food or supplements.

Both the drink and the extract of green tea has been shown to be very helpful in lowering bad cholestoral and raise HDL levels.

Consume as much Fiber and Sterols as You Can

Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. They help to prevent your body from soaking up too much bad cholesterol. It is recommended that adults aim for up to 30 grams a day and that men under 50 aim for 38 grams a day. If you do decide that taking a supplement is the best way for you to go, increase your dose slowly to prevent gas and cramping. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water with them. If you’re in doubt, consult a doctor, pharmacist, and/or a naturopath.

Sterols, luckily are found in many foods including nuts, grains, yogurt, orange juice, and margarine. They also reduce the amount of cholesterol that your body absorbs. Adults are recommended to aim for about two grams a day. Again, if you think it’s the best way for you to go, you can also take them as supplements. Again, when in doubt, consult a doctor, pharmacist, and/or a naturopath.

If You Already Have Heart Failure

You may need to consume more Vitamin E and C to reduce your risk of a heart attack. Luckily, both vitamins are naturally found in many fruits, vegetables, wheat and oils. However, if you already have heart failure or a heart disease, you may need to consume more of it than you may be able to get from diet alone. You will definitely need to ask a doctor or pharmacist to make sure that you don’t overdo it. Vitamins E and C prevent what’s called oxidized cholestoral. This is when the plaque blocks the oxygen trying to circulate in your blood. In layman’s terms, this is called atherosclorosis.

Multivitamins alone will probably not do it. They don’t contain the adequate amount of E and C needed for a healthy heart. However, you can as your doctor about taking one along with E and C. However, women of childbearing age do need one with extra iron and vice versa for those past childbearing age.

Caution

Do not just take any supplement that is labeled “heart healthy”. Like any other form of medicine, they work differently for different people. So what works for one person may not work for you. Overdosing on them can be very dangerous. So don’t hesitate to consult with an expert in?Pure Care Pro,? pharmacist, doctor or even a naturopath before taking them.