7 Supplements for Better Heart Health
When it comes to the human body, there really isn't anything much more important than the heart, is there?
Did you know that the heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime? Maybe not, but we are pretty sure you know…
…when the heart stops beating, essential bodily functions fail, some almost instantly. Not good!
Given its non-stop, never-ending workload, it truly is a wonder the heart performs so well, for so long, for most people.
Needless to say, we cannot do without it.
As we continue to learn more and more about the effects of proper fitness and nutrition on the body, its muscles, organs, etc, anything that can benefit this vital organ should be welcome.
With all the information floating around the World Wide Web when it comes to leaning out, losing weight, skincare, etc, we decided it might be a good idea to focus on something else, that, while not as sexy a topic, is considerably more important…heart health!
In an effort to provide such info with the most ease, we put together this list of 7 Supplements for Better Heart Health.
We truly hope you put some, if not all of these highly effective nutritionals to use. After all, your future does depend on the health of your heart…and you are likely to only ever get one, so you might want to take good care of it. No?
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is found in every single cell within the body. While your body does, in fact, make CoQ10, there is a good chance the manufacturing taking place within, cannot meet your needs.
Consider for a moment the uses. Your cells use CoQ10 to produce the energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. CoQ10 is also an antioxidant, protecting the body from damage caused by harmful molecules.
As it relates to the heart more specifically, CoQ10 helps to protect the heart and skeletal muscles, as well as boost energy, and speed recovery from exercise. Since we know the benefits of exercise on heart health, it is easy to see how this could be helpful.
These very reasons are why CoQ10 tops most physicians lists of recommended supplements, as well as ours.
CoQ10 is found in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but the best sources will be organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.
To be honest, these food sources are not likely high on many of our lists, therefore CoQ10 supplementation is almost a must.
We think it goes without saying, everyone has heard of fiber and knows that it should be an integral part of the daily diet.
Unfortunately, very few actually eat a high-fiber diet.
If you fall into this category, we recommend you choose a fiber supplement that contains both soluble and insoluble.
Proper levels of fiber intake have been shown to not only lower cholesterol levels, but also contribute to weight loss as well.
Since there are some pretty direct correlations between one being overweight and suffering heart-related issues, this appears to be a solid WIN-WIN in our book.
Get your fiber in daily!
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
If you have spent any time at all here on 3D Labs Nutrition, you know our feelings on Omegas, so we won’t go into a ton of detail here.
Omega-3 fatty acids, also sometimes known as “fish oil”, cannot be made by the body and, therefore, must be consumed.
They can be found in certain types of fish, vegetables, and other plant sources, but the ability to get your dietary needs met through food consumption alone is all but impossible, so we strongly recommend you supplement.
Omegas have been shown to lower the body's production of triglycerides, which is great news as high triglycerides can lead to coronary artery disease, heart disease, and/or stroke.
The studies on omega supplementation and its benefits on heart health continue to mount so please be sure to make daily use a top priority.
Low magnesium levels have not only 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, but appear to be a predictor of heart disease as well.
Magnesium has a hand in countless systems within the body including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.
Magnesium is also required for energy production and contributes to the structural development of bone as it plays a vital role in the transportation of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm.
For all these reasons, you want to be sure magnesium levels are right!
Want to help your heart function and burn fat more easily?
Say hello to L- Carnitine, an amino acid that helps transport fats into the mitochondria (the spot in our cell where we turn fats into energy).
Whether you knew it or not, adequate energy production is essential, not just for fat-burning, but for normal heart function too.
Studies on L-Carnitine have shown not only improvements in energy levels, but also reductions in heart damage in those who have suffered a heart attack, or those with congestive heart failure.
Even if you do not currently have to be concerned with such ailments, we think the inclusion of L-Carnitine for its energy production and fat-burning potential are reasons enough to use daily.
Did you know L-Carnitine was included in our BoostMode nootropic formula?
Green tea is as old as time!
Ok, maybe not quite that old, but it has been enjoyed, around the world, for centuries.
Studies show that Green tea has the ability to lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, thus reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Given society’s changes over time, poorer nutrition, less movement, etc. we tend to think that anything that might have a chance of reducing cardiovascular disease should be a staple.
Sipping a couple of cups of Green tea throughout the day isn’t really much to ask, is it?
How about one more that you might not have been expecting to see on this list?
Yes, garlic. Besides its potential for making some food taste better, supplemental garlic can aid in treating high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.
A quick note: Due to its possible impact on blood clotting, you might want to cease intake a couple of weeks ahead of any surgeries, dental work, or medical procedures.
Heart Health is a Top Priority
We think it goes without saying, your heart health really should be a very top priority.
While we are confident in our ability to provide educational information, such as the above, it goes without saying, consulting your physician should be step #1 if you in any way feel the need to improve overall heart health or heart function.
With all that said, do your very best to make exercise a part of your daily regimen and be sure your daily diet has more good, better, and best choices than it does bad.
Life really is only one beat at a time!
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Now, onward! You only have one life to live, one body to live it in...so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake and some form of "movement" daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water.
And, don’t forget, always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
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