3 Supplements for a Healthier Heart
Keeping your heart healthy is probably the best life insurance you can get. But the usual “watch your weight and exercise” advice misses some important opportunities.
You see, certain nutrients boost heart health, too. They’re an easy way to support a stronger, healthier heart. Today, you’ll discover three I feel are especially important for your overall heart health.
You’ve probably heard a lot about Omega-3 fatty acids. They’re common in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel. And they’re great for your heart. But you may be surprised to learn just how great Omega-3’s are.
Here are just a few ways Omega-3-rich fish oil can benefit your heart…
- Supports lower blood pressure levels
- Promotes a healthy heart beat
- Helps support clean, clear arteries
- Promotes lower levels of fats (triglycerides) in the blood1
So what does this mean to you? In one study, women who took a fish oil supplement cut their risk of heart trouble by up to 25%.2 that’s a big boost from a pretty simple step.
Omega-3’s come from supplements or your diet. But you manufacture some nutrients yourself. Unfortunately, your body makes less of some of them as you get older.
Co-enzyme Q10 – CoQ10 for short – is one of those nutrients. Starting around age 35, your body’s production of CoQ10 begins to drop off.
CoQ10 is critical for good health because it makes energy available at the cellular level. Cellular energy powers all your muscles – including your heart. So having too little CoQ10 is like trying to run a car with dirty spark plugs. It may start, but it doesn’t have much pick up. And it may “conk out” at any minute.
Boosting your CoQ10 levels can have an amazing effect on your heart – especially if you have heart trouble.
A group of Australian doctors reviewed CoQ10 studies and found it promotes lower blood pressure, appears to improve exercise capacity and supports better overall heart function. When these same doctors gave CoQ10 to their patients, their heart health improved, and they were able to exercise longer.3
An Italian team had similar results. They found that just 50 – 150 mg of CoQ10 promoted better heart health by a dozen different measures. More than 60% of the study group even reported sleeping better.4
One more thing about CoQ10 and your heart… Doctors at Northwestern University report that low CoQ10 levels are common in people who develop heart trouble. So it’s a good idea to ensure an adequate supply.
People with heart problems are often low in another nutrient, too. It’s called L-carnitine.5
Body-builders have been taking L-carnitine for years. They believe it boosts energy and helps burn body fat – and there is evidence to back up their beliefs.
But L-carnitine performs another, more important, service. It promotes healthier heart function.
Like CoQ10, L-carnitine is involved in producing cellular energy. But researchers discovered it promotes better heart health in different ways.
For example, a Memphis University study showed that L-carnitine promotes lower levels of free radical damage to cholesterol – a major cause of clogged arteries. The study also found L-carnitine supports higher levels of oxygen in the blood.6
Meanwhile, Greek researchers recently found that L-carnitine also promotes improved antioxidant status, a healthier heart rate and greater exercise capacity – up to 22% greater.7 So those body-builders may have been on to something.
Living a full and fulfilling life depends on a healthy heart. And keeping your heart healthy is a lot easier when you give it the nutrients it craves. With all their heart-health benefits, Omega-3’s, CoQ10 and L-carnitine are a great start.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
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