People often assume that the foods they eat are sufficient to provide them with all the vitamins and minerals that their body needs. In most cases, this is not true because the modern-day diet is high in processed foods, empty calories and fat.
Most people just do not have their diet dialed in enough to get all the vitamins that they need. Over and above that, your body requires some vitamins in quantities where it’s just easier to just consume supplements. Then there is also the issue of taste.
For example, garlic is a wonderful ingredient that is very powerful for preventing heart disease. But what do you do if you hate the taste and smell of garlic? The easiest thing to do would be to buy some garlic pills which have concentrated levels of allicin, which is the active ingredient in garlic.
Taking these pills will be a breeze. No smell or taste to worry about… and nobody is going to run away when you speak. So, supplements do have their time and place.
Many people assume that most supplements are ineffective or just placebos. This is not true. Getting your daily dose of the right supplements is the best method of preventive care.
The supplements mentioned are inexpensive. Don’t avoid buying them because they cost money. Hospital bills are astronomically expensive. You’re better off investing in the 5 supplements below.
One of the best supplements for combating heart disease. Speak to your doctor and find out how much you should be consuming. This form of vitamin B3 can lower your LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol) and raise your HDL cholesterol levels (good cholesterol) significantly. As long as you take the right amount, you’ll not overload your liver and get hepatoxicity.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
This supplement will increase the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and you’ll feel more energetic when this happens. As the human body ages, it produces less CoQ10, and this is not good because your heart depends on it to be healthy.
Often people take statins to treat high cholesterol, however, if you take them, it’s even more important to take this supplement. Statins actually deplete the CoQ10 levels in your body. There are a multitude of benefits that come from this supplement.
This supplement is very beneficial for patients suffering from heart disease because it reduces mortality rates. The L-carnitine carries fat into the mitochondria in the cells, and since your heart depends on fat for energy, this supplement will help to transport this required fat.
Alaskan Salmon Fish Oil
We all know that fish oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that the body craves. Make sure the Alaskan Salmon fish oil comes from wild fish and NOT farm-raised fish. The omega-3 fats will lower the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. This supplement is a MUST HAVE.
It’s inexpensive, and considering our current daily diet which is high in omega-6 fats which are inflammatory, you really need the fish oil to balance things out and lower your heart disease risks.
Magnesium is considered ‘nature’s tranquilizer’, but it’s also great for preventing heart disease. The biggest benefit of magnesium is its ability to block excess calcium from getting into the cells in your body.
Arterial calcium leads to coronary artery calcification and raises the risk of heart disease. Magnesium inhibits the calcium from reaching the cells and nips the problem in the bud.
The 5 supplements above should be consumed regularly in order to avoid heart disease and other health issues that could develop. Speak to your doctor first before taking any supplements. Once you get the go ahead, do make them a part of your daily life.
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I’m excited to talk about this topic today because not only do I truly believe that you have the power to reverse heart disease and lower high blood pressure to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of these chronic diseases so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
As you may already know, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve blood pressure and reverse heart disease. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy.
Tools to Improve Heart Health
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Since weight management is very important in blood pressure control, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor.
Remember, healthy lifestyle behaviors–like eating a whole-foods plant-based diet that is low in sodium, being physically active, and stress management are the best ways to prevent and control high blood pressure. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use.
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