Heart disease, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, and stroke, is the No.1 cause of deaths in the United States. It is the leading cause of deaths for both men and women as well as most ethnic groups, including Caucasians, African-Americans, and Hispanics. An American dies every 60 seconds from a heart-related problem.
Although eating a healthy diet and regular exercise are known lifestyle changes that can protect against heart disease, adding specific supplements can also keep your ticker ticking. Below are eight of the best:
Fish oil. Clinical trials have found that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil supplements cut cardiac deaths by up to 52 percent. Study results have been so impressive that British health agencies urge docs to prescribe fish oil supplements for their patients who have had heart attacks in the previous three months unless they eat oily fish two to four times a week. The one-gram, one-a-day treatment will be prescribed for life.
A study published in Physiological Reports found that taking omega-3 fish oil supplements every day significantly improved arterial stiffness in the hearts of healthy seniors after only 12 weeks.
Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is found naturally in cells, and plays a major role in the production of energy, which the heart needs in large amounts. It also lowers triglyceride levels, increases amounts of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, lowers inflammation, reduces the risk of blood clots, and helps prevent arrhythmias. Many medications, including statin cholesterol-lowering drugs, deplete the body’s natural supply of coenzyme Q10.
“All patients taking statins become depleted in coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) eventually — those patients who start with relatively low CoQ10 levels (the elderly and patients with heart failure) begin to manifest signs/symptoms of CoQ10 deficiency relatively rapidly — in 6 to 12 months,” writes board-certified Texas cardiologist Peter H. Langsjoen. “Younger,…