7 Supplements that support your heart

Heart Health Vitameens

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death among men and women in Canada. We can’t deny that a healthy diet and regular exercise are most beneficial for heart health. Being smoke-free, drug-free, stress-free goes along way as well. While a healthy lifestyle is a no brainer for optimum cardiovascular health, dietary supplements help. 

Needless to say, most supplement companies make complicated blends and formulae and one is just overwhelmed with what is available on the market and how we are being marketed to. 

Coenzyme Q 10:

CoQ10 strengthens the mitochondria of every cell in the blood vessels, thus optimizing vessel health. It is a very powerful antioxidant that stops free radicals from destroying the body through oxidation. CoQ10 is created in the body and can also be absorbed in small amounts by eating beef, sardines mackeral and peanuts. 

Patients on cholesterol medication and statins tend to have lower levels of coenzyme Q 10. supplementation for these patients is not just beneficial but very necessary. But if you’re on blood thinners, consult your doctor before you start supplementing with CoQ10

Arjuna:

Arjuna holds a high position in Ayurveda for heart health. The bark of Arjuna tree has been used for centuries by Indian herbalists to strengthen heart muscle and circulatory system and to treat various cardiovascular conditions like cardiac failure, hypertension, angina, endocarditis, pericarditis, and edema.

Garlic:

Yes, we use garlic in our daily meals but in very small amounts compared to what we necessarily take in as a supplement. Garlic has been known for ages to treat high blood pressure, maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and prevent coronary artery disease. Several brands are coming up with odorless garlic pills if you don’t like the smell or flavor of garlic. 

Hawthorn Berry:

These berries are tart and mildly sweet and their colours range between yellow to orange and red to deep red and black. Hawthorn berries have been used by Western herbalists just like Indians have used the Arjuna. These berries not only address cardiovascular issues, but also assist in digestive health, provide immunity, manage diabetes and are also anti-inflammatory. With regards to heart health, they act as a vasodilator, meaning it can relax constricted blood vessels, ultimately lowering blood pressure.

Magnesium:

Calcium and magnesium work hand-in-hand in the human body to contract and relax. Magnesium is very necessary for a regular heartbeat. Calcium contracts the heart muscle and magnesium relaxes it. It’s always essential that calcium and magnesium are in balance in our bodies. Magnesium also helps clean up the arterial plaque buildup, calcification of soft tissues and prevents hardening of the arteries. 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids:

Cut the wheat and get some butter, said grandmother long ago but we thought fats were bad and we didn’t. Omega-3 fatty acids are the most important components of a healthy diet for maintaining good cardiovascular health. ALA, EPA and DHA  are the three forms of essential fatty acids. 

So in a nutshell, EFAs reduce triglycerides, reduce risk  of arrhythmia, slow the buildup of plaque in the arteries and lower blood pressure. They are also known to help with depression, inflammation and ADHD.

Green Tea:

Green tea has various health benefits than just cardiovascular health. The Chinese drink it like it’s an Alexander of life and it probably is.  The main bio chemical in Green tea is called epigallocatechin3-gallate, most commonly known as EGCG. EGCG breaks down the arterial plaque buildup thus making it easier for the blood to flow through the veins into the arteries.

It is very encouraging that although cardiovascular diseases claim the greatest number of lives, people can educate themselves sufficiently to make changes in diet, lifestyle and supplementation to prolong life and improve overall health