Your heart is among the most important major organs in your body. It keeps you alive by continuously pumping blood out to every single inch of your body. Experts don’t warn of the dangers of sedentary life and fried food just for kicks. Every healthy habit you convince yourself to adapt is in some way or another helping your heart to keep beating no matter what.
Diet and exercise, as you have probably already heard many times before, are both excellent ways to keep your heart strong and healthy as it continuously pumps blood through your circulatory system. You can also take some supplements, in addition to adopting healthier habits, to show your heart it deserves special treatment. Here are five supplements you might want to try.
1. Vitamin D
Vitamin D has been shown to serve as an essential component in terms of heart health. It acts as a hormone that regulates a number of processes in the body, including the blood pressure and blood sugar in some organs like the kidneys and pancreas respectively. It is one of the vitamins you need to absorb on a regular basis, but many people do not do this due to lack of exposure to enough natural sunlight daily.
Being deficient in vitamin D increases your risk of a number of different conditions, including heart attack, heart disease and stroke. Vitamin D deficiency is also a risk factor for certain conditions related to heart disease like obesity and diabetes. Therefore, vitamin D is an important supplement to incorporate into your body daily if you do not get enough of it from fortified foods and/or sunlight.
In addition to certain foods and beverages, as well as daily exposure to natural sunlight, you can purchase over the counter supplements that contain vitamin D in low dosages at a local drugstore. You can also speak with your doctor and, if you are deficient, they may be able to write you a specialized prescription.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fat that have the power to reduce inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation over time can damage your blood vessels and eventually lead to developing heart disease, which is why consuming them is so good for your heart. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce blood clotting, decrease stroke risk, lower blood pressure and reduce irregular heartbeats. People who regularly consume safe amounts of omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to suffer a heart attack.
Omega-3 fatty acids are mainly found in fish. Eating fish has been shown to improve heart health over time, even in people who are at higher risk for experiencing serious heart problems as they age. However, if you do not like the taste of fish or think purchasing fish is too expensive, you also have the option to consume omega-3s in the form of pills, otherwise commonly known as fish oil supplements.
It is not completely clear how beneficial omega-3 supplements actually are compared to the benefits of consuming fish, but most experts warn that as long as you do not overdo it, there is not a great risk of harm to you.
3. Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant produced naturally in the body, but you also have the option to consume it in the form of food or even to take it as a separate supplement to promote heart health if you so desire. It has the potential to improve your heart muscle so that it can function at its full potential. It also has the potential to make sure that your blood circulation remains healthy and that every part of your body continues to receive the amount of continuous blood it needs to remain fully functional.
If you are at all deficient in the antioxidant coenzyme Q10, it means you may have any number of heart or heart related issues including high blood pressure, heart failure, angina (otherwise known as chest pain) and arrhythmia (otherwise known as irregular or abnormal heartbeat).
Some studies have indicated that lower levels of lycopene in the blood might increase your risk for developing heart disease. The more lycopene you have in your system, the less likely you are to have to deal with other heart related conditions as well, such as the plaque on the walls of your arteries becoming thicker, which is often a major cause of serious cardiac conditions like heart attack and stroke.
Lycopene is found in many fruits and vegetables, but the most common sources of lycopene you will likely find in your regular diet are tomatoes and tomato based products like sauces and pastes. Of course you also have the option of taking lycopene in the form of a supplement, though as always there are both benefits and risks to these kinds of supplements, so just be cautious and talk to your doctor if you are unsure.
In general people who consume magnesium in adequate amounts continuously day in and day out tend to have a decreased risk of suffering fatal heart attacks and/or contracting heart disease and other related conditions. Like the other supplements listed above, you can get magnesium in a regular balanced diet, but you can also take it in the form of a supplement to ensure that you are not missing out on any of the heart healthy benefits of this essential mineral.
Most brands of multivitamins include magnesium as part of the supplement, so you should have no trouble at all finding alternative ways to make sure you are getting enough magnesium into your body to promote the best health possible for your heart and circulatory system as a whole.
Your heart deserves your undivided attention. Treat it well, and you will lead a long lasting and healthy life – at least, you will be much more likely to do so. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. If supplements are what keep your heart at its best, stick with it. Let your doctor help you formulate a regimen that works.