10 Best Supplements for Heart Health

Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 04:45 PM

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Heart ailments are becoming more common every day. Here are some supplements that will help you maintain a healthy heart:

Fish Oil
Fish oil is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acid, which reduces inflammation that can cause harmful clotting. This acid also reduces high triglycerides that can lead to fatty liver, reduces the risk of clogged arteries after angioplasty or bypass surgery, lowers your risk for an irregular heartbeat, lowers blood pressure, and reduces your risk for stroke.

Thiamine (vitamin B1)
Studies reveal that thiamine assists the cells with the conversion of carbohydrates into energy and ensures that the muscles and nervous system are all functioning properly. Thiamine deficiency can result in congestive heart failure.

Garlic:
Garlic is one of the naturally occurring supplements that reduces the risk of heart ailments. Regular use of garlic can keep blood pressure under control.

Antioxidants
Another important supplement to maintain a healthy heart includes antioxidants. Vitamin A, which is found in many fruits and vegetables, has been shown to improve recovery following a stroke due to its antioxidant properties.

Coenzyme Q-10
Coenzyme Q-10 is known to reduce systolic and diastolic pressure, thus making sure that your heart stays healthy.

Fiber
For the heart to stay healthy, it is important that the blood flow to the heart maintains a steady pressure. If the blood pressure is too high or too low, there can be adverse effects. Fiber pills or diets rich in fiber keep blood pressure within a normal range.

Magnesium
Magnesium helps restore the healthy functioning of blood vessels. It also helps patients with heart disease recover more quickly.

Potassium
Potassium regulates the electrical impulses in the heart, which are responsible for normal heartbeat. A deficiency of this supplement can result in heart ailments.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants that block the damage than can be caused by free radicals, byproducts that can accelerate the aging process and make you susceptible to heart disease.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E reduces the risk of both fatal and non-fatal heart attacks.

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