Nine Healthy-Heart-Supplements to Support Your Heart

Your heart needs a continuous supply of energy and healthy-heart-supplements because it works so hard. Your heart is designed for continual operation for 100 or more years. Depending on how fit you are it beats about 100,000 times a day or 36 million times a year. CoQ10, L-carnitine, magnesium and other healthy-heart-supplements help the body produce energy and prevent heart failure.

Many nutrients tend to work better together. This is true of CoQ10 and L-carnitine. Falling levels of CoQ10, L-carnitine, and magnesium have been found to accompany heart failure. This is another reason is why you need healthy-heart-supplements. Nutritional supplements do not cure or prevent illness and disease.  They only give the body the extra nutrition it needs to take care of itself!  A healthy lifestyle starts with good nutrition.

Nine healthy-heart-supplements

The following is a list of nine supplements that support your heart. The first four of these healthy-heart-supplements are what Dr. Sinatra calls the awesome foursome.  

  1. Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) supports the production of energy in the cells in our bodies including our heart cells. Our bodies naturally produce CoQ10 but it is possible for our bodies to run low on this important nutrient. It can be depleted by many of the medications that we take including statins. The use of statins lessens the chance of death from arteriosclerosis (a form of heart disease) but depletes CoQ10, which increases the chance of death from heart failure (another form of heart disease). If you take statins you should ask your doctor about supplementing with CoQ10. Dr. Sinatra calls CoQ10 the spark of life because it provides the spark that initiates the energy process.
  2. L-carnitine acts to transport fuel into the cell and removes toxic wastes from the cell. L-carnitine is produced in the human body primarily in the liver and kidneys. It protects against cardiovascular disease and protects the liver and kidneys.
  3. D-Ribose is a simple sugar that is found naturally in our bodies. D-Ribose is unlike other common sugars that we consume. The body uses it for making the energy molecules that power the heart and every other tissue in the body.
  4. Magnesium is a powerful antioxidant that can lower blood pressure and inhibit atherosclerosis. Magnesium also protects the brain and the heart from the effects of a lack of blood supply. It has anti-arrhythmic properties and controls flow of calcium into the heart cell. Magnesium is a mineral that is essential to a variety of cellular metabolic reactions.
  5. Calcium is one of a group of elements that muscles require to contract and relax. It helps to contract muscles and to regulate the contractions of the heart. It plays a role in the transmission of nerve impulses, controlling blood pressure and in the clotting of blood.
  6. Folate works with vitamin B6 and B12 to regulate homocysteine, a naturally occurring amino acid that acts to help in the clotting of blood. When homocysteine blood levels are too high, homocysteine can be a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. 
  7. Vitamin E protects LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage. This hinders the formation of plaques on arterial walls and helps prevent heart attacks.
  8. Omega 3 fish oil with EPA and DHA protects against cardiovascular disease and appears to be useful in lowering blood pressure. High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for both heart disease and stroke. Diabetics and those on a blood thinner should not use fish oil. It is said to be best to take fish oil with multivitamins containing vitamin E and selenium.  
  9. Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant, found in red wines offers protection to the heart and brain from oxidative damage and may reduce age-related diseases caused by inflammation. Research has demonstrated that resveratrol can enhance longevity and quality of life. One source of resveratrol is red wine but we would have to consume far more red wine than what is safe to get any benefit. The answer is to use resveratrol supplements. But not all supplements are made equal. Some are far more absorbable and effective than others.

You should always consult your physician before starting any program of nutritional supplementation including these healthy-heart-supplements. I keep a list of all supplements and medications that I take to give to my physician on each visit. There are potentially dangerous interactions between some supplements and some medications. If for example you are taking a blood thinner such as Coumadin, you could be at risk for bleeding if you are also taking ginkgo biloba, omega 3 fish oil, ginger, or garlic.

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Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. and Jonny Bowden, PH.D, C.N.S., The Great Cholesterol Myth, Why lowering your cholesterol won’t prevent heart disease and the statin free plan that will. Fair Winds Press, 2012. 

Stephen T. Sinatra, MD et al., Heart sense for Women, Your plan for natural prevention and treatment, Penguin Putman Inc. 

Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., The Sinatra Solution, Metabolic Cardiology, Basic Health Publications.