HEALTH & WELLNESS
Heart-healthy supplements: Support your cardiovascular health
We don't like to play favorites, but there's no doubt that your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. The health of your heart and blood vessels is essential, and without healthy cardiac function, you'll begin to notice other areas of your body starting to decline too.
So, if you're looking to support your cardiovascular health with supplementation, here are a few dietary supplements that are commonly used to support heart health.
Mar 20, 2023|
Mar 20, 2023
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy, unsaturated fats found in cold-water fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel and sardines, as well as other foods, including nuts, seeds and fortified foods. Omega-3 fatty acids help to support your blood vessels and overall cardiovascular health in several ways:
- Lowering levels of unhealthy blood triglycerides
- Increasing levels of healthy cholesterol (High-Density Lipoproteins HDL)
- Maintaining regular heartbeats, helping to reduce the risk of developing heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
- Slowing plaque buildup, which can lead to blocked arteries, and
- Slightly lowering blood pressure.
The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fatty fish each week to ensure optimal omega-3 intake to keep your heart health in check. But if you're unable to achieve the recommended omega-3 intake through your diet alone, omega-3 supplements can help.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
CoQ10 is an antioxidant that's naturally produced by the body and stored within the mitochondria of your cells. While many people know CoQ10 for its role in energy production, you might not know that this molecule is also essential for supporting heart health.
Thanks to its antioxidant properties, CoQ10 is believed to help fight oxidative damage on a cellular level. It can help to support healthy blood pressure levels within the normal range and can support people who have had heart surgery while also boosting their quality of life.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and integral to our biochemical processes, including those in the heart. Magnesium is important for the heart's electrical system as it helps to transport electrolytes, like calcium and potassium, to the cells. These electrolytes send electrical impulses to the heart muscle to make it beat. Magnesium deficiencies have been associated with poor health outcomes across the board, especially in those with poor heart health.
Western diets and poor-quality soils mean that magnesium intake can be lacking in the modern world. Nuts, seeds, and grains have the highest amount of Magnesium per weight, but if you cannot include these foods in your diet, magnesium supplements are a good alternative.
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient produced by the body after exposure to sunlight, but it can also be derived from a range of foods, like fatty fish and seafood. It helps to support your overall well-being in various ways, from immune function and strengthening bones to promoting cardiovascular health. When it comes to your heart, vitamin D is essential for healthy blood pressure and supporting regular cardiovascular function.
Vitamin B complex
B-complex vitamins combine all eight B vitamins into one handy supplement. While B vitamins play a range of important functions for your body, this group also helps support cardiovascular health. In particular, folate and vitamin B6 are thought to help support healthy heart function by reducing the risk of cardiovascular events. Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, can help maintain healthy levels of blood lipids by lowering blood cholesterol levels.
Other ways to support cardiovascular health
While supplementation may go some way to providing support to your heart, they're no substitute for a healthy lifestyle.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), your cardiovascular health can be negatively impacted by a number of behavioral factors, including an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and excessive use of alcohol.
Following a balanced, healthy diet that includes a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, limiting salt intake, limiting alcohol and quitting tobacco are all ways to support your cardiovascular health. Making healthy choices like this can also lead to weight loss, helping to reduce the risk of cardiac-related health concerns.
In addition to making healthy food choices, staying physically active is also essential for maintaining heart health. This is especially important for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle. With that said, there's no need to suddenly introduce strenuous physical activity into your daily routine. Just 30 minutes of moderate activity each day is enough exercise to maintain your heart muscle, boost the blood flow to the rest of your body and get your endorphins pumping.
It's also worth noting that some supplements can interact with certain medications and other substances, so be sure to talk with your healthcare provider before introducing a new supplement.
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Our MitoQ +heart supplements have been specially formulated with trusted heart health ingredients, including L-carnitine, magnesium and vitamin D3, to support heart and blood vessel function for optimal cardiovascular health.
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