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Vitamins: Extra Help for Your Heart

Vitamins: Extra Help for Your Heart

Eating heart-friendly foods and getting adequate exercise may be all you need to prevent heart disease, but what about people who already have one or more risk factors?

Depending on individual circumstances and test scores, the new cardiologists will devise a course of supplements and nutrients to address specific problems. (Note that many of these substances do double or even triple duty on the front lines of heart health.)

To help manage cholesterol, the new cardiology turns to one or more of the flowing:

  • Niacin, a B3 vitamin, lowers total cholesterol and LDL while raising HDL.
  • Pantethine, a form of vitamin B5, reduces cholesterol production in the liver.
  • Policosanol, a mix of essential alcohols derived from sugar cane, damps down the body’s cholesterol production.
  • Garlic bulb and soy isoflavones reduce bad cholesterol and raise the good.
  • Grape-seed extract blocks the enzymes that help process dietary cholesterol.
  • Plant sterols, a form of fat found in nuts, vegetable oils, corn, and rice, also block the absorption of dietary cholesterol because they look like cholesterol to receptor sites in the intestines.

High amounts of inflammation and oxidative stressódetected by tests that measure CRP, Lp(PLA-2), and ferritin levels-call for one or more of the following:

  • Vitamin C reduces arterial stiffness and raises HDL levels.
  • Vitamin E protects against the formation of plaque and reduces total cholesterol.
  • Fish oil reduces inflammation and may reduce plaque, but it also promotes heart health in general.
  • N Acetyl-L-Cystein (NAC) boosts levels of glutathione, a powerful cellular antioxidant.
  • Alpha lipoic acid (ALA), an antioxidant in its own right, also helps recycle the antioxidant vitamins C and E and glutathione.

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Adapted from A Change of Heart, by James Keough (Natural Solutions, February 2008).

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10:03AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

thanks for sharing!

7:38PM PDT on Jun 19, 2009

Thanks Annie! :)

5:10AM PDT on Jun 15, 2009


7:50PM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

...........or just eat healthy? WOW! isn't that a concept! just sayin'. so many people rely on vitamins and eat like crud. why not get these vitamins from the source??? not from a pill or drink or some supplement.

6:29PM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

Thanks for the good advise , !!!

2:39PM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

Add to the list a good quality Coenzyme Q10. Very important to heart function. Magnesium is also important to regulate the heart rate.

3:19AM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

ty for the great info.....:)

1:44AM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

Thank you for the article.

9:17AM PDT on Jun 25, 2008



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Cloudy S thank you for this information it's mt Trigylersides that are to high I can't figure out the American way of working it out.
Thanks to every one for the good information.
I 'am going to read the article again.

Jim W

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