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Be Heart Smart

Learn more about the nutrients that can help support your ticker.

Aged Garlic Extract (AGE)

Lowers high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and plaque buildup in blood; raises good cholesterol.

Garlic contains a natural inhibitor of the enzyme that increases blood pressure.

Coenzyme Q10 (coQ10)

Can help lower blood pressure. Improves the heart’s pumping ability in people with cardiovascular disease. Useful for angina and arrhythmia. If you’re on cholesterol-lowering meds (statins), seriously consider taking this supplement, as your prescription inhibits your body’s natural production of CoQ10. Most of the body’s naturally circulating CoQ10 exists in the ubiquinol form, which is also available as a supplement.

Fish Oil

Anti-inflammatory, reduces risk of heart attacks and strokes, lowers triglycerides, raises HDL. Fish oil supplements can interact with prescription meds such as blood pressure medication. Check with your healthcare practitioner before taking.

Magnesium

Helps maintain normal heart rhythms and may help lower cholesterol. One study of women suggested a link between higher intake of magnesium and reduced risk of sudden cardiac death. People with a history of heart and kidney diseases should use this mineral under a doctor’s supervision. Magnesium supplements may increase the side effects of certain drugs, so consult your healthcare practitioner before taking.

Psyllium

Reduces cholesterol absorption in the intestines. People with a high fiber intake have a significantly lower risk for cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin C

Fights against the free radicals that can lead to heart disease. A deficiency of vitamin C also contributes to a deficiency in L-carnitine, a compound that helps the heart work more efficiently.

Vitamin D

Reduces risk of cardiovascular-related death. A 10-year Harvard School of Public Health study showed that men with vitamin D deficiencies were more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack than those with adequate levels of this nutrient.

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