Heart Health Supplements For The Prevention of Heart Disease

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, refers to diseases of the blood vessels and heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. While heart disease is the greatest health threat that women face, there is much that we can do to prevent it. The majority of the risk factors are under our control, so we can take the necessary steps—eating healthily, exercising regularly, not smoking, and reducing stress—to cut our risk of heart disease and improve our health.

There are many heart health supplements that have been studied for their heart health benefits. Here are some options to consider:

Antioxidants: Numerous studies have shown that those who consume antioxidant-rich diets have lower rates of heart disease. It is thought that antioxidants may function best when taken together, as they offer synergistic and protective effects in combination. Consider taking a product that contains natural vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and selenium.

• Coenzyme Q10 is another antioxidant that has been widely studied and found to offer specific benefits for helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and strengthening the heart muscle.

• Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid lower homocysteine levels, yet studies have not found that this translates into a reduced risk of heart disease. B-vitamins can be taken for overall health but should not be considered for prevention of heart disease. Vitamin B3 (niacin) is sometimes prescribed to lower cholesterol levels.

• Soluble fiber such as oat bran helps lower cholesterol.

• Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help lower blood pressure, reduce atherosclerosis and blood clotting, and protect against heart attack.

• Garlic helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduces clotting, and prevents plaque formation in the arteries. Most research has been conducted on aged garlic extract.

Consult with your pharmacist for help in heart health supplements. Keep in mind that supplements are not intended to replace prescription medication. In most cases they can be taken along with your prescribed therapies, but it is always wise to check with your pharmacist to avoid any interactions.