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Supplements for Heart Health

Supplements for Heart Health

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femMED Heart Health Omega 3 + CoQ10 is a one of most complete supplements for heart health.

A source of six nutrients for the provision of cardioprotective support, these nutrients act together to promotes cardiovascular health through decreasing blood pressure, reducing homocysteine levels and oxidative stress as well as preventing endothelial dysfunction and are delivered in an easy to swallow, vegetarian capsule. The nutrients include: Fish oil, Betaine, Conjugated linoleic acid [CLA], Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Folic acid and Vitamin B12.

Fish oil is a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), which have anti-inflammatory effects. DHA is important for brain function, vision, and joint health. EPA supports immune function, blood clotting, and circulation. Numerous studies have shown that fish oil can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke; it lowers triglycerides, raises HDL (good) cholesterol, reduces clotting, lowers homocysteine, and may reduce blood pressure. Some research suggests benefits for rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual pain, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, and Raynaud’s disease. Side effects are rare; some supplements for heart health may cause fishy burps.

Betaine is known to play an important role in regulating homocysteine levels in humans, which is associated with maintaining cardiovascular health.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid [CLA] has been found to have beneficial effects on fat metabolism, related to cardiovascular disease.

Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant naturally found in our bodies, is involved in energy production in every cell. Strong evidence supports the use of these supplements for heart health for congestive heart failure; it is also used for high blood pressure, heart attack recovery, mitral valve prolapse, cardiomyopathy, gum disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and migraine headache. Levels may be depleted by statin drugs, beta-blockers, and anti-depressants. Deficiency causes fatigue, gum disease, heart problems, and increased risk of infections.

Vitamin B6 plays a role in reducing plasma homocysteine levels, improving endothelial function and consequently reducing the occurrence and acceleration of cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin B1 helps to maintain good health, normal growth and assists the body with the metabolism of carbohydrates. Vitamin B1 has important implications on the cardiovascular system such as restoring heart function in those that are vitamin B1 deficient.

Folic Acid is beneficial for lowering homocysteine levels as it plays a major role in homocysteine metabolism. Lowering plasma homocysteine levels further reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin B12 supplementation has been shown to lower cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Will taking fish oil supplements co-Q10 or antioxidants provide reversible effects on heart issues (i.e. if started later in life)?

Ask Sherry Torkos

femMED Advisor Sherry Torkos

Sherry Torkos responds:It is not possible to predict the individual effects of taking these supplements in your particular case because there are many factors to consider, such as current state of health, use of medications, lifestyle, previous medical history and so on.

Supplements can play an important supportive role in preventing and treating health problems and in optimizing health.  Fish oil has been well studied and found to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. It can also lower triglycerides, cholesterol, clotting and inflammation – all risk factors for heart disease. Coenzyme Q10 is an important antioxidant involved in energy production in our cells. It may be depleted as we age and in those taking certain medication such as statin drugs.  Supplementing with Q10 may also offer modest benefits for lowering blood pressure.

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