Supplements for Heart Health

Cecile LaRiviere

Posted on September 28 2014

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 promote cardiovascular health through various mechanisms and are delivered in an easy to swallow, vegetarian capsule.
The nutrients include: Fish oil, Betaine, Conjugated linoleic acid , 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.

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

Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant naturally found in every cell in our bodies, is involved in energy production. Research supports the use of Q10 supplements for various aspects of heart disease including congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, heart attack recovery, mitral valve prolapse, and cardiomyopathy. Q10 levels may be depleted by statin drugs, beta-blockers, and anti-depressant drugs.

Vitamin B6 plays a role in heart health by reducing homocysteine levels Homocysteine is an amino acid that damages the inner lining of the arteries (endothelium) and has been linked to heart disease.

Vitamin B1 helps to maintain good health, including heart health, and assists the body with the metabolism of carbohydrates. A deficiency of Vitamin B1 has been associated with heart failure and supplements have been shown to improve 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 is thought to help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin B12 is involved in many vital body processes including neurological function and blood cell synthesis. Supplements have been shown to help lower homocysteine levels.

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

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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