Coronary heart disease is a significant health problem that causes 500,000 deaths per year in the United States. Sometimes it is difficult to get the heart-healthy vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants we need from diet alone. Because of this, more and more people are being prescribed medications for cholesterol and blood pressure that come with a long list of side effects. As we avoid certain high-antioxidant foods, such as fish (due to potentially high mercury levels), it may become necessary to incorporate a supplement into your regimen. Remember to always talk to your physician before beginning or adding any vitamins or supplements to your daily routine. Here are our top 5 choices for heart-healthy supplements:
Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a polyunsaturated Omega-3 fatty acid. It is a major structural fat found throughout the body and is most abundant in the brain, eyes and heart. DHA’s benefits have been shown through a number of studies to boost brain function, relieve swelling, support eye health and enhance memory and vascular functions. Omega-3 fatty acids are made up primarily of 2 components, DHA and EPA. Ongoing research is finding that the DHA component may provide the greater benefit of the two. DHA may be one of your heart’s and brain’s best friends.
Nature’s Blessing Omega-3 contains fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahaxaenoic Acid (DHA). Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid (EFA), also known as a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA). It is derived from both animal and plant sources, although Omega-3 from fish oil is the most common supplement form. Fatty acids form the main useful fraction of fats and oils and are necessary for overall health. Because your body cannot manufacture essential fatty acids, you must get them from food or supplemental sources. The FDA’s Website states: “Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”
Tissues that need the largest amount of CoEnzyme Q10 are those that require the most energy, such as the heart. In more than one clinical setting, below-normal levels of CoEnzyme Q10 have been noted in cardiac patients. University studies have shown that some overweight people also have a tendency for low levels of CoQ10. As individuals require more energy, more CoEnzyme Q10 is needed. Baar’s Nature’s Blessing CoQ10 supplement is also combined with heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids for added protection.
Baar’s Cod Liver Oil Softgels contain twice the Vitamin A and natural cholecalciferol D3 than regular strength Cod Liver Oil softgels. The combination of Vitamin A and D3 may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce joint and arthritis pain and/or aid in slowing the destruction of joint cartilage. It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), which have been shown to support overall health. Our Cod Liver Oil is screened for impurities and is free of additives and preservatives.
Nature’s Blessing™ Blood Pressure Advantage contains powerful antioxidant polyphenols from Grape Seed Extract (GSE). Grape Seed Extract helps protect our blood vessels from damage which allows the body to maintain blood pressure levels that are already within the healthy range. Polyphenols are naturally occurring in fruits, vegetables and red wine and are known for supporting cardiovascular health. Grape Seed Extract is one of the largest sources of polyphenols. Blood Pressure Advantage also contains a heart-healthy flavonoid Hawthorn Extract, which works as a synergist. This means that the Hawthorn Extract may enhance the antioxidant effects of MegaNatural®-BP™ (the GSE in Blood Pressure Advantage).
Along with a healthy diet and supplementation, it is important to stay fit and active. Start your heart-healthy program today.
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