In the United States, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of morbidity and mortality. While it is true that there are many discovered pharmacologic treatments and medications available today, many of them have side effects that may lead to other health problems. It is good to consider taking dietary supplements which are free from harmful chemicals and substances, and without any side effects. Now, let’s take a look at the top supplements that you can take to best take care of your heart.
Studies have shown that garlic bulbs and garlic extracts are proven effective in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL), as well as in lowering high blood pressure. It is relatively easy to purchase garlic dietary supplements on the Internet, and they come in either capsule or pill form, while others incorporate garlic into health powders and drinks. It is important to be aware that the top quality garlic supplements have allicin powder extracts. Allicin has a yellowish oily appearance that is responsible for the strong odor of garlic and has the ability to fight certain pathogens. Garlic is a natural antibiotic, killing certain pathogens like bacteria, fungus, and viruses.
Magnesium is good for the body, known as an anti-stress supplement (both come in pill or capsule form), and it plays an important role in muscle contraction, blood coagulation, nutrient metabolism, nerve transmission, energy production, and blood and cell formation. On the other hand, vitamin K has two forms which include vitamin K-1 (responsible for blood clotting) and vitamin K-2 (improve heart’s health). If you don’t eat liver or other organ meats, you better take vitamin K supplements instead.
If you have diabetes, a great dietary supplement you can try is citrus bergamot because it has a positive effect on lowering blood glucose levels, raising good cholesterol, and lowering triglycerides. Lycopene is an antioxidant found in vegetables and most fruits particularly in tomatoes and tomato products that help in lowering risk of cardiovascular disease. Arginine helps in promoting normal blood pressure causing blood vessel dilation because it is an amino acid with favorable effects on the blood pressure. Niacin is known as vitamin B3, that can help in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and improving good cholesterol levels (HDL).
Plant sterols can reduce cholesterol levels. On the other hand, Coenzyme Q10 is a very good antioxidant for the cardiovascular system, helps in synthesizing energy, preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. Red yeast rice has been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease as it reduces the total amount of cholesterol levels. Hawthorn is also known as a ‘heart herb’ that helps in regulating heartbeat, rich in flavonoids, and protect the body against free radicals.