Four Supplements for a Healthier Heart
1. CoQ10Coenzyme Q10, often shortened as CoQ10, is an enzyme that the body naturally produces to facilitate important functions including electron transport and blood pressure regulation.
Specifically, CoQ10 helps the mitochondria, the powerhouse in a cell, to convert compounds in food into energy.
CoQ10 also functions as an antioxidant that prevents free radicals from harming the body through oxidation.
Natural production of CoQ10 slows down as we age.
Look for supplements that contain ubiquinol, the form of CoQ10 that is naturally produced in the body and more readily absorbed when taken in supplement form. If you can, skip supplements containing ubiquinone, which is more common, but widely seen as less effective.
Bluebonnet's Cellular Active CoQ10 Ubiquinol is a wonderful choice!
2. Omega-3 fatty acidsOmega-3 fatty acids are among the most important nutrients when it comes to cardiovascular health. There is extensive science that supports the use of omega-3 fatty acids to improve blood pressure and cholesterol.
They play an important role in regulating the cardiovascular system. There are three main types of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is classified as an essential fatty acid, because the human body needs, but doesn’t produce it on its own.
The other two types are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). It’s EPA and DHA that seem more important for heart health, being more anti-inflammatory.
Our staff pick is Nordic Naturals Omega 3 in Lemon Flavor
3. AstaxanthinAstaxanthin is a very unique antioxidant that is known for giving many fish and shellfish a bright pink color. The purest form of this powerful antioxidant is derived from a very small algae.
Clinical studies suggest Astaxanthin supports cardiovascular health, and helps maintain cholesterol levels already within a normal range.
Our top choice is Nutrex Hawaii's BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin
Garlic contains a variety of trace minerals and vitamins. However, evidence suggests that components in garlic inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol, dissolve blood clots, and regulate heart rate--all of which can lead to improved heart health.
Try our staff pick's New Chapter's Garlic Force