5 Nutrients for Heart Health and More
Posted on 29th Sep 2017 @ 4:43 AM
- A list of heart-healthy vitamins and minerals
- How these nutrients positively interact with your body for heart health
- Where you can find these nutrients naturally in foods
There are so many vitamins and minerals out there that, without a little help, it can be hard to narrow it down and know which ones are best for supporting heart health. Click through the slides to learn about 5 different nutrients for heart health.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids help support a healthy-functioning heart. It can be difficult to get enough Omega-3 in your diet since our bodies don’t naturally produce these types of fatty acids. If you’re not getting enough Omega-3 in your diet alone, MegaRed® Omega-3 Krill Oil can help provide you with essential nutrients to help support your heart.
More and more studies are pointing to the fact that low vitamin D can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Although sunlight can be a source of vitamin, eating a healthy diet and taking a supplement can further aid in helping improve health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, dementia and even cancer.
Magnesium is a mineral found naturally in dark green vegetables, nuts and whole grains, among other foods. As explained by Dr. Carolyn Dean, the heart has the highest magnesium requirement of any organ, specifically your left ventricle. To get your daily value of magnesium, explore supplement options, or focus on eating magnesium-rich foods like raw spinach, soy beans, avocados and even dark chocolate.
While technically an enzyme, CoQ10 works hand in hand with vitamins in the body, and more studies are showing it may be a helpful ingredient in everyday diet. It can be found naturally in the highest concentration in most meats, as well as soybean products and certain nuts. CoQ10 has the potential to lower systolic blood pressure, while recent studies show that taking CoQ10 supplements help lower the levels of inflammatory biomarkers which can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Folic Acid, often referred to as vitamin B9, is another one of the many possible vitamins for heart health. This vitamin helps to regulate the amount of homocysteine, an amino acid associated with a possible risk for blood clots, found in the bloodstream. Natural sources high in vitamin B9 include broccoli, lentils, brussels sprouts and asparagus.
Potassium has long been known to regulate blood pressure levels. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help you reach the recommended daily value of potassium, which, according to the Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine, is 4,700 mg of potassium. While bananas are often said to be high in potassium, potatoes actually have about twice as much potassium in the typical serving. Potassium may also be obtained in supplement form.