Vitamin supplements are very beneficial for the heart. But, not every vitamin is preventing heart diseases. So, for a healthy heart you need to know which vitamins are good. I have started to practice vitamins supplement as part of my day to stay healthy as possible, and of course diet and exercise shouldn’t be missed.
- Fish oil;
- Fiber (psyllium);
- Plant sterols;
- Red yeast rice;
- Green tea extract;
- Coenzyme Q10;
- B-Complex vitamins (B6, B12, folic acid).
Policosanol for Heart Health
To lower the cholesterol is possible with a natural plant mixture called policosanol. It helps in reducing LDL cholesterol.
Because of the possibility that vitamin supplements can interact with other medications you take talk with your doctor before taking vitamins. For example, pregnant women shouldn’t take any vitamin supplements, just prenatal vitamins. Make sure you buy supplements that are standard dosage and that contain 95%, 100% active ingredient.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Plant Sterols
Omega-3 fatty acids help in reducing triglyceride levels and also to increase the good HDL cholesterol. This fatty acid can be found in flaxseed oil, fish oil, and algae oil.
Plant based foods are having plant sterols and this is used for enriching margarines and other foods too. It lowers LCD cholesterol and total cholesterol. However, plants sterol does not affect HDL levels and triglycerides.
B-6 (pyridoxine), B-12, and Folic Acid
B-complex and folic acid help the red blood cells and nerves to stay healthy. They are good also for lowering blood levels of homocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid is one of the reasons for heart diseases like strokes, blood clots and heart attack.
Soy for Healthy Heart
Soy supplements haven’t proven that can reduce long-term heart healthy heart diseases. However, it reduces the LDL cholesterol and overall cholesterol, but with low benefits to the triglycerides.
Be careful: Women that have hormone-sensitive cancers like ovarian, breast and uterine cancer, or endometriosis shouldn’t consume soy. Then, if you are taking blood-thinner medication you need to talk with your doctor before taking soy supplements.
Lifestyle affects the heart health
As I said in the beginning, I take vitamin supplements, but I work out and I have a good diet plan that I follow. Using supplement has proven that helps in reducing heart diseases, but the effect will be higher if you eat the right food and do at least 10-30 minute exercise. After all, eating bad food will increase the chances of having heart problems and taking vitamins will be like taking nothing.
As a conclusion here is what can affect taking vitamins in a positive way. This will definetly increase the chance to lowet the risk of heart helth and your health in total. When taking vitamin supplements:
- Eat at least 5 vegetables and fruits daily;
- Walking or exercise for at least 2.5 hours weekly;
- Keeping body mass index BMI on normal range;
- Don’t smoke.