We’ve talked about how diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes can improve your heart health, but there are also certain supplements that provide similar benefits. First we want to remind you that whenever you’re considering adding a supplement to your daily habits you should do so under the supervision of your cardiologist.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
The most commonly used versions of Omega 3’s are found in found in fish oil or flaxseed oil. Omega 3’s are known to reduce inflammation throughout the body. This includes inflammation in the veins and arteries which, left untreated can cause serious damage. Additionally Omega-3 may help to reduce blood pressure and decrease your risk of heart disease. Many people choose to get their Omega-3 in the form of a supplement, however, you can get the same benefits from eating fish rich in Omega-3 or certain nuts and seeds.

Coenzyme Q-10
Commonly known as CoQ10, this enzyme is an enzyme produced naturally by the body and used to grow and maintain your cells. However, you begin to produce less and less of it as you age. Low levels of CoQ10 have been found in patients who have heart disease leaving some to make a connection between heart health and the taking of this supplement. As with all supplements on this list, be sure to consult your cardiologist before mixing it with any prescribed drugs.

Garlic
Not only is garlic a delicious seasoning for your dinner, it’s also packed with heart health benefits. High levels of garlic (up to 4 cloves per day) have been proven to reduce blood pressure which is a leading indicator of heart disease. In addition to lowering blood pressure, the use of garlic supplements appear to lower the bad cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein). So whether you’re increasing your garlic intake by using more in your dinner, or opting to take a supplement, consuming more garlic may be the easiest (and tastiest) way to increase your heart health.

Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is another heart helpful supplement that has a connection with sea life. The astaxanthin that we take is derived from algae and is what gives salmon and lobster their reddish coloring. This supplement is an antioxidant, meaning that it helps to prevent oxidation -the buildup of plaque- inside your arteries. As we know, too much of this plaque is what leads to other heart health problems.

So many of the substances our body needs to maintain a healthy heart are found naturally in our bodies and in nature. So it makes sense that some of these supplements paired with a healthy diet and lifestyle may help patients maintain optimal health, longer. But it cannot be stressed enough that before taking on a new supplement regimen you should always consult with your cardiologist. If you’re looking for the right cardiologist to have by your side, give us a call today.