Let’s have a heart-to-heart: Steps to Maintain a Healthy Heart
It’s February, and that means it’s time to talk about heart health. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease accounts for nearly one in every four deaths in the United States and is the number one killer of women in the United States, killing approximately one woman every second. The statistics are scary, but the good news is that there are steps we can take to protect ourselves against heart disease.
Of course, there are risk factors we can’t control such as family history, age, or gender. But, we can control our lifestyle choices. Our diet, our weight and our activity level are all things that we make conscious decisions about every day. Decisions that impact our heart health and can help us live longer, healthier lives.
In addition to eating a healthy, balanced diet of whole foods, cutting down on sodium intake and exercising regularly, supplements can aid in your effort to protect your most valuable organ. Highlighted below are our top picks for supplements that can help support a healthy heart.
Coenzyme Q10, often simply called CoQ-10, has shown a myriad of benefits to human health ranging from cardiovascular support to immune and liver health. CoQ-10 is critical to the function of heart, liver and kidneys where it supports cell membrane stabilization and acts as an antioxidant, in addition to energy production.*
Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids may help lower your risk of death from coronary artery disease. FreshOMEGA™ is a way to make sure you are getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. FreshOMEGA™ is as close to eating fresh raw fish as you can get in supplement form, making it ideal for the body to digest and assimilate nutritionally.
The last supplement we’d recommend taking to support cardiovascular health is Co-Q10 with
L-Carnitine Liquid. L-Carnitine helps transports fats (lipids) into cells where it can be used for energy, playing a critical role in fat metabolism in heart and skeletal muscle tissue where fat conversion to energy is most required. Improved lipid metabolism may in turn support healthy weight management and exercise performance and balance triglyceride or cholesterol levels. These changes can result in better energy levels, allow you to be more active and curb cardiovascular health risk factors.
So this February, spread the love, starting with yourself. Spend a little extra attention on the choices that most impact your own heart health.
1. Sources: CDC.gov – Heart Disease Facts
American Heart Association – 2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Update, compiled by AHA, CDC, NIH and other governmental sources