Best Supplements for a Healthy Heart
Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid are known primarily for lowering harmful blood fats called triglycerides. They can also help to mildly lower blood pressure. A daily dose of 1 gram can help with blood pressure, but 2-4 grams is recommended for lowering triglycerides. If you are already taking a blood thinner, talk to your doctor before starting to take fish oil as it can increase bleeding risk in these situations.
Typically combined with niacin (vitamin B-3), CoQ10 can help to minimize side effects from cholesterol lowering statin drugs like muscle weakness. It can also help to enhance the energy production in cells, and inhibit blood clot formation. Typical dose is 50-100 milligrams daily.
Red yeast rice
Available in tablet, capsule, powder, and liquid forms, this is an extract of red yeast that is fermented onto rice. It has long been used by the Chinese, and it can mimic the same actions as statin drugs for lowering cholesterol. Average dose is 600 milligrams, twice a day, but can be enhanced with combined with naturally occurring plant sterols. These can be found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables, but also in supplement form. Add 400 milligrams of these for best benefits.
Found in tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, red bell peppers, and papaya, this phytochemical can be helpful in lowering blood pressure. Research has proven it can lower systolic (top) blood pressure by 10 points, and diastolic (bottom) blood pressure by up to 4 points. It is a potent antioxidant, and has even been thought to have cancer preventing properties, but they have not been proven. 10 milligrams daily is the average dose.