BEST SUPPLEMENTS FOR A HEALTHY HEART:
Tocotrienols – Tocotrienols are vitamin E-like compounds that are powerful antioxidants. There is some evidence that tocotrienols are actually more effective in lowering cholesterol than vitamin E.
Niacin – Niacin reduces LDL and raises HDL cholesterol levels. Do not substitute Niacinamide, as it does not have cholesterol lowering capabilities. Niacin must be used with caution by diabetics and should only be used under the care of a health care professional.
Pantethine – Pantethine is a component of pantothenic acid, B5. It has a lipid-lowering action not shown by pantothenic acid, which makes it useful in cardiovascular problems.
Garlic – Garlic is an herb that has been used medicinally for many years. It has been shown to exert vasodilation and diuretic properties, making it useful to those with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. It reduces blood clotting and lowers cholesterol.
Tumeric – The active ingredients in tumeric are the curcuminoids. It is a powerful antioxidant. It lowers cholesterol, prevents the oxidation of blood lipids and inhibits platelet aggregation.
Coenzyme Q10 – CoQ10 enhances energy at the cellular level, especially in the heart, enabling the heart muscle to pump blood more efficiently. It also helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Fish Oil – Fish oil supplements are derived from cold water fish rich in omega-3 oils containing EPA and DHA. EPA is a fatty acid used by the body to produce certain types of prostaglandins that have beneficial actions, such as reducing inflammation, reducing the stickiness of platelets, preventing clot formation and dilating blood vessels.
Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPCs) – OPCs are incredible free-radical scavengers that help control the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. They are particularly abundant in grape seeds and pine bark. Grape seed extract and pycnogenol (derived from pine bark) are important supplements for cardiovascular disease.
Good Health! Lois