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Supplements for a Healthy Heart
Do Supplements Really Help Your Heart?
11/16/2013 6:07:04 PM
I tried a lot of supplements, while trying to overcome heart disease but vitamin D3 and fish oil shown to be among the most effective. Probably because most people don't get enough sun exposure because of their job or they don't consume enough healthy fats, on regular basis.
Although minerals such as calcium as well as vitamins such as niacin can be useful, from my experience, they are not necessary since these micronutrients can be easily obtained through healthy diet.
I would also like to point out that few other supplements such as CoQ10 and DIM or 3,3′-Diindolylmethane can help, too. That is, at least they helped me.
It is said that if you take a statin drug, then a CoQ10 supplement is a MUST. CoQ10 helps to prevent the serious side effects of the statins, some of which can be permanent.
I had a surprise benefit from a high-EPA Omega-3 supplement. My vision got brighter! And it happened within only a couple of days of starting it.
My eyes in general have improved over the last couple of years. I can change focus distance more easily now, and I can see better in the dark. (My work requires that I write in dark theaters, so this was very welcome.) Since I take several supplements, it would be difficult to say which one was responsible for these improvements. These changes were very recent, so it may be due to the lypo-C supplements I've been taking for 5 or 6 months now. But, as I said, I can't be sure about that.
10/18/2013 9:31:48 PM
Of course we need supplements and can trust their claims!!!!
10/18/2013 4:12:59 PM
There has never been a single study showing that we can get OPTIMUM nutrient levels from food. NOT ONE! Secondly, our food supply is getting more and more depleted of nutrients due to increased use of pesticides and modern farming methods. A really good source of information on supplements is Life Extension Foundation (lef.org)
10/18/2013 4:58:21 AM
How do we know what is in our suppliment. ? Is there any reliable source to verify?
This article has all of the hallmark of what is contemporary and alive in the current research and vitamin sales literature. This is helpful for all of us overwhelmed by concern for our health and the maintenance of good health.
One can tell by reading the comments here that people will believe what they want to believe. I do take a vitamin, calcium and a couple others and my doctors are aware of everything I take. I always heard that if we eat a healthy diet, we are headed in the right direction!
12/9/2012 5:02:36 PM
As someone with metabolic syndrome, I'm particularly interested in L-Arginine, Quercetin and Rutin. L-Arginine is an amino acid that stimulates NO uptake, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation. Quercetin and Rutin are antioxidants/flavinols that are cardioprotective and reduce inflammation. Lots of articles on them in PubMed, so there's clearly interest from the medical research community.
12/9/2012 11:53:35 AM
Re: new research. Research from Penn State published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last year about this time. The study used rigorously designed research--A randomized Controlled Clinical Intervention Trial- to investigate the effects of cholesterol-lowering diets; The Healthy American Diet, The Dash Diet, The Bold Diet and the Bold Plus Diet. The main difference between the Dash Diet and the Bold and Bold Plus diets is the source of protein; Dash uses white meat and plant protein sources while the Bold and Bold Plus diet use lean beef as the main source of protein. Both the Bold Diet and teh Bold Plus Diets allow for slighly more % of protein; Dash 18 %, Bold 19 % and Bold Plus 27%. Bottom line: The Bold and Bold Plus diets were just as effective as the Dash Diet in reducint LDL over a 5 week period. The key is to use one of the 29 lean cuts of beef which range in fat content between a boneless skinless chicken breast and boneless skinless chicken thigh. Just a 3 oz serving of lean beef provides less that 10% of your daily calories while providing more than 10% of 10 essential nutrients. excellent source of protein, zinc, vitamin b 12, vitamin b 6, niacin and selenium and good source of phosphorous, choline, iron and riboflavin.
I'm a lap band patient so I definitely have to take supplements, but I keep them to a minimum. I take chewable or liquid multivitamins, fiber, calcium, and small fish oil and vitamin D (those 2 on doctors orders).
I try to stay up with current nutritional studies (not that I am an expert by any means) and thought that the article was very useful as a starting point for the general audience. That said, we much recognize that each of us is unique, with individual differences and needs. Therefore, for example, although it may be generally advisable for most people to avoid supplementing with selenium, if one has a deficiency, then supplementation might be advisable. I am over 65 years old and am very careful to eat a well balanced diet. However, I have, for the past 5 years, had several vitamin deficiencies and do supplement as needed. My physician checks every 3-6 months and we adjust accordingly.
12/9/2012 7:45:11 AM
I am a master herbalist as well as a nurse. What is really sad and frightening is the power given to doctors to prescribe chemicals that are deadly. You would never voice the same questions or opinons to your doctor.
12/9/2012 7:00:06 AM
I have been on the verge of taking vitamins for a long time and now I have a better understanding of them and how they affect the human body. I will read the othe articles also. Thank You.
Sorry I will go to a manufacturer I trust. If FDA says it okay, I ran the other way & if ghey say is bad, I embrace. They are the ones who approve poisons like aspartame because someone talked them into approving - someone with a vested interest. You've heard the saying "I'm from the government! I'm here to help you!" RUN PEOPLE RUN!
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