Supplements can be very beneficial to heart health.
Here are some of the supplements that may benefit your heart:
- Fish oil
- Plant sterols
- Fiber (psyllium)
- Red yeast rice
- Green tea extract
- B-Complex vitamins (B6, B12, folic acid)
- Coenzyme Q10
A few cautionary notes: Always check with your doctor before using supplements because some can interact with other drugs you take. Some people -- including women who are pregnant or breastfeeding -- should not take supplements other than prenatal vitamins. Make sure you purchase supplements that have a standardized dosage, approved by the USP (United States Pharmacopoeia), which means they contain 95% to 100% of the active ingredient.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil) for Heart Health
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, flaxseed oil, and algae oil -- provide significant reductions in triglyceride levels and increases in good HDL cholesterol. Omega-3 doesn't affect “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Omega-3s have consistently been shown to improve heart health. Omega-3s are one of the most important supplements for the heart because of its anti-inflammatory agents. We know that inflammation is a common pathway for many diseases, including heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. Several studies report that in people with a history of heart attack, regularly eating oily fish or taking fish oil supplements reduces the risk of heart rhythm problems, heart attack, and sudden death. There may also be reductions in angina. Fish oil supplements can reduce triglycerides by 20% to 50%. Fish oil is now available without a prescription.