June 13, 2004
The body’s cells require
a vast array of nutrients for optimal heart function. Many of these
can be found in conventional multivitamin-multimineral supplements.
That’s why any time I put a woman on a nutrient program I start
by recommending that she optimize the amounts of key nutrients in
her daily supplement program by choosing a high-potency multi-nutrient.
The more advanced multi-nutrients will contain
many of the most important nutrients including the ones listed below.
However, check dosages carefully to be sure you’re getting the levels
you need for maximum heart protection.
Instead of the daily baby aspirin many physicians recommend to reduce
risk of stroke and heart disease, I recommend supplemental digestive
enzymes. Like aspirin, dietary enzymes have an anti-inflammatory
effect that helps reduce blood clotting and clumping. But unlike
aspirin, they have no side effects.
B-complex vitamins (Folic acid, 400-800
mcg per day; vitamin B6, 25-100 mg per day; vitamin B12, 100-500 mcg
B vitamins help to balance homocysteine levelsan ugly amino
acid that weakens artery walls through free radical damage.
Coenzyme Q10 (30-100 mg per day. I prefer
an oil-based CoQ10 capsule.)
CoQ10 enhances the pumping and electrical functions of the heart
and improves energy production within heart muscle cells. If you
take statin drugs, take 200 mg of CoQ10 daily and watch closely
for signs of muscle pain or weakness.
Hawthorn (100-300 mg of hawthorn per day)
This herb improves blood supply to the heart and metabolic processes
which results in increased force of heart muscle contractions and
the elimination of some rhythm disturbances.
L-Carnitine (1,500-2,000 mg per day)
Working synergistically with CoQ10, L-Carnitine improves energy
production in the heart cells. Side effects are rare and occur mostly
at higher doses.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: All three of the
following oils are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
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