Heart disease Nutrients and Herbs

Heart Nutrients

Table showing heart nutrients:

SUPPLEMENT

SUGGESTED DOSAGE

COMMENTS

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) As directed on label. An omega-3 fatty acid found in a long-term French study to lower the risk of a fatal heart attack by over one-third
Alpha-lipoic acid As directed on label. An antioxidant; lowers LDL levels. Heart Nutrients.
Chinese red yeast rice extract As directed on label. Promotes blood circulation and regulates cholesterol levels.
Coenzyme Q10 100 mg daily. Improves heart muscle oxygenation and may help to prevent second heart attacks.
or Q-Gel As directed on label. A patented form of coenzyme Q10 that is more easily absorbed than standard forms, so you can take less with the same effect.
plus Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Works well with coenzyme Q10 to streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, increase energy, support adrenal glands, process fats, remove toxins from the body, and boost the immune system.
Grape seed extract 150-300 mg daily. Powerful antioxidants. Reduce the clotting tendency of the blood. Best used in combination with phosphatidylcholine, a natural component of lecithin.
Or Pycnogenol As directed on label
Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) As directed on label. Protects the heart by preventing blood clots and reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

L-arginine

As directed on label. An amino acid that boosts production of nitric oxide, which dilates the arteries to allow better blood flow.
Note: If you are prone to herpes outbreaks, do not take L-arginine without L-lysine.
Lecithin As directed on label. Contains choline and inositol, important parts of the vitamin B complex. Aids in lowering cholesterol levels.
Potassium 99 mg twice a day. Needed to maintain regular head rhythm. Lowers cholesterol.
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) As directed on label. A natural antidepressant (depression has been linked to heart disease). Lowers homocysteine levels.
Note: If you take SAMe, be careful to maintain a correct balance of vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid.
or Trimethylglycine (TMG) As directed on label. Is converted into SAMe in the body. Lowers homocysteine levels.
Caution: Do not use if you have bipolar mood disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Do not give to a child under twelve.
Selenium 300 mcg daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Deficiency has been implicated in heart disease.
Vitamin B complex 50 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). B vitamins work best when taken together.

plus extra vitamin B3 (niacin)

50 mg daily. B vitamins that lower homocysteine levels. Sublingual forms are best
and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 50 mg daily.
and vitamin B12 1,000-2,000 mcg daily.
and folic acid 400 mcg daily. If you take anticonvulsant medication for epilepsy, do not exceed 400 mcg of folic acid per day from all sources, as it may induce seizures. Deficiency of folic acid in the heart muscle leads to heart disease. Low folate levels may be more dangerous than high cholesterol for people with heart disease. Heart Nutrients.
or No Shot B-6/B-12/ Folic from Superior Source As directed on label. A combination of these three important B vitamins.
Vitamin E capsules 200 IU daily, or 400 IU every other day. A powerful antioxidant that improves circulation and thins the blood, reducing the risk of clots. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
Note: If you take prescription blood-thinners, consult your doctor before taking supplemental vitamin E.
or liquid vitamin E with tocotrienols As directed on label

Acetyl-L-carnitine

500 mg each daily, on an empty stomach. To reduce blood lipid levels, increase cellular glutathione and coenzyme Q10, protect against lipid peroxidation, and assist in the breakdown of fats, preventing fatty buildup in the arteries, which helps restore blood flow to the heart. Heart Nutrients.
or L-carnitine Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk.
plus L-cysteine Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption.
and L-methionine
Calcium 1,500 mg daily. Important for maintaining proper heart rhythm and blood pressure. Use chelate or citrate forms.
and magnesium 1,000 mg daily, in divided doses, between meals and at bedtime.
Cardio Logic from Wakunaga As directed on label. Increases oxygenation of heart tissue.
Chromium 100 mcg daily. Helps raise levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
Essential fatty acids (Kyolic-EPA from Wakanuga, primrose oil, or salmon oil) As directed on label Protect heart muscle cells. Reduce triglyceride levels in the blood.

Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga)

2 capsules 3 times daily. Beneficial for the heart, promotes circulation, and aids in reducing high blood pressure.
Glucosamine Plus from FoodScience of Vermont As directed on label. Plays an important role in the formation of heart valves.
Heart Science from Source Naturals As directed on label. Contains antioxidants, cholesterol-fighters, herbs, and vitamins that work together to promote cardiovascular function.
Multienzyme complex As directed on label. Take with meals. For proper digestion and to prevent heartburn.
Proteolytic enzymes As directed on label 3 times daily. Take between meals for better protein absorption. Anti-inflammatory agents that prevent free radical damage to the arteries.
Sea mussel As directed on label. Aids in the functioning of the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, and the endocrine system.
7-Keto DHEA As directed on label. Has been found to reduce depression.
Vitamin A with mixed carotenoids As directed on label. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Helps to prevent free radical damage to the arteries. Heart Nutrients. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation.

Zinc

50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Necessary for proper balance with copper and for thiamine utilization. Use a chelate form.
plus copper 3 mg daily. Deficiency has been linked to heart disease.
Dimethylglycine (DMG) (Aangamik DMG from FoodScience of Vermont) As directed on label. Improves oxygenation of heart tissue.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 3,000-6,000 mg daily. Aids in thinning the blood. Prevents blood clots and free radical damage.

 

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Herbs

❑ Alfalfa, borage seed, nettle, and pau d’arco are rich in minerals necessary for proper regulation of heart rhythm.

❑ Black cohosh, oat straw, passionflower, valerian root, skullcap, and wood betony are calming herbs that may help to regulate arrhythmias.

Caution: Do not use black cohosh if you are pregnant or have any type of chronic disease. Black cohosh should not be used by those with liver problems.

❑ Butcher’s broom, hawthorn berries and leaf, motherwort, and red sage strengthen the heart muscle.

Caution: If you are taking a blood-thinning medicine, consult you health care professional first before using red sage.

❑ Cayenne (capsicum), ginger root, and ginkgo biloba strengthen the heart and are helpful for chest pain.

Caution: Do not take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.

❑ Cordyceps is a Chinese herb that lowers both blood pressure and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.

❑ Gotu kola, primrose, and rosemary are helpful in managing angina.

❑ Green tea has superb antioxidant properties and may provide protection against heart disease and many other illnesses.

Note: If you take prescription blood-thinners, consult your doctor before taking green tea in capsule form. Green tea capsules—not the tea itself—contain fairly large quantities of vitamin K, which promotes blood clotting.

❑ Turmeric contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory that also lowers blood cholesterol.