It is very hard to encourage people to take preventative measure in preventing heart disease.
After all, this health condition, which can devastate a family, does not happen until very far in the future. It will take several decades before "something" happens.
You must have considered taking natural supplements to help prevent heart disease.
But are there any good ones? Indeed there are many.
There has been and continues to significant amount of research in this area, both in prevention and the treatment of heart disease.
Heart disease is one of the top ten cause of disability and death in developed countries like the United States.
Find out what works and get information on the best dose to use.
The table below provides details on all the natural remedies that work along with comments on research studies.
|Natural Remedy||What Experts Say About Them|
|For just a quick list of the natural remedies below, see All About Heart Disease.|
|Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 or Q10)||
Must-take #1 - Coenzyme Q10 is required for the heart to function properly. This is a must-take herb if you suffer from any type of heart disease, especially if it is congestive heart failure (CHF).
The scientific evidence of benefits in taking CoQ10 depends on what it is used to treat.
Dosage: Take 100 mg daily. Doses as high as 1,200 mg daily (in divided dose) have been used.
(Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
Must-take #2 -Another must-take herb. Not only is it essential for lowering high cholesterol, this supplement shows anti-inflammatory benefits and can protect the heart and coronary arteries.
Dosage: The recommended dose would be similar to that used to lower cholesterol. We suggest taking 2 to 4 grams daily.
Must-take #3 -The third must-take herb. Garlic is proven to help protect the heart and the coronary arteries. It is a potent anti-oxidant and it can protect the vessels from damage caused by high cholesterol.
Dosage: We suggest taking 200 to 400 mg three times daily.
Arginine is scientifically shown to be helpful in treating angina and heart failure.
Dosage: Take 3 to 6 grams up to three times daily.
Policosanol seems to help those suffering from heart disease by reducing angina symptoms during exercise and maximizing oxygen uptake.
Dosage: Take 5 to 10 mg twice daily.
Astragalus has been suggested to be helpful in treating disease involving the heart. It is shown to be helpful in treating chest pain (angina) symptoms.
Dosage: Experts have suggested a dose of 200 mg of the root extract per kilogram (or 90 mg per lb) of body weight.
Note that in addition to natural remedies there are many other lifestyle changes that you could start to make.
These lifestyle factors are more important than any natural supplements you might want to take.
These, just to give you a very quick list, would be regular physical activities, healthy meals from all the food groups and quitting smoking (if you smoke).
Never forget about these change. They can be much harder to incorporate into your life but work at them one at a time.
If you have any of these conditions, you will need to discuss with your family doctor to come up with a plan to manage these health conditions.
Now let's see what vitamins you could take...
|Vitamins & Minerals||What Experts Say About Them|
The latest studies discovered that high homocystine levels seem to be linked to increased risk of getting heart related disease.
Take a B-Complex vitamin that includes folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 to help lower homocystine levels.
Dosage: Take a B-50 or B-100 Complex vitamin daily.
Antioxidants will prevent free radical damage to the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) that will damage your arteries. This will help to slow down atherosclerosis.
|Multivitamin||May Not Offer Any Benefits
For heart disease prevention, we do not think it is worth taking at all. Just skip it.
Some multivitamins are designed for "cardio" health but upon reading the ingredient list, you will find that they often include omega-3's and other natural supplements. Just be aware of this and always read the labels.