submitted by GNC Newtown
Heart disease is the nation’s number one cause of adult deaths. February is American Heart Health Month and the perfect time to get acquainted with these heart-healthy supplements.
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – These supplements, known as EPA and DHA help the body keep inflammation under control. They help reduce the bloods’ tendency to form clots within arteries that might trigger heart attacks. Omega 3’s also keep cell membranes soft and pliable, so blood vessels remain open and free flowing. Fish oil is a primary source of omega 3’s. However, krill oil from shrimp-like crustaceans has become an increasingly popular source. Unlike standard fish oil which is absorbed in the stomach, krill oil is absorbed in the intestinal tract rendering a better level of absorption.
COENZYME Q-10/UBIQUINOL – This organic compound found in every cell of the body supplies important biochemicals needed for cellular energy. Since the heart requires large amounts of energy to function properly, its cells require a great amount of CoQ-10. This amazing compound is also a potent antioxidant, reducing damage from free radicals. It enhances the heart’s pumping action, helping maintain a regular, coordinated beat. Recently, many have switched to ubiquinol – the reduced, active antioxidant into which CoQ-10 converts in our bodies.
L-CARNITINE – This amino acid-like compound helps convert fatty acids into energy. It is beneficial to heart function in many ways. In a recent clinical trial, patients with diabetes and high blood pressure were given regular, daily doses of l-carnitine. After 45 weeks, they showed a significant decrease in abnormal heart function and irregular heartbeat. This nutrient can also improve exercise capacity by facilitating the body’s burning of stored fat.
RESVERATROL – This substance is found in the skins and seeds of grapes. It is known to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It protects the heart by limiting the effects of cardiac fibrosis – a hardening of the heart tissue. Other studies have shown it to help increase levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol.