Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? One in four deaths is attributable to heart disease. You may even have a close friend or family member that was lost to this disease. Sadly, these deaths ARE preventable with better nutrition and a healthier lifestyle. Americans have plenty of food, but are literally dying from malnutrition. Don’t be a statistic. Don’t let your friends or family be a statistic. Love your heart and pledge to live a healthier lifestyle to experience a better quality of life and prevent death from a heart attack.

A healthy heart starts with the right nutrients. Your family history won’t matter if your cells don’t have what they need to keep your heart healthy. Quitting smoking or giving up alcohol is good, but without the right recovery nutrients your heart will still be high risk. The right nutrients can help piece back together a “broken heart” and give it what it needs to be strong again. We tend to think of the right nutrients being hidden within our fruit and veggie intake, and to some extent they are (fruits and veggies are healthy!), but unfortunately, even if we did eat our 5-9 servings of veggies daily, our hearts tend to have an even higher need for nutrients than we think. Even if we ate all of our veggies, plus our neighbor’s veggies, that still would not be enough.

We have to consider the additional toxic load our hearts are carrying daily. Whether its chemicals from the dry cleaner, breathing in smog, pesticides on our produce, or a “harmless” air freshener (full of chemicals), it all leaches our nutrients seemingly faster than we can replace them. Lowering our exposure to chemicals is important, but we can’t avoid them completely. This is why nutritional supplements have become so important for our heart health.  There are 3 supplements that have been shown to be key nutrients for a healthy heart that you may want to consider supplementing if you don’t already.

3 Key Nutrients for Heart Health 

1. Magnesium is absolutely essential for heart health. It regulates over 400 enzymatic reactions all over your body. Some recent information points to closer to 600 enzymatic reactions, but either way...that’s a lot. Magnesium helps you go to sleep, helps regulate hormones, is essential for detoxing heavy metals, helps metabolize sugar, and most importantly, helps regulate your heart beat. In fact, some heart attacks happen specifically due to a magnesium deficiency. This is why magnesium chloride is often dispensed in the ER right after or during a heart attack. You can ask your doctor for an RBC (Red blood cell) test for magnesium status, but we generally recommend everyone takes a moderate amount (400 mg/day for men and 800 mg/day for women).

2. Ubiquinol is another key nutrient for heart health. Ubiquinol is the advanced form of CoQ10 and is necessary for the creation of energy within the cell. When our cells have energy they can do all of the jobs they were created to do, including cell repair and detox. When your body has good energy you also tend to be more active, which is great for heart health.

3. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for healthy arteries. Healthy arteries lead to a healthy heart and a healthy cardiovascular system. Vitamin C combines with L-Lysine and L-Proline to create collagen. The body uses collagen to repair any cracks or lesions in the artery walls. If the nutrients for collagen aren’t available, the body may use cholesterol as a stand in material which tends to build up and cause problems.

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

Eating your fruits and vegetables is also very important for heart health, so don’t leave those out. Avocados have a good amount of magnesium and fiber. Oranges and red bell peppers have good amounts of vitamin c and other antioxidants important for heart health. Broccoli and other green veggies can help lower inflammation levels that are dangerous for heart health. A heart healthy lifestyle involves plenty of healthy fruits and veggies AND heart healthy supplements.

Get Up and Move

The last thing we want to mention here is the importance of physical fitness for heart health. Your heart is a muscle, and just like the other muscles, it needs a good workout to stay strong. Cardio exercise is the best way to get your heart pumping. Doing 20-30 minutes of cardio a few times per week is beneficial. If you can’t get to the gym then taking a jog or a walk is very good for your heart. It also reduces stress and can help lower blood pressure.

Making healthy changes is a part of a healthy lifestyle. One small tweak in your daily routine can make a huge difference in your overall health. As Dr. Hotze says, “small hinges swing big doors”. Start taking one of these key nutrients or add in another serving of fruits or vegetables to your day. Your heart will love you for it.