Supplements for Heart Health

By: Dzhingarov

According to data produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 21,513 deaths in Australia as a result of heart disease in 2011 with this figure making up 15% of recorded deaths in that year. That made heart disease the biggest cause of death in the country, more commonly found in people 75 years old and over.

It is also interesting to note that the percentage of deaths due to heart disease has reduced in the ten years leading up to 2011 with 19% of all deaths due to heart disease in 2002. Could the reduction in heart related deaths be due to a combination of improved medical treatment, people exercising more and also taking greater care over their diet that may prolong a healthy heart?


Medical stethoscope and heart
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If you want to ensure a healthy heart, there are a number of health supplements available:

Omega 3

Back in the 1970s, scientists discovered that the Inuit population living in Greenland had a lower level of heart related illnesses yet they consumed a diet that was both high in cholesterol and fat. It was felt that because the fat was marine based, the omega-3 contained in fish and other seafood was having a significant impact on lowering the levels of heart disease. Omega-3s seems to have several benefits as far as the heart is concerned. They reduce inflammation, increase HDL (good cholesterol), reduce triglycerides (blood fat), reduce clotting of the blood, lower the amount of fatty plaques that are found inside the walls of arteries and prevent an irregular heartbeat.

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a nutrient that assists in the protection of fat in the body’s cell membranes from free radicals that can be responsible for inflammatory disorders and chronic diseases. It stimulates immune cells and increases the production of antibodies thus aiding a healthy immune system. It helps maintain cholesterol at healthy levels, improves the flow of blood and helps in the relaxation of blood vessels, thus supporting cardiovascular health.

If someone struggles with absorbing the correct amount of fat due to a medical ailment or they maintain a low-fat diet, then they may not be getting sufficient Vitamin E so a Vitamin E supplement may help.


Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

As the above statistics would indicate, many older people admitted to hospital do so due to suffering congestive heart failure. This is evidenced by them suffering such things as fatigue and having trouble breathing. During the 1960s and 1970s, it was found that people that were diagnosed with congestive heart failure had an inadequate level of CoQ10 in their heart muscles and blood. The level of CoQ10 reduces as people get older. It has been found that the mitochondrial energiser coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) can help by making an improvement in the ability of the heart to pump, hence taking a Coenzyme Q10 supplement may prove beneficial to many people.


For more information about heart related diseases and how health supplements can help, talk to a medical professional.