Heart disease is one of the most prolific killers in America. According to the CDC, more than 600,000 people annually die of heart disease. That is 1 in every 4 deaths. There has never been a more important time to begin caring about our heart health.
Of course changing your lifestyle is the biggest factor in eliminating heart disease. Becoming more active, eating a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, and quitting smoking are huge factors. If your heart health is something that is a main focus for you, you may also want to consider the following supplements.
Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10) is produced in your body and your cells use it for reproduction and maintenance. It provides antioxidants to help to protect your body from free radical damage. Some studies have shown that CoQ-10 is effective at supporting your heart health, and it may be a good choice for those taking statin drugs to treat cholesterol as statins tend to deplete the body of CoQ-10.
Resveratrol contains polyphenols, compounds that also provide antioxidants. It has been studied in its effects on inflammation and the oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol). These effects make it difficult for blood platelets to stick together which is what causes heart attacks. Resveratrol is found naturally in the skin of grapes, but for large concentrations consider taking a supplement. Check with your doctor if you are taking blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications as they could have a reaction with one resveratrol. You should consult with your doctor before beginning to take any supplements.