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Popular Diets and Supplements for Treating Heart-Related Conditions

OCTOBER 3, 2016 BY DR. ADAM SPLAVER

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Diets and supplements can have a profound effect on your health when you have heart disease or a heart-related condition. While it’s always best to get the vitamins you need from the food you eat, supplements can help ensure that you get the recommended dosage of key nutrients. There are several proven eating strategies that can help improve your cardiac health.

1. Fiber

This nutrient limits the amount of cholesterol your body absorbs from the foods you eat, helping to keep arteries clear and prevent blockages. Most adults should aim for 28 to 30 grams of fiber each day, or at least 38 grams for those who already have a heart condition and for men over age 50. Fiber is found in foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans.

2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Found in fish oil, these antioxidants protect the heart by balancing blood cholesterol and triglycerides, slowing plaque buildup in the arteries. While the best way to get the recommended 1 gram of fish oil a day is by consuming two servings a week of fatty fish like salmon or mackerel, you can choose a supplement if you don’t like the taste of fish or if your doctor says you need more omega-3s than you can safely consume in food.

3. Vitamin D

A vitamin D deficiency is associated with higher risk of a heart attack. What’s more, up to 85 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended daily amount of vitamin D (400 to 800 IU). Remedy this by consuming low-fat dairy products and fatty fish like salmon and tuna, as well as spending 10 to 15 minutes outside in the sun each day.

4. Polyphenols

These antioxidants act like sponges to absorb bad fat and keep your heart healthy. To make sure you get enough polyphenols, consume plenty of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. These fruits have the added bonus of extra fiber as well, along with stroke-preventing vitamin C.

5. Coenzyme Q10

This enzyme is naturally made by the body in small amounts, but adding a supplement can be helpful for those who have high blood pressure, which puts stress on the heart. In addition, coenzyme Q10 can help counteract the negative or unpleasant side effects of statins, a type of drug often prescribed for high blood pressure. Aim for 100 to 200 milligrams daily if your doctor gives you the OK.

6. Niacin

While bad cholesterol gets the worst rap, it’s just as dangerous to have low levels of good cholesterol. Niacin works to boost your levels of HDL cholesterol, which in turn lowers levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol that damage the heart.

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If you have a heart-related condition, talk to the medical professionals at NanoHealth Associates to learn more about how certain eating strategies can help your situation. We have locations in Tampa and Hollywood. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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