The subject of Heart Health Supplements is one of my favorites.
So where do I start about this area. I suppose the main thing to start off with is to say ‘do these heart health supplement things work.” The simple answer is ‘in all probability, yes’.
Doctors are split right up the middle here. I have seen Doctors who believe that we should be taking drugs and medications from the time of birth because that is the best preventative measure, and I have spoken to Doctors, especially my own one that I have been seeing for 20 years, who thinks that there is an opening for nutritional supplementation and heart health supplements are included here, as well as the normal drugs and meds.
A good rule of thumb here is to look at the Doctor’s bookshelf. If you can see ‘101 Best Uses for Leeches and Hot Pokers’ there is a high chance that they won’t have a modern approach to heart health supplements, and no amount of research or reasoning will change their mind.
There is an old Chinese proverb which says,
The superior doctor prevents sickness; the mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; the inferior doctor treats actual sickness.
And that is where heart health supplements and supplementation comes in. It is not a magic bullet which cures all ills instantly after 40-60 years of booze, cigars, hamburgers, sodas, and hard living.
Supplementation is the ounce of prevention now, which may or may not avoid the pound of cure in the future.
I think this is where heart health supplements and supplementation gets such a bad rep. People expect nutritional supplementation to act like an antibiotic and fix you up double quick. Here’s another secret – they don’t.
What they do though is help your body operate in a correct and ordered manner. You may take some of my heart health supplements recommendations and not feel a bit of difference. If that’s the case, great. You are healthy. You are preventing the illness as much as you can, therefore, according to the proverb; you are acting in a superior manner.
The other reason that supplements get such a bad rep is that they put Doctors out of business. Period. Where would the world be if we all looked after our own personal health by taking great heart health supplements?
But what do I think about heart health supplements? I love them.
Only though (and I am going to stress this again in big strong letters cause I’ve got a word processor program that allows me to do big strong letters when I want to make a point) from reputable people and companies.
Nothing off the side of the road.
Nothing from a supermarket (heart health supplements from a supermarket – eeekkk!)
Only from those with studies and proof telling what they are selling is pure, correct, and of benefit.
There are a few companies/entities that I trust in this area of correct heart health supplements. They are:
- Xtend-Life products from New Zealand (available worldwide),
- Dr Sears Primal Force Products from Florida.
- Dr Michael Cutler and his True Health brand.
- Dr Stephen Sinatra and his own brand of supplements.
There is a couple of other companies that have been bought to my attention that I am looking at now, and they seem to be brilliant and quite promising as well. I will update this section as I finish reviewing them.
What I will do now is that I will give you a few generalizations, and then I will go a bit more specific and give you some of my personal recommendations.
· Vitamin B group – deficiency in this group, and particularly folic acid, increases levels of homocysteine, which in turn weakens the arterial lining. This is a direct cause for inflammation, which lead to heart attacks. Folic acid is a very important compound here.
· Fish Oil – this is an excellent and uncontested beneficial element for heart attack survivors. The recommended dose is 1 gram per day, which is adequately assimilated from consumption of supplement pills. Additionally if you could add wild salmon and sardines to your diet, it would be a boost in the right direction. However, please note that farm grown salmon and sardines are not the same as the wild species. In fact, the former might be harmful owing to the various synthetic foods/ fertilizers/ medicines and other stuff that they feed the fish in the farm in order to keep them healthy and fast-forward their growth.
Be careful that you do not confuse fish oil pills with cod-liver pills, which incidentally may contain toxic levels of Vitamins A & D.
· CoQ10 – Co-enzyme Q10, or CoQ10 as it is more regularly called is the single most overlooked essential nutrient Heart Attack survivors aren’t aware of. Not all CoQ10 is created equal though, in fact some of it is worse than useless, but perhaps the highest quality and most usable form I will go into in the next section, “Specific Personal Recommendations.”
· Stent Friendly Supplements – if you have a stent or stents plural, there is one supplement which is recommended as a great support for that little bit of metal. Again I will talk about it in the next section.
Specific Personal Recommendations
These are the products that I personally love. They are;
· Xtend-Life Cardio-Klenz – this is the stent friendly supplement I spoke about. Read this review here http://www.heartattackprofessor.com/xtend-life-cardio-klenz-heart-supplement.html
· Xtend-Life Cholest-Natural – if you are concerned about your cholesterol levels, check this review out here http://www.heartattackprofessor.com/xtend-life-cholest-natural.html
· Fish Oil – My no.1 personal choice (because of the laboratory proven purity and benefits) is Xtend-Life Omega 3/DHA Fish Oil. Read about this here http://www.heartattackprofessor.com/xtend-life-omega-3-dha-fish-oil.html. The also have a couple of other forms of this high grade fish oil with added ingredients, like their Omega 3 / QH Ultra, which has Astaxanthin, a Lycpopene extract, and a Ubiquinol CoQ10 indgredient as well.
· And last and certainly not least (I can’t understate the importance of this supplement, it’s probably the most misunderstood, especially if you have to take a Statin) is Dr Sears Accel CoQ10. This is revolutionary. Go here http://www.heartattackprofessor.com/dr-sears-primal-force-accel-coq10.html
There are a few other supplements that I take as well, these are just general ones like:
· Garlic Capsules 1 – 2 daily
· Resveratrol (actually Dr Sears does a high grade Resveratrol, go to his main page and look for ‘Res-3’ on the left hand menu:
· Approximately 500mg of magnesium citrate (1-2 tabs)
· A really top grade multivitamin/micronutriment with good overall health representation.
And on a final note – never think that heart health supplements are the be all and end all. They aren’t!
Heart Health Supplements should be taken in conjunction with, and not in place of, a good, balanced diet.