Note from Dr. Bruce: This post is by guest author, John Jarmul of Kaneka Nutrients
After medication, diet and lifestyle changes are firmly in place, consider taking supplements known for their heart-protective qualities.
1. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, heart rhythm problems, and sudden death. This is because of their anti-inflammatory agents. Doctors recommend 1-4 grams daily, taken with food.
2. Derived from plant-based foods, plant sterols and stanols can lower your LDL numbers by blocking the absorption of cholesterol. They’re found naturally in small amounts of whole grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables, and in some oils, cereals, juices, and spreads. Keep it simple: if you use butter or margarine, try switching to a stanol-fortified spread. Experts recommend 2 mg. per day.
3. A staple in some Asian countries, red yeast rice contains monacolin K, which is identical to the active ingredient in a popular cholesterol-lowering statin drug. Red yeast rice should not be taken by those with liver disease and should only be taken under close medical supervision by those taking blood thinners. A starting dose begins at 2400 mg. daily.
4. One of the most popular supplements used for heart health, Ubiquinol, is the biologically active form of CoenzymeQ10. CoenzymeQ10 is an antioxidant that is used by the body for energy production. Ubiquinol restores the CoQ10 that is decreased by statin cholesterol-reducing drugs. CoQ10 and its biologically active form, Ubiquinol, are essential to good health because the human body “breathes” with CoQ10, since it makes oxygen in the body. Run low and your cells suffocate!
About Guest Author, John Jarmul of Kaneka Nutrients
Ubiquinol is made exclusively in the USA by Kaneka, the leader in CoQ10 ingredients worldwide. Ubiquinol helps sustain the body’s natural energy, protect cells from damage, slow the aging process, and promote the overall health of the heart and other vital organs. It is the advanced form of CoQ10 that is more easily utilized in the body, especially for people with compromised immune systems or those over 30 years of age. It is manufactured by Kaneka, the same company that commercialized the first CoQ10 more than 30 years ago as a prescription pharmaceutical in Japan. For more information and the latest clinical research on Ubiquinol, please visit www.ubiquinol.org.