Important Nutrients For Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the US: One in three deaths in this country are caused by CVD. While our knowledge of the cardiovascular system has grown in leaps and bounds in the last 25 years, the number of CVD related deaths is still staggering. Nutritional supplementation may play a significant role in prevention and treatment of CVD…but where do you begin?

 Important Nutrients For Cardiovascular Health Dr. Stephen Sinatra, board-certified cardiologist and author of “The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology,” calls them the “Awesome Foursome” of cardiovascular health: four nutrients that work together to help prevent and treat CVD by increasing the amount of oxygen your heart extracts from your bloodstream, and accelerating the conversion of nutrients to energy.

CoQ10 (Ubiquinol): Responsible for cellular energy metabolism. Potent antioxidant. Protects cellular membranes and arterial tissue from free-radical damage that generates inflammation and leads to disease. Production declines with age and poor diet.

L-Carnitine: Responsible for transporting the energy and meeting energy demands. Opens blood vessels and increases blood flow to your heart, muscles and other tissues, resulting in better overall oxygen use by your body.

D-Ribose: A key component of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the human body’s energy source. D-Ribose is not only a component of ATP, it can also replenish ATP stores: making it essential to healthy cardiovascular function.

Magnesium: Without adequate levels of magnesium, the body cannot produce the energy needed to function properly. Plays a critical role in energy production, cardiac muscle function, and regulating blood pressure.

In addition to cardiovascular benefits, these nutrients are important factors in overall health and wellness. Even if you do not have CVD, incorporating these supplements into your diet may offer preventative health benefits that are far reaching.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist prior to incorporating any new supplements into your diet.

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