Okay, so I am going to go over what nutritional supplements can be good for your health, but first let me explain something. Supplements are not always the best choice for everyone.
Johns Hopkins physician, Edgar R. Miller III, M.D., Ph.D., has said, “The bottom line is, we don’t recommend supplements to treat or to prevent cardiovascular disease,” His research review on the topic has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “The good news is, you don’t have to spend any money on supplements.”
In reviews of randomized clinical trials, which involved several hundreds of thousands of various subjects, two groups were given either vitamins or placebos to take. No evidence was found in these trials that supported any benefit to taking the supplement for heart health.
There has been no results to determining the benefit of supplements, but consuming too much of a particular vitamin has proved to be harmful. If you consume too much vitamin D or calcium, then you can have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. The bigger concern and risk you will have taking supplements is that what is on the label, is not always what you are actually getting. Through investigations, it has been discovered that pills contain fillers such as powdered rice or, in some cases, dangerous substances. There have been cases where some did not even contain anything that was listed on it’s label.
This can happen because supplement production has no regulation through the FDA and it doesn’t need to prove any benefit to health, so essentially they can say it is good for anything.The best source for nutrients for any body part will always be food.
Some easy ways to improve your health without supplements are:
- Eating 5 servings of your fruits and veggies every day are a great way to naturally help your heart. Instead of focusing so much on what you shouldn’t be eating, focusing on getting 5 servings of these a day can boost your heart health.
- Ensuring you are moving for at least 10 minutes of moderate activity will make a difference, although 30 minutes is a much better choice.
- Aim for 8 hours of sleep every day, as it is important to your heart, and the rest of your body, to ensure you get proper rest.
So what supplements are actually helpful to individuals?
Omega-3 or fish oil capsules are able to help a person’s heart. This supplement is a good option for those who do not get enough omega-3 in their regular diet.
Fiber, which can be found naturally in vegetables, legumes, fruits, and grains, cuts down the cholesterol your body takes in from food. Check for blond psyllium husk in your supplement as it is shown to lower the LDL cholesterol, and raise the HDL. If you take a fiber supplement, increase the amount you take slowly. This can help prevent gas and cramping. It’s also important to drink enough liquids when you increase your fiber intake.
Stanols and Sterols are found in foods such as grains and nuts, or are available as supplements. They have been shown to reduce cholesterol in the body.
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, has been said to lower blood pressure with some medications and on its own. The studies, however, are mixed results on this as some have produced no change.
Garlic is a great addition to food for taste, but it also is beneficial to lowering blood pressure according to some studies. It can slow the plaque buildup in arteries and lower risks for blood clots. So either as a supplement or in food this can be a great choice.
No matter what supplement you consider taking, pay attention to what it is said to do. Find out if you really need it as some can be dangerous in certain quantities. It is best to discuss taking any supplement with your doctor first, to ensure benefits are worth it for you.