Supplements Can Improve Heart's Condition

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Pro
  • Many times the only approach used to treat heart failure is pharmaceutically based. It's important to know that heart failure is linked to nutrition and incorporating the right supplements can drastically improve your condition.


    If you are diagnosed with heart failure here are four supplements to discuss with your physician:


    1. Coenyzme Q10


    CoQ10 is a fat-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant. CoQ10 is directly involved in the production of energy and removes many free radicals from circulation. Free radicals lead to the oxidation of LDL and the subsequent chain of events that result in arterial plaque formation and narrowed arteries.

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    As an aside: Statin drugs are frequently used to treat heart failure. However, statin drugs interfere with the production of coenzyme Q10. If you take a statin medication it is essential that you supplement coenzyme Q10.


    2. L-Carnitine


    L-carnitine is a water-soluble amino acid produced by the liver and kidneys from the biosynthesis of the amino acids lysine and methionine.


    The heart typically gets 60% of its energy from fat sources. L-carnitine is responsible for transporting fatty acids to the mitochondria for energy production. If this process is slowed due to a lack of L-carnitine heart function is affected, especially compounding problems for individuals with heart failure.

    3. Magnesium


    Magnesium is a mineral critical to over 300 bodily functions, including the enymatic processes involved in the cellular production of ATP. Good magnesium sources include whole grains, spinach, broccoli, squash, beans, popcorn, nuts, pork, and seeds. Fair sources of magnesium include dairy products, chocolate, and meats. However, many people consume a diet low in magnesium receiving less than two-thirds of the recommended dietary allowance. Magnesium deficiencies can also be linked to emotional and physical stress and/or the long term use of diuretics.


    4. D-Ribose


    D-Ribose is a simple sugar molecule that is a derivative of ATP. Every cell in the human body slowly produces d-ribose. Heart, brain, nerve, and skeletal muscle only make enough d-ribose to manage day-to-day needs during a normal state of health. The body is not able to produce high levels of d-ribose quickly when under levels of stress, such as oxygen and blood deficiency connected to heart disease.


    Discuss these four supplements with your physician to determine if they are appropriate for your treatment plan and how much you need to supplement.


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Published On: August 15, 2010