Love your ❤️ every day
According to the Heart Foundation, 1 in 6 deaths in South Africa (17.3%) can be directly attributed to heart disease. Sobering figures!
It’s not all doom and gloom though and there are many ways to ensure that your Heart Health is optimal.
Stay at a healthy weight
Maintain healthy cholesterol levels
Watch your blood pressure
Moderate your alcohol intake
And do something about your stress!
Besides these healthy and wise lifestyle tweaks there are also a few supplements that can keep your ticker ticking stronger and longer.
The first supplement that springs to mind is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Our bodies produce CoQ10 naturally and it is used by our cells to produce energy needed for every cellular function, but particularly for cell growth and maintenance. It’s also really adept at protecting cells from damage and protecting heart muscles. CoQ10 has been shown to speed up recovery after exercise and also reduces the side effects that certain medications have on the heart and other muscles.
Coyne BioMax CoQ10 doubles CoQ10 levels in the body after just 3 weeks and is my goto product for general heart health support.
Omega 3’s are synonymous with heart health. These essential fatty acids work by lowering the body’s production of triglycerides. High triglyceride levels have been linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke. All omega 3 supplements are not created equal however and it’s important to know how and when your supplement was sourced. This is an enormous topic all on its own and is best left for its own debate. Products that I am comfortable suggesting need to be sustainably sourced and quality controlled. I can think of nothing worse than fishy burps after taking an omega supplement and this is an indication that the product has been exposed to light and may have gone rancid. Coyne Purest Omega 3 boasts the worlds leading TOTOX score. This is a measure of oxidation and guarantees the freshest and purest omega 3 on the market.
A. Vogel Veg Omega 3 is a vegan friendly option that supplies a generous amount of omega 3 and alpha lipoid acid (ALA). I love the added peppermint oil that gives it a pleasant taste.
Eating a diet rich in fiber is an easy way to lower bad cholesterol LDL and raise good cholesterol HDL. Getting the ratio between HDL and LDL right is important in preventing heart disease. If eating a plate of broccoli is not on your lifestyle menu, Solgar Multiple Fibre Formula is a decent blend of soluble and insoluble fibers, good for your heart and your gut. It’s easy to take, just drink 2-6 capsules daily, depending on your needs.
One of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency is an irregular heartbeat which can cause serious complications associated with heart attacks or stroke. Ensuring your magnesium levels are optimal will ensure a healthy rhythmical heart beat, reducing the risk of heart disease. I like Metagenics Magnesium Glycinate for its great bioavailability and Sfera Advanced Magnesium Complex for its blend of magnesium orotate and magnesium malate. It’s useful in the treatment of fibromyalgia and migraines too and has a positive influence on insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes.
Low selenium levels have been linked with heart disease. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant and fights oxidative stress on cardiac cells, maintaining heart health. It also helps lower inflammation in your body, one of the leading causes of heart disease.
I recommend Solgar Selenium 200mcg. It’s a yeast free formula that is good for thyroid health too.
Don’t become one of South Africa’s sobering statistics , look after your heart health and love your ❤️ everyday. Pop in store to chat about your heart health or shop online.
Yours in health,
Dr Monique Olivier
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