The critics will say that taking heart multi-vitamins won't prevent the development of heart disease, but these folks have not looked at the clinical studies that show the benefits of the nutritional supplements which we describe as heart vitamins.
Some of the "mainstream" negative reviews are based on faulty research conducted in the 1950s. We'll try to help you sort this out by reviewing questionable or incomplete information.
Many of the flawed studies which show little or no benefits have been conducted with synthetic formulas that have been replicated in laboratories, rather than vitamins extracted from whole foods. Remember the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."
This advice fails to recognize that our foods do NOTcontain the nutrients that they did many years ago. It also omits vitamin supplements that support heart health. The truth is in the details which I will describe in the recommendations section.
Of course it makes sense to eat a balanced nutritious diet instead of trying to get all of our nutrition from a pill, but my take is to add a little insurance by including food rich natural vitamins.
The AHA warning to "limit saturated fat and dietary cholesterol is based on incorrect information."The clinical research is overwhelming that cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease and that saturated fat is NOT a villian.
For decades, health officials have urged the public to avoid saturated fat as much as possible, saying it should be replaced with the unsaturated fats in foods like nuts, fish, seeds and vegetable oils. See Cholesterol Facts.
But the new research, published in March 2014 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, did not find that people who ate higher levels of saturated fat had more heart disease than those who ate less.
“My take on this would be that it’s not saturated fat that we should worry about” in our diets, said Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury, the lead author of the new study and a cardiovascular epidemiologist in the department of public health and primary care at Cambridge University.
For a well researched and entertaining analysis of the role of politics in promoting inaccurate conclusions from clinical studies I recommend "The Great Cholesterol Myth" by Jonny Bowden, PH.D.,C.N.S and Stephen Sinatra, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
This book , published in 2012, reviews dozens of clinical research studies which conclusively prove that lowering your cholesterol won't prevent heart disease--and describes the statin free plan that will.
Dr. Sinatra and Dr. Bowden presented a summary of their findings on the Dr. Oz television show in June 2013
The Truth About Vitamins and Supplements for Heart Health
For a top cardiologist's advice on heart-health supplements and vitamins, WebMD turned to Mimi Guarneri, MD, the founder and medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, Calif., and author of the book, The Heart Speaks.
"Supplements can be very beneficial to heart health," Guarneri tells WebMD.
Here are some of the heart vitamin supplements that are backed up by solid clinical studies:
A top cardiologist, Chauncey Crandall, M.D., in a recent interview with Newsmax Health, said
"Studies come and go, but we've known for a long time that taking a multivitamin once a day has the potential to improve heart health,"
According to Dr. Crandall, author of the Heart Health Report newsletter, all adults - especially those over 50 - should take a daily multivitamin.
"Our foods are not as nutritious as they once were when we lived on farms and ate the food produced there. Nowadays nearly all the food we eat is processed in a way in which the vitamins are depleted, "says Dr. Crandall,
"Ideally if we ate properly and correctly, and if we did everything we were supposed to do, like exercise every day and get enough sleep, we wouldn't need to take extra vitamins, but none of us do this consistently," Dr. Crandall adds.
Also, although getting enough vitamins is important for anyone, the need grows as we age.
"As we grow older, our ability to metabolize certain essential vitamins diminish, yet this is the time when we need these nutrients the most," he says.
"Be sure to buy your daily multivitamin from a reputable source and don't get caught up in vitamin confusion,'" Dr. Crandall says.
A few cautionary notes: Always check with your doctor before using supplements because some can interact with other drugs.
Two heart supplements that my wife and I wouldn't be without are Krill oil, which is an omega 3 oil with additional antioxidants and alsorbs more readily into our cells.
The other is garlic extractwhich supports heart health and blood pressure.
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