Healthy Heart Challenge #hearttime 15 June 2011

So, I tried some vitamins and they sent me to the moon… (remember this post: So, I hand today’s blog over to Kelly Hamilton from Body Life Balance who explains more about our health supplements.

Hope you enjoy her words of wisdom 🙂

Heart health and supplementation

Kelly says “Balance is best and less is more is what I advise my patients. These days the standard Australian diet contains mostly acid forming foods, the soils are deficient of vital minerals and we are exposed to a barrage of chemicals and others stresses on a daily basis. So even if you eat like a saint your body will still need some form of supplementation to cope with the additional stress. ”

Below are some vital nutrients to help with heart health which are of a general nature. You should consult your health care professional prior to any supplementation regime.

Alpha-lipoic Acid – A powerful antioxidant that helps lower LDL (bad cholesterol), it’s also great for the liver.

Coenzyme Q10 – helps to improve heart muscle oxygenation. This nutrient is critically important for those of you who are taking statin drugs. Statin drugs deplete Coenzyme Q10 which is needed for muscle function, the heart is a muscle

Antioxidants – including vitamin E, grape seed extract, vitamin A, tumeric and beta-carotene. These nutrients help prevent free radical damage.

Essential Fatty Acids – to help protect heart muscle cells. Krill oil is great but will not suit some (they metabolize it differently); an alternative is mercury free wild fish oil.

Minerals – Every living cell on this planet depends on minerals for proper function and structure including ours. Go for a balanced formula that contains a range of minerals.

When purchasing supplements go for quality and as always balance is key.

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