These vitamins and nutrients play a key supporting role in helping your body maintain a healthy heart.
Coenzyme Q10, otherwise known as CoQ10
CoQ10 helps to convert food into energy. In doing so, it energizes your heart and helps it produce the energy it needs to beat 100,000 times a day. Studies have shown CoQ10 to relieve heart failure symptoms and reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation. Taking CoQ10 has also been shown to improve survival amongst heart failure patients.
Vitamin D has been associated with helping fight against many ailments. It can help to control blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing diabetes, both of which can contribute to cardiovascular disease. A correlation has been drawn between a deficiency in this vitamin and heart disease. In one study, Vitamin D was shown to increase levels of cytokine, which functions as an anti-inflammatory compound. Inflammation has been linked to heart failure.
This vitamin, known for the essential role it plays in blood clotting, is important for keeping calcification from happening in your arteries. Although taking calcium is important for your bones, if your bones don't absorb the calcium, it can cause calcification or hardening of the arteries. Vitamin K1 helps to prevent this from happening by keeping calcium moving into the bones and out of the heart’s arteries.
Magnesium is a micronutrient that aids with muscle contraction, energy and metabolism, amongst other things. It is known to be a natural muscle relaxant and therefore, it helps your heart relax. Studies have shown magnesium to protect against hypertension. And, people with high levels of magnesium have been shown to have a significantly reduced risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
This trace mineral functions as an antioxidant and may help protect against oxidative damage. Studies have shown an inverse relationship between adequate selenium intake and heart disease. This is thought to be because of its antioxidant properties, which help to reduce inflammation and prevent platelets from aggregating. Studies also have shown that supplementation with a combination of selenium and Co-Q10 can reduce the chance of cardiovascular death.
Think of a multivitamin as a catchall, covering all of your nutrient bases. Studies have shown that taking a high-quality multivitamin may reduce cardiovascular disease and the risk of heart attack in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the U.S. In one study, those who took a multivitamin consistently for more than a 20-year period reduced their chances of developing cardiovascular disease by 41 percent.