7 Keys to Optimizing Your Heart Health
The heart is the hardest working organ in your body — the non-stop pump that constantly moves oxygen and nutrition to every other organ, system and cell. Believe it or not, your heart beats about 100,000 times a day. That’s 3.5 million times a year, or 2.5 billion times during an average lifetime!
And if your hardworking heart isn’t working right, you’re not going to feel at your best. But a superfood and several key nutrients can do your heart a world of good.
To optimize your heart’s health, here are the nutritional recommendations I heartily get behind.
1. Reach for More Ribose
This unique nutrient looks and tastes like sugar, and is a key to energy production in the body — including the heart. It works best in powdered form, and I recommend the Corvalen brand. Use 1 scoop (5 grams) 3 times a day for 6 weeks; after that, take it twice a day. You will be amazed at your level of energy, and the improvement in heart function, after just 6 weeks on ribose!
2. Up Your Intake of Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is another nutrient critical for energy production. Take 200 to 400 milligrams (mg) a day — starting with 400 mg/day for 6 weeks. After that, take 200 mg/day. It’s especially important for anyone on cholesterol-lowering medications.
3. Don’t Neglect Magnesium
Magnesium increases the strength of your heart muscle and helps keep heart rhythms (the electrical activity of the heart) steady and smooth. I recommend 200 mg/day.
4. Get Plenty of Heart-Healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Even the conservative American Heart Association recommends omega-3 fatty acids to optimize heart health. Their recommendation: 1 gram (1,000 mg) daily of a mixture of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
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5. Add Some Acetyl L-Carnitine
Acetyl L-Carnitine helps the mitochondria (the tiny energy factories in every cell, including the cells of the heart muscle) make energy. I recommend 1,000 mg twice daily for 6 weeks. After that, take 500 mg daily.
6. Have a Heart for Hawthorn
In a recent analysis of 14 rigorous studies involving more than 1,000 people, an extract of the herb hawthorn was effective at improving the strength of the heart muscle and blood flow to the heart. I recommend Hawthorn Phytosome from Enzymatic Therapy. Take 2 tablets, three times daily.
7. Boost Your Cardio Routine
Don’t forget to include the basics of heart health. In addition to a diet high in vegetable and fiber, cardiovascular exercise is vital for heart health. The importance of a heart-rate increasing cardio regimen is not to be underestimated!
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