Choosing the Right Supplements for Heart Health

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Supplements for heart health arranged in the shape of a heartYour lifestyle plays an integral role in your risk for heart disease and stroke. We all know adhering to a heart-healthy diet and maintaining a cardiovascular exercise program are beneficial for your heart, but what role do supplements play?

One of Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper’s 8 Steps to Get Cooperized™ is “Take the Right Supplements for You.” When it comes to heart health, two key supplements come into play: omega-3 and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Cooper Clinic Cardiologist John S. Ho, MD, explains how these supplements can help support optimal heart health.

Advanced Omega-3

The American Heart Association recommends adults consume at least two servings of fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel or trout each week. These types of fish provide long-chain omega-3s (EPA and DHA), which research shows improves heart health.

Not getting enough fatty fish through your diet?  Cooper Complete Advanced Omega-3 contains 1,200 mg of EPA and DHA in each two-softgel serving, which can be beneficial.

“Cooper Complete Advanced Omega-3 has among the highest levels of EPA and DHA,” explains Ho. “That’s why I recommend it to my patients.”

Someone with elevated triglyceride levels may also benefit from omega-3 supplements. Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in the blood and elevated levels are considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

“The data on omega-3 as it relates to decreasing triglycerides is very strong,” says Ho. “I take Cooper Complete Advanced Omega-3 because I have high triglycerides myself. I also have calcification, which omega-3 can help with.”

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Statistics show approximately one in three American adults have high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

When cholesterol levels are too high, fatty deposits or plaque can build up in the blood vessels and eventually make it difficult for blood to flow freely through arteries. This can increase the likelihood of a heart attack.

Along with diet modifications and increased exercise, doctors often prescribe medications called statins to help lower cholesterol. While statin drugs can help bring cholesterol to an optimal range, it can also deplete the body’s level of CoQ10, which is necessary to convert the food we eat into cellular energy.

This deficiency can lead to one of the negative side effects of statin therapy—muscle aches and pains. CoQ10 supplements can help restore levels and reduce statin side effects.

“If my patient complains about statin side effects, I always recommend CoQ10,” says Ho. He says about 30-40 percent of his patients will see relief once they begin taking the supplement.

Cooper Complete CoQ10 is in the ubiquinol form, which is the active, antioxidant form. Some research suggests this form is better absorbed by the body. Cooper Complete CoQ10 is available in 50 or 100 mg.

“I always start my patients who complain of statin side effects on 100 mg of CoQ10,” says Ho. “If it begins to work, I go up to 150 mg, possibly even 200 mg.”

That being said, Ho strongly reinforces to his patients who have been prescribed statins they must stay on the medication no matter what. If CoQ10 doesn’t help alleviate statin side effects, he’ll explore other methods.

Your diet and exercise routine are primary factors in the health of your heart, but choosing the right supplements is also key.  As a reminder, it is important to talk with your physician about which supplements are best for you.

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