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Buyer's Guide: The best heart support products

If you have a family history of heart problems, smoke, are overweight, or have high cholesterol levels, then the following is a must-read.

 

 

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) & Ubiquinol 

Research on this vitamin / enzyme-like substance has focused mainly on those with severe heart problems. As you might suspect, the highest concentrations of CoQ10 are found in the heart. If you are taking any of the statin drugs, you should also be taking CoQ10 because statin drugs interfere with natural CoQ10 production.

Ubiquinol CoQ10 is the active form of CoQ10 directly used by the body. Regular CoQ10 (Ubiquinone) must undergo a multi-step conversion process in the body to become Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol offers increased bioavailability for those who for various reasons have difficulty converting regular CoQ10 to its active form. 

Typical dose levels for the average person are 30-120 mg daily. These levels are probably adequate as a preventative, with higher doses (up to 300 mg) better for those with current problems.* In general, the more severe your problem, the greater the benefit.

We recommend Lindberg CoQ10 100 mg or Lindberg CoQ10 Ubiquinol 100 mg. 

Click here for all CoEnzyme Q10 formulas. 

 

 

 

Lecithin

The good cholesterol (HDL) you need is manufactured partly from the linoleic acid, choline and inositol found in this natural emulsifier. Everyone should make a habit of throwing one or two tablespoons of lecithin granules in a protein shake or smoothie every day.

Try Lindberg Lecithin Granules.

Click here for all Lecithin formulas. 

 

 

 

Fish Oil (Omega-3)

The essential fatty acids in fish oil, known as omega-3s (mainly EPA and DHA), are important for a healthy heart, and also play a critical role in the health of your skin, joints, cell membrane structure, nervous system and brain development.* Adding omega-3s to your diet also helps counteract the excess saturated fat and omega-6 oils found in meats and most vegetable oils.

When researchers measured the level of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA within red blood cells, they found that they had discovered one of the most significant predictors of heart health called the omega-3 index. This index was a better predictor of coronary artery health than other established markers such as total, LDL, or HDL cholesterol; C-reactive protein; and homocysteine. A low omega-3 index score resulted in the least protection and the greatest score resulted in the most protection. 

A regular strength fish oil softgel contains about 300 mg of EPA and DHA. A concentrated fish oil softgel typically contains 500 to 600 mg of EPA and DHA. Most experts recommend a daily dosage of 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA combined. Higher doses may be required for therapeutic applications.

Try Lindberg Fish Oil Liquid or Fitness Labs Double Strength Fish Oil.  

Try all fish oil formulas here. 

 

 

Nattokinase

Nattokinase is an enzyme isolated from Natto, a traditional Japanese fermented soy food. Recent studies have demonstrated that Nattokinase supports heart health and promotes healthy circulation. Every tissue in your body relies on your heart to circulate blood through all the blood vessels in your body to deliver nutrients and clear waste. Nattokinase is believed to work by optimizing the blood’s consistency, supporting healthy coagulation of blood.*

Try Lindberg Nattokinase 100 mg. 

 

 

Hawthorn Extract

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) helps promote cardiovascular health by promoting blood and nutrient flow to the heart muscle.* Hawthorn contains vitexin, a bioflavonoid that may support heart health. A popular formula is Lindberg Hawthorn Extract which is standardized to 1.8% vitexin-2"-0-rhamnoside. Vitexin and other compounds in Hawthorn help support cardiovascular health and healthy blood flow, and may also help to maintain healthy blood pressure already within the normal range.* 

Try Lindberg Hawthorn Extract 300 mg

Or try other hawthorn formulas here. 

 

Sytrinol

Sytrinol® is a proprietary combination of natural citrus flavonoids, called polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs), and palm tocotrienols (analogs of tocopherols) that help maintain cholesterol levels already in the healthy range, as well as overall cardiovascular function.*

Lindberg Cholesterol Support* contains Sytrinol® which helps with total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and maintains cholesterol already within the normal range.* 

Click here for Lindberg Cholesterol Support with Sytrinol. 

Try all Sytrinol formulas here. 

 

Tocotrienols

Tocotrienols are members of a subgroup of the vitamin E family, which includes tocopherols. Both tocotrienols and tocopherols are antioxidants, but only tocotrienols have been shown to support healthy cholesterol levels already within the normal range.* 

Clinical studies demonstrate that tocotrienols support healthy cholesterol levels as well as triglyceride levels already within the normal range.* Consumption of tocotrienols is associated with better heart health.* 

Try Lindberg Toco-Heart Tocotrienols 50 mg. 

 

 

Red Yeast Rice 

Red Yeast Rice is a natural product that has been used by Asian traditional herbalists since approximately 800 A.D. Produced by fermenting Red Yeast (Monascus purpureus) with white rice, Red Yeast Rice is commonly used in cooking applications to enhance the color and flavor of foods. Peking Duck is an example of the coloration and flavor imparted by Red Yeast Rice. NOW® Red Yeast Rice is carefully produced to avoid the presence of citrinin, an unwanted by-product of the fermentation process. 

Red yeast rice contains rice that has been naturally fermented with red yeast. It's a unique natural product native to China that has been used in Asian traditional medical systems for centuries. It contains key compounds, similar to statins. As with those taking statins, it is suggested that those who take red yeast rice also take CoQ10.*

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Plant Sterols

Beta sitosterol is a type of phytosterol found in plants such as soybeans and peanuts. It’s included in many prostate health supplements because of the studies indicating its usefulness in supporting normal urinary flow in men.* 

Preliminary scientific evidence suggests that plant phytosterols may help to support cholesterol wellness when consumed as part of a low cholesterol dietary program. The three main phytosterols in phytosterol complex are beta-sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol. They are natural, safe, and derived entirely from plant sources.*

 

 

L-Carnitine

This amino acid-like compound is concentrated in the heart muscle where it facilitates the metabolism of fatty acids for energy.* It is important to your blood vessels, heart rhythm and those with cholesterol and triglyceride issues.* Most research has focused on taking 1 gram (1 Tbsp) to 4 grams a day.

One of our best sellers is Fitness Labs L-Carnitine Liquid.

 

 

 

Arginine 

The amino acid L-Arginine is used by the body to produce nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide is an important signaling molecule involved in many biological processes including blood vessel tone and blood flow.*

L-Arginine may support aerobic capacity, exercise performance and cardiovascular health.* 

Try Fitness Labs L-Arginine 500 mg capsules or powder. 

 

 

Other beneficial nutrients include:

 

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