I recently read a book, New Nutrition, by Dr Willem Serfontein, where I discovered the best supplements for Heart Health are the ones which I have listed below. I have just mentioned some of the recommendations he makes for looking after the health of your heart, but I advise you to order this book, as it has such a wealth of information, not only about heart disease, but also all the other everyday ailments and disease which we are prone to. His advice is based on years of research, which he conducted while working in the Chemical Pathology department of Pretoria University.
He concludes that “Coronary artery disease (CAD, the condition that brings on what is commonly known as “a heart attack” ), is a good example of a chronic metabolic disease that has
defied the best efforts of the medical establishment over the last few decades.” There has been no indication that medical intervention has had any effect on the outcome of the rise and decline of the
There are a lot of risk factors which have been formulated to help us deal with the problem, the main ones being smoking, high blood pressure, raised serum cholesterol values, diabetes, being overweight and increased blood homocysteine values.
If you want to take care of your health, and prevent Heart Disease, the natural way is best. The drugs
prescribed so readily by doctors, can have serious side effects in the long term, so if it is possible to control or prevent the disease naturally, it is much more beneficial.
Ways in which you can decrease your risk of Heart Disease:
Exercise. People with physically active lifestyles are known to have a lower incidence of heart
disease. Aerobic exercise is a natural protector against heart disease and as such you should not neglect it! Never start on a heavy exercise regime suddenly. Gradually introduce whatever program you embark on. Start slowly, by taking a brisk walk for 30 – 40 minutes a day, and build up until you can do more. You must increase your heart rate, but maximally to 140. Remember that the full benefit of exercise is only realised in combination with a healthy diet. Invest in a good Home Gym, so that it is easy to get your daily exercise even if the weather is bad outside.
The quality of the food that we eat nowadays, are lacking in the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies, and our heart need to function optimally. That is why it is advisable to make sure that you get all the vitamins and minerals required from a good supplement.
Here is a list of the best Vitamin Supplements for Heart Health:
- Magnesium is important for the contraction and relaxation of all muscles, including the heart
muscle, which is known to be more susceptible than other tissues to the effect of magnesium deficiency. Early warning signs of magnesium deficiency are muscle cramps or twitching and a general sense of irritability. Magnesium intake of 5 – 7 mg/kg per day is necessary to maintain the correct calcium-magnesium balance and to promote optimal heart function.
- Zinc 20mg/day and copper 2mg/day should be taken to ensure a proper zinc-copper balance.
- Chromium is important in reducing the risk of CAD. Take 200ug in the form of nicotinic acid complexed chromium.
- B-Vitamins: B12. B6 and folate must be taken in adequate quantities to avoid build up of
- Vit C: It has been proven that consuming 800mg or more of Vit C daily, not only prolongs life span, but also reduce incidence of CAD.
- Vit E: The effectiveness of vitamin E has been proven in studies to be more superior to that of
any cholesterol-lowering drug in the prevention of heart attack. By taking 500mIU of Vitamin E in the form of d-alpha-tocopherol or its acetate, which is a “natural’ vitamin E.
- Coenzyme Q10: It is a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant and a vital coenzyme in the production of
energy in the sub-cellular of cells, which is where energy is produced.
- Nicotinic acid (niacin): In high doses it helps to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels,
which, if elevated, are considered risk factors in CAD.
- Fatty Acids: Omega-3 and omega-6 series are an important part of the diet. The problem is that
nowadays the balance between the two has become distorted, with the increase in consumption of linoleic acid in the form of sunflower oils and margarine. This contributes to the development of many chronic metabolic diseases, including CAD. These “bad” fatty acids compete with the good ones, such as alpha-linolic acid (in flax-seed oil) and EPA and DHA (fish oil). The benefits of flax-seed oil and other good fats, like Virgin Olive oil, has been proven to reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis, stroke and heart disease. You should consume 10ml of flax-seed oil or 4 ml – 7ml of fish oil daily. By using olive oil instead of sunflower oil is also beneficial.
You should also adhere to a healthy diet to assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure
Avoid refined foods like white bread and cakes. Eat whole-grain cereals and bread instead.
Increase intake of vegetable protein, such as beans and peas, and decrease animal protein. Cut down on
eating red meat, to mostly twice a week, and consume fish and chicken as often as possible, but not more than once daily. Eat your main meal at dinner.
Reduce or eliminate the use of sugar.
Eat as much raw vegetables and salads as possible.
Avoid fried foods, rather steam or grill.
Eat five smaller meals daily instead of 3 large ones, and try to keep the evening meal light.
Use olive oil instead of sunflower oil, and avoid margarine.
There are also some lifestyle changes
you should try and make:
Clear your mind of all negative, fearful and angry thoughts.
Learn to relax and live a clean and healthy life.
Stop smoking and limit alcohol to one to two drinks per day.
Normalize your body weight.
Go on regular holidays or weekends
Do aerobic exercise like brisk walking for 30 to 40 min a day, at least five times per week.
One should take your health into your own hands, and read up as much as possible about Natural ways in which you can take care of your health. There are some really excellent books available:
Natural health books