Commentary by Cory Black
We often think of cancer as the leading cause of death, but heart disease shortens more lives. And many are not aware, but it is a disease that equally affects women as often as men.
We can reduce the chances of heart disease thorough lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet and exercise. There are also three key nutritional supplements that will also help support a healthy heart and help in the fight against heart disease: Coenzyme Q10, Fish Oil, and Vitamin D.
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a natural antioxidant and is vital in oxygen utilization and energy production, particularly in the muscle cells of our heart. CoQ10 plays key roles in assuring circulatory health, optimal function of the heart muscle, and vessel walls. Deficiency in CoQ10 has been associated with angina, heart failure, and high blood pressure.
Fish oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to the function of body and can only be obtained through our diet, of which cold-water fish is a good source. These fatty acids have the effect of reducing inflammation throughout the body, and high inflammation over time damages our blood vessels. Omega-3 fatty acids may also reduce blood pressure and blood clotting, which leads to heart disease.
Our bodies produce vitamin D when we spend time out in the sun. And we often have a deficiency, particularly during winter month’s when we spend most of our time indoors. Vitamin D is important for supporting many functions from our immune system to bone strength. As well, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a higher likelihood of heart disease in studies.
Reduce your chances of heart disease. A healthy heart is a healthy life.