12 Powerhouse Nutrients for a Healthy Heart

12 Powerhouse Nutrients for a Healthy Heart

Every year, I write at least one column listing my top supplements for heart health. I try to do this without looking back at what I’ve written before. But when I finally do reread what I wrote the previous year, I’m always amused to find that the list doesn’t change that much.

So here’s this year’s list of superstar heart supplements. A good supplement plan isn’t the only thing you’ll need—far from it—but it’s a great addition to a heart-healthy lifestyle. These supplements are an excellent place to start.

Coenzyme Q10

The heart needs a lot of energy. It never takes a vacation and beats approximately 86,400 times a day, day after day, year after year. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) literally “recharges” the energy production factories—known as mitochondria—in the cells. It’s needed to generate the “bitcoin” of cellular energy, ATP. The cells use ATP to power everything you do. ATP is needed to pump your blood, burn fat, snore, digest food, dance the rhumba, blink your eyes—every single operation in your body requires ATP, and CoQ10 helps make it. Ubiquinol, the active form of CoQ10, has been shown to be better absorbed and utilized by the body.

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