Omega-3 Fats From Fish Oil
We cannot stress enough how critical these fats are to cardiovascular health. Omega-3 fats are your body’s main way to reduce inflammation, a subtle and chronic activation of the immune system. Inflammation turns on unwanted genes and causes damage to healthy cells all over the body. Inflammation in the arteries is central to sfiffened, calcified arteries, dangerous plaque buildup, and the rupture of plaque that causes heart attacks and strokes. The damage to you cardiovascular system from unchecked high blood pressure is largely related to inflammation.
C-reactive protein is a common marker of inflammation in the body and is a strong marker for cardiovascular risk, much like high cholesterol. Studies indicate good intake of omega-3 fats promoted lower inflammation and c-reactive protein, reduced heart disease risk up to 52%, and sudden heart attack risk by up to 80%.
Calcification of the arteries is a natural part of aging, but it is dangerous. Vitamin K2 can counter arterial calcification. Vitamin K2 is a nutrient that is needed to activate proteins that bind calcium in the arteries. In a 2007 study, researchers found that 45 micrograms/day of natural vitamin K2 resulted in 50% decreased arterial calcification and similarly decreased risk of cardiovascular related death. Researchers have recently found that for every 10mcg Vitamin K2 taken, the risk of cardiovascular disease dropped by 9 points. This is actually a very modest amount of K2.
Magnesium: The Heart Mineral
Magnesium is very important to your heart health as well. Magnesium helps the smooth muscles in your arteries relax which allows for better circulation and normal blood pressure. It is also helps support normal heart rhythm. We recommend the type of magnesium called magnesium taurate because it absorbs well and is especially relaxing for nerves and muscles.
Recent research has shown how critical Vitamin D is to our overall and cardiovascular health. Because we spend time indoors and use sunscreen when we are outside, we are becoming increasingly deficient in this vitamin. Research has shown that good levels of vitamin D levels support healthy blood pressure and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease as well as the risk of being overweight. Researchers are finding that we need to supplement with a higher level of vitamin D in order to have an optimal blood level. Take a cumulative amount of 2,000IU to 5,000IU of vitamin D3. After a period of one to two months take the blood test 25-hydroxyvitamin D3. Your result should be at least 50 ng/ml with many researchers and physicians recommending a level of greater than 60 ng/ml.