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Magnesium, Co-enzyme Q-10, L-carnitine, and D-ribose are the powerhouses for cardiac health.
Magnesium is an inorganic mineral found in whole grains, leafy green vegetables, sea vegetables, lima beans, bananas, dairy, fish, meat and seafood – among other sources. Magnesium is vital to enzymatic functions involved in energy production throughout the body. Its other roles involve uptake of potassium and calcium for muscle contraction, body pH and temperature regulation. Most Americans are deficient in this mineral. Symptoms of deficiency can range from irritability and depression, to PMS, insomnia and irregular heart beat. Magnesium is the spark for your heart.
CoQ-10 (also known as ubiquinone) has powerful anti-oxidant qualities similar to Vitamin E. It converts fuel to energy in the mitochondria of cells through metabolism of carbs and fats. In bodily organs, CoQ-10 is found in highest concentrations within the heart. Good food sources are sardines, meats, and spinach.
Carnitine is primarily found in meats and animal products, but can be supplemented for vegetarians in the form of acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC), which is the form produced in the body. DL-carnitine can cause toxicity and should NOT be used. Carnitine is similar to an amino acid but its main function is to convert fat to energy in the cells. It acts protectively in the heart by limiting damage from angina and heart attack. It can reduce triglycerides, which makes it helpful in treatment of alcohol-related fatty liver, and diabetes, as well.
Last, but not least, D-ribose jump-starts the body. A 5-carbon sugar produced by the body, D-ribose is part of living cells and ATP, which is the main energy produced by cells. Supplemental D-ribose is a by-product of corn syrup fermentation. D-ribose supports cardiovascular health by scavenging free-radicals and increasing energy levels.It is always best to get nutrients from a quality whole food diet, plus plenty of clean water, adequate sleep, exercise and emotional balance. But by focusing on these “fit four” nutrients, you can prevent, promote and enhance your heart health when added to daily routine. Always talk with a nutritionist or health practioner before starting new supplements. For your FREE 15-minute consult, click here.