Tests show that there are several kinds of vitamins that can contribute to your heart health. At Intelligent Vitamins, we are committed to making high quality vitamin supplements available for our customers. Shop here!
Many people don’t know that you can get a calcium build-up in your arteries along with cholesterol.
Calcium deposits in your arteries (called calcification) causes you more problems on top of your cholesterol.
Taking Vitamin K2 supplements can help you avoid the problems associated with calcification such as higher risk of sudden onset heart attack.
Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting, calcium metabolism and heart health. One of its most important functions is to regulate calcium deposition. In other words, it promotes the calcification of bones and prevents the calcification of blood vessels and kidneys.
There are many different types of heart disease. However, generally arteriosclerosis (the thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries, occurring typically in old age) and atherosclerosis (plaque builds up inside your arteries) are considered to be the main cause of heart attacks.
K2 – Vitamin K, especially K2 as MK-7, plays an important role in keeping calcium in the bones and out of the arteries. Here’s the latest research about vitamin K and the benefits to your heart:
- Research shows that people who consumed the most vitamin K2 have a 50% reduced risk of arterial calcification. They also exhibited a 50% reduced risk for cardiovascular events during this 10 year period.
- High intake of natural vitamin K2, but not vitamin K1, protected from cardiovascular disease. The study reported that for every 10 mcg vitamin K2 consumed, the risk of coronary heart disease was reduced by 9%.
- A recent animal study showed regression of warfarin-induced arterial calcification when given adequate supplemental doses of vitamin K2.
- You can buy our high quality Vitamin K2 supplements in our online SHOP.
Omega-3: Omega-3 fatty acids may decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure slightly, reduce blood clotting, decrease stroke and heart failure risk and reduce irregular heartbeats. Eating at least one to two servings a week of fish, particularly fish that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly sudden cardiac death.
CoQ10: – Recent studies suggest that CoQ10, either alone or combined with other therapies, may be beneficial for the following conditions. However, as with all supplements, patients should consult their medical provider before taking CoQ10 to check if it’s appropriate for them.
- Cardiovascular disease (CVD). Recent studies show that CoQ10 supplements can significantly increase HDL-C and ApoA1 levels, even in people taking statins, and may help reduce the risk for CVD. CoQ10 supplementation also lowers levels of inflammatory biomarkers shown to be risk factors for CVD, such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. Finally, low CoQ10 levels have been associated with greater tissue damage to the heart during a heart attack and the brain during a stroke.
- Statin-related muscle symptoms. Although statin therapy can significantly reduce heart attack and stroke risk, up to 25 percent of patients quit treatment within six months due to side effects, such as muscle aches and weakness. In a 2014 randomized clinical study published in Medical Science Monitor, 75 percent of statin users with muscle symptoms reported reduced pain after taking CoQ10 twice a day for 30 days, versus zero improvements in the placebo group. The researchers concluded that combining statin therapy with CoQ10 supplements could lead to higher compliance with treatment.
- Heart failure (HF). CoQ10 was hailed as “the first new drug to improve heart failure mortality in over and decade” after a multi-center randomized study of 420 patients found that taking it reduced deaths in patients with severe HF by half, compared to a control group. The researchers tracked the patients for two years. The study was presented at the Heart Failure 2013 congress in Lisbon and later published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Heart Failure.
- After a heart attack. In a randomized clinical trial, patients who received CoQ10 soon after a heart attack had a much lower rate of subsequent cardiac events over the next year than a control group (24.6 percent versus 45 percent). About half the patients in both groups were also taking a statin medication, prompting the researchers to report that, “treatment with CoQ10 in patients with recent [heart attack] may be beneficial in patients with a high risk of atherothrombosis, despite optimal lipid-lowering therapy.”
- High blood pressure. In an analysis of 12 clinical studies, researchers reported that CoQ10 has the potential to lower systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic pressure by 10 mm Hg without significant side effects. (1)
However, the true state of your heart arteries can be determined by Heart CT scan and knowing your Calcium Score.
Read our blog on Calcium Score. We will cover these aspects in our later blogs.
Please note your Calcium Score will provide vital information which may affect or preclude you obtaining Life insurance cover.
We advise you to purchase all the life cover and critical illness cover PRIOR to obtaining your calcium score.
Failure to disclose any advanced score to your insurance company may totally invalidate your policy!
In the meantime, you must watch a film called “The Widowmaker”, made by The Irish Heart Awareness Charity. It is free on YouTube:
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