I hold my degree in pharmacy, as well as a background, and training in the use of supplements.
Dr Oz Renowned Cardioligist
Supplements for Heart Health. Lower Blood Pressure, And Cholesterol with these Natural Treatments.
The number one supplement for heart health is Coenzyme Q10. It has the ability to lower blood pressure, increase circulation, and blood flow. CoQ10 is so amazing, as it actually strengthens heart muscle. It is known as ubiquinone, because it exists everywhere in the body. CoQ10 helps to metabolize fats, and carbohydrates, so therefore it would help with high blood pressure. It is found in beef, peanuts, and spinach. The recommended dosage is 50mg per day.
L-carnitine, is the second most recommended among supplements, for heart health. L-carnitine is an amino acid, which are the building blocks of proteins. Its main function is to transport fats, within the body. Thereby reducing plaque, and fatty deposits in the arteries. Has also been found to lower triglycerides, from the blood. Carnatine can be obtained from food, mainly proteins, and other foods of animal origin. So, true vegetarians, would be deficient in this vital nutrient. The recommended dosage is 500mg to 2500mg daily.
Essential Fatty Acids, or Omega 3's, are also helpful in the treatment of heart health. They reduce LDL levels, and thin the blood, thereby increasing blood flow, and circulation. Fats are necessary for energy, the heart being one of the most used muscles, requiring the most energy. Fish Oil, as well as krill oil, both contain the omegas. Krill is more easily absorbed, smaller, and therefore easier to swallow. Plus, krill contains both omega 3 and omega 6, thereby making it better for you, but more expensive. Therapeutic dosage is 1000mg-2000mg daily, for fish oil, and 2 caps a day for krill. Flax seed, is also an omega, containing 3 and 6, but is more effective for hormone balance. Don't let it confuse you, EPA is omega 3, and DHA is omega 6.
B-complex vitamins-50mg per day. The combination of niacin, vitamin b-6, and vitamin b-12, have been shown to reduce homocysteine levels. The clinical marker for a heart attack. Suggested dosage is 50mg of niacin, 50mg of b-6, and 1000-2000mcg of b-12, sublingual form is best. Homocysteine levels can be measured with a simple blood test. A recommended supplement is called "no shot". A combination of b-6, b12, and folic acid, said to reduce homocysteine levels. The B vitamins are best taken in a complex, as they work in concert.
Other Recommendations include the Following:
Apple pectin lowers cholesterol levels, by binding fats, and heavy metals, then are excreted from the body. Thereby, clearing plaque from the arteries, and reducing blood pressure. The recommended dosage is 1-2 caps per day.
Inositol, in the form of Ip6, protects the heart, by preventing blood clots, reducing cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Inositol is a B vitamin, with many useful applications. Including, brain health, anxiety, hypoglycemia, and cancer. Can be purchased in capsule, or powder form. The powder form is the easiest way to absorb this vital nutrient. The symptoms of inositol deficiency include poor sleep, panic attacks, and depression. The therapeutic dosage ranges from 1000mg to 20 grams a day. I doubt anyone would need that much, in order to perceive an improvement. Found in whole grains, liver and brewers yeast.
Magnesium deficiencies have been linked to high blood pressure. It also maintains a normal heart rhythm. The symptoms of magnesium deficiency include insomnia, tremor, and rapid heart beat. 250mg to 500mg a day. Maximum therapeutic dosage is 1000mg.
Cinnamon has also been found to reduce high cholesterol, and triglycerides. A heart smart choice would be to sprinkle on your morning oatmeal. Not only does cinnamon help with cholesterol, it also helps to stabilize glucose levels, which would be helpful with diabetes.
Beta-glucan is the key factor for the cholesterol-lowering affect of oat bran. Specifically, beta- glucan 1,3. Beta-glucan is a polysaccharide, derived from the cell wall of oats, barley, carrots, and mushrooms. The binding of cholesterol by beta-glucan, and the resulting elimination, through the feces, is very helpful in reducing blood cholesterol. Suggested dosages vary from 50-1000mg a day. It also, stimulates the immune system, so if you have a pre-existing autoimmune condition, I would proceed with caution.
Celery has been found to lower blood pressure. 4 stalks a day, is the recommended amount. In many studies, it reduced blood pressure in 14 out of 16 patients. It also has diuretic properties. Thereby reducing the need for Lasix, usually prescribed for edema. If celery isn't a food you enjoy, a celery seed supplement can be substituted. Available at many health food stores, or through Amazon as well.
Certain prescription drugs are well known for causing depression. According to a 1993 British Medical Journal Article, among them are heart, and blood pressure medicine. The following prescription drugs have caused depression:
Blood Pressure Medications
Diuretics and Calcium Channel Blockers
Estrogen Replacement Therapy
And Benzodiazepines. (Xanax)
Better to take natural supplements, reduce salt intake, and eat right.
Symptoms of Heart Attack
|Symptoms Vary By Person|
Pain or discomfort
in one arm or both
(usally the left)
Pain radiating from the neck
into the jaw
shortness of breath
If you experience these symptoms
seek medical attention immediately
you may chew one asprin, for some
New information on Cholesterol Lowering Effects of Natural Supplements:
This is Info from a recent study , taken from pubmed. govChin Med J (Engl). 2008 Aug 20;121(16):1588-94.
Statin alternatives or just placebo: an objective review of omega-3, red yeast rice and garlic in cardiovascular therapeutics.
Omega-3 in modest doses reduces cardiac deaths, and in high doses reduces nonfatal cardiovascular events. Red yeast rice reduces adverse cardiac events to a similar degree as the statins
New FDA Warnings On The Use of Statin Drugs. Common drug used to lower Cholesterol
FDA Expands Advice on Statin Risks
On this page
- Liver Injury Called Rare
- Reports of Memory Loss
- The Risk of Diabetes
- The Potential for Muscle Damage
If you're one of the millions of Americans who take statins to prevent heart disease, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has important new safety information on these cholesterol-lowering medications.
FDA is advising consumers and health care professionals that:
- Routine monitoring of liver enzymes in the blood, once considered standard procedure for statin users, is no longer needed. Such monitoring has not been found to be effective in predicting or preventing the rare occurrences of serious liver injury associated with statin use.
- Cognitive (brain-related) impairment, such as memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion, has been reported by some statin users.
- People being treated with statins may have an increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes.
- Some medications interact with lovastatin (brand names include Mevacor) and can increase the risk of muscle damage.
This new information should not scare people off statins, says Amy G. Egan, M.D., M.PH., deputy director for safety in FDA's Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products (DMEP). “The value of statins in preventing heart disease has been clearly established,” she says. “Their benefit is indisputable, but they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their side effects.”
FDA will be changing the drug labels of popular statin products to reflect these new concerns. (These labels are not the sticker attached to a prescription drug bottle, but the package insert with details about a prescription medication, including side effects.)
The statins affected include:
- Altoprev (lovastatin extended-release)
- Crestor (rosuvastatin)
- Lescol (fluvastatin)
- Lipitor (atorvastatin)
- Livalo (pitavastatin)
- Mevacor (lovastatin)
- Pravachol (pravastatin)
- Zocor (simvastatin).
Products containing statins in combination with other drugs include:
- Advicor (lovastatin/niacin extended-release)
- Simcor (simvastatin/niacin extended-release)
- Vytorin (simvastatin/ezetimibe).
Natural Supplements For Lowering Cholesterol Levels
Doctor Oz recommends Red yeast rice 1200mg two times a day. instead of Statins, and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil a day to lower cholesterol.
Red yeast rice contains a compound known as lovastatin, the same active ingredient in Mevacor, which inhibits the action of enzyme HMG-CoA, which in turn lowers the bodies cholesterol levels, and reduces the risk of heart attack. Without the side effects.
Elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is estimated that 42% of females and 34% of males in the USA have elevated total cholesterol. The current mainstay of lipid-lowering therapy utilizes 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitor (i.e., statin) medications that lower totalcholesterol and LDL cholesterol by an average of 20% and 28%, respectively. However, due to the significant side effects of statin medications, many patients seek alternative therapies to help manage their hypercholesterolemia. Red yeast rice(Monascus purpureus) has been used as a food and as an herbal medication in China for centuries. Phytosterols are foods that are similar in structure and function to animal cholesterol. Both of these compounds have been shown in clinical studies to significantly lower LDL cholesterol.
Exerpt from pubmed PMID 22531006
Dr. Oz's recommended Supplements, and studied to be effective in laboratory settings
New reaserch on effective herbal treatment for high blood pressure
In a recent article published in pubmed, gave the results of numerous herbal preps in the treatment of high blood pressure.
The following were found to be effective;
Celery shown results in one week.
Olive leaf extract, 500mg twice per day
Hawthorn berries shown good results.
Garlic was found to have a minimal affect on BP. Contrary to resent findings.
Among the others carrot, radish, onion, ginseng. Mistletoe, although probably hard to find, and better in a commercial prep.
The article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3210006/
Dr Sinatra and L Carnatine
Renowned Cardiovascular Dr. Treatment protocol of Heart Conditions
My Regimen for Angina, taken as needed for heart palpitations
My Lupus Story
I have utilized many of the supplements, and Protocol mentioned above, in the treatment of Lupus. An auto immune disease, that affects many systems, including joints. I contracted the condition 20 years ago, after an allergic reaction to Augmentin. Prescribed for a severe sore throat, three antibiotics in one pill.
Among the most effective for me was magnesium, D3, and flax seed oil. D3 acts as a hormone in the body, and regulates immune function. Magnesium to ease pain, and muscle spasms. D3 to calm the immune system. Flaxseed oil, to help regulate hormones, and clear brain fog. Olive leaf, and grapefruit seed extract, as an anti infective. Cycling through each, one month at a time. Do not take both, as it is too strong. Choose 1 for each month. Taken for as long as infection is present. I ran a low grade fever for two years. A sign of infection.
Juicing was also beneficial, with fresh fruits, and vegetables. Adding more protein with yogurt, nuts, and seeds.
GABA, for anxiety, as needed.
There is no cure for Lupus, mine is currently in remission. I have experienced flares, when I don't take care of myself, but never as bad as the initial phase. I still maintain a basic supplement plan. A multi vitamin, no iron, D3, B12, and curcumin, as needed for pain. Sage tea if I have had a stressful day, very calming, helps with insomnia.
Always Check for Interactions, and side effects before starting any supplement, or therapy
- Drugs.com | Prescription Drug Information, Interactions & Side Effects
Prescription drug information and news for professionals and consumers. Search our drug database for comprehensive prescription and patient information on 24,000 drugs online.
My Daily Regimen
Since contracting Lupus, I have utilized many of the supplements, and protocols mentioned in my articles. Start with a good foundation. A good multi vitamin, no iron, D3, B12, and an Omega 3 fatty acid. Choose either a gummy, capsule, liquid, or quick dissolve formula. Hard pressed pills, aren't utilized as effectively. Improve diet, exercise, drinking plenty of filtered water, and fresh air are a solid foundation to maintain, or improve health.
Music, Creativity, Art, and Aroma are also very healing. Creativity includes cooking. Trying new recipes, new Flavors, reading, aroma, rewarding the senses, and mind.
15 minutes a day of music, improves moods, and restores mental health. Most effective was Upbeat, and positive, as well as Jazz. Proven by science.
Add one supplement for a specific disease, or condition. If there is a reaction, discontinue use. The last supplement that was added, will be the culprit of the reaction. Always check for interactions, and side affects before starting any supplement, or therapy.
**** I am not a physician, this is only recommendations from holistic doctors. All have been used with good results. It is best to consult a pharmacist, or physician concerning your health.***
My Daily Vitamins
Rate this Article
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2012 Sherrie Gill
Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on April 23, 2013:
Thank you for the encouragement, and the well wishes. Did not mean to sound down about my ailment, and nor am I, Ive accepted it after 11 years. The experience has opened up new doors, and new opportunities for me, and all welcomed. What endeavour could be more rewarding than helping others. It is better to serve, than to be served. :)
Just read your Bio, pretty impressive. Again thank you!
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on April 23, 2013:
I'm sorry to hear you went through so much pain Sherrie. But it's good you found the methods to have relief from it.
Many people don't realize that their bodies are telling them something when they feel things are not okay, especially when taking prescribed medications. I remember my Aunt having all sorts of problems until one doctor told her to stop the medications she was taking. After that her symptoms cleared up.
Natural remedies are also very important and useful. Your research and your writing about it is very useful for many people.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on April 22, 2013:
I usually stay abreast with my knowledge of these things because I like to stay healthy. But there's always something new to learn. And I picked up a few new pieces of information from your hub. And I thank you for that. For one, I didn't know that celery can help lower blood pressure. I usually include celery in my juicer but now I now I should include at least four stalks.
It's also good to know that Cinnamon can reduce high cholesterol. I sometimes bake apples and put Cinnamon on it. Now I'm going to do that more often.
Thanks for a well written hub full of useful information. Voted up.
Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on July 09, 2012:
Thank you very much. I like to try to keep people informed, and to make them aware of the risks in taking prescription drugs, as the knowledge becomes available.
Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on July 09, 2012:
Thank you for a well researched and informative article, paicularly the statins section. Many people don't appreciate that often there are alternatives with little or no side effects.
Kind regards Peter