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What should I be taking to help decrease my chances of developing heart disease?

Q. Dear Terry, “While I am still young (23 years old), I do have a family history of heart disease. What, if anything, should I be taking to help decrease my chances of developing heart disease?” — John S., Charlotte, NC

A. Dear John, You should first consider adding an omega-3 supplement to your regimen. There are many studies showing the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for reducing triglyceride and cholesterol levels. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, in a tablet form. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). This process creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need one or two tablets a day instead of handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils. I recommend taking 2 tablets daily.

My next recommendation would be pomegranate. Everything about the pomegranate is good for you. The bitter-tasting skin has excellent anti-inflammatory power. The seeds contain oils and fatty acids that moderate hormone activity, which is crucial for preventing breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. In addition, pomegranate has been shown to decrease LDL cholesterol aggregation, lower blood pressure, and boost the activity of enzymes that protect LDL from oxidation. And while pomegranate juice has become a huge hit, there is an easier, more convenient way. A strong pomegranate seed extract and seed oil supplement provides the amazing power of pomegranate, without the sugar, calories, or mess of drinking the juice or eating the fruit. I recommend taking 1,200 mg of a special combination daily.

Another excellent supplement for supporting healthy circulation is mesoglycan. Mesoglycan is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. Mesoglycan works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. I recommend taking 100 mg of mesoglycan daily.

Lastly, you may also want to consider adding garlic and CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) to your daily regimen. Garlic (Allium sativum) is a favorite culinary herb that adds a wonderfully pungent and rich taste to almost every dish that it accompanies. But far beyond that, garlic is extremely beneficial. Garlic helps reduce high blood pressure, lower triglyceride levels, and fight oxidative stress that damages cells. Look for a supplement that provides the equivalent key compounds found in 4 grams of garlic daily – the amount recommended by the German Commission E. I recommend taking 275 mg of this standardized garlic extract daily.CoQ10 is needed by virtually every cell in the body – especially heart cells. Make sure to choose a formula that features a non-oxidized ubiquinol form, 100 to 200 mg daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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