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Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Lifestyle changes are the most effective ways to reduce risk of heart disease. But there are some medications and nutrients that can provide benefits as well.

Lifestyle changes are the most effective ways to reduce risk of heart disease. But there are some medications and nutrients that can provide benefits as well.

Since February is American Heart Month, LA Medical wants to provide information about some ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease since it is the leading cause of death in the United States. While we usually focus on cholesterol and blood pressure, there are other factors that play into heart health. Antioxidant support, anti-inflammatory support and correction of vitamin and mineral imbalances are also important factors. While lifestyle changes are the most effective ways to reduce risk, there are some medications and nutrients that can provide benefits as well.

Your heart beats constantly and therefore uses a lot of oxygen. That also means that the heart experiences oxidative stress. This is why you need antioxidant support from vitamins A, E and C. But before you go out and stock up on these vitamins, remember that they need to be balanced with other nutrients like vitamins B and D, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. If you had to pick a single vitamin to take, vitamin D is a good place to start. Vitamin D deficiencies are to blame in almost every disease, including heart disease.

More and more studies are showing that omega-3 fatty acids are important for every body system including immune, cardiovascular, nervous, and endocrine. Marine sources like fish oil are the best way to get these cholesterol-reducing fatty acids.

There are many more supplements that have been shown to benefit heart health. Always discuss supplementation with your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you are being treated for any chronic conditions. Remember, supplements and pills are not meant to replace the lifestyle modifications such as diet, exercise, hydration, sleep, and stress reduction.

LA Medical is using American Heart Month as an opportunity to give information and advice about keeping your heart happy and healthy. Check out our other blogs about how to Show Your Heart Some Love and Use Exercise and Nutrition to Manage a Healthy Cholesterol.

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