Vitamins and minerals are the most commonly consumed dietary supplements in maintaining or improving good heart health. Vitamins and minerals can be obtained from the diet as they cannot be generated in vivo. Vegetables and fruits are good sources of vitamins and minerals. After highlighting points about heart disease in the previous post, time to look at what is good for hearts. There we go!
Magnesium act as a natural heartbeat controller, which regulates the contraction of heart cells. Increasing the intake of magnesium in daily life can reduce the risk of heart failure and stroke as magnesium significantly lowered the blood pressure of people. Magnesium enables heart disease patients to exercise for a much longer period than those who don’t have enough magnesium in their bodies.
Having a deficiency of vitamin D has been identified by scientists as a risk factor for getting a heart attack. Doing things like exposing yourself under sunlight will make your body produce vitamin D automatically and naturally. Although sunlight is the source of vitamin D, the requirement of vitamin D can also be fulfilled through the consumption of red meat, fatty fish, fish oils, and egg yolks.
Potassium helps in maintaining a regular heartbeat. Having improper heartbeats will not effectively pump blood to the brain, muscles, and organs around your body. This mineral prevents the hardening of arteries, also known as vascular calcification. When plaque buildup in the arteries, it can reduce the blood flow to the heart and causing heart pain. Foods rich in potassium include sweet potatoes, bananas, nuts, and lentils.
Pyridoxine, folic acid and cobalamin
More commonly known as vitamin B6, B9, and B12. They work together to lower the substance linked to causing heart disease. These vitamins are important to decrease the level of amino acid homocysteine, a byproduct during protein metabolism. High concentrations of homocysteine often related to a greater risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
Omega-3 fatty acids
You can get them from fish oils, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseed oil, and so on. Omega-3 fatty acids may benefit heart health by fighting against unhealthy fats in your blood and is able to reduce blood pressure. The types of fish that contain a huge amount of omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, mackerel. herring and sardine. It is recommended that people eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week can substantially lower the risk of heart disease.
They are just important
People think they are good as long as nothing else happens. But it is always too late when they come. We hope you could be more cautious about your intake of these vitamins and minerals after reading this.
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