6 Supplements for Heart Health
Other Supplements That May Offer Benefits continued...
Fish oil . Full of omega-3 fatty acids, it can slash levels of triglycerides -- an unhealthy fat in your blood -- by up to 30%. It may also improve blood pressure. But it’s not clear if non-prescription fish oil supplements lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. Your best bet may be to eat fish with omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends that all adults eat at least two 3.5-ounce servings of fish a week.
Garlic. Not only does it make just about anything taste delicious, it could also slightly lower blood pressure. It may slow the buildup of plaque in your arteries, lowering your risk of blood clots. Research shows that both garlic in food and in supplements may help.
Green tea . Research shows that both the extract and the drink may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and raise HDL levels.
Safe Supplement Use
Don't take a supplement just because it’s labeled "heart healthy." Not all of them are guaranteed to help you, and it can be dangerous to get too much of some of them.
Pay attention to what the supplement does, and make sure you really need it. Ask your doctor which product is most likely to help. If you have a heart condition or for a high risk for a heart attack, you must follow your doctor's advice. It’s way too risky to try to treat a serious health condition on your own with over-the-counter supplements.