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Dave Foreman

Heart Health

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Being “heart healthy” isn’t rocket science – anyone can do it! I found some staggering numbers that may give you the push you need to change your lifestyle.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, about 1.1 million Americans suffer a heart attack each year. About 460,000 of those heart attacks are fatal. About half of those deaths occur within one hour of the start of symptoms and before the person reaches the hospital. Heart disease is the number one killer in America, affecting more than 12 million Americans. If those numbers don’t grab you, I don’t know what will!

But what is heart disease? I was shocked to find out how many sub-conditions really encompass the disease itself; conditions affecting the structures or function of the heart.

RISK FACTORS

Heart disease has many risk factors associated with it. Some you have no control over, such as gender; age; family history; race; or being post-menopausal. But others - those related to lifestyle - you do have control over, such as smoking; activity level; weight; diet; and stress level.

It’s not too late to address these risk factors. Simply put: stop smoking; avoid alcohol; eliminate sodium (salt), refined foods, saturated fats, caffeine; get regular exercise; practice stress management.

HEART-FRIENDLY SUPPLEMENTS
For the majority of my readers, supplements are going to be a first line of defense in approaching this deadly disease. Supplements play an important role in getting back to being heart healthy and maintaining your heart health. I personally have a family history of heart disease – my grandparents on both sides of the family,my mom, dad and sister all have heart disease. This subject hits close to my heart (no pun intended); and therefore, I take it very seriously. The following are some of the key nutrients I recommend when it comes to being heart healthy: Coenzyme Q10; Fish Oil; Garlic; Magnesium; Calcium; B-Complex.

I personally use Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ-10) and Fish Oil (Coromega®) daily for heart health. For me, they help with so many of the health issues that make up heart disease. Fish oil - more specifically, Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil - is even recommended by the American Heart Association as a benefit in a diet geared to preventing heart disease. They actually recommend consuming fish directly, but with the issue of heavy metals, pesticides and how much oil is in the fish, I look to supplementation. CoQ-10 supplementation is rising fast, and is even being recommended for heart health by many cardiologists I know.

When I am asked, “If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one herb, what would it be?” - my answer is always garlic. Garlic is an excellent heart health herb. I prefer to use the standardized version, such as Garlinase or Garlicin, but there are many other quality forms available, too. In Europe, garlic is revered for its ability to help with supporting healthy cholesterol levels and, with proper lifestyle habits, maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. Hey, it even tastes great in your diet!

Calcium and magnesium go hand in hand. These two minerals play a huge role in the relaxation of veins and arteries (to support healthy blood pressure levels) and the rhythm of the heart.

Lastly, B-Complex makes the list, because I never recommend any one B-vitamin by itself. The main B-vitamins that are “heart healthy” are Folic Acid, Niacin (B-3), Pantethine (B-5), B-6, and B-12. Each one of these has shown to support heart health in one way or another. Often, your multivitamin will only contain these in small amounts, and therefore I recommend taking an additional supplement of B-Complex. The family of B-vitamins also possesses other health benefits, like nervous system support, and therefore is a great addition to your everyday supplement program.

If you are a reader who already has an issue with heart disease, these supplements are probably already part of your program. Obviously, if you already have issues with hypertension (high blood pressure) or cholesterol, then you may wish to seek other supplements that directly impact that aspect of your health. These recommendations should serve as a foundation to maintain heart health. Along with the other three “Pillars of Great Health,” they can help you maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

 
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