5 Supplements That Support Healthy Hearts & Weight Loss
February 16, 2021
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? Every 36 seconds someone dies from cardiovascular-related illness. Heart disease is common and openly talked about but usually after a condition, such as heart attack, and coronary heart disease has already occurred. We take preventative measures in so many aspects of our lives… we invest in skincare products, hair products, and clothes. Why not do the same for our bodies and longevity? Are you currently taking any measures to create and maintain a healthy inside?
Heart conditions can be caused by a number of reasons including unhealthy lifestyle habits such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and becoming overweight. Of the several factors that can lead to heart disease; high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are some of the leading causes. While there is no way to 100% prevent heart issues, there are ways to get ahead of them and set the foundation for a healthier lifestyle. Healthy bodies start with healthy actions, including lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise and supplementation with high quality vitamins, minerals, and herbs that support healthy hearts.
In recognition of “Heart Health Month,” here are our top five picks for healthy hearts.
Research shows that many people fall short of their recommended food nutrients intake. While supplements can’t make up for unhealthy eating habits, daily multivitamins can help fill nutritional gaps.
Numerous studies have suggested a positive association between taking vitamin and mineral supplements and heart disease prevention. A daily multivitamin can be a safe and effective way to provide added health benefits. And many are priced at $1 or less a day!
At MRC, we offer a daily multivitamin for both men and women.
Pro tip: When shopping for a multivitamin be aware of the supplement form. Hard pills are typically painted with a dye coating and are so compressed that they take a longer time to break down than capsules. Gummies, while delicious, are typically filled with added sugars that can have an impact on weight loss and sugar cravings for those who struggle with either of these things. MRC's complete plus multivitamins are made with an easy-to-digest vegetarian capsule.
CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is produced by the body. It is found in highest concentrations in the heart, and it is known to help to catalyze the transition from food to energy. While it is naturally produced in our bodies, the amount that our body produces decreases as we age. Our needs and use of this compound, however, do not decrease with production. This can make supplementation a smart choice for those who need more CoQ10.
Pro Tip: Do your research when it comes to CoQ10 because there are several different variations out there. Our CQ10 supplement provides you with a high dose of the already converted main ingredient, ubiquinol. In addition, our blend of Ubiquinol is made with the highest quality Kaneka QH™ Ubiquinol.
Typically when people hear the word “fat” in a product name, they go running for the hills. But not all fats are created equal. While you want to stay away from industrial-made trans fats, you still need a good balance of essential fats in your diet. Fats are one of three macronutrients, and they are an essential part of a healthy life.
The human body is actually capable of making most of the fats that it needs from other fats and raw materials. There is one kind of fat, however, that the body is not able to make on its own - omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are essential fats, meaning the body is not able to make them from scratch, but must instead rely on getting them from the foods you eat. And even though we are "eating healthy" it doesn't necessarily mean that we are eating everything we need to intake all of our omega-3s (because omega-3s are not found in all foods). Adding an EFA supplement that includes both Omega-3 and Omega-6 toyour diet is a great way to ensure you're getting all of the healthy fats you need.
MRC's Omega supplement is enteric coated. This allows the capsule to travel into the digestive tract before dissolving. And for anyone who ever took fish oil or cod liver oil as a kid - this is a total game changer! When the supplement digests in the stomach, that's when you get the fishy aftertaste or "fish burp". By allowing the supplement to travel past the stomach and into the digestive tract, you eliminate that nasty aftertaste altogether!
DIM (Diindolylmethane) is a phytonutrient and plant indole found in cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. It has been shown to promote healthy hormone metabolism.* Bonus: both men and women can benefit from the use of a DIM supplement! After all, we both have and produce hormones in our bodies (just in differing amounts).
Check out MRC’s Metabolic Super DIM supplement here.
Vitamin D3, or the sunshine vitamin, is great for a multitude of reasons. We all know that Vitamin D supports strong bones and healthy immune system function.* But did you know that Vitamin D is also known to support cardiovascular function, too?* First and foremost, put on some sunscreen and get out in the sun! There's no better (and cost effective) way to get Vitamin D than from that big ball of light up there in the sky! Aim for 10-30 minutes of midday sunlight each day. For many of us, that just might not be feasible on a daily basis; making supplementation a great option to help fill any gaps.
Pro Tip: Some of the cheaper forms of Vitamin D are synthetic and is not absorbed as well into the body as nonsynthetic versions. The good news is that high quality Vitamin D supplements are not prohibitively expensive! You can still have the good stuff without breaking the bank.
MRC offers a 100% all-natural Vitamin D supplement your body will recognize. Packaged in easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsules, our Vitamin D is free from gluten, soy, dairy, and sugars.
Conclusion: Choosing the Right Supplements for Your Heart & Weight Loss Goals
Supplements can make a big difference when taken as part of a healthy diet. Your healthcare provider is the best source for which supplements will be right for you. The way supplements are manufactured is not considered standardized. For this reason, effectiveness and side effects can differ from brand to brand. Do your research and consult with your healthcare provider to determine if a supplement is right for you.
Metabolic Research Center offers a wide variety of supplements both at our in-store locations and online through the Metabolic Web Store. MRC supplements are made with the highest standards in a cGMP facility in the USA. MRC supplements are tested for potency and purity. See our full vitamin and mineral lineup here.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease.
The information provided within this article is not to replace a relationship with your Medical Professional. It is not the intention of Metabolic Research Center or the Metabolic Web Store to provide medical advice but rather to provide you with information to better understand your health. Seek the advice of a trained health professional for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.