Heart healthy supplements give nutrient boosts

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Green tea, fish oil, hawthorn berries and garlic are just a few among a myriad of supplements said to be able to improve heart health. But do they really work?

According to Web MD, research shows that some supplements, along with lifestyle changes and medical treatment if needed, may help lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure and reduce other risk factors causing heart disease.

“We offer many types of supplements including multi-vitamins that are geared for heart health,” says Leslie Gillham, promotions director for Baum’s Natural Foods with locations in Munster, Merrillville and St. John. “We also have cardio-vascular formulas as well.”

One of those, Complete Cardio contain ingredients which studies indicate may improve heart and vascular function, protects against oxidative stress and reduces the risk of heart disease.

For high blood pressure, Baum’s has a supplement featuring such ingredients containing magnesium, hawthorn berries, apple pectin and celery seed extract. Anti-cholesterol supplements have plant sterols (substances that occur naturally in small amounts in many grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds which have powerful cholesterol-lowering properties), guggulipid—a guggul extract from the resin of the mukul myrrh tree which grows in India, garlic, oat bran and Coq 10.

Source: nwitimes

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