With heart disease on the rise in this country we Americans need to get smarter about what’s good for our hearts. Whether you are looking to reduce your risk of heart disease or to treat an existing condition, herbs and supplements can make a difference in your heart health.


The following are eight top supplement picks for the heart.


Fish oil has been proven to mildly lower blood pressure, increase the endurance of the heart muscle, lower blood triglycerides and prevent platelets from clumping together causing clots. If you are only willing to take one supplement- this should be the one.

Magnesium, a major mineral helps relax muscles, (including those of the heart) and regulates blood pressure. Commonly lacking in today’s diet, magnesium is a must for heart health. Everyone should supplement with 400 to 600 milligrams daily.

Coenzyme Q10 is helpful in the treatment of congestive heart failure and abnormal rhythms. It is proven to lower blood pressure and reduce the levels of bad cholesterol.

Garlic has been known throughout history for its healing properties, but over the last decade has under gone intense study in the care and health of the heart. This herb bulb lowers blood pressure, stops plaque growth and also shrinks its buildup. 

Niacin is a B vitamin that lowers LDL cholesterol, raises HDL cholesterol, and lowers lipoprotein. It is best for those people with multiple heart problems. To treat high cholesterol, doses of 500, 750, and 1000 milligrams are the best option. Look for a flush free form of niacin for regular niacin can cause a flushing effect, which can be uncomfortable to some individuals. You should consult with your physician before starting high dose niacin, and it should not be taken for long periods of time.

L-Carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid that is found in dairy and red meat. It is great for those recovering from a heart attack and those with fatigue and muscle weakness. Clinical studies have shown that L-Carnitine is able to increase your chances of surviving a heart attack and improves recovery after a cardiac event. The standard dosage for this supplement is usually 500 milligrams once or twice daily.

Hawthorn berries lower the blood pressure, improve blood flow, and treat congestive heart failure. This extract is excellent for those with poor circulation or those with mild to moderate high blood pressure.

Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants that lower blood pressure, prevents LDL cholesterol and improves blood flow to the heart. Found in grocery stores, somewhat expensive but tasty and can be purchased in concentrate.

 These supplements not only improve heart health they improve the quality of your life. If taken appropriately, none of the above mentioned supplements have any side effects. If you are under the care of a physician for coronary disease and taking high-powered medications, consult your physician before adding vitamin supplements to prevent unwanted interactions. Till next time, Rebecca