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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the US: 1 in 3 deaths in this country are caused by CVD. While our knowledge of the cardiovascular system has grown in leaps and bounds in the last 25 years, the number of CVD related deaths is still staggering. Nutritional supplementation may play a significant role in prevention and treatment of CVD…but where do you begin?
By integrating a few vital nutrients into your diet, you can make a large impact on your cardiovascular health. Dr. Stephen Sinatra, board-certified cardiologist and author of “The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology,” calls them the “Awesome Foursome” of cardiovascular health: four nutrients that work together to help prevent and treat CVD by increasing the amount of oxygen your heart extracts from your bloodstream, and accelerating the conversion of nutrients to energy.
CoQ10 (Ubiquinol): Responsible for cellular energy metabolism. Potent antioxidant. Protects cellular membranes and arterial tissue from free-radical damage that generates inflammation and leads to disease. Production declines with age and poor diet.
L-Carnitine: Responsible for transporting the energy and meeting energy demands. Opens blood vessels and increases blood flow to your heart, muscles and other tissues, resulting in better overall oxygen use by your body.
D-Ribose: A key component of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the human body’s energy source. D-Ribose is not only a component of ATP, it can also replenish ATP stores: making it essential to healthy cardiovascular function.
Magnesium: Without adequate levels of magnesium, the body cannot produce the energy needed to function properly. Plays a critical role in energy production, cardiac muscle function, and regulating blood pressure.
In addition to cardiovascular benefits, these nutrients are important factors in overall health and wellness. Even if you do not have CVD, incorporating these supplements into your diet may offer preventative health benefits that are far reaching.
Nutritional supplements can interact with medications and certain physical conditions. Make sure to talk to you healthcare practitioner or pharmacist prior to incorporating any new supplements into your diet. For additional information about supplements and to speak to a pharmacist about incorporating supplements into your diet, contact College Pharmacy directly. You may also visit our online store for more information on the products listed above.
College Pharmacy offers a unique one-stop shopping experience by providing pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements in addition to our comprehensive pharmacy services. College Pharmacy’s online nutritional supplement center offers many hard-to-find, exclusive, or specialty
supplements…as well as many pharmaceutical-grade professional supplement lines that are not readily available in many communities.
All of the supplements listed in this article are available for purchase, as well as Dr. Sinatra’s book, “The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology. Revive, Rejuvenate, and Revitalize Your Heart.”