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These 3 Supplements Reduce Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease, New Research Says

While we know certain foods support cardiovascular health (think: oats, salmon, walnuts, and blueberries), less research has been conducted on which specific nutrients (e.g., vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids) and phytochemicals (e.g., antioxidants and polyphenols) are responsible for their heart health benefits.

Reducing cardiovascular risk through dietary supplementation.

In a new meta-analysis recently published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology1, scientists reviewed 884 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to see which nutrients and phytochemicals have the most profound effect on heart health.

In the RCTs investigated, 27 different single-ingredient supplements (vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, antioxidants, polyphenols, and amino acids) were tested to determine their impact on the following CVD risk factors, as well as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes events:

Cardiovascular disease risk factors

High systolic blood pressure (SBP)High diastolic blood pressure (DBP)High total cholesterol High low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol Low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterolHigh triglyceride levelsHigh hemoglobin A1CHigh fasting blood glucoseHigh fasting blood insulin
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Cardiovascular disease & type 2 diabetes events

All-cause mortalityCardiovascular disease mortalityHeart attackStrokeCoronary heart disease (CHD)Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)Type 2 diabetes

Which supplements reduce cardiovascular risk?

Of the supplements tested, approximately 60% demonstrated moderate- to high-quality evidence for reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors. These nutrients and phytochemicals include:

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Evidence shows that supplementing with these incredible nutrients and phytochemicals can do wonders in reducing your CVD risk by lowering your blood pressure and promoting healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

That said, only three of these supplements demonstrated the ability to reduce cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes events in RCTs:

Omega-3 supplements decreased CVD mortality, heart attack risk, and coronary heart disease events.Folic acid supplements decreased stroke risk.CoQ10 supplements decreased all-cause mortality events.

The takeaway.

If you’re looking to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes events, supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, or CoQ10 is a smart and effective solution.

Many other supplement ingredients (e.g., vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, curcumin, quercetin) have also been shown to reduce CVD risk factors, so check out this new research and talk to your health care provider about which supplement might be beneficial for your personal heart health goals!

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