Three Essential Nutrients for Heart Disease
Three natural nutrients relax your blood vessels, improve their function, and protect your heart.
Magnesium relaxes and opens the blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and improves circulation throughout your body including the heart and brain.
American diets generally do not contain adequate amounts of magnesium. The average person obtains about half of their daily recommended magnesium level from foods. High magnesium food sources include dark chocolate, avocado, nuts, seeds, tofu, legumes (beans and lentils), bananas and leafy greens.
Magnesium deficiencies are more likely to occur if you are taking diuretics, consuming a high sodium diet, have malabsorption issues, or have diabetes.
Magnesium deficiencies increase the risk of and exacerbate many health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney stones, stroke, mitral valve prolapse, osteoporosis, constipation, hypertension, irregular heartbeats, headaches, altitude sickness, PMS, fibromyalgia, preeclampsia and asthma.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency: fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, muscle twitching, high blood pressure, breathing problems.
Magnesium glycinate is my favorite form of magnesium since it’s well absorbed. Magnesium citrate is my next option while I reserve magnesium oxide for those with constipation issues since it’s not well absorbed and has a tendency to cause diarrhea.
Vitamins D3 & K2
Pulling the calcium out of the blood vessel walls with D3 and K2 helps soften blood vessel walls and allows the blood vessels to relax, open and lower blood pressure. This is a gradual process that takes months to years.
Vitamins D3 and K2 help pull calcium out of the plaque inside your blood vessel walls and moves the calcium into the bones. D3 and K2 also help stimulate bone growth.
Foods are not a good source for vitamin D3. D3 is made by your body when your skin is exposed to sunshine. No sunshine on the skin - very little vitamin D3. The only way to know if you need to take vitamin D3 is to do a blood test. An ideal vitamin D3 blood level is 65. Click here if you want to make arrangements for your Vitamin D3 Blood Test.
High doses Vitamin K2 can be taken without concerns. i have not found any concerns with taking high dose K2. You should consult with your health care practitioner if you are taking anticoagulants. I prefer the vitamin K2 (MK7) version since it stays in the body for many hours and has medical scientific research supporting it's use for blood vessel and heart health.
Rarely can a person can get enough of the right foods to have a dramatic effect on heart function and blood pressure. I often use the following basic supplements in addition to the above food changes:
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