One of the top questions we hear from guests, especially as we come to the close of Heart Health Month, is “what can I do daily to prevent heart disease?” Sugar is obviously a hot topic this year as many new studies are showing the toxicity of sugar for your body. But aside from eliminating sugar from your diet, exercising daily, and taking some time each week to relax, here are 5 things you may not have thought about incorporating into your daily regimen to prevent heart disease:
1. Progesterone/Estrogen – Replenishing and balancing progesterone in women can protect the arteries. Women who replenish estrogen during menopause have close to two times less risk of dying from a heart attack than a woman of similar age not taking bio-identical estrogen.
2. Magnesium – Magnesium deficiency is a common cause of arrhythmia. It is essential in the regulation of heart rhythm, and the function of nerves and muscles. Dr. Hotze recommends 400 – 1000mg per day.
3. Testosterone – Testosterone affects muscle mass, so don’t forget that the heart is a muscle too! An optimal level of testosterone is essential to a healthy heart. Studies have shown that low testosterone levels are associated with coronary artery disease in male patients with angina.
4. Vitamin C – Vitamin C is crucial to every system in the human body, especially your heart because it is necessary to build collagen to help repair arteries and to convert cholesterol to bile.
5. CoQ10 – Victims of heart disease tend to be deficient in CoQ10, so it is vital that you supplement this essential nutrient. Studies have shown that taking CoQ10 can decrease the risk of a major adverse cardiac event 50%.