If you have already been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or are at risk, you may need more minerals than what you are currently getting from your daily multiple. But exactly which minerals are best at rescuing a weak heart?
Physicians around the world refer to magnesium as the No. 1 mineral for a healthy heart. Indeed, many scientific studies link magnesium deficiency with heart attacks and cardiovascular problems. Some describe magnesium as King Arthur and all the other nutrients as the Knights of the Round Table. People who are on magnesium supplementation have reported feeling the benefits of it rapidly and experienced significant improvement in hypertension, arrhythmias and palpitations.
Additionally, magnesium dilates and relaxes blood vessels. That promotes more blood flow. The mineral also helps to thin the blood, inhibiting platelet formation. Many physicians use magnesium intravenously for acute heart attacks. When administered early, it can dramatically save lives. People with heart failure are often deficient to magnesium, as well as energy. This is where magnesium comes in. Magnesium boosts their energy levels and strengthens their hearts.
Furthermore, magnesium has been reported to be highly efficient in the treatment of cardiovascular patients by reducing angina, arrhythmias, muscle spasms, intermittent claudication (pain in the legs) and platelet aggregation, as well as lowering blood pressure. A group of medical researchers found magnesium to be particularly useful for angina, the chest pain associated with heart disease. They discovered that patients taking several nitro-glycerines a day may still be getting chest pains, but the symptoms were significantly reduced when they were given a high dosage of magnesium. More often than not, patients are able to cut down, or even eliminate, their need for medication.
Magnesium can be used alongside other heart-friendly nutrients, such as CoQ10 and vitamin E. The recommended dosage for magnesium is between 400 and 800 mg daily. If you are taking a higher amount, try splitting it into two doses of 400 mg as larger single doses can cause loose stools. Consider consuming more natural sources of magnesium such as pomegranates as well.
Potassium is critical for the normal functioning of the heart. It promotes proper heartbeat and helps control blood pressure. In a recent report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, it was recommended that people with hypertension maintain adequate potassium levels. We tend not to hear much about deficiencies, but low potassium levels can develop as a result of taking diuretics, medications used for high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Diuretics deplete the body of potassium as well as magnesium, the very minerals that protect us from high blood pressure in the first place. Both these minerals need to be replenished. Otherwise, new problems can arise.
Low potassium levels can result in sudden death and virulent arrhythmias. Some physicians describe potassium as “a forgotten mineral” where you find a lot of it in food, but there are many deficient people, especially individuals on diuretics. And it is not just prescription diuretics that can cause problems — even the natural ones, such as liquorice root or dandelion, that people take to lose body fluids bring harm to the body. Women, in particular, use diuretics when they are bloated from premenstrual stress or when trying to lose weight. Health experts say that these women may be endangering their health in the process.
A major source of potassium are fruits and vegetables but if you find yourself not eating enough, you should consider adding at least 200 to 300 mg of potassium in supplement form into your daily diet.
Medical research shows a strong relationship between calcium intake and healthy blood pressure. For hypertension, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, doctors and medical experts typically combine magnesium with approximately 1,000 mg of calcium.
High blood pressure is a multifactorial issue, but magnesium and calcium deficiencies are right up there in the factor list, so these two minerals are thus used all the time to lower blood pressure. Moreover, calcium helps lower blood pressure among people who are sensitive to salt intake. The combination with magnesium can help people lower their medication or even get off the drugs.
Selenium plays a major role in preventing cancer. Although research is limited, the scientific evidence to date shows that selenium seems to counteract the development of cardiovascular disease. It does this by serving as an essential raw material for glutathione peroxidase, a powerful free radical scavenger that helps to prevent the formation of arterial plaque.
If you have a high degree of free radical activity or elevated levels of LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol — the type that readily oxidises and damages the lining of blood vessels — you should consider incorporating selenium into your diet. This is because selenium can help raise the level of HDL (the “good”) cholesterol in your body. Medical research has also shown that combining selenium and CoQ10 improved the prognosis for heart patients. In general, the recommended daily dosage for selenium is 200 mcg.
Chromium is a mineral needed in small quantities to help regulate blood sugar. Years of research by a group of researchers for Harvard Medical School has repeatedly confirmed the relationship between low chromium levels and an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Chromium can be taken as an anti-agent for controlling blood sugar. Excess blood sugar causes accelerated ageing by damaging cellular membranes and promoting the release of excess insulin. This could result in rapid production of dark pigments in your body, leaving you with desires to find ways to rid unwanted darkening of your skin. A daily dose of 100 to 200 mcg for an average person three times a day before meals would suffice. This is beneficial for people with cardiovascular disease because the more sugar one eats, the more insulin the body produces. Elevated insulin has been associated not only with diabetes, but also with heart disease.