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If you want a strong heart and body, you should be taking these two supplements on a daily basis to help fight the number one killer, heart disease.

  1.  Vitamin D3    A new study found people with chronic heart failure who take vitamin D3 on a daily basis improve their heart function. Chronic heart failure is heart muscle weakness that results in the inefficiency to pump blood throughout the body. The study found Vitamin D3 improved the amount of blood pumped from the heart with each heartbeat.  The recommended daily dosage is 5,000 IU for children and 5-10,000 IU for adults or the amount necessary to get blood levels between 50-80ng/dl.

  1. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has also been shown to help strengthen the hearts of people with congestive heart failure, another condition where the heart does not pump enough blood as it should. Multiple studies have shown patients who take 100mg of CoQ10 three times a day improve heart function measures such as ejection fraction, stroke volume and cardiac output.

The January issue of “LiveWell” also included an article that discussed the importance of five supplements that can assure your daily nutritional needs are met.  Two of these -- fish oil and magnesium – also have heart healthy benefits.  Fish oil contains the omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA. Fish oil benefits the heart by reducing systemic inflammation and it also has a mild blood-thinning effect.  The recommended daily dose of fish oil is 3,000mg of EPA/DHA.

Magnesium is a critical mineral for heart health. Low magnesium has been found to contribute to more heart disease than cholesterol or saturated fat. It has been shown to fight heart disease and atherosclerosis, and it has even been shown to help heart disease patients exercise longer. Magnesium also improves blood vessels’ ability to dilate (open) when the body needs more blood.  The recommended daily dose of magnesium is 800mg.

If you want a strong heart and body, consider making vitamin D3, CoQ10, fish oil, and magnesium a part of your daily supplementation regimen.