Of the $20 billion Americans spend on dietary supplements, those touted to boost heart health top the list. While some vitamins and minerals are extremely beneficial for the heart, others can be downright hazardous In fact, one supplement millions of Americans routinely pop can actually double the risk of dying from a heart attack, a new study reported.
But it’s not all bad news: Among the most beneficial supplements is an inexpensive vitamin that can dramatically improve cholesterol levels, quell chronic inflammation, and reduce risk for cardiovascular events by 90 percent, a new study published in Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing reported.
To find out which supplements are worth the money—and which ones do more harm than good—I talked to the study’s co-author, Amy Doneen, ARNP, medical director of the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center in Spokane, Washington.
Here’s a closer look at three supplements that can enhance cardiovascular health—and three to avoid. However, it’s always best to consult your medical provider before taking supplements to make sure they’re appropriate for you.
Lisa Collier Cool investigates the best and worst supplements for you heart with Amy Doneen, MSN, ARNP for her Yahoo! Day in Health blog