EPA with CoQ10 - The Perfect Combination for your Heart Health!
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America for both men and women. More than 600,0000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year and nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor such as high blood pressure, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet, for developing heart diseases.
Although these statistics may seem doom and gloom, it is never too late to prevent heart disease. For many Americans, eating well and being physically active are hard to combine in our stressful modern days lifestyle. So, what else can you do to keep your heart healthy? Supplement your diet with two simple and yet powerful nutrients your heart can’t beat without: EPA and CoQ10!
What is EPA?
Also known as Eicosapentaenoic acid, EPA is one of the most important omega-3 fatty acids that your body will ever need. Considered as an essential polyunsaturated fat because the body can’t make it, EPA has to be supplied in adequate amounts through certain foods or dietary supplements. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week and considering supplements of omega-3 fatty acids when that’s not possible. Studies have shown EPA may positively affect many aspects of cardiovascular function. They have linked omega-3 fatty acids to a lower risk of abnormal heartbeats, less fats in the blood, and slightly lower blood pressure. A comprehensive meta-analysis study also concluded that consumption of EPA can lower the risk of coronary heart disease.
Recommended intakes range from 1,1 g to 1,6 g daily of omega-3 fatty acids.
What is CoQ10?
Also known as ubiquinone, Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is a vitamin-like substance found in foods and also produced by our cells to help convert food into energy. CoQ10 is especially a vital nutrient as it boosts energy production in the heart muscle and acts as an antioxidant. Many scientific studies have supported the use of CoQ10 supplementation to prevent cardiovascular diseases such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure. In addition, people in their 30s and 40s could benefit from daily CoQ10 supplements as levels are known to decline with age. Finally, you may benefit from taking CoQ10 supplement if you are taking certain prescription drugs such as statins since statins lower CoQ10 levels!
Dosage recommendations of CoQ10 range from 60 mg in an adult with no health problems, to 200 mg daily for congestive heart failure or other specific health risks.