How do I know if my multinutrient vitamin has everything I need for optimal heart health and overall health?
When shopping for a multinutrient formula, there are a number of “basics” that I recommend it include in choosing supplements for heart health, as well as overall health. As you’ll see from the list below, I'm not a proponent of mega-dosing. However, I also don’t believe that you can get all of the nutritional support you need by taking a supplement that promises everything in just one tablet or capsule a day. I would avoid those types of products.
This list is my baseline for what constitutes quality supplements for heart health. Compare it with your multivitamin’s nutrition label to see how the brand in your medicine cabinet stacks up.
What the Best Supplement for Heart Health Should Include
- 7,500 IU mixed carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, and alpha-carotene), and vitamin A (palmitate)
- 200–400 IU vitamin E (mixed tocopherols, gamma tocopherol, tocotrienols)
- 400–500 mg vitamin C
- 400–2,000 IU vitamin D
- 200–500 mg calcium
- 200–500 mg magnesium
- 50–100 mg potassium
- 100–200 mcg selenium
- 400–800 mcg folic acid
- 10–20 mg vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- 10–20 mg vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- 20–40 mg vitamin B6
- 200–1,000 mcg vitamin B12
- 25–50 mg vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- 10–20 mg zinc
- 100–200 mcg chromium picolinate
- 10–40 mg quercetin
- 200–500 mcg vanadium
- 1–2 mg manganese
- 1 mg copper
- 75–150 mg iodine (kelp)
- 75–150 mg molybdenum
- 50 mg inositol
- 25–200 mcg biotin
Additional Supplements for Heart Health
One more thing: Remember that a multinutrient is only the foundation of a complete supplement program. For optimal heart health, I also recommend that everyone supplement with at least 1 to 2 grams of omega-3 essential fatty acids daily. And if you have other cardiovascular concerns, you’ll also benefit from my “Awesome Foursome”—the four supplements I recommend for anyone looking for additional support. As a last step, I often recommend that patients take specific supplements based on other health concerns they may have.
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