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5 Supplements (and foods) For A Stronger Heart

Updated: Jan 29, 2022

Although heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women worldwide, it’s largely preventable. That makes heart-health supplements a big business, which means a lot of hype and marketing fluff by various supplement companies.


So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to analyze five supplements that have actual evidence behind their benefits. As always, remember to always consult with your physician before taking anything — some supplements have medication interactions.


Nitrates

Nitrates are one of the reasons why vegetables are so good for you. Nitrates break down into nitrites, which circulate in the body and are turned into nitric oxide (NO). Nitrates, found abundantly in beetroot and a variety of leafy greens (arugula, collards, etc.), are a reliable and effective way to increase nitric oxide synthesis in the body. Elevated NO levels are associated with better circulation and lower blood pressure.[1]


Eating a diet with a good amount of nitrate-containing vegetables decreases your risk for hypertension[1] and can improve endothelial cell function (the cells that line the inside of your blood vessels).[2] As an added bonus, increasing your overall vegetable (and fruit!) intake can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and premature death.[3]

Although you can find nitrates in processed meats, it’s not quite the same as getting them through vegetables. It is thought that various compounds in the meat interact with the nitrates during cooking and processing to form potentially pro-carci