10 Reasons a MULTIVITAMIN Is Heart Healthy
In the 21st century, most people know that a multivitamin is beneficial. Even the cheap over-the-counter version at the drugstore flies off the shelf. A high-quality product will deliver the results you need. It is the foundation to a healthy supplement regiment. The multivitamin ensures you are meeting some basic needs. I see so many patients who take a variety of natural supplements, yet do not take a foundational product like the multivitamin. In short, a quality multivitamin is essential for heart health.
Here are 10 essential vitamins and minerals you’ll find in a good multivitamin:
1. Vitamin K
There is plenty of literature on how Vitamin K keeps calcium in your bones and out of your arteries. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19386744. One of the keys to the longevity and health amongst the population of Japan is their dietary staple natto. But natto from fermented soy is not very tasty, so let’s find another way of getting vitamin K.
Our gut microbes make vitamin K, but we often need more. A quality multivitamin contains vitamin K, with a preference of K2 over K1. Vitamin K also lowers blood sugar and diabetes risk. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27133809
2. B complex
The B vitamin class includes many water-soluble nutrients that impact just about every enzymatic function in our body. The B’s are critical for energy, neurologic function, cardiovascular health, detoxification, and cancer prevention. Wow, that is a lot. Governments have felt the B’s are so important, they require food companies to add them to processed items. Quality counts here as well. Activated B’s are important and if a product contains folic acid, that is the cue for me of an inferior product. Studies show the B’s positively impact heart health and lower cardiovascular risk. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24916013
3. Magnesium and Potassium
Just about everyone knows the benefits of these two powerhouse nutrients. Over 900 body functions utilize magnesium. Potassium is a major component on the inside of our cells and is essential to heart function. Both magnesium and potassium are proven to lower blood pressure when taken in supplemental form. Working in the hospitals, magnesium oxide is often prescribed, but this form is cheap and not very effective. Choose a multivitamin that contains a different source, such as magnesium malate or glycinate.
Magnesium and potassium are nutrients usually left out of most multivitamin brands, yet just about everyone is deficient in their intake of them. A quality multivitamin will contain magnesium and potassium.
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is very important for the health of blood vessels. Two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling was a huge fan. Low serum C is linked to heart disease. In people with low vitamin C levels, supplements can improve blood vessel function and improve the cholesterol profile. Vitamin C is a tremendous anti-oxidant that boosts immune support AND cardiovascular disease is an immune driven disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27529239
When it comes to detoxification, the mineral selenium packs a punch. Selenium links to glutathione, the body’s main antioxidant, to usher metals and toxins out of the body. When studied with Co Q 10, selenium supplementation lowered cardiovascular risk. Selenium also lowers the risk of dying from cardiac causes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26624886 It may also lower dementia risk.
6. Vitamin A
Vitamin A doesn’t just protect and your eyes and provide immune support. It appears to help lower cardiac risk as well. Multiple studies demonstrate vitamin A supplementation increases the ability of HDL to pull cholesterol from plaque. This can only be a good thing. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17299104
7. Vitamin D
The sunshine vitamin is certainly a winner. Studies find that supplementing with this nutrient lowers blood pressure, improves lipids, and may decrease overall mortality. It is important to take vitamin D and K together. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27540461 Get sunshine, but make sure you cover all bases with vitamin D in your multivitamin.
Lithium is the unsung hero in the supplement world. At low dose, tremendous effects are seen on improving mood. Poor mental health is linked to poor heart health. Lithium can help. It also boosts parasympathetic tone, a large part of the nervous system. This finding makes it very useful in patients with heart rhythm disorders. Not many multivitamins contain lithium, an element that should be present in farming soil. Sadly, the soil is stripped and lithium is not found.
Finally, when it comes to heart health, the thyroid gland plays are huge role. And thyroid hormone is made using iodine. Unfortunately, many diets are deficient in iodine, which is only found in the sea. So, eat your sea vegetables such as nori and dulse. But make sure your multivitamin contains a healthy serving of iodine. Supplementation of iodine lowers cholesterol numbers in obese women with elevated cholesterol. Great nutrient. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26203098
Choline is often lumped in with the B vitamins and is an integral nutrient for brain and nerve function. It is metabolized to betaine, which in turn lowers homocysteine (HCY). Studies demonstrate that high levels of HCY lead to heart attack, stroke, and dementia. Br J Nutr. 2012 Oct;108(7):1264-71
So here is the good news. All the above nutrients and more are inside our multivitamin, MULTI by The Drs. Wolfson.
What is also important is the stuff not included in our multivitamin. Different from most manufacturers, our multivitamin does not contain cheap fillers or any artificial colors or flavors. The only extra ingredient we use is silica, healthy and natural. Our multivitamin also does not contain iron or copper. These two metals are found in abundance in most diets and can be linked with inflammation and toxicity.
Try our MULTI and enjoy the benefits realized by our family and patients alike. We guarantee you will love it!