The vitamins that are proven to cut your heart risk
For much of your life, a multivitamin – whether it was a Flintstones chewable when you were a kid or something a little more substantial today (I hope) – has probably been as much a part of your daily routine as a bedtime prayer.
Like that prayer, you might not always notice the protection you’re getting from it – but it’s there.
So today, let’s take a moment to see what’s going on under the hood, because the latest research shows how a humble multivitamin can protect men from today’s leading killer.
Heart disease is responsible for more deaths than anything else in the nation – and even when you survive a cardiovascular problem, you could suffer for the rest of your life.
Stroke, for example, is one of today’s leading causes of disability in seniors.
But men, you can avoid all that just by taking your multivitamin every day!
Take it for 20 years or more, and your risk of all major cardiovascular problems plunges by a stunning 44 percent.
And that’s not all the new study finds.
If you already have heart disease, taking a multivitamin for 12 years or more will cut your risk of death from a heart attack.
Sound good? You bet it does – because there’s not a drug in the world that can promise that.
Not statins… not aspirin… not blood pressure meds.
But your multivitamin can, and as good as that is, I’d like to make it even better – because two key nutrients that AREN’T in your multi can cut your heart risk even further.
First up is coenzyme Q10, aka CoQ10.
This stuff is proven to protect the heart on its own, and it can do even better when you take a multi with selenium along with it. A 2012 study, for example, found that taking both CoQ10 and selenium will cut your risk of death from heart disease by more than half.
Odds are, your multi also contains very little magnesium because it takes up too much room.
Even supplements that contain only magnesium can look more like horse pills!
Don’t let the size scare you. A 2013 study from Harvard University found that every 0.2 mmol/L bump in your magnesium levels will slash your risk of heart disease by 30 percent and your risk of ischemic heart disease by 22 percent.
There are a number of different forms of magnesium out there. I recommend magnesium glycinate, which is gentler on the stomach and more easily used by your body.