Heart Health Key Nutrients – Plant sterols, Omega-3, Red Yeast Rice and CoQ10 June 3, 2010

Here are some tips to complement your omega-3 intake for healthy heart with additional key nutrients.

Phytosterols or Plant Sterols

Simply stated, phytosterols are the “fat” of plants. The major phytosterols found in nature are beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol. The typical daily diet contains 100-300 mg of phytosterols.

At usual levels of consumption, phytosterols have little effect on blood cholesterol concentration. However, because phytosterols share structural similarities with cholesterol, they bind to sites in the intestines that would be used for cholesterol binding were they not blocked. Dietary consumption of phytosterols in the 1200 mg per dose range has been shown to reduce intestinal and biliary cholesterol absorption and helps to retain healthy cholesterol levels that are already within normal limits.

Red yeast rice and CoQ10

Combine the proven cardiovascular benefits of Omega-3 (at least 1 gm of DHA and EPA) with the lipid-metabolizing red yeast rice and the antioxidant power of CoQ10 to support healthy blood lipid levels, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels, in healthy individuals.

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