Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Vitamins and Minerals Help Ensure A Good Healthy Heart


Taking good care of your body means that you are able to maintain adequate amounts of the minerals, vitamins and nutrients that are needed to ensure a totally healthy well-being. Also, it is very important to note that the heart requires a significant amount of attention too, in order for it to be able to function well and be able to have a healthy circulation of blood around the body. When the heart is healthy, it is able to respond efficiently to the body's changing needs for oxygen and nutrients, which vary with different activity levels throughout the day and night. There are several vitamins and minerals that specifically support the heart in these important tasks.

Potassium is a mineral that is quite important to how the heart can function more properly. At the most basic level, potassium is essential to the rhythmic, smooth and continuous pumping of the heart. This is because potassium supports the nerve transmissions and greatly takes part in making sure that every muscle in the body gets to move. Potassium greatly helps in regulating a person's heartbeat.

Aside from being an important factor in keeping our teeth and bones healthy, Vitamin D is also important to the heart's health and its ability to function properly. In fact, recent research has showed that meeting the standard recommended daily intake levels of Vitamin D can significantly reduce the risk of death caused by heart failure. Sufficient intake of Vitamin D has been connected with reducing inflammation, which is a common cause of heart disease. Vitamin D also plays an important role in the ability of the heart to pump blood efficiently, as well as affects the structure of the cells located in the heart.

Children need between 200 and 300 International Units of Vitamin D per day. Adults should have about 400 International Units per day, with those over 55 years of age, actually need to increase their dosage to 800 International Units. It is, however, important to not take Vitamin D in excessive amounts, as it can negatively affect one's health.

Selenium is another mineral that is important to the function and health of the heart. Together with Vitamin E it actually serves as an important antioxidant in addition to its role in keeping the tissues of the body flexible. Selenium also offers protection against diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Lack of selenium in the body has been connected to various types of heart diseases and conditions including an enlarged heart and compromised heart function in children. For adult males, selenium intake should be about 70 micrograms per day while adult females should have a selenium intake of about 55 micrograms daily.

Magnesium actually helps the heart with its muscle contractions by regulating the neuromuscular activity that assures a regular heartbeat as well as its role in helping the body to make the most out of potassium and calcium - both of which also affect heart health and function. Adult men should have about 350mg of magnesium per day and adult women need 280mg daily. Depending on a child's age and weight, the standard recommended amount of magnesium are 130mg and 240mg each day.

It is important to note that there are nutritional supplements that can greatly help a person when it comes to having a good bill of health. However, keep in mind that moderation is key when it comes to taking care of one's health. Nutrient supplements may seem harmless at first glance but it can actually prove to be quite harmful to one's health once taken in considerably excessive amounts.

Note: This article may be freely reproduced as long as the AUTHOR'S resource box at the bottom of this article is included and and all links must be Active/Linkable with no syntax changes.

Charlene J. Nuble 2005. For up to date links and information about Vitamins, please go to: http://vitamins.besthealthlink.net/ or for updated links and information on all health related topics, go to: http://www.besthealthlink.net/


MORE RESOURCES:

Counsel & Heal

Could dietary supplement in pregnancy reduce autism risk?
CBS News
It's something every pregnant woman wonders: What can I do to help ensure a healthy baby? New research suggests that taking iron supplements as prescribed may play a role in reducing the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Mothers of children with autism less likely to have taken iron supplementsMedical Xpress
Mothers with Autistic Children less likely to have taken Iron SupplementsCounsel & Heal
Iron deficiency during pregnancy 'increases the risk of having a child with ...Daily Mail
UPI.com
all 48 news articles »


Alternative Medicines and Supplements for the Primary Prevention of ...
HCPLive
Moyer VA, on behalf of US Preventive Services Task Force. Vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin supplements for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med.



fox4kc.com

Doctor recommends alternative to calcium supplements
fox4kc.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many women still take calcium supplements to prevent brittle bones. But several recent studies link the pills to a higher risk of heart attacks, and a government task force says there's little evidence that the supplements prevent ...



NutraIngredients.com

UK researcher backs supplements for omega-3 intakes
NutraIngredients.com
“If you eat oily fish you can eat quite high doses of omega-3s that can often be difficult through supplementation. On the other hand, people can take supplements every day and they may not want to eat oily fish every day." Professor Philip Calder from ...

and more »


The Age

Andrew Demetriou calls for end to Essendon supplements saga
The Age
A "vindicated" Andrew Demetriou has called for an end to the Essendon supplements saga, reminding the Bombers their duty to the playing group is more important than their duty to any individual. The former AFL CEO spoke at length about his frustrations ...
Tim Watson accuses Essendon rivals of hypocrisy over supplements sagaSydney Morning Herald
Father of Essendon player says club 'let them down' in handling of supplements ...fanatix
Dons players won't do deal with ASADAAFL.com.au
Herald Sun -ABC Online
all 61 news articles »


dailyRx

Vitamin E, Selenium May Not Prevent Cataracts
WebMD
THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daily supplements of selenium or vitamin E don't seem to protect against the development of age-related cataracts among men, a new study indicates. Previous animal research has suggested that one or both ...
Supplements May Not Help With CataractsdailyRx
Vitamin E Supplements Do Not Appear to Prevent CataractsHCPLive
Vitamin E, Selenium Supplement Do Not Prevent CataractsScience World Report

all 18 news articles »


MinnPost

Study ties herbal and dietary supplements to serious liver damage
MinnPost
The number of liver injuries associated with supplements is still much, much lower than those attributed to conventional medications, but, proportionally, supplements are significantly more likely to lead to serious injuries that result in a liver ...



WTSP 10 News

FDA takes action against Georgia dietary supplement manufacturer
FDA.gov
A dietary supplement manufacturer is under a federal court order to stop illegally marketing its products as treatments for disease, and to terminate the sale of supplements until the company complies with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ...
FDA warns consumers: Dietary supplements cannot treat concussionsWTSP 10 News
Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions: FDAHealthDay
Dietary supplements: Kids can be informed consumersAhwatukee Foothills News

all 21 news articles »


Medscape

Liver Injuries From Supplements Up 3-Fold in 10 Years
Medscape
Unregulated herbal or dietary supplements (HDS) used by bodybuilders and by middle-aged women trying to lose weight have become increasingly important as causes of liver injury over the course of the last 10 years, researchers report in an article ...
Supplement-Related Liver Injuries Are Up, But No Cause for Blanket Warning ...Nutritional Outlook

all 3 news articles »


New York Daily News

Supplements cause more liver damage, decadelong study finds
New York Daily News
"While many Americans believe supplements to be safe, government … require less safety evidence to market products than what is required for conventional pharmaceuticals," lead author Dr. Victor Navarro, from Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, said ...
Are herbs and dietary supplements bad for your liver?TheHealthSite
Supplements now more likely than medications to cause deathConsumerAffairs
Herbals, Dietary Supplements Linked To Liver InjuryScience 2.0
Medical Daily -Natural Products INSIDER
all 28 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.