Heart doctors take these supplements
You’re on the right track if you’re already following the best diets for heart health, and you know about the secrets cardiologists want you to know. While supplements aren’t usually necessary for people who eat a well-rounded, healthy diet, we asked heart doctors if there were some supplements that they take. Here’s what they had to say.
Found naturally in fatty fish (think mackerel, tuna, salmon, and sardines), these healthy fats may reduce the inflammation tied to heart disease—among other benefits. “These healthy fats are not made by the body so you have to get them from food,” says Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, an attending cardiologist and the director of Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention, Health, and Wellness at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She sometimes falls short of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recommendations that call for eating fish twice a week, so she takes omega 3 supplements daily. If you don’t eat fish often, consider having your blood levels tested, she advises. These supplements were linked to a lower risk of dying after heart failure or a recent heart attack, according to 2017 research published in Circulation. Don’t like fish? Check out these omega-3 rich foods for people just like you.