Posted By: CustomVite Nutrition Team Date: June 29, 2018 Comments: 0
If you’re one of the 2.7 million people in the US living with atrial fibrillation (AFib), then you’re probably already familiar with the uncomfortable feeling that your heart is racing, or the awareness that your heart is beating or fluttering. AFib occurs when the upper chambers of the heart (atria) beat irregularly and chaotically. Although it may be temporary and intermittent, unfortunately it can lead to blood clots, heart failure, stroke, and chronic fatigue. The good news is that certain lifestyle techniques such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and reducing stress can help to lower your risk of AFib.
Certain nutritional supplements may also be helpful. These include:
Magnesium: Magnesium plays a key role in heart function, and a deficiency of this nutrient is well known to cause heart rhythm disturbances.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C can also help AFib patients. According to research, vitamin C may reduce the risk of AFib after cardiac surgery.
Potassium: Keep eating those bananas! If you don’t have enough potassium in your system, you may be at a higher risk for AFib, according to research. This electrolyte helps your heartbeat stay regular.
Coenzyme Q 10: Coenzyme Q10 may have “significant cardiovascular protective effects” that could help prevent cardiovascular disease, the world’s leading cause of death, reports a recent study.
Fish Oil: The omega-3 fats in fish oil may help to reduce triglyceride levels and lower the chances of abnormal heartbeats. It is also associated with other positive effects on heart health including a reduced risk of developing heart disease, heart-related events (such as heart attack), and death in people who are at high risk of heart disease.
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