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Vitamins play a vital role in helping to keep your heart healthy. Eating healthy is the first step to supplying your body with the essential vitamins that it will need to aid the heart so that it can perform its best. In today's busy world, it is sometimes hard to always get the nutrition that we need from food alone, while maintaining our active lifestyle. Because of this, professionals agree that it is also wise to utilize nutritional supplements to ensure that our body is getting all the vitamins that it needs to nurture and nourish the heart, which is the most vital organ in our body. Through the use of food and supplements we can provide our body what it needs but without exercise, we would not be completely conditioning the heart so that we can live a long, vibrant life. This topic is focused on how vitamins can create a healthy heart; however, so exercise... as important as it is, will have to be a topic for later discussion.
 
Studies have shown that vitamin E is essential to improving the overall health of your heart. It does this by stopping the cholesterol in your body from harming the arteries that surround the heart. When cholesterol oxidizes, it sticks to the sides of the arteries. Over time, this can lead to blockages within the artery itself, which can lead to heart attacks or other serious problems with the heart. Many doctors recommend that you take additional supplements of vitamin E, to maintain a healthy heart. You can achieve this by eating foods that are naturally high in vitamin E, such as nuts. Nuts have the highest level of vitamin E, as compared with almost any other food. They are a great source of this essential vitamin and they taste good too. Research has shown that vitamin E also helps those who have already suffered from a heart attack. This vitamin helps to prevent future heart attacks by opening up the walls of the arteries, as well as aiding to prevent additional blockages. For this reason, those who have suffered from a heart attack are always encouraged to add more vitamin E to their diet.
 
The use of vitamin C actually boosts the effects of vitamin E. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and it serves to prevent the damaging effects that cholesterol typically has on the body. In addition, vitamin C helps vitamin E with its valuable functions associated with protecting the heart. When you take vitamin C and E as a combination, you are ensuring that you are providing your heart with the nutritional nourishment that it needs so that it can function properly for years. If you have already suffered from a heart attack, or if you have a history of heart disease in your family, the use of vitamin C and E together becomes absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy heart. It is generally recommended that 400 international units (each vitamin) be used daily for both C and E. Taking a total of 800 IU's of these two in combination will ensure that your heart remains as healthy as possible. A good general multivitamin can usually provide this.
 
Research is starting to show that Omega-3 Fatty Acids can also aid in creating a healthy heart. Nutritional supplements can provide this and 1,000 to 3,000 Mg's daily of these Omega-3 rich pills can help lower triglycerides and blood pressure, as well as prevent artery-clogging plaque. Doing these things, in combination with exercise, is your best bet for ongoing health.