Heart Healthy Foods

It's great to know that Fish Oil and CoQ10 supplements help in supporting a healthy heart and heart function, respectively, but what kind of foods can you eat to support heart health? Here's a quick run-down of the foods you should eat to support a healthy heart.

Fish – The American Heart Association suggests eating 2 servings of fatty fish per week in order to get the recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids.1 Fatty fish include lake trout, salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and albacore tuna. Everyone loves a good tuna sandwich, but try some sardines on plain crackers for a snack with some kick! In healthy adults, the World Health Organization and governmental health agencies of several countries recommend consuming 300 – 500 mg of daily EPA and DHA and 800 -1,100 mg of daily α-linolenic acid (ALA). Different types of fish contain variable amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, and different types of nuts or oil contain variable amounts of ALA, so be sure to eat a variety of fish, nuts and vegetable oils.

Oils – Although you may have been frightened away from using oils in your food, some of them are chalk full of CoQ10 and can be good for your heart. Oils such as soybean, sesame, and cottonseed oils are excellent for cooking and sautéing, and can also help support your heart health. Just follow the “use sparingly” logic, and you’ll be adding flavor to your food without too much fat.

Nuts – Nuts are a never-ending source of good news. Aside from being a great, high-protein snack during your afternoon blood sugar crash, some of them also contain CoQ10. Snack on pistachios, walnuts, and hazelnuts, for starters, which are easy to shell and crack at your desk. As an added bonus, working for your snack will help you to feel more satisfied, and less likely to keep reaching for more when you’re full.

Veggies – Although they contain a smaller amount of CoQ10, veggies are always a great idea to keep up your good health. Spinach, broccoli, garlic, peas, and cauliflower are just a few of the veggies you can count on for a small dose of CoQ10, and an extra dose of good health.

If you think your normal food intake may be lacking in EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids or CoQ10, consider supplementing your diet with heart healthy fish oil or CoQ10 supplements to fill any nutrient gaps. Nature Made offers CoQ10 as well as Fish Oil Adult Gummies as a tasty addition to your usual sources of CoQ10 & EPA and DHA omega-3s. Look for these Nature Made products at your favorite retailer!

1. Kris-Etherton PM, Harris WS, Appel LJ. Fish Consumption, fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease. Circulation 2002;106:2747-57.