Lesser Known Nutrients for Heart Health

by | May 2, 2014 | Functional Medicine, Healthy Living, Nutrition Info

Here is a list of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin-like compounds, etc) that play lesser known yet important roles in managing inflammation-particulary in regards to heart health. This list is not all inclusive but it will hopefully reinforce the list of foods and variety that you already know are heart healthy and anti-inflammatory.

These fourteen nutrients for heart health are also important for other functions in your body. However, these little guys play a big part in fighting unwanted inflammation.

Nutrient Food Source Supplement Recommendation
Vitamin C Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Citrus, Kiwi, Parsley, Peas, Peppers, Strawberries, Tomatoes Dietary sources first; Supplement if deficiency
Vitamin E Wheat Germ, Eggs, Nuts, Seeds, Cold-Pressed Vegetable Oils, Dark Leafy Greens, Sweet Potato, Avocado, Asparagus Dietary sources first; Supplement if deficiency
Lipoic Acid Spinach, Broccoli, Beef, Some Organ Meats Some Research Shows Small Benefits from Supplementation
Vitamin D Sunlight, Dairy, Egg Yolks, Sardines, Liver, Fish Research Proves Benefits from Supplementation
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Pork, Organ Meats, Whole Grain, Enriched Cereal, Brown Rice, Wheat Germ, Blackstrap Molasses Dietary Sources First; Supplement if deficiency
Vitamin B6 Poultry, Tuna, Salmon, Shrimp, Beef Liver, Lentils, Seeds, Nuts, Avocado, Banana, Carrot, Bran, What Germ Dietary Sources First; Some benefit for depression and fatigue
VitaminB12 Fish, Meat, Poultry, Eggs, Dairy Dietary Sources First; Benefit for fatigue, brain health and anemia
Folate Fortified Grains, Tomato Juice, Green Vegetables, Beans Dietary Sources First; Benefit during pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, fatigue
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Almonds, Organ Meats, Whole grains, Wheat Germ, Mushrooms, Soy, Dairy, Eggs, Green Vegetables Dietary Sources First
Selenium Wheat Germ, Liver, Butter, Cold Water Fish, Shellfish, Garlic, Whole Grains, Brazil Nuts Dietary Sources First; Supplement if Deficiency
Choline Egg Yolk, Liver, Soybeans, Beef, Milk Dietary Sources First
Carnitine Red Meat, Dairy, Fish, Poultry, Tempeh, Wheat, Asparagus, Avocado, Peanut Butter Research Recommends supplementation in CHF and some other cardiovascular diseases
CoQ10 Oily Fish, Organ Meats, Whole Grains Research Recommends supplementation in CHF and some other cardiovascular diseases
Cysteine & Glutathione Meats, Ricotta, Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Wheat Germ, Granola, Oat Flakes Dietary Sources First; Supplement if deficiency