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Can
taking
vitamins
help
prevent
heart
disease
ora
heart
attack?
It’s uncertain whether taking vitamins
can reduce your risk of developing
heart disease or having a heart attack.
However, no matter what type of
vitamins you take, vitamins won’t
prevent the development of heart
disease if you don’t control your other
risk factors, such as poor diet, lack
of physical activity, smoking, high
cholesterol and diabetes.
Some researchers think that certain
vitamins, such as vitamins C and E, may
reduce your heart disease risk. These
vitamins may help prevent low-density
lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol
from producing plaques that can narrow
your heart’s arteries. The evidence for
this beneft is limited, and the American
Heart Association doesn’t recommend
taking vitamin C and E supplements as
a way to prevent heart disease.
Another vitamin that might improve
your heart health is vitamin D. There’s
some evidence that vitamin D improves
the health of your blood vessels, but
nothing conclusive yet. Talk to your
doctor if you’re concerned about your
vitamin D level.
Vitamins can be an option
for some people, especially
if you’re not getting enough
nutrition from your diet.
However, most generally
healthy people don’t need to
take a daily vitamin because
they get all the nutrients
they need from their food. If
you’re concerned about your
nutrition and diet, talk with
your doctor about whether
taking a daily vitamin might
be a good option for you.
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