Best supplements for the heart: Two supplements shown to boost your heart health

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Best supplements for the heart: Two supplements shown to boost your heart health

If your arteries become clogged up, the heart is starved of oxygen, and this can trigger a heart attack, so shunning foods high in saturated fat is a key protective measure.

In addition to shunning known offenders, increasing your intake of certain supplements has been shown to boost heart health.

According to Dr Sarah Brewer, medical director of Healthspan recommends the following two supplements:

Glucosamine

Glucosamine is naturally made in the body from glucose, a sugar, and an amino acid called glutamine.

As Dr Brewer explains, glucosamine is known to reduce inflammation, which is why so many people find it helpful for their joints.

Heart disease is also associated with a low-grade inflammation of the arteries, which may explain why a growing number of studies suggest that glucosamine has beneficial effects on the heart, too, she says.

As Dr Brewer reports, the first indication came when researchers from the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle looked at supplement usage in over 77,700 people aged 50 and over.

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