Top 5 Nutrients for Heart Health
May 9, 2016•9 min
According to Dr. Steven Masley, we can prevent 90 percent of heart disease with just diet and lifestyle changes.Heart disease is the number-one killer of both men and women, despite the advancements in medical science. The paradigm has shifted on what actually causes heart disease; it's not the "saturated fats" of the past.In fact, according to Dr. Steven Masley, we can prevent 90 percent of heart disease with just diet and lifestyle changes. What are Dr. Masley's top nutrients for reducing the risk of heart disease?Magnesium. Approximately 70-80 percent of Americans are deficient in this mineral. You should be getting at least 400 mg every day, through a combination of diet (leafy greens, seed, nuts, beans) and supplementation. Avoid magnesium oxide. Vitamin D. Most Americans are deficient. Aim for 2000 IU every day. Vitamin K. Kale and broccoli are terrific sources. Shoot for 500 mg (one cup per day). Potassium. Beans, yogurt, and seafood/wild fish are good food sources.Fiber. Try to get your fiber via vegetables, beans, fruits and nuts. You can also incorporate ground chia or flax seeds. And, if you can't get enough fiber through food sources, don't be afraid to enlist the help of a fiber supplement.Dr. Masley joins host Lisa Davis to explain why these nutrients help stave off heart disease.