EDTA – Ethelene-Diamine-Tetra-Acetic Acid
EDTA may, through a process called chelation (chemically binding and removing various toxic metals and minerals), support healthy blood flow. Although the biochemical mechanisms involved in chelation are complex, it can be understood simply as supporting the removal of undesirable calcium and other minerals and by doing so it may support heart health.
Lycopene is a bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment and phytochemical found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons, and papayas. As a powerful antioxidant, lycopene helps neutralize harmful free radicals. It is highly touted for its ability to support a healthy heart.
Ginkgo biloba’s antioxidant bioflavonoids may help support healthy blood and a normal blood flow.
Found naturally in foods like fish, poultry, and dairy, L-carnitine is an amino acid that performs a variety of functions in the body. Having a well-rounded, healthy diet can help ensure that the body is able to create enough L-carnitine, however some people can have trouble making and storing it which is why supplementing can be beneficial.
One of the functions of L-carnitine in the body is to attach to fat molecules and shuttle them into the mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell that turn nutrients into energy. Once inside the mitochondria, fat is combined with oxygen to produce ATP, or energy, which is used by the muscles like the heart to move and contract. After L-carnitine drops off the fat in the mitochondria it attaches to toxic by-products that are produced during the energy creation process and removes them, helping to ensure that the cells stay healthy.
The heart muscle uses fat as one form of energy. While this is fine if the heart is young and healthy, it can be problematic if the arteries and vessels have been narrowed by age, poor diet choices, lack of exercise, or genetics. Supplementing with L-carnitine may help the body too effectively and efficiently shuttle fat into the heart muscle’s mitochondria to be turned into energy, rather than having it potentially sit in the arteries. L-carnitine also helps to take unwanted toxic by-products out of the heart cells, aiding in supporting heart cell’s health.
Folic Acid is a water-soluble B-vitamin that is essential for a variety of things including blood health, spinal and nervous system health in developing infants, and cardiovascular health.
As the body breaks down proteins to be used, a harmful by-product called homocysteine is created. If homocysteine builds up in the body it can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular issues. One way that the body naturally clears out high levels of homocysteine is through a chemical reaction with folate.
Magnesium, the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, is essential for optimal cardiovascular health. It is involved in the reactions that create energy for the heart, help regulate blood pressure, and it also plays an important role in the contraction and relaxation of the heart muscle.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (aka bad cholesterol). Plus, high blood levels of vitamin C are associated with lower total and LDL cholesterol.
Reference: McRae M. Vitamin C supplementation lowers serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides: a meta-analysis of 13 randomized control trials. J Chiropr Med. 2008;7(2):48-58. doi: 10.1016/j.jcme.2008.01.002.
Niacin is a water-soluble B vitamin that has a variety of jobs in the body, where one of them may be to help the body naturally promote healthy levels of HDL cholesterol (aka good cholesterol).