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How to Eat Your Way to a Healthier Heart

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  • Your cardiac muscles need a constant supply of certain nutrients and their cofactors to operate properly, including B vitamins, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), magnesium, vitamin K2, vitamin D and animal-based omega-3
  • For heart health, eat a varied diet of whole foods. Research suggests a Mediterranean-style diet may be more helpful than statin drugs; switching to the Paleo diet for at least eight weeks can also benefit your heart
  • Antioxidant polyphenols are important for heart health. Higher intakes of fruit-based flavonoids (citrus and fruits/berries with a blue, red or dark purple hue) decreased the risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke in men

By Dr. Mercola

Your cardiac muscles are rather specialized. While similar to your skeletal muscles in that they're striated, their functionality more closely resembles your smooth muscles, as the continuous contraction of your heart is involuntary.

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