Berberine is a compound that is extracted from several different plants; including Goldenseal, as well as a plant called Berberis. It has a long history of usage in Chinese medicine, and numerous studies have found benefits of Berberine for heart health.
For example, one study found Berberine to help upregulate the LDL receptor cell sites in the liver. This helps the body break down excess cholesterol and excrete it. It’s also been found to have a positive impact on supporting healthy triglyceride levels as well as in weight management (5,6).
Monacolin K is an active compound naturally found in red yeast rice. It has also been used in Chinese medicine for many years, due to its cholesterol supporting effects. Monacolin K is chemically identical to the active ingredient in the widely used cholesterol-lowering medication called lovastatin (7).
Studies have found it to help support LDL cholesterol levels as well as C-reactive protein levels; a marker of inflammation in the body (8).
One thing to note is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that it is illegal to sell red yeast rice that contains more than trace amounts Monacolin K.
This is due to the fact that it can cause the same types of side effects and drug interactions as statin drugs. There are also concerns regarding contamination.
CoQ10 is a popular supplement used for energy, also has a positive impact on our heart health. CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) is an antioxidant nutrient naturally found in our body. It helps generate energy in the body and supports mitochondrial function. Although our bodies produce it naturally, our levels of CoQ10 decline with age (9).
Research has found that statin drugs can decrease the level of CoQ10 in our bodies, so supplementation may be beneficial for anyone taking a statin drug (10).
Additionally, studies have found CoQ10 to be beneficial for those looking to support a healthy heart and may also help support normal blood pressure levels (11,12).
Fish oil is one of the most commonly consumed supplements, and for good reason. It’s rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are beneficial for our heart. When looking for a Fish Oil supplement, make sure it contains both EPA and DHA Fatty Acids.
Studies have found that Omega-3 Fatty Acids are beneficial for supporting overall heart health and function (13,14,15).
In addition, our brain is made up of 60% fat, and incorporating Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been shown to support a positive mood, which can also support heart health (16,17).
Autumn Enloe is a registered dietitian in Minnesota. She has a private practice where she focuses on helping women take care of themselves through proper nutrition, supplement and lifestyle adjustments. She provides remote nutrition coaching and frequently posts free nutrition content and recipes at her website:www.autumnenloe.com. In her free time she enjoys chasing around her toddler, laughing with her husband, creating recipes in the kitchen, and practicing yoga.