Certain nutrients and supplements can work preventive wonders for your heart, including:
- Multivitamins: Your multivitamin is chock-full of heart-healthy micronutrients, such as magnesium, calcium and vitamin D.
- Folate: This B vitamin lowers homocysteine to healthy levels. Since folate from food is only partially absorbed by your body, take a 400-mcg folic acid supplement. Make sure you're getting enough B6 and B12, too, because folate can mask a deficiency in these.
- Niacin: This drug appears to decrease the production of triglycerides in the body, which might be the mechanism that allows the body to decrease LDL levels. (Check with your doctor before taking a large dose.)