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Nighttime Aspirin Best to Avoid Heart Disease

You may have heard how aspirin can help prevent the possibility of a heart attack, or that chewing aspirin when a heart attack strikes will lessen the harmful effects of the attack. But is it true? Will an aspirin a day keep a heart attack away? Possibly—but your odds of improvement are better if you take the aspirin at night right before you go to bed, according to new research. Let’s take a look . . .

Research Results
The findings, presented at the American Society of Hypertension annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, revealed that taking one aspirin at night lowered blood pressure levels in hypertensive people, but it didn’t lower the pressure of people who took the aspirin in the morning instead.

Pre-hypertension—an early warning sign of cardiovascular and heart disease—is defined as having a blood pressure reading that is below the 140/90 range but above the healthy range of 120/80.

Could you be hypertensive? Have your doctor or a nurse take your blood pressure to be sure. In the meantime, protect your cardiovascular health with these natural supplements:

Fiber: Fiber pills and powders can help keep blood pressure within a normal range.

Omega-3’s: Omega-3 supplements have several protective benefits for people at risk for developing cardiovascular disease and those who have already been diagnosed—including the lowering of high blood pressure, decreasing the risk of arrhythmias, and inhibiting the buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Magnesium: This mineral helps to restore the healthy functioning of blood vessels. Magnesium also helps patients with heart disease exercise longer and recover more quickly.

Potassium: Optimal levels of this mineral aid in the transmission of electrical impulses in the heart that regulate the heartbeat.

Coenzyme Q-10: This beneficial supplement that significantly reduced systolic and diastolic pressure in a 12-week Australian study.

Thiamine (Vitamin B1): Thiamine assists the cells with the conversion of carbohydrates into energy and ensures that the muscles and nervous systems are all functioning properly. Deficiencies can result in congestive heart failure.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties block the damage than can be caused by free-radicals, byproducts than can accelerate the aging process and make us more likely to develop heart disease.

Vitamin E: In a study out of Cambridge University, Vitamin E reduced the risk of both fatal and non-fatal heart attacks by 47 percent and non-fatal heart attacks by 77 percent.

So, will an aspirin a day keep a heart attack away? Possibly—and your odds of improvement are better if you take the aspirin at night right before you go to bed.

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