401 – The Synergy of Omega-3, Vit. D3 and Vit. K2

These nutrients support cardiovascular health and more!

Health is created when all the pieces fit together.

In this interview, Jolie Root discusses the synergy of omega-3, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 for cardiovascular support.

Omega-3s are found in fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines. Since many of us don’t eat a lot of fish in our diet, a supplement can be a great option. Omega-3s support heart, brain, vision, joint, mood, immune, and skin health.

Vitamin D3 is an important nutrient linked to many health benefits, including bone, teeth, muscle, and immune health. It’s a vitamin we can get through food and the sun, but many are still deficient due to changing seasons, sun protection, and skin tone.

Vitamin K2 as MK-7 plays an important role in binding calcium to the bone matrix. It also supports healthy blood clotting and cardiovascular system health. Many of us do not get enough MK-7 through diet alone, since the best food sources are organ meats and fermented soybean products.

As always, Jolie discusses the importance of healthy diet and lifestyle as the foundations of good health. Consider the following recommendations as a start.

12 Tips for a Healthy, Strong Heart

  1. Don’t smoke – One of the main risk factors with heart disease is smoking. If you smoke, think about quitting.
  2. Alcohol in moderation – The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends if you drink alcohol, it should be in moderation.
  3. Decrease saturated fats and salt – the United States Department of Agriculture (UDSA) recommends keeping saturated fat intake (found in fast foods, convenience foods, meats, dairy, etc.) to no more than 7% of daily calories. Also, excess salt / sodium from commercially processed and prepared foods can negatively impact our health.
  4. Add more of these into your diet – The Mayo Clinic states that a diet rich in soluble fiber can help lower our level of LDL or “bad cholesterol.” Add in omega-3-rich fish (salmon, tuna, sardines)into your diet at least twice a week as suggested by the AHA. Add in some dark chocolate (70% or higher) – in moderation. It contains heart-healthy flavonoids.
  5. Drink up – The AHA suggests drinking 1-3 cups of green tea per day for optimal heart health.
  6. Heart healthy supplements – Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that promotes cardiovascular health. CoQ10 is another important antioxidant and fat-soluble vitamin that our bodies produce, and it is highly concentrated in our heart muscle. Omega-3s are also beneficial for supporting heart health. Vitamin D plays an important role in heart health and healthy calcium transport. Vitamin K supports healthy cardiovascular function and promotes healthy blood flow. Magnesium is a mineral that promotes relaxation and heart health. (Note: for those who may be on heart medications, check with your practitioner before you introduce new nutritional supplements into your diet.) 
  7. Be active and maintain a healthy weight – Exercise is essential for good heart health.
  8. Keep stress in check – Yoga can relax and relieve stress and can have positive effects on heart health. Walking in nature, listening to music, doodling, journaling, and more can also provide a break during the day and be beneficial for stress relief and mental health.
  9. Adopt a pet – Pets keep us company, provide unconditional love, and help lower stress levels.
  10. Keep a positive attitude and LAUGH – According to the AHA, research suggests laughing can support heart health… laughter really is some of the best medicine.
  11. Brush and floss – Research suggests the bacteria that causes gum disease can also raise risk of heart disease.
  12. Regular check-ups with your practitioner – Keep on top of your levels and labs. Read more at CarlsonLabs.com

Carlson Omega-3 plus D3 and K2

Omega-3 + D & K provides omega-3s, vitamin D3, and vitamin K2 as MK-7.
  • Promotes cardiovascular, bone, and immune health
  • 1,430 mg of omega-3s, including EPA and DHA
  • 2,000 IU (50 mcg) of D3 and 90 mcg of K2 as MK-7
  • Wild caught and sustainably sourced | Natural lemon flavor
  • Freshness, potency, and purity guaranteed

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Personal Note: I love Carlson’s liquid fish oils. I have used only their fish oil for nearly 2 decades. I recommend it to everyone. No fish smell, no fish taste and no fish burbs. This is a clean oil with a hint of lemon. You can easily get the dose you want, from half a teaspoon to a tablespoon. While there are many good fish oil products, Carlson is in a class by itself. Try their liquid. You will be glad you did.

Jolie Root

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Jolie Root

Jolie Root is the Senior Nutritionist/Educator at Carlson Laboratories. She began as a natural products retailer who evolved into a career in education in the health sciences. She is a nutritionist and a nurse. She understands both the science and the practical application of good nutrition for health. Jolie hosts a weekly radio show called Food for Thought heard Fridays at 10 am on AM 1490 WGCH in Connecticut and New York.

Carlson Laboratories

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Carlson Labs produces pure, quality, award-winning vitamins, minerals, fish oils, and other nutritional supplements. The company began with a single vitamin E product in Founder Susan Carlson’s small Chicago apartment and quickly grew to offer the most complete line of all-natural vitamin E supplements in the world.

Today, the next generation of Carlson Labs leads the company—daughters Carilyn Anderson and Kirsten Carlson—and the innovations continue. Carlson Labs now offers more than 200 unique products designed with your family’s unique nutritional needs in mind. ​

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