The Beauty of Heart-Healthy Supplements

Boost Your Immune Function and Prevent Fatigue A Cardiologist's Daily Regimen of 3 Essential Supplements

A cardiologist takes 3 daily supplements to prevent fatigue and boost immune function.

person holding supplement capsules and a glass of water

Image: Person holds three supplement capsules in one hand, and a glass of water in the other. (Source: Elena Noviello/Getty Images)

If you’re a fashion lover with a heart of gold, you’ll be delighted to dive into the world of heart-healthy supplements! Dr. Danielle Belardo, a cardiologist based in Los Angeles, has spent her career unraveling the secrets to a healthier life. Not only does she enlighten her patients, but she also hosts a captivating podcast that debunks wellness trends. And let’s be honest, we all want to know the truth about supplements. So, let’s take a fashionable stroll through the three supplements Dr. Belardo adorns herself with daily.

The Trendy Trio

  1. Folic Acid: Ah, the synthetic form of folate, or as we like to call it, the red carpet for cell health. Belardo recommends folic acid to all women of child-bearing age. She takes a fabulous multivitamin packed with folic acid every day, ensuring her glamourous glow transcends generations. After all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises women to consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. And with about half of the US pregnancies unplanned (oopsie!), this superstar supplement works its magic in preventing major birth defects. So, ladies, let’s be proactive and introduce folic acid into our daily beauty routine!

  2. Vitamin B12: Move over, red-blooded divas, because B12 is about to steal the show. As a vegan, Belardo knows the heart-healthy perks of a plant-based diet. However, this vitamin, responsible for the formation of red blood cells and DNA, is a bit camera-shy when it comes to plant foods. Vegans and vegetarians may experience a pins and needles sensation in their hands and feet, and extreme fatigue due to a B12 deficiency. While fortified foods lend a helping hand, sustaining the necessary 2.4 micrograms of B12 daily requires meticulous planning. Belardo’s fashion-forward advice? “Anyone exclusively plant-based should embrace the power of B12 supplements to be red-carpet ready at all times!”

  3. Vitamin D: Just like a fashion-forward ensemble, Belardo effortlessly drapes herself in the elegance of vitamin D. This superstar supplement enhances calcium absorption, fights inflammation, prevents muscle cramps, and boosts immune function. But here’s the twist: our vegan friends face a styling challenge since vitamin D is predominantly found in animal products. And let’s not forget our environment and genes, darlings. They too can play a role in our vitamin D deficiency dilemma. Sun exposure might amp up the D levels, but we can’t indulge in endless rays, as the American Academy of Dermatology cautions against the perils of skin cancer. So, to play it safe, Belardo adorns herself with vitamin D supplements because, darling, avoiding sunburn is always in fashion.

Image: Vitamin B12 supplement container (Source: Getty Images)

Image: Vitacost vitamin D (Source: Vitacost)

The Catwalk to Health

Before you rush to the supplement aisle, our fashionista doctor kindly reminds us to consult our fab physicians. Remember, supplements are like accessories, darlings—they should complement our individual health needs. Medical professionals answer the call for specific supplements, targeting our unique deficiencies. So, if you find yourself with a deficiency, you’ve got a case for investigation. Embrace the beauty of harmony between fashion and wellness!

So, my dear fashionistas, prepare to stride through life with confidence and a captivating blend of heart-healthy supplements. Folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin D are the trendiest trio on the market. But always remember to consult your doctor before starting any new regimen. Now go forth and conquer the runway of life, dazzling the world with your heart, health, and impeccable style! 💕