Coleus contains forskolin, a substance that may help dilate blood vessels and improve the forcefulness with which the heart pumps blood.
In preliminary research, the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was significantly higher in patients with congestive heart failure than in patients without it.
Potassium can be beneficial for heart patients, but talk to your doctor first. Several drugs for CHF may cause potassium retention, making extra potassium dangerous.
0.9 mg daily per pound of body weight with a doctors supervision. CoQ10 enhances the production of energy in the heart muscle and has been reported to help people with CHF, sometimes dramatically.
300 to 500 mg four times per day with a doctors supervision. Berberine has been shown to significantly improve heart function and exercise capacity and reduce the frequency of arrhythmias in people with congestive heart failure.
5.6 to 15 grams per day with a doctors supervision. The body needs arginine to make nitric oxide, which increases blood flow. This process is impaired in people with CHF. It also has been shown to improve kidney function in people with CHF.
2 grams three times per day with a doctors supervision. Taurine, an amino acid, helps increase the force and effectiveness of heart muscle contractions.
300 mg daily with a doctors supervision. Supplementing with this essential mineral can prevent a deficiency that can lead to heart arrhythmias.
500 mg two to three times per day with a doctors supervision. Supplementing with L-carnitine can improve heart function and exercise capacity and reduce heart muscle damage due to insufficient oxygen.
80 to 300 mg of standardized herbal extract two to three times per day with a doctors supervision. Antioxidant hawthorn appears to reduce symptoms and improve exercise capacity by increasing blood flow to the heart and the strength of heart contractions, and reducing resistance to blood flow in the extremities.
850 to 882 mg per day. In a double-blind study of people with chronic heart failure, a combination of EPA and DHA for four years resulted in a small but statistically significant protection against death or hospitalization for cardiovascular reasons.