Top 5 Nutrients for Heart Health

From the Show: CLEAN Food Network
Summary: According to Dr. Steven Masley, we can prevent 90 percent of heart disease with just diet and lifestyle changes.
Air Date: 5/9/16
Duration: 10 Minutes
Guest Bio: Steven Masley, MD
Steven-MasleySteven Masley, M.D., is a physician, nutritionist, author, speaker, and award-winning patient educator. He has devoted his medical career to the study of heart disease and aging, and has published significant research on these subjects in leading medical journals. His passion is empowering people to achieve optimal health through comprehensive medical assessments and lifestyle changes.

Dr. Masley has received the award of Fellow from three prestigious organizations: the American Heart Association, the American College of Nutrition, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, and he teaches programs at Eckerd College. Dr. Masley sees patients from across North America at the Masley Optimal Health Center in St Petersburg, FL. 

Dr. Masley has published several health books, SMART FAT, The 30 Day Heart Tune-Up, Ten Years Younger, and numerous scientific articles. His work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the Today Show, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), plus over 250 media interviews. He also completed a chef internship at the Four Seasons Restaurant in Seattle and has performed cooking demonstrations at Canyon Ranch, Pritikin Longevity Center, and on multiple television appearances.
  • Book Title: Smart Fat
  • Guest Twitter Account: @stevenmasley
Top 5 Nutrients for Heart Health
Heart disease is the number-one killer of both men and women, despite the advancements in medical science. 

The paradigm has shifted on what actually causes heart disease; it's not the "saturated fats" of the past.

In fact, according to Dr. Steven Masley, we can prevent 90 percent of heart disease with just diet and lifestyle changes. 

What are Dr. Masley's top nutrients for reducing the risk of heart disease?

Magnesium. Approximately 70-80 percent of Americans are deficient in this mineral. You should be getting at least 400 mg every day, through a combination of diet (leafy greens, seed, nuts, beans) and supplementation. Avoid magnesium oxide.  

Vitamin D. Most Americans are deficient. Aim for 2000 IU every day. 

Vitamin K. Kale and broccoli are terrific sources. Shoot for 500 mg (one cup per day). 

Potassium. Beans, yogurt, and seafood/wild fish are good food sources.

Fiber. Try to get your fiber via vegetables, beans, fruits and nuts. You can also incorporate ground chia or flax seeds. And, if you can't get enough fiber through food sources, don't be afraid to enlist the help of a fiber supplement.

Dr. Masley joins host Lisa Davis to explain why these nutrients help stave off heart disease.