Atrial Fibrillation and Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional medicine is a great way towards ammeliating Atrial Fibrillation. It is not only that our diet may be lacking in essential nutrients but that in a state of illness we may need higher doses than those without a medical condition. With diets of fast foods, fast lifestyles and stressful work environments it is no wonder we need nutritional supplements.
Potassium is a major player in atrial fibrillation. Low potassium levels can give symptoms of muscle weakness, unexplained exhaustion, mental fatigue and emotional instability, high blood pressure and heart palpitations.
Magnesium is very important as well and helps control your potassium levels. Symptoms of low magnesium include muscle cramp, twitches, chest tightness or unable to take a full breath, insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, high blood pressure and angina.
Together potassium and magnesium are very important to the electrical system of the heart.
Fish oils are always reputed to have a beneficial effect for afib because of the omega-3 fatty acids but recent studies indicate mercury toxicity in dark fish (which includes salmon) which may contribute to attacks. It may be better to use flax and krill oil.
Dr Hoffer saw atrial fibrillation as a stress disorder. He was a very successful psychiatrist and orthomolecular (nutritional) doctor. He used folic acid in combination with niacin to treat atrial fibrillation in six of his patients. He also used the orthomolecular diet as part of the treatment ie. no sugar, no junk.
Another way of looking at your needs is to knock down other symptoms by considering the atrial fibrillation as secondary. If you were run down, stressed, sleepless before your diagnosis consider taking supplements to improve those conditions and see how much that helps your afib.

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