EACH YEAR in the
United States, heart
disease causes one in
four deaths, which is
according to the U.S.
Centers for Disease
(CoQ10), a fat-soluble compound produced naturally in the body, supports
heart function. Some medications, like
certain statin drugs, can decrease
CoQ10 levels; therefore, supplementa-tion can be an important tool in maintaining healthy CoQ10 levels.
Based on a broad survey and ranking
of top recommended health products
by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with Pharmacy Times, Nature
Made is the No. 1 pharmacist-recom-mended brand of CoQ10. Offered in
both a 200 mg and 400 mg supplement
to help people meet their various
Nature Made CoQ10
independently verified for quality and
purity through the
nearly 200 years of
experience in setting public standards for medicines
and, more recently,
CoQ10 200 mg softgels are available in
a 140-count container (Item #864024) in the warehouses
and on Costco.com; the 400 mg softgels
(Item #537240) are available in a
60-count container in a limited number
of warehouses and on Costco.com.
Costco offers these easy-to-swallow
supplements at a substantial value
compared with other retailers.
AVOIDING HEART DISEASE
HEART DISEASE is the leading cause of
death in the United States, according to
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
the facts can help save your life.
According to the CDC, approximately ;; percent of all Americans have
at least one of three major risk factors
for developing heart disease: high blood
pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. Several other medical conditions
and lifestyle choices, including diabetes, being overweight or obese, a poor
diet, physical inactivity and excessive
alcohol use, can cause people to have a
higher risk of heart disease.
The most common type of heart
disease is coronary artery disease,
which occurs when a substance called
plaque builds up in the arteries in the
heart. This narrows the arteries and
reduces blood flow to the heart, which
can cause a heart attack.
Fortunately, heart disease can be
prevented by making healthy lifestyle
choices. Healthy lifestyle choices include
getting regular exercise, maintaining a
healthy weight and eating a healthy diet.
The American Heart Association (AHA;
heart.org) recommends eating a variety
of nutritious foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless chicken and fish, nuts,
beans and non-tropical vegetable oils.
Although getting adequate nutrition
through food is best, supplements can
help meet your nutritional needs if you
are deficient in certain areas.
The AHA recommends that patients
with heart disease consume ; gram of
omega-; fatty acids (present in fish) per
day. Because it is difficult to consume this
amount through diet alone, a fish oil supplement may be needed.
High-fiber foods may also help. They
can make you feel full on fewer calories and
help with weight loss. Soluble fiber, such as
psyllium, may reduce cholesterol levels in
people with mild to moderately high cholesterol when used in combination with a
low-fat diet. The AHA recommends consuming ;; grams of dietary fiber per day;
psyllium in doses of ;; to ;; grams per day
can be taken to supplement the diet.
Costco offers high-quality nutritional
supplements to help you meet your nutritional needs. Ask your health care provider if supplements, in combination with
a healthy diet and exercise, may help
reduce your risk of heart disease.
Costco also provides Healthy Heart
screenings, which include a written risk
assessment, a blood pressure measurement and a finger-stick cholesterol panel.
The screenings are free and are offered at
Costco pharmacies throughout the country. To find a screening in your area, go to
Costco.com and search “health fairs.”
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COSTCO PHARMACY, CLICK ON THE “PHARMACY” LINK
AT COSTCO.COM OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL COSTCO PHARMACIST.