Q&A: Supplements for Better Breathing

Q:   My husband has congestive heart failure. While he’s getting excellent care from his physicians, I’m wondering if there are any supplements you could recommend that would improve his breathing.

A: The single most useful supplement for congestive heart failure is coenzyme Q-10. Many cardiologists are aware of this, but because it’s not yet FDA-approved are reluctant to recommend it. The dose is 100 mg, three times a day. Other supplements useful for congestive heart failure include magnesium (400 mg, twice a day), and carnitine (500 mg, three times a day).

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