A randomized controlled trial of magnesium added to other care concluded that magnesium can help enhance the conversion of a patient to proper sinus rhythm after an incident of arrhythmia, (Davey and Teubner, 2004). Recommended amount of magnesium is up to 500 mg daily. (Bauman, Ph.D. & Friedlander, TN, 2015)
Food sources of magnesium: Dark leafy greens, kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, walnuts, flaxseeds, brewers yeast, and buckwheat. (Bauman, Ph.D. & Friedlander, TN, 2015), (Murray, Pizzorno, & Pizzorno, 2005).
Potassium is extremely important for cardiovascular health. Several websites discussing AFib recommend additional supplementation, suggesting that deficiencies in potassium can contribute to an AFib incident. It was proposed that potassium helps prevent AFib by prolonging the refractory period (resting state between beats). Adequate amounts may need to be obtained from the diet, because potassium supplements are limited to 99 mg. by law. (Bauman, 2014). Higher doses must be by prescription from your doctor.
Food sources of potassium: White beans, dark leafy greens, avocado, asparagus, carrot, baked potato (with skin), sweet potato (with skin), apricots, tomato, banana, and flounder, (Murray, Pizzorno, & Pizzorno, 2005).
Synergistic foods, herbs and supplements
L-Arginine is a nitric oxide precursor, which helps restore sinus rhythm. Nitric oxide is considered one of the most important chemicals for cardiovascular health. (Sinatra, 2017). Arginine works best in combination with taurine. (Bauman, Ph.D. & Friedlander, TN, 2015).
Taurine can calm the sympathetic nervous system. Research by Eby and Halcomb suggests that AFib could be caused by deficiencies in taurine and l-arginine. (Eby & Halcomb, 2006).
Hawthorne is anti-arrhythmic, and a vasodilator – which enhances the release of nitric oxide. It is tonifying and has no side effects in recommended doses.
Coenzyme Q10 is part of the energy production system of the body where it aids in production of cellular energy. When there is a deficiency, it can cripple the heart and is often recommended by physicians for cardiovascular problems.
Vitamin D (D3) should be maintained at optimal levels in the serum (50-80 ng/mL), as deficiencies are associated with many forms of cardiovascular disease. D3 (cholecalciferol) is the preferred form of vitamin D.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. There is evidence linking inflammation to AFib. (Guo, Lip, & Apostolakis, 2012).