Weight loss. A healthy immune system. Improved mental wellness.
There aren’t many areas of health where researchers haven’t harnessed the power of probiotics. That’s why we weren’t surprised to hear that heart specialists began encouraging patients to add probiotics to their heart-healthy regimen. While looking to the gut for enhanced heart health wasn’t exactly revolutionary given that obesity is one of the biggest causes for heart disease, channeling the microbes that comprise it is a huge leap in the medical prevention and treatment of this condition.
Microbiome Unlocks Previous Medical Mystery
Heart disease is one of the biggest threats to the health of Americans. It wasn’t until the discovery of heart disease-causing bacteria that an emphasis was placed on balancing the microbes that comprise the gut. As a result, gut bacteria has made its debut in the spotlight.
This mix of deciding gut bacteria is called the microbiome. And what doctors like Chauncey Crandall, M.D. have realized is that not all microbiomes are created equally. In fact, an amounting body of research indicates that a healthy balance of gut bacteria is essential to staying heart healthy.
“By keeping high levels of beneficial bacteria thriving in the intestines, researchers theorize that heart-disease-causing microbes can be kept at bay,” reported a Newsmax article.
This comes as a pivotal development because heart disease is often traditionally associated with easily identifiable risk factors like obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol and blood pressure. However, thinking about the less obvious risks like an imbalance of gut bacteria is a game-changer.
The same Newsmax article elaborates, saying “The Cleveland Clinic research found certain stomach bacteria turn lecithin – a nutrient in egg yolks, liver, beef, pork, and wheat germ – into an artery-clogging compound called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO.).”
In addition to limiting your consumption of artery-clogging perpetrators , taking a multi-strain probiotic may preemptively help combat existing buildup of unfriendly gut bacteria linked to heart disease.