Gut bacteria may reduce heart disease risk

Good gut bacteria can reduce heart disease risk a benefit that has remained unrecognized until now.
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Good bacteria from eating certain foods could positively interact with bad bacteria and ultimately reduce heart disease risk.*

“It seems the good bacteria can be the result of eating lean poultry, eggs, tofu nuts and seeds which are part of a heart healthy diet,”

Jesse Slome, director of the American Association of Critical Illness Insurance

Gut bacteria heart disease risk; July 9, 2020 Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered that one of the good bacteria found in the human gut has a benefit. That benefit which has remained unrecognized until now is the potential to reduce an individual’s risk for heart disease

The good bacteria’s interaction inside the intestines reduces production of a chemical that has been linked to the development of clogged arteries.

The scientists in Ohio traced the bacteria’s behavior to a family of proteins. They noted that these could explain other ways that good gut organisms can contribute to human health. In essence, they note in a report published by Science News, these microbes compete with bad bacteria for access to the same nutrients in the gut. If the good bacteria win, they may prevent health problems that can result from how the body metabolizes food.

The scientists see potential for this microbe, Eubacterium limosum, to be used for therapeutic purposes in the future. Previous research has already shown the bacterium is “good” because it calms inflammation in the gut.

“Over the last decade, it has become apparent that bacteria in the human gut influence our health in many ways. The organism we studied affects health by preventing a problematic compound from becoming a worse one,” said Joseph Krzycki, professor of microbiology at Ohio State and senior author of the study. “It’s too soon to say whether this bacterium could have therapeutic value. But that’s what we’re working toward.” Krzycki said finding this one significant health benefit in one species of gut bacteria suggests there is still a lot to learn about how gut bacteria can influence health outcomes associated with human metabolism.

One heart attack every 40 seconds, one stroke every 40 seconds

Gut bacteria heart disease risk: “It seems the good bacteria can be the result of eating lean poultry, eggs, tofu nuts and seeds which are part of a heart healthy diet,” says Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Critical Illness Insurance. ”Heart attacks are a real risk for men and women and while many will survive, the same can’t be said for their finances following a heart attack. That’s why planning for the financial consequences of a critical illness is so important for all men and women starting at age 40.”

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