Heart disease risk affected by gut bacteria
Your healthy antioxidant-producing microbe bugs may keep atherosclerotic plaques in place so eat up your fresh fruits and vegetables!
We know that one of the signs of heart disease is a large protruding gut, or a ‘beer belly’ as some call them… More research now shows the incredible influence that the gut bacteria play in the health of your heart.
I have long spoken about this, about the link between diet and heart health, gut health and the blood, and what you eat and how long you will live. This new science confirms this from another perspective – the effect of the gut microbes on keeping your arteries clean.
This new research suggests that different mixes of intestinal microbes may determine heart attack or stroke risk. The realisation came when compared with healthy people; heart disease/strokes/atherosclerosis patients carry fewer microbes that make anti-inflammatory compounds. Even more interesting is these patients also have more inflammation-triggering molecules bacteria!
A healthy body with good bacteria has a much better ability to target and wipe out the dangerous plaque that builds up inside blood vessels, stiffening and narrowing the vessels, blocking the flow of blood to the heart or brain, therefore causing a heart attack or stroke.
So the people with heart problems are making more bad bacteria that lead to inflammation and less good bacteria that produce antioxidant-inflammation-fighting responses!
Hence, this is another explanation as to why heart patients get such radical and powerful results when switching to a plant-based wholefood diet and making positive lifestyle changes.
Study by F.H. Karlsson et al “Symptomatic atherosclerosis is associated with an altered gut metagenome” as published on December 4, 2012 in Nature Communications. Also studies by T. Hesman Saey “Gut bacteria come in three flavors” as published in Science News, Vol. 179, May 21, 2011, p. 14., and “Gut microbes may foster heart disease” as published in Science News Online, April 7, 2011.