Heart disease linked to anger and homocysteine
As the classic saying goes “Calm down or you’ll have a heart attack”.
“Many studies have shown hostility and anger expression to be potent risk factors for coronary heart disease, but this study is the first to suggest this potential explanation for why they are linked to CHD”
Catherine Stoney, study coauthor.
- High levels of homocysteine lead to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
- The foods that are richest in homocysteine are meats and animal proteins.
- The compounds that break down homocysteine are mainly folates and B-vitamins, both of which are high in plant-based foods such as green leafy vegetables, hence the name ‘foliage’ (folate-rich).
- The American Heart Association (AHA), recommends eating a balanced ‘high-plant’ diet - rich in vegetables, whole grains, fresh fruits and tomatoes.
Study by Ohio State University researchers, as released July 2013, has found that men and women who experience more feeling of anger and hostility than usual also have higher blood levels of an amino acid called homocysteine. The researchers examined blood samples from 31 unmedicated, healthy men and 33 women. As reported on July 22, 2013 by privatemdlabs.com.