Heart failure protection on a plant-based wholefood diet

Scientists have discovered “chemicals found in everyday fruits could minimise organ damage after heart attack and stroke”. 

“We have used simple chemicals found in everyday fruits like apples and grapes, which had never been suspected as being therapeutically useful before. Amazingly, these chemicals worked very well”
Dr Michael Murphy from the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, November 2014.

Damage to organs after a heart attack or stroke is caused by a build-up of a natural chemical called ‘succinate’ whenever blood flow is restricted. 

When the blood flow resumes, this excess succinate interacts with the blood and oxygen rushing back into the oxygen-starved tissues. This can then cause the release of dangerous molecules which clash with the muscle cells, causing lasting damage.

Long term, this destruction can ultimately lead to heart failure. 

The scientists have discovered that ‘malonate esters’ stop the blood build-up of succinate and the damage to the organs and muscle cells.

Where can we find these natural heart-protecting malonate esters? In a plant-based wholefood diet of course as they occur naturally in fruits such as strawberries, grapes and apples! 

An apple a day keeps the heart failure away eh…? 

“There are currently no drugs routinely used that block this cause of damage. But our research shows that simple, cheap chemicals [malonate esters from strawberries, grapes and apples] could significantly improve the outcome of patients suffering a heart attack or stroke”
Dr Thomas Krieg, Clinical Pharmacology Unit at the University of Cambridge, November 2014. 

Study by scientists at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Mitochondrial Biology Unit, MRC Cancer Unit and the University of Cambridge, as funded by the British Heart Foundation, MRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Gates Cambridge Trust, and published in Nature on November 6, 2014.

Posted: Sunday 30 November 2014