The systems of your body don't function alone, but rather in a very complex, interconnected web. So if you think your gut and your heart seem remote, think again - by boosting your intake of gut-friendly probiotics, you can also improve heart problems like congestive heart failure, high cholesterol and many more!
For years, doctors have been recommending probiotic foods and supplements to heart patients. Now, science is demonstrating more important benefits that support this. Here are seven heart problems that probiotics improve...
Congestive heart failure, high cholesterol and other heart problems probiotics can help with
#1: Congestive heart failure
One study that looked at 20 patients with congestive heart failure found that those treated with S. boulardii-
containing supplements had better improvements in heart function and a reduction in inflammatory markers and cholesterol, compared with those treated with placebos.
#2: High cholesterol
A body of research shows that one of the benefits of a healthy gut is lower blood cholesterol. One recent analysis of published data found important support for this claim and many doctors say they’ve seen similar improvements in patients they’ve treated.
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. Studies are highlighting the role of the GI tract in neural pathways to the brain, impacting psychological state and mood. Preliminary research show improved mood in subjects given probiotics.
#4: Low vitamin D levels
By upping your intake of probiotics, you’ll improve your gut health and, in turn, increase your vitamins levels in your serum (the component that is neither a blood cell nor a clotting factor, but rather the blood plasma including fibrinogens), which is proven to be essential in heart function.
#5: Blood pressure
One analysis of nine studies found that subjects who took probiotics had a greater reduction in blood pressure
compared with those who took a placebo. This was particularly true when subjects continued the probiotic therapy over an eight-week period with heavier doses.
#6: Diabetes mellitus
Although more research is needed on probiotics and diabetes
mellitus, lower measures of inflammation and improved glucose control are linked to patients with diabetes
who take probiotics.
Excess weight is a major risk factor for hypertension and heart disease
. Early work suggests that probiotics aid in weight loss
and make weight management more successful.
The dated truth that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach may be prophetic! If you aren’t already eating probiotic-rich foods like yoghurt, kefir and kimchi or taking a daily probiotic supplement, start today – it will cut your risk of congestive heart disease
, high cholesterol and other heart problem