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Treat the Heart With the Gut

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  • Your gut bacteria can transform choline (found in meat and eggs) and other dietary nutrients into trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO)
  • TMAO is thought to encourage fatty plaque deposits to form within arteries (atherosclerosis), and therefore, the more TMAO you have in your blood the greater your risk of heart disease might be
  • By targeting gut microbes, mice produced less TMAO even when fed a choline-rich diet; they also had fewer signs of atherosclerosis

By Dr. Mercola

It's becoming relatively common knowledge that your health is not just about your body, but rather is the result of its symbiotic relationship with 100 trillion bacteria and other microorganisms.


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