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Overlooked Nutrients for the Heart

From eNewsletter 10/11/2021

DID YOU KNOW that there are a million reasons why it is good to stay hydrated, but would you believe preventing heart failure is one of them? A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2021, suggests that maintaining good hydration can prevent or at least slow down the changes within the heart that lead to heart failure. Recommendations of daily fluid intake vary from 56 ounces to 74 ounces for women and 70 to 106 ounces for men. However, many people do not come close to meeting even the lower ends of these ranges. Serum sodium is a good indicator of hydration status: when you drink less fluid, the concentration of serum sodium increases. Your body then attempts to conserve water, activating processes known to contribute to the development of heart failure..

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B-Vites and Heart Health

Steve and Bonnie: When you think of the benefits of B-vitamins, do your thoughts first go to heart health? Probably not, but they should, given the bevy of research recently. Among other things, this research confirms what we have known for a while: knowing your genetic predisposition for utilizing B-vitamins, especially ones that make the methylation cycle function, is critical. Homocysteine, a protein that when elevated long-term is associated with cardiac and neurological disorders, is inextricably linked to B-vitamins and the methylation cycle. An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found elevated homocysteine was related to vitamin B12 and/or folate deficiency in 55% of subjects with cardiovascular disorders, and genetic mutations in one or more genes associated with absorption of these B-vitamins was pervasive. 60% of these patients received a supplement to treat homocysteine and saw a significant decrease in levels. Another study from the same journal states that severely high homocysteine in children with inborn errors of vitamin B12 metabolism was associated with arteriosclerosis later in life. Based on this and other evidence, using the correct source of B vitamins (vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and/or folate) in patients with or at risk for CVD would reduce a primary or secondary occurrence. A third study from the same journal found that while not a B-vitamin, but works in conjunction with vitamin B-6, B-12, folate, and riboflavin, S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) had a significantly positive effect on coronary artery disease mortality when plasma SAM levels were optimal. Again, we can look at SAM function from our Pure Genomics report and if needed, supplement with SAMe. The takeaway here is to add homocysteine to your blood screening every few years, especially if you have genetic mutations for B-vitamins or SAM of the methylation cycle. You can find out about those genetic mutations in our Pure Genomics screening.