When it comes to natural heart health, there are things you can control and things you can’t. Probably the biggest thing you can’t control is heredity. Over the past few decades, medical science has found many genetic factors that contribute to heart disease. While you may not have control over your genetics, you can tip the scales in your favor with your lifestyle. Want to know one simple change you can make that could make a big difference? Take natural dietary supplements B-Vitamins.
In a study* conducted in 2010 at Osaka University, Japan and published in the journal Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers found that the B-Vitamins B-6 and Folate may reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease for women and the risk of heart failure in men. Vitamin B-12 did not appear to have this protective effect.
While a direct causal relationship between B-6, Folate and lowered risk of heart disease cannot be unequivocally established, there are very compelling reasons to believe that these results are not from mere chance. The scientists who conducted this study believe that B-6 and Folate may protect against cardiovascular disease by reducing levels of an amino acid called homocysteine. Homocysteine, is believed to be a significant cause of artery clogging that leads to atherosclerosis. Vitamin B-6 and Folate help break down homocysteine in the body and prevent its damaging effects.
Talk to your health care provider about incorporating these important vitamins into your supplement regimen.
What supplments do you take to keep your heart healthy?