You already know that exercise and eating right are two VERY important things you’ve got to do to give your heart some lovin’.
But there’s something else you should be doing that you probably don’t know about. Let me explain…
There’s a “silent threat” to your heart’s health that goes unnoticed by most people.
It’s surprising, but you really don’t hear too much about this in the mainstream media (I’m not sure why).
What’s more, numerous studies link high levels of this one thing to a much greater chance of heart attack — even if you’re already eating right AND exercising.
I’m talking about homocysteine.
Homocysteine is a naturally-occurring, simple amino acid. However, when there’s too much in your blood stream, it can damage and irritate the lining of your arterial walls.
This means plaque has a heck of a lot easier time “sticking” to your arteries… and makes them stiff and narrow.
And the link between homocysteine and heart attack is quite alarming.
For example, in one study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers looked at
homocysteine and it’s impact on heart health.
They found that people with high levels of this amino acid were FOUR times more likely to suffer a heart attack!
Another study conducted in Norway found similar results.
Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, this study followed men with heart disease for a six-year period.
Here’s what they found:
Men with high levels of homocysteine suffered the highest number of heart attacks… and those with higher levels had lowerchances of surviving.
Not fun. So what can you do on a regular basis to protect your heart?
Well, the good news is it’s pretty easy. There are cheap, safe and natural supplements you can take daily that keep homocysteine under control — and lower it, if your levels are too high:
Folic Acid—You can find this at any grocery or health food store.
Vitamin B12— Again, this is one you can find at your local grocery store… sometimes sold as a “B complex” that also includes folic acid.
TMG (Trimethylglycine) — You might have to get this one at your neighbourhood health store. TMG helps “flush” homocysteine out of your bloodstream.
Also, homocysteine levels can be easily measured with a simple (and usually inexpensive) blood test. Ask your doctor.
So remember — exercise, eat healthy, and watch out for homocysteine to keep your heart healthy and happy!
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