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Vitamins, Nutrients Help Prevent Heart Disease

Posted Apr 22 2010 7:34pm

Vitamins are impoortant, but the foods that contain those vitamins are more important, because there are hundreds of nutrients in the whole food and they're all important. Maybe not equally, but they all work together to provide more benefit than any one individual vitamin can provide on its own.  For those who don't eat enough whole food fruits and vegetables, you may want to consider adding a whole food nutritional supplement.

Recently, a study about Vitamins show that "consuming a diet rich in foods containing vitamin B could curb heart disease. Folate and vitamin B-6 may lower the chances of heart disease deaths and fatal stroke in women, and reduce the chances of developing heart failure in men.

Homocysteine, an amino acid that naturally occurs in the body is associated with increased heart disease risk from atherosclerosis that has gained recognition in the past decade. Research suggests that folate and vitamin B-6 might lower homocysteine levels in the body and prevent blockages from atherosclerosis that can lead to heart disease.

Scientists have not been certain of the role of homocysteine for promoting heart disease, but the protein precursor might damage the lining of the arteries, causing blood clots that can lead to heart attack. Vitamin B from foods could prevent blood vessel damage, in turn lowering heart disease risk." read more...

Comments: It may be true that certain vitamins can help lower homocysteine levels, but the collective effort of the nutrients from the whole food may be better than any one individual vitamin or group of vitamins.  Eating a healthy diet is the best way to fend off sickness and disease.

Conclusion: Lower homocysteine levels seem to be associated with a decrease in the likelihood of sickness and disease.

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