Probiotics for Heart Health? This Cardiologist says “Yes”
The heart and the gut may not seem to have that much in common, yet they are closely connected.
A common culprit of heart problems is leaky gut syndrome.
Leaky gut leads to “leaky heart”. We define leaky heart as an abnormal heart condition resulting from leaky gut syndrome.
This is why probiotics are imperative to heart health and why we have our cardiovascular patients on a cardiovascular probiotic daily.
A healthy gut leads to a healthy heart.
How does leaky gut syndrome cause leaky heart?
The gut lining should be impermeable, meaning nothing can pass through it into the rest of the body. However, due to regular exposure to toxins, infection and a poor diet, among other factors, barrier damage occurs.
The result is that things leak from the gut into the body where they aren’t supposed to be. When this occurs, undigested food particles, harmful bacteria and even toxins can leak out of the intestines and into the blood causing tissue damage.
The body will classify the particles that leak out as a foreign invader and mount an autoimmune response, in which it will generate autoantibodies against itself. This results in chronic, systemic inflammation in the body.
This inflammation is the root cause of leaky heart, or heart problems. The ongoing autoimmune-generated inflammation damages heart vessels, increases blood pressure and contributes to heart rhythm disorders like Atrial Fibrillation.
Essentially, the heart muscle is attacked by the immune system and as a result Atrial Fibrillation and cardiovascular condition results. We see this all the time in the office.
Leaky gut is associated with a high number of pathogenic bacteria and a low number of beneficial types. It is also associated with the presence of these harmful bacteria products in circulation, thereby increasing risk for pathogenic bacteria to build up in vessel walls and contribute to atherosclerosis, heart blockages and chronic heart failure.
There are several intestinal diseases associated with an increased risk for coronary heart disease1. The health of the gut is important for heart health because it determines the quantity of nutrient uptake, the level of inflammation and the regulation of the immune system.
Furthermore, a novel new observational study of 617 middle-aged women found that poor microbial diversity in the gut was linked to arterial hardening2, a well-known risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease. The results suggested that probiotics and a good diet could be the way to reduce Cardiovascular Disease2.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are beneficial microbes that upon ingestion confer health benefits. Probiotics can have one strain (or type) of microbe or many. Usually probiotics will contain bacteria such as lactobacillus or bifidobacteria. However, not all probiotics are the same and each strain confers different health benefits. This is why it is important to get a probiotic with the right types and amounts of bacteria. Certain strains are better than others at protecting your heart.
How do probiotics help heart health?
Probiotics play a role in restoring gut health, which can improve heart health. Research has also shown that probiotics can have specific health-promoting effects on the heart such as lowering cholesterol, reducing blood pressure and normalizing lipid levels. Additionally, probiotics can decrease inflammation, which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular conditions.
Probiotics are needed to change gut ecology. When you take a probiotic, the good bacteria go into your gut and push the bad, inflammatory bugs out. Additionally, probiotics have been shown to decrease gut permeability (AKA heal leaky gut) and ward off pathogenic bacteria (root cause of leaky gut).
Probiotics also help with the synthesis of vitamins like vitamin K2 in the gut. K2 is a heart-protective vitamin that can help to reverse calcification of arteries by putting calcium back where it belongs in the bones and teeth. Probiotics also aid in detoxification of chemicals and toxins, both of which are irritants to heart muscle.
Top heart-health benefits of probiotics:
- Lower inflammation3
- Reduce LDL and total cholesterol4
- Improve ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol4
- Decrease fibrinogen, protein involved in clotting4
- Lower blood pressure5
- Decrease triglycerides6
- Prevent atherosclerosis1
Which probiotic do I take for my heart?
While there are many probiotics out there it should be noted that not all probiotics are the same and not all of them benefit the heart.
We’ve developed our own probiotic called, CardioBiotic. It has ten unique bacterial strains to power a healthy heart (and more).
We have all of our patients on it daily.
Even if you don’t have cardiovascular issues, it is an all-around protective supplement to boost immunity, lower inflammation and protect against Cardiovascular Disease.
Take 1 capsule per day, with or without food.