Follow plant-based diets for better heart health

Reducing animal product intake and following a primarily plant-based diet can decrease the risk of heart disease, say, researchers, adding that it”s because plant-based food minimizes the negative effects of a gut-microbiome associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

The body’s gut microbiota is comprised of a series of microbes that play an important role in our metabolism, nutrient absorption, energy levels, and immune response.

A gut-microbiota related metabolite known as trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) is produced when gut bacteria digest nutrients commonly found in animal products such as red meat. It has been connected to increased heart attack and coronary heart disease (CHD) risk.

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