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Iron Deficiency May Raise Heart Disease Risk

In good news of the day, British researchers report that iron may have a protective effect against heart disease, according to Medical News Today. Scientists are excited that the findings may offer a simple preventive approach to heart disease and even second heart attacks through iron supplements if patients are found to have low iron levels.

It’s uplifting to learn that scientists are researching more natural ways of looking at heart disease beyond drugs that come with unwanted and sometimes crippling side effects. This is especially important because we have an epidemic of heart disease in this country and conventional treatments, such as the use of statins and surgeries involving artery bypasses and stents, not only have side effects, but typically do not work well.

The truth is that the top six factors that predict your heart attack risk include exercise, diet, smoking status, body fat percentage, alcohol intake and time spent sitting in front of your TV. Conversely, five lifestyle changes that could prevent 80 percent of heart attacks include maintaining a healthy diet, being physically active, having a healthy waist circumference, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking.

You can protect your heart health further by eliminating grains and sugars in your diet, consuming a good portion of your food raw, making sure you get plenty of high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats such as krill oil, replacing harmful vegetable oils and trans fats with healthy fats such as olive oil, butter, avocado, organic pastured eggs and coconut oil, and including fermented foods in your daily diet. Fermented foods not only will optimize your intestinal microflora, which will boost your overall immunity, but will also introduce beneficial bacteria into your mouth. Poor oral health is another powerful indicator of increased heart disease risk.
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