How Your Heart Gets Fat
Friday, June 05, 2009
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
Your heart, like any muscle, should not be marbled with fat. Unfortunately, this is a common problem that can eventually lead to heart failure. A new study1 explains exactly how this happens.
In normal health the primary source of fuel for your heart is fatty acids, not sugar. As people gain weight their hearts have to work harder to pump blood, oxygen, and nutrition. The new study shows that this increase in metabolic demand may be too much for the basic fatty acid burning system of energy production. This results in an adverse change wherein the heart now burns sugar as a primary fuel. Unfortunately, the side effect is that genes are turned on that cause fat accumulation in the heart itself – leading to an unhealthy heart and increasing the likelihood for eventual heart failure.
In addition to losing weight, nutrients like acetyl-l-carnitine and coenzyme Enzyme in its most active form that assists with biochemical transport and is considered an active constituent. Q10 are extremely helpful in assisting your heart to burn fatty acids correctly for energy production.
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