Are Gut Bacteria Linked to Heart Failure and Heart Disease?

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Alright, are gut bacteria linked to heart failure and heart disease. It sure looks that way. There's is by-product of gut bacteria called TMAO. That has been connected to heart disease, heart attacks, stroke and premature death, and now it's been found to play a role in increasing the likelihood of dying from heart failure.

The level of TMAO increases with the consumption of red meat, egg yolks and liver. They all contain L-carnitine which is what is broken down. So what about this supplement L-carnitine? Good question, I'm really not sure what to do about that. I've told my patients not to take it because I really don't know what happens in the gut with the supplement.

Better to be safe than sorry. .