In our third installment of synergistic nutrients, folate and vitamin B6 share the spotlight. Alone, these two vitamins have valuable properties, but together they offer substantial heart health benefits. They work together to lower homocysteine levels, especially when combined with vitamin B12. High homocysteine levels have been linked to heart disease, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and even osteoporosis. Data from the Nurses’s Health Study determined that higher intakes of both folate and vitamin B6, above the current recommended dietary allowances, were associated with lower incidences of heart disease and breast cancer.
To get this combo in your diet, follow Popeye’s lead. Spinach! This leafy green contains both folate and vitamin B6, offering great homocysteine lowering effects. Avocado also has both vitamins and if you toss it into a salad, you are getting a very heart healthy meal. Not an avocado fan, but still want the benefits? Homocysteine Calm combines the nutrients needed to lower homocysteine levels and provide support for a healthy heart.
If you are one of millions of Americans who have had their gallbladder removed, then you are probably experiencing some unpleasant side effects when you eat certain foods. Fats in particular become very difficult to digest. In the past, the solution has been to avoid fats altogether. The problem with that is that fats are important, and without them skin issues, vision and eye problems, fatty tumors, bruising, and many other problems occur.
The gallbladder plays a key role in digestion of fats. Here’s how: bile acids are produced from cholesterol in your liver and then flow into your gallbladder, where they are stored until any fat you have eaten moves into the small intestine. The gallbladder then releases the bile to emulsify the fat – making it easier to absorb. However, if your gallbladder is removed, there is no storage place for bile, and so there may not be enough bile when needed. The failure of your body to release bile when needed decreases your body’s ability to properly digest fat and eventually leads to defiencies in fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids, as well as some of issues listed above.
To avoid these issues, it is important to supplement with bile salts. Bile salts, when taken with meals, will aid in digestion and assimilation of fats, and take some pressure off the liver. Continue reading “What To Do After Gallbladder Removal”