While gut health and heart disease may seem unrelated at first glance, it turns out that the friendly bacteria living in our intestines may offer more benefits to our health than we ever imagined.
Over the last several decades, the research investigating the role that infection plays in heart disease has been mounting. Studies have found:
An association between common systemic infections and heart disease (1)(2)(3)
An association between gut infection and heart disease (4)(5)
Isn't dietary cholesterol the real cause of heart disease?
Even though cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, the jury is still out as to what exactly causes heart disease. (6) Popular opinion will tell us that the obvious cause for heart disease is a diet that is high cholesterol and in saturated fats.
But what happens when we look at traditional diets that were free of modern, processed conveniences? We find whole foods that are rich in both cholesterol and saturated fats. We also find no incidence of heart disease. (7)(8)