Gut Bacteria May Improve Heart Health – WNKY 40 News

By | November 10, 2020

Nnew study out of Oregon State University suggests the heart risk associated with eating red meat could be reduced significantly by something you already have in your gut. KGW’s Keely Chalmers reports.

(NBC News) — If you eat red meat, you’ve probably heard the warnings from your doctor: fatty steak could be increasing your risk for heart disease. Now, a new study out of Oregon State University suggests that risk could be reduced significantly by something you already have in your gut.

“I think these applications are incredibly important,” says OSU microbiologist Veronika Kivenson, the study’s lead author. She stumbled on this finding, sort of by accident. but quickly realized she was on to something big.

“If these observations prove to be true, it could have helpful effects for human health because when meat products are consumed, this harmful link to heart disease can be interrupted,” she explains.

Kivenson discovered that people who ate red meat but did not suffer any heart health issues had more of a certain bacteria, called bilophila, in their gut than those who did suffer problems.

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