Tuesday, May 15, 2012

These two amino acids can restore your heart rhythm...

More than 850,000 people are hospitalized each year for heart arrhythmias. An arrhythmia is an term used for an irregular rate or rhythm of the heart. A weak or damaged heart may cause or even make an arrhythmia worse and they can be caused from a number of different factors including post-surgical healing, change in heart muscle such as after a heart attack, coronary artery disease, and even electrolyte imbalances in the blood. Arrythmias can range from harmless to serious enough to require surgical insertion of a pacemaker depending on the severity and type of irregularity.
The George Eby Research Center in Texas began looking for nutrient deficiencies that may be causing the arrhythmias such as premature atrial contraction (PAC), premature ventricular contractions (PVC), atrial fibrulation, and sinus rhythm pauses. Both types of premature contractions are often found in healthy older adults which causes the heart to beat before the next heartbeat and thus out of synchronization. Sinuses pauses occur when the sinus node of the heart pauses instead of signaling the heart to contract. This condition can result in pacemaker insertion when the pauses are long.

In their research, they found that taurine and L-arginine were often deficient in individuals suffering from these conditions. Taurine regulates levels of potassium, sodium, and calcium in the blood and tissues, excitability of the myocardium, and protects against free radical damage. L-arginine is a nitric oxide precursor and has an ability to restore normal sinus rhythm. Normal body production of these nutrients declines with age so if you're not getting the required amounts in your diet you may be deficient.

Researchers found that supplementation of 10 to 20 grams of taurine reduced PAC by 50% and prevented all PVC. For those with arrhythmias that didn't respond, an additional 4 to 6 grams of L-arginine was added and resulted in normal cardiac rhythm in those with the remaining PAC and sinus pauses. With continued treatment this normal cardiac rhythm was also maintained.

The first preliminary study also found that niacin deficiency can result in single atrial fibrilations and that supplementation twice a day of 500mg of niacin totally stopped the fibrillation. Here's a link to the preliminary study. Want more information? Read the new and improved full study here.

Here's a link to check out foods high in taurine, L-arginine, and niacin:
Arginine http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000089000000000000000.html
Niacin (B3) http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000110000000000000000.html
Taurine http://www.livestrong.com/article/157099-what-foods-contain-taurine/

You don't have to rely on prescription pills or even surgery to treat heart arrythmias! Many of these prescription medications have harmful side effects and can cause further health risks when used long term. Look into alternative and natural solutions for treatment. Many natural health care offices are able to order the tests necessary to determine if you're deficient in these essential nutrients.