Did you know that maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut also protects your heart?
Posted on Thu, 28 Sep 2017
Anybody who conducts a quick search of today’s headline grabbing health conscience movements will inevitably find a recurring theme. Finding themselves consistently at, or near, the top of the hottest topics short lists are probiotics. Our fascination with these well being promoting bacteria over the past decade has allowed us to understand the many-sided health positive effects that they may play in our everyday lives, further lending weight to Hippocrates centuries old adage: “all disease begins in the gut”.
Disruptions to the natural bacterial community are common and can cause some reversible changes in the overall makeup of the gut community. Prolonged disturbances, such as frequent antibiotic use or a poor diet, can produce more lasting changes, many of which are harmful to the body as a whole.
It is very likely that you are already aware of some of the benefits that probiotics might play, you might even have yogurts and other fermented foods as a constant diet staple to help your gut be at the top of its game. What you might be less aware of is how state of the art heart health research is being lifted by the rising tide of probiotics study.
Cardiovascular disease and the risk of developing it is associated with, among other things, inflammation and one of the major sources of inflammation happens to be the gut. It is with this thought in mind that leading research believes; help the gut to help the heart.
With many new studies having convincingly shown that a form of fat, triglycerides, is directly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, there have been welcome news in the way of research showing that certain strains of probiotics support the cardiovascular system by regulating the production and breakdown of cholesterol particles, as well as supporting healthy blood pressure and circulation.
In a recent conversation with the American Heart Association News, London Ontario’s own Dr. Gregor Reid, director of the Canadian Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotic Research at Lawson Health Research Institute in London, said that while people are still trying to get “their head around how something in the gut can affect the heart”, novel research is providing the connections for “these concepts [to] gain traction”. Recent probiotics focused studies on digestion, immunity, and brain health have allowed us to glimpse the potential power of a healthy gut and we now hope to see this extended to heart health.
KGK Science Inc. in London, offering expert assistance through human clinical trials since 1997, is currently conducting a clinical study to evaluate a probiotic supplement that addresses a form of fat related to heart health. KGK’s clinical trials are conducted under the direction of a Medical Director and Principal Investigator. All studies are reviewed by an independent ethics review board, Health Canada and follow Good Clinical Practice. We are currently looking for participants who would be interested in being a part of this exciting new research.
All records relating to your identity and study participation are confidential as per the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Each study has its own guidelines – eligibility criteria. To ensure the strongest results, researchers want study participants to be alike in key ways. Examples of eligibility criteria for a treatment trial might be age, gender, and/ or your previous medical history.
To participate in KGK Science’s clinical research on a potentially heart health aiding probiotic you must be male or female between the ages of 30-60. Additional information will be determined upon telephone screening. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for you to join this clinical trial, other than your travel expenses to and from the clinic site. Parking at One London Place will be validated, and participants will be compensated up to $500 for their time.