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Brain vs. Heart Health

Answered on February 24, 2017
Created January 14, 2017 at 4:01 PM

I noticed that when I eat fatty red meat it helps with my focus and concentration (which I really need), but then I have inflammatory responses elsewhere in my body and have heavyness/pain in my chest, especially at night.  I want to continue to eat fatty red meat because of the brain benefits but am worried about heart health.  Is this a vitamin or mineral deficiency?  Anything I can do to get the best of both?

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on February 24, 2017
at 10:52 PM

There are some things you can do to protect your heart if you're worried about the cardiotoxic effects of red meat. You might consider:

  • Cutting way back on sodium
  • Supplementing potassium (or getting combined sodium/potassium salt)
  • Eating lots of blueberries
  • Cacao and dark chocolate have a vasodilatory effect that can lower blood pressure and be cardioprotective

Are you sure the heaviness at night is caused by the red meat? Could it be that because you think red meat is bad for your heart, it mights you anxious at night, giving you heart palpitations? 

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