We’re all worried sick these days… sometimes literally as the stress and anxiety of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic gives everyone that sinking feeling in the chest and stomach.
But there’s one feeling you NEVER want to ignore or write off as just stress. And that’s when your heart goes off-kilter, racing along like a spooked horse.
That irregular gallop can be a sign of atrial fibrillation, America’s leading heartbeat disorder. And it’s a major cause of stroke and heart failure.
Now, new research reveals a simple way to slash your risk.
And when I say simple, I REALLY mean it. In fact, it’s almost effortless.
Because you can achieve this incredible benefit with one easy tweak to your meals.
Use PROTEIN POWER to cut your heart risk
To help protect your heart against an irregular heartbeat, eat a little more protein.
You don’t need to stock up on fancy protein powders, bars, or shakes to reduce your atrial fibrillation risk. And bulk-buying fresh meats isn’t necessary either. You just need to beat the guidelines.
Protein guidelines are currently set at a measly 51 grams per day. That’s just under 2 ounces for someone who weighs 140 pounds.
It’s FAR too low for older Americans, and the new study proves it. Older women who are at or below those guidelines have the HIGHEST risk of atrial fibrillation.
But women who BEAT those guidelines have a LOWER risk. And the researchers say that holds true even after they adjust for other major risk factors.
Boosting your protein intake to somewhere between 2 and 2.5 ounces a day can cut your risk of atrial fibrillation by up to a healthy eight percent, according to the new study.
Lower your atrial fibrillation risk
I know eight percent may not seem like much on the surface. But let’s face it, ANY drop in heart risk should be welcomed. And that’s especially true when you can get it without drugs or making any major changes.
And given how EASY it is to get this atrial fibrillation lowering benefit, there’s no reason not to eat more protein and enjoy just a little more peace of mind when it comes to your heart.
While this study was on older women, there’s every reason to believe men will see that same drop in atrial fibrillation risk.
And for men and women alike, extra protein can help protect your muscles against the weakness and even “wasting” that often strikes in your senior years (including sarcopenia).
Just be sure to stick to healthy forms of protein. That includes eggs, fish, and poultry, which will all give you a protein boost along with a shot of other benefits, including essential minerals, vital vitamins, and more.