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How to reduce TMAO in your body?

Reduce foods that is high in L-carnitine, choline and choline-containing compounds.

These are:

  • full-fat dairy products
  • egg yolk
  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • processed and unprocessed red meat
  • energy drinks and supplements that contain choline, lecithin (a choline-containing compound) and L-carnitine. 

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Role in heart health
  • In a study of 1500 people, we observed the gut microbiome may have a role in our heart health. 
  • Certain species of microbes contributed to the elevated levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and triglycerides. 
  • Other species of microbes seemed to be unhealthy by producing trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO). 
  • TMAO is a chemical contributing to blocked arteries causing heart attacks or stroke. 
  • TMAO production is increased when we eat foods high in choline and L-carnitine – in other words red meat and other animal-based products. 
  • Lactobacilli bacteria, found in fermented foods, may reduce cholesterol. 

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