Thursday, June 10, 2010

B Good to Your Heart

As a hard-training bodybuilder, you bust it out consistently in the gym, set after set, rep after rep, because you want outstanding health and, most importantly, muscle. New muscle. Lots of new muscle.

But while training stresses your muscles and makes them grow, it also stresses your heart. While bodybuilders have taken B vitamins for years because of their known anabolic properties and muscle-building effects, a recently concluded 14-year-long Japanese study of 23,119 men and 35,611 women found that taking a combination of folate and B6 can significantly prevent heart disease. Scientists found that the higher the folate and B6, the lower the risk that men had of dying from heart failure, and the lower the risk that women had of stroke, heart disease and all cardiovascular system diseases. The study didn’t establish precise dosages and measured intake from food sources.

So here’s your FUSION FACTOID: This study is the first of its kind to show that, taken in combination, B6 and folate work to keep your heart healthy and strong. While coenzyme Q10 has traditionally been used to keep the cardiovascular system healthy, we bodybuilders now have another weapon in our arsenal to keep our cardiovascular systems strong and healthy for years to come, not to mention another reason to buy the prime AAA beef that fuels insane muscle growth!

Source: Cui R, Iso H, Date C, Kikuchi S, Tamakoshi A; Japan Collaborative Cohort Study Group. Dietary folate and vitamin b6 and B12 intake in relation to mortality from cardiovascular diseases: Japan collaborative cohort study. Stroke. 2010 Jun;41(6):1285-9. Epub 2010 Apr 15.

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