Sudden Heart Attack: This May Save Your Life
The sad news of the passing of Soprano star, James Gandolfini, (better known as Tony Soprano) presents a case of sudden death from heart failure.
The news reported that the 51 year old James Gandolfini had eaten back-to-back orders of fried prawns accompanied with mayonnaise chili sauce during a 7pm meal, just hours before he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Was there a connection to his last meal and his sudden death?
I believe there was.
For decades scientists have known that a single high-fat meal causes short-term enhancement of platelet activity. In other words the high fat meal makes the blood eager to clot.
Now for functional medicine practitioners, we understand that we are NOT talking about good fats like coconut oil, avocados, nuts, etc.
What may in fact be a lethal combination for high risk cardiovascular individuals include fried foods, high consumptions of polyunsaturated foods (corn, cottonseed, safflower oils) and all hydrogenated oils and transfats.
Since most of us are not perfect and we like to indulge periodically, functional medicine doctors recommend the following nutrients that can inhibit or turn off this postprandial platelet hyperactivity. They include: vitamin E (mixed tocopherol-tocotrienol combination), arginine, magnesium, taurine and acetyl L-carnitine .
These nutrients have been reported to turn off this exaggerated clotting response triggered by a high fat meal that leads to a massive heart attack.
So after a night on the town and the occasional treat of eating a high (bad) fat meal, functional medicine practitioners recommend you take the above nutrients to “decrease” this cardiovascular risk.
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