Our intestinal flora contributes to many important bodily processes. Among other things, the gut flora plays a role in the synthesis of vitamins. Vitamin B12, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and vitamin K are formed by our gut bacteria. Vitamins are important for many metabolic processes in the body. Vitamin B12 is important for cell division and growth. Thiamine is essential for neural processes, from the nervous system to the formation of neurotransmitters. Riboflavin plays an important role in antioxidant cell protection. Pyridoxine is key to metabolism, being responsible for more than 100 enzymatic reactions. Vitamin K is important for blood clotting. Most gut flora vitamins, especially B-vitamins, are so-called coenzymes. This means vitamins that are interdependent, as some B vitamins need others to be converted into their coenzymated form. For that reason, it's always best, therapeutically, to take a Vitamin-B complex.
Atherosclerosis is a condition where fats (lipids) are deposited in the arteries. The consequences are vascular damage, inflammation and, in the end, the thickening and hardening of the artery walls. The space inside the arteries (the vessel lumen) narrows and blockages can occur in the affected vessels.
What can you do to prevent atherosclerosis?
First of all, you should make sure to eat a healthy and balanced diet, with a reduced cholesterol intake and a high proportion of complex carbohydrates and plenty of fibre. You should also take regular exercise.
Which vitamins are good for atherosclerosis?
Epidemiological studies show that vitamin C and E have a protective effect on the vascular system. Folic acid, vitamin B12, B6 and B1 also have a positive effect.
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