Today, you get a cholesterol test to determine your risk of a heart attack or stroke, but tomorrow you’ll be more worried about your trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) levels.
Why? It turns out that people with the highest levels of TMAO in their blood streams have 2.5 times the risk of a heart attack compared to those with the lowest levels. (According to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.)
TMAO is a metabolite derived from gut bacteria – found in red meat, egg yolks and full-fat dairy products. It’s a compelling test for predicting future risk for heart attacks, strokes, and deaths . . . . even for people with no symptoms and look healthy.
Basically, the higher the level of TMAO in your blood stream means you’re more likely to accumulate cholesterol in your artery walls.
This isn’t good news for red meat lovers as researchers are now figuring out why red meat isn’t good for you. Ugh.