August 26, 2016

Foods That May Prevent Atrial Fibrillation

Last time, we mentioned the Micronutrient Information Center of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Here’s some additional information from there related to cardiac arrhythmias:

“Walnuts are especially rich in alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid with a number of cardioprotective effects, including the prevention of cardiac arrhythmias that may lead to sudden cardiac death.”

So, walnuts can help prevent cardiac arrhythmias. Wow!

Other good sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) are flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, canola oil, mustard oil, soybean oil, and tofu.

If you’re not familiar with flaxseed, check out my flaxseed article.

If you have atrial fibrillation, it might be worth considering adding these foods to your diet.

Do these foods help with your afib?

Comments

  1. Prayer works I too have afib it has been 4 years now.
    And I’m barely learning to eat the right foods.
    And I do take natural herbs and vitamins and working with a naturopathic doctor. Most afib friends have told me to have my thyroids checked out. Some of these friends believe their afib has stopped. Since they had their thyroids checked out. So I will do that pretty soon. So I will pray for all those here suffering from afib I am a firm believer in prayer. I now have much compassion for those suffering from afib. It can be a scary thing this I know for sure where the heart is concerned. So be at peace and know GOD is with you.

    • Brenna Lara says:

      Thank you for sharing your afib story, Rosemary. You may be interested in joining our patient discussion forum (http://forum.stopafib.org/index.php) to connect with other patients who collectively have a great amount of knowledge and experience. You may want to post your story and questions there, and you may also learn a lot from others who have already shared their experience. I hope that you are able to find others to connect with there that can give you advice, suggestions, and hope. There are many resources on living with afib that you might find helpful. Best of luck to you! We wish you sinus rhythm.

  2. I’ve had constant a-fib for the past 7 or 8 years, but it’s the type that’s tolerable. Recently I’d been feeling stressed so I started going to a sport massage therapist. He introduced me to Genie Rub professional massage units. So I purchased one and I use here at home regularly with the extremity accessory attachment. I swear EVERY home should have one of these units! I had read massage therapy lowers stress and can be good for the heart. Who couldn’t use less stress which tends to kill people?? So anyway, I recently discovered another small miracle called ground flaxseed. I discovered it by accident. I had purchased a bag of ground flaxseed a couple of weeks ago, heard flaxseed was good for the heart, but I never opened it to try it. I almost threw the bag out having lost interest till the other night when my refrigerator had been empty except for the bag of flaxseed! I’m single, you know the story. So being hungry at the time I said what the heck. I poured a little of the ground flaxseed in a cup, grabbed a spoon and headed for the living room. I ate it while watching TV chewing on each spoonful! 🙂 Guys eat anything in front of a television? I also drank some water with it because it grew rather thick chewing on it. I was NOT expecting a reaction, however, but 10 minutes later (I kid you not) I happened to noticed I was feeling differently. I noticed my heart was quiet. Having had a-fib for many years I’d grown used to feeling/hearing my heartbeat. I was overjoyed because my heart was quiet! So needless to say I chew-on a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed every day. It’s been nearly a week now and my heart is still quiet! I love it! What I think is happening is it’s lowering my blood pressure. My BP had been a bit high lately. I take my BP at home sometimes. I haven’t checked it lately. I’m not mentioning the brand of flaxseed I had purchased as an advertisement or anything. I just know some people might ask what flaxseed it was. It was Spectrum Essentials Organic Premium Ground Flaxseed. I just happened to see “ground flaxseed” while food shopping at the store a couple of weeks ago. I remembered having read flaxseed was good for the heart so I grabbed a bag!

    • I also want to mention I’m a bit of an odd duck. I don’t like doctors nor prescription meds. Since I don’t have family and only a few friends I don’t take anything for the a-fib. I’ve chosen to take the risk than to suffer taking the meds or heart procedures. It’s been 7 or 8 years now and my symptoms are tolerable. In fact, I’m feeling better in recent years than I had years ago! Years ago I used to have occasional problems with shortness of breath. I used to get scared from that! Now I just monitor how I feel. I minimize stress by using my Jeanie Rub Professional massage unit and I sometimes stop-by to visit my sport massage therapist for a 30-min massage! I also eat the right foods that are good for the heart such as avocado, blueberries, fish, no salt sardines, dark, leafy salads, pomegranate and now ground flaxseeds! I also stay away from orange juice and most fruit juices. I noticed my prostate is healthier for it! I pee like a teenager as long as I stay away from orange juice! Once in a while I go for walks and I’m thinking maybe I’ll start bicycle-riding again! I believe the main things that are helping me are: I like to eat heart-healthy foods, sometimes vegetarian, and I keep all forms of stress in check via the use of massage therapy. I also like to live gratefully for what I have.

    • Brenna Lara says:

      Hi Jes,

      Thank you for sharing your story and thoughts concerning your afib and ground flaxseed. You may be interested in joining our patient discussion forum (http://forum.stopafib.org/index.php) to connect with other patients who collectively have a great amount of knowledge and experience. You may want to post your story there, and you may also learn a lot from others who have already shared their experience. I hope that you are able to find others to connect with there that can give you advice, suggestions and hope. There are many resources on living with afib that you might find helpful. Best of luck to you! We wish you sinus rhythm.

  3. I have a fib for 5 years nothing works im 74 im not stupid im on new medicine not working now they say a sleep test is next HELP join the crowd I very tired of it to I don,t think I,m going to get better

  4. ALVIN ADAMS JR says:

    JUST FOUND THIS FOR AFIB… I AM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE DOCTORS;;;TRY THIS TRY THAT..WAITE 3 DAYS, WAITE 4 DAYS…. I AM ON CUMANDIN, EFFIENT , PLAVEX WHEN ( FINISHED WITH EFFIENT),,,MY CUMANDIN INR WENT TO 2.5 AND TO DAY…5.5,,,SOUNDS LIKE LOTS OF ??? TO ME….MY BODY ABSORBS MEDS FAST.AND I HEAL FAST..I AM 73…VERY ACTIVE…. AND NOW I AM SCARED….WHAT TO EAT, HOW TO ACT..AND THE MEDS CAUSE BLEEDING..ETC…WALNUTS SOUND LIKE OLD SCHOO….I HAD THE ELECTRO SHOCK TO HEART AND IT WENT TO RHYTHM..AND NOW 3 DAYS LATER BACK TO AFIB…I AM GETTING TIRED OF RUNNING WID HELP mmOSS… OLD BUT NOT DUMB…HELP,,,,ALVIN ADAMS.214-709-5199 HELP THESE DOCS WILL NOT KILL ME…:(

  5. I just started having afib in Feb, and ended up with a blood clot in my lung. Right now I’m weaning off of Caffeine, and was looking for more information concerning what I can eat to start me on a better healthy road to recovery. I’m 56 and very active in running and biking. Your forum page is very hard to navigate and none of your instruction on how to create an account are easy to follow.

    • Bryan, if you continue to have difficulty registering for the forum, please email me at mmoss@stopafib.org and I can help you out. It is within our forum that you will find the best answers to your questions.
      Melissa

    • I am 76. Had afib for decades, maybe all my life. Was on different meds felt terrible, in and out of hospital until my doctor said you are grounded. Sent me to Washington Hospital Center for ablation. I am off of afib meds. I feel some flutter occasionally if I get stressed. I take blood pressure med. I recommend ablation for afib. Go to good heart rythm Doctor and hospital that does them professionally.

  6. How to get rid of afib permantly

    • You may be interested in joining our discussion forum. Click here to get to the StopAfib.org Discussion Forum. To post or ask questions, you’ll need to register. Instructions for registering and getting started are here.

  7. I am 76 and have had 2 ablations.I am not cured.I love
    the doctor,but he did not fix it.I am on Multaq,and
    atenolol..I also take xanex..I am not sure what sets
    it off.My episodes are at night and I now take an
    extra atenolol when it happens.It passes within and hour.

  8. I went to my Doctor,and had a heart rate of 150,i was in the hospital for a few days. I was given,Metoprolol,cardizem,multaq,
    clopidogrel,and 1 asprin a day.
    Every thing may be good for a while,and then my heart will just go
    high.my eating habits are change.my heart itself is good,i dont have
    sugar.no high colostrol.I am not a large person.
    I notice that when i take the multaq it sends my heart faceing.
    Does this happen to others?

  9. Mary lou Louis says:

    I was recently diagnosed with AF and i was wondering how do i get rid of it once and for all!!! I really was scared cause i have 3 children and with this happening to me, i don’t know what expect. I see that there is a lot of things that may slow down the pace of these episodes, but is there anything where it won’t come back at all!!!!

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