In his personal A-Fib.com story, Tom Lisak wrote that his A-Fib disappeared after taking the supplement combination BCAA+G twice a day.
Personally, I take BCAA+G after running and after working out at the gym. (For recommended products: see ‘BCAA+G’ under ‘Natural’ Supplements for a Healthy Heart.)
Branched Chain Amino Acids coupled with L-Glutamine (BCAA+G) helps builds muscle. Athletes and weight lifters use BCAA+G to improve exercise performance and decrease post-exercise soreness and recovery time.
Our body doesn’t naturally manufacture Branched Chain Amino Acids. They’re essential nutrients that the body obtains from proteins found in food. All of your muscles, including your heart, could suffer if you are BCAA-deficient. Continue reading...
FAQ Minerals Deficiencies: BCAA+G
5. “The supplement BCAA+G helps builds muscle. Is it a natural remedy that could help my A-Fib? Are A-Fib patients BCAA-deficient?”
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) include the three amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. Along with L-Glutamine (+G), another amino acid, they’re critical to the repair and maintenance of strong muscles, including the heart―which is only a muscle after all.
Athletes and weight lifters use BCAA+G to build muscle, improve exercise performance and decrease post-exercise soreness and recovery time. BCAA+G also claims to increase nitrogen retention. If more nitrogen is consumed than lost, it means that muscle is being created. (I personally take BCAA+G after running and after working out at the gym.)
Our body doesn’t naturally manufacture Branched Chain Amino Acids. They’re essential nutrients that the body obtains from proteins found in food, especially meat, dairy products, and legumes (or through supplementation).
All of your muscles, including your heart, could suffer if you are BCAA-deficient.
I don’t know of anyone who is testing A-Fib patients to see if they are BCAA-deficient. (Heck, most doctors don’t even test for magnesium deficiency which is known to contribute to A-Fib.)
I can’t find any clinical research about BCAA and A-Fib. So, I’d be hard-pressed to draw any direct benefits from BCAA+G for curing A-Fib―except the following personal experinces from two A-Fib patients.
If you decide to try BCAA+G, talk to your doctor before adding it to your treatment plan.
A-Fib.com Patients’ Experience with BCAA+G
In his personal A-Fib.com story, Harold Bosworth writes that Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) coupled with L-Glutamine (Gln or Q) got him out of Chronic (continuous) A-Fib after taking it for 2 days. He’d been in Chronic A-Fib for 3 years.
In another personal story, Tom Lisak wrote: “My doctor wanted to put me on Coumadin…I decided to try the “natural” approach…vitamins, herbs, chiropractic and acupuncture…all to no avail. Then I read Harold Bosworth’s account of his experience with BCAA + Gln. I took a heaping teaspoonful twice a day and in 2-3 days, the A-Fib disappeared.” Read more of his story.
What this means to you: We can’t say that BCAA+G is going to cure your A-Fib. It may help your overall muscle health which in turn may also help the function of your left atrium. It’s worth a try, especially if you exercise a lot.
If you decide to try BCAA+G, talk to your doctor before adding it to your treatment plan. For recommended products and dosage, see my article, ‘Natural’ Supplements for a Healthy Heart.
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FAQs: Mineral Deficiencies & Supplements for a Healthy Heart
A-Fib patients often look for non-drug approaches to ease or prevent the symptoms of their Atrial Fibrillation. Here we share answers to the most often asked questions about minerals deficiencies and the use of supplements.
1. Dementia: “I’m scared of getting dementia. Can the right minerals help? I’ve read about the link with A-Fib. What does research reveal about this risk?”
2. Vitamin D: “How can I tell if I’m lacking in Vitamin D? I’m concerned because Vitamin D deficiency has been tied to both A-Fib and Dementia. What is a normal level of Vitamin D?
3. PVCs and PACs: “I have annoying PVCs and PACs with my A-Fib. Are there natural remedies to reduce these extra beats and palpitations? My doctor says to ignore them.”
4. Nutritional Info: “I tried to talk with my doctor about magnesium and other nutritional supplements. His response was ‘There’s no proof that they work.’ Why are doctors so opposed to nutrition as a way of helping A-Fib.”
Related Question: “What’s the best way to take supplements—at the same time each day or spread throughout the day? In one lot or in divided doses?”
Related Question: “Where can I find reliable, unbiased research and information on specific vitamins and supplements? (I want an independent resource, not some site trying to sell me their products.)”
5. BCAA+G: “The supplement BCAA+G helps builds muscle. Is it a natural remedy that could help my A-Fib? Are A-Fib patients BCAA-deficient?”
7. Chelate: “What does ‘chelate’ or ‘chelated formulas’ mean when talking about vitamin and minerals? Is it important?”
8. Magnesium: “Regarding Magnesium, can supplementing and restoring Mg to healthy levels reverse my A-Fib? I’m about to schedule a catheter ablation. But if supplementing can cure my A-Fib, why do an ablation?”
9. CoQ10 “Can I take the supplement CoQ10 while on Eliquis for Atrial Fibrillation? On your site it says CoQ10 could be helpful. But on my bottle of CoQ10, it says “do not take if you are on blood thinners.”
10. Krill Oil: “I’m interested in the supplement, Krill Oil, that has natural blood thinning properties. I’m taking Eliquis for my risk of A-Fib stroke. Is It OK to take Krill Oil along with Eliquis?”