The effect of micronutrient supplementation on quality-of-life and left ventricular function in elderly patients with chronic heart failure
The decisive indicator in this study was the pumping function of the left ventricle (left ventricular function), which is responsible for the blood supply to the circulatory system. The investigating team of doctors found that the intake of multivitamins significantly improved the left ventricular functions of cardiac insufficiency patients. Further details can be found in the study.
The heart is the “motor” of our body, contracting about 80,000 times a day to pump the blood through our circulatory system. It is the mechanically the most active organ of our body. The actual “work” is performed by billions of muscle cells that contract at the same time to form the heartbeat. And just like in a car, the biological motor “heart” needs energy to function properly. Micronutrients are the most important carriers of biological energy for an optimum contraction of the heart muscle cells. A long-term dietary deficiency of micronutrients leads to an insufficient contraction of the heart muscle cells, to a suboptimal pumping function of the heart and eventually to heart failure (cardiomyopathy). Typical heart failure symptoms include shortness of breath, edema and chronic fatigue, making everyday activities such as house cleaning, walking or going to the supermarket very difficult.
Witte KK, Nikitin NP, Parker AC, von Haehling S, Volk HD, Anker SD, Clark AL, Cleland JG. The effect of micronutrient supplementation on quality-of-life and left ventricular function in elderly patients with chronic heart failure. Eur Heart J. 2005 Nov;26(21):2238-44. Epub 2005 Aug 4.