Nutrition for Atrial Fibrillation

Patients with atrial fibrillation should keep up with a strict, healthy diet that may sound intimidating at first but, in reality, entails a wide range of natural foods and a colorful palette. The best diet is the meditarrean diet which is a plant based diet with a lot of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

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Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, energy, etc.) and red meats. Red meats have high levels of saturated fats and may contribute to atrial fibrillation. Aim to lower cholesterol levels by avoiding red meats and processed foods. Excess tyramine raises blood pressure and can cause pain from increased AFib symptoms. To prevent high levels of tyramine, avoid blue cheese, swiss cheese, sausage, pepperoni, salami, salty sauces like soy sauce, fava beans, dried fruits and citrus fruits (to reduce biogenic amines/BA). Also reduce foods with trans fats, which are found in the majority of common processed foods/junk foods.

Carbs are known to be main contributors to heart disease but we still need carbs to survive. Eating less carbs causes inflammation and oxidative stress (symptoms of stress: pain, fatigue, etc. from an imbalance of oxygen levels and antioxidants in the body). Healthy sources of carbs include whole grains, fruits low in sugar, and vegetables.

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