Not only that…new research from Israel shows that long-term supplementation with dietary antioxidants is also good for blood pressure and helps maintain optimal metabolism of sugar and fat. A total of 70 patients with multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease took part in the study at Wolfson Medical Center. The participants were randomized to receive antioxidants or placebo capsules for six months. Tests were performed at the beginning of the study and repeated at the half-way mark and at the end. The results showed that the patients taking antioxidants had more elastic arteries (a measure of better cardiovascular health) as well as improved blood sugar and cholesterol levels and significantly lower blood pressure than they had at the outset. The antioxidants provided to the study group were a combination of vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10 and selenium. Study leader Reuven Zimlichman said the findings justify investigating the impact of antioxidant treatment in a larger population of patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. The study was published July 6, 2010 in Nutrition & Metabolism.
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