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Antioxidants for Healthy Arteries

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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It would not be unreasonable to say that the ultimate cause of heart disease is not your cholesterol level. It's the failure of the body's antioxidant network to do its job of protecting you. Antioxidants are what you should be taking for preventing heart disease, not aspirin, or worse, statin drugs.

Making sure that you get as many different antioxidants into your diet as possible is the surest way of preventing heart disease. You won't just get the heart attack prevention you're looking for, but all of the other health benefits of these antioxidants as well!

The list of antioxidants that have been shown to prevent heart disease includes:

Vitamin E
Vitamin C

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStan
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