New research suggests that antioxidants can help rejuvenate blood vessels, lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease, which is the United States of America’s number one killer.
6-Week Clinical Trial Testing Blood Vessel Health
Colorado University conducted a six-week clinical trial of men between the ages of 60 and 80 years old and divided the group in half.
One of the groups took placebos and the other half took 20 mg of antioxidants per day, including the naturally occurring antioxidant coenzyme Q 10, which has been proven through research to directly improve the mitochondria within the cells. The purpose of the study was to examine the arteries in reference to blood flow.
The study revealed that the arteries of the individuals who took the supplement improved by over 40 percent, specifically the results showed blood vessels that resembled someone who was 20 years younger.
Due to the dramatic improvements, this study concluded that there was a 13% reduction of heart disease risk to individuals who supplement with antioxidants.
For the half of the group that consumed the placebo their arteries were much stiffer which indicates there was no vascular improvement like the group that took the actual supplement.
How does Age Affect our Blood Vessels?
With age, our bodies simply cannot defend against the excess free radicals being produced as they once could when we were younger. Blood vessels over time become hard and have a difficult time dilating due to our exposure to toxins that are in our environment, cosmetics, cleaning supplies or the toxins in processed foods.
This exposure along with everyday stress results in oxidative stress within the body that increases free radical production, resulting in increased risk for heart disease.
There are studies in the past that have shown antioxidant supplements to be ineffective, the studies were too broad in relation to the type of supplement and antioxidant and the other studies did not have a specific source that it was targeting, which is the mitochondria.
Targeting the mitochondria is the best and most aggressive way to improve cardiovascular health while reducing the damage from free radicals and oxidative stress.
What can I do to Enhance the Effects of the Supplement?
Yes, doctors recommend a healthy diet and regular exercise in addition to stress reducing activities such as meditation but unfortunately the general population in most cases is just not willing to adopt the lifestyle at 100%.
Incorporating the specific antioxidant, coenzyme Q 10, that targets the mitochondria in addition to making lifestyle changes will decrease the risk for heart disease, while improving the integrity and function of blood vessels and arteries.
Always keep in mind that all supplements are not created equal. The antioxidant supplement containing Coenzyme Q 10 should be tested, natural, pharmaceutical grade and a physician line nutritional supplement.
This will ensure that there are no harmful fillers, byproducts or binders that can hinder the supplements ability to work or even absorb after consumption.
Lifestyle Modifications to Prevent Heart Disease
In addition to supplementing with the antioxidant supplement mentioned above, lifestyle behavior modifications should also be made. Incorporating daily exercise into your routine can keep the heart muscle strong while also balancing hormones and aiding in weight management.
Consuming a diet rich in fiber, over 25 grams for women and 35 grams for men, will help keep cholesterol down and bind to the bile acids in the blood that increase the risk for heart disease. The best sources of fiber are vegetables, some fruits, whole unprocessed grains and seeds.
Avoid any beverages that contain sugar, this can over time cause fat to build up around the liver and increase your risk for heart disease.
Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of hydroxide alkaline water per day, alkaline hydroxide water has been shown to reduce inflammation and decrease risk for chronic diseases such as a heart disease.
Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night, if you find this to be difficult try to unplug you digital devices an hour before bed time and keep your bedroom cool for optimal sleep.
To improve the health and longevity of your blood vessels and heart take a antioxidant supplement containing Coenzyme Q 10, exercise regularly, work on sleeping at least 7 hours per night, practice stress relief activities, and eat a diet of whole unprocessed foods.
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