Life Extension Magazine March 2014
Enhance Endothelial Function and Reduce Arterial Stiffness
By Michaela Harrod
Your heart and blood vessels are under constant attack from oxidants, inflammation, elevated blood sugar, high cholesterol, and a host of internal and environmental toxins.
These effects add up to diminished endothelial function and its major consequence, arterial stiffening, which in turn dramatically raise risk for heart attack, stroke, and other disastrous outcomes.
Mainstream medicine is almost slavishly devoted to statin drugs in attempts to bring down risk, but these drugs are just a small piece of the complex puzzle that represents cardiovascular disease. Statins, which more and more experts feel are over-prescribed, also carry with them a list of serious side effects. They are certainly far short of a perfect heart pill.
Extracts of Amla fruit on the other hand, attack endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffening on a wide front, improving not only lipid profiles but also blood glucose, platelet function, blood pressure, and the oxidant stress that produces them. Studies in animals and now humans demonstrate the broad-spectrum benefits of Amla, which has now been shown to produce potentially life-saving reductions in the arterial stiffening that raises risk for cardiovascular disease.
The addition of black tea extracts would appear to complement the biological benefits of Amla.
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