Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oldie but goodie for CVD

Researchers have discovered an enzyme that, when found at high levels and alongside low levels of HDL, can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The enzyme -- glutathione peroxidase, or GPx3 -- is a natural antioxidant that helps protect organisms from oxidant injury and helps the body naturally repair itself. In patients with low levels of good cholesterol, the GPx3 enzyme could potentially be a big benefit.

The new research, published in PLoS One, supports the view that natural antioxidants may offer the human body profound benefits. In the study, researchers found that people with high levels of the GPx3 enzyme and low levels of good cholesterol were six times less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people with low levels of both.

Serum samples were studied from participants who died of cardiovascular disease after 5-12 years of follow-up care. The ages of patients studied ranged from 26-85 years old. Their data was compared to control samples.

Steve: Glutathione is crucial for methylation (detoxification) and is a component in one of our oldest and most successful supplemental formulas.

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