Do you know about this important cardiovascular risk factor?
This post is about a cardiovascular risk factor you may not have heard about, even though it may be one of the most important ones.
Research has indicated that oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is a key factor in atherosclerosis.
The following study included 636 patients with suspected coronary artery disease, with an average follow-up period of 4.7 years (Blankenburg S, et.al., 2003).
The researchers found that the level of glutathione peroxidase 1 activity was significantly lower among those who died from cardiac causes or had a nonfatal myocardial infarction than among those who did not.
Glutathione is the major antioxidant that the body produces. Glutathione is also involved in liver detoxification and regulates immune function. It’s a very important substance.
It did not used to be any effective way to supply glutathione because the most common form, reduced glutathione, is oxidized in the stomach and does not provide benefits unless it is given with an IV.
However, now we have a very bioavailable form S-Acetyl Glutathione which gets into the cells where it is needed.
As we get older, we benefit from glutathione supplementation since the body produces less as we get older, and we use more, especially under certain circumstances.
Blankenberg S, Rupprecht HJ, Bickel C, Torzewski M, Hafner G, Tiret L, Smieja M, Cambien F, Meyer J, Lackner KJ; Glutathione peroxidase 1 activity and cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease. N Engl J Med. 2003 Oct 23;349(17):1605-13.
Glutathione helps your cells reduce free radical damage and also helps lower inflammation.
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