Antioxidants Low in Coronary Artery Disease
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Antioxidant status1 was evaluated in 1462 patients undergoing coronary angiography. Researchers found that patients with coronary artery disease had lower levels of vitamin C, gamma-tocopherol, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene, compared to controls.
Furthermore, immune cells were excessively activated in the low antioxidant group – meaning that adequate antioxidants are needed to prevent the excessive activation of inflammatory immune cells that drive the cardiovascular disease process.
A wide variety of antioxidants are known to work synergistically to promote health. This study is one more example of the extreme value of basic antioxidants in supporting cardiovascular health.
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