Antioxidants Low in Coronary Artery Disease

By: 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.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Basic Antioxidants Lacking in Those With Coronary Artery Disease  Atherosclerosis.   Murr C, Winklhofer-Roob BM, Schroecksnadel K, Maritschnegg M, Mangge H, Böhm BO, Winkelmann BR, März W, Fuchs D.

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