Plant Antioxidants Improve Heart Health in Men
Article by Arnie GitomerEpicatechins Reduce Cardiovascular Events
Doctors measured antioxidant epicatechins—found in tea, apples, and cocoa—in the diets of 774 men, aged 65 to 84, and followed them for 25 years. Men with the lowest levels got an average of 7.9 mg of epicatechins per day, followed by a middle group that got 14.7 mg per day. Men with the highest levels got 15.2 mg of epicatechins per day. Comparing those in the highest group to the lowest, men who got the most epicatechins were 38 percent less likely to have died from coronary heart disease over the 25 years. Doctors also looked at men in the study with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and found those who got the most epicatechins in the diet were 46 percent less likely to have died from CVD over the 25 years compared to men who got the least. Doctors said epicatechins may help improve blood flow by promoting nitric oxide, which helps blood vessels dilate and relax.
Reference: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; May, 2016, Published Online
Additional Comments from Sam Forbes
In this issue of the Willner Window we presented studies showing how flavonoids from green tea and grape seed are useful in treating health conditions.
Here again is further evidence of plant phytochemicals, specifically bioflavonoids, preventing disease and maintaining optimal health. Epicatechins are a type of bioflavonoid; polyphenolic plant chemicals that are abundant in green tea, dark chocolate, and wine. Bioflavonoids provide a wide range of health benefits including antibacterial, anti inflammatory, antiallergic, antimutagenic, antiviral, antineoplastic, anti-thrombic and vasodilatory activity. One of the most important functions of flavonoids may be their ability to scavenge hydroxyl radicals, superoxide anions and lipid peroxy radicals; abilities epicatechins may use to protect against cardiovascular disease. Although this study looked at the effect of epicatechins on men, it’s safe to say women should benefit as well. I would recommend a formula that contains a combination of plant or phyto-antioxidants like Willner Chemists Phyto-Tech Antiox Phyto Complex II capsules, or Antiox Phyto Blend liquid. These products contain extracts of Acai Berry, Mangostine, Goji Berry, Pomegranate, Green Tea, Grape Skin, and Grape Seed. Making plant antioxidants part of your daily regimen is a great way to protect and maintain health.
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