Fruits, Vegetables, and Atherosclerosis

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Fruits, Vegetables, and Atherosclerosis

One of the main culprits associated with hardening of the arteries is high levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol. It is impossible to overstate how important this concept is: high levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol are dangerous, but unoxidized LD (Low Density, the unhealthy) cholesterol appears to be harmless, even if levels are high. The real reason that high LDL cholesterol is associated with heart disease is simply that the more LD cholesterol you have floating around in your blood stream, the higher the likelihood that some of it will become oxidized.

...Key protection is vitamin E, a very powerful and efficient antioxidant, especially in protecting fats from oxidation.
..Early in the 1930s, it was shown that individuals with high intakes of vitamin C had significantly lower risk of heart attacks. This observation has stood the test of time. Vitamin C probably protect against atherosclerosis, at least in part, by regenerating vitamin E's antioxidant capability.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that could save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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