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Antioxidant Supplements Ease Risk Factors For Cardiovascular Disease

July 6, 2010: 09:27 AM EST
A six-month study of 70 patients at risk for cardiovascular disease who were given either a placebo or daily doses of several antioxidants found significantly increased elasticity of large and small arteries, improved fat metabolism and lower blood pressure among the antioxidant group. The supplements included vitamin C (1000 mg/day), vitamin E (400 i.u/day), coenzyme Q10 (120 mg/day) and selenium (200 mcg/day). “Antioxidant-treated patients exhibited significant increases in large arterial elasticity index as well as small arterial elasticity index.” “A significant decline in HbA1C (an indicator of diabetes) and a significant increase in HDL-cholesterol were also observed." One scientist said the findings "justify investigating the overall clinical impact of antioxidant treatment” in cardiovascular patients.
Marina Shargorodsky, Ortal Debbi, Zipora Matas and Reuven Zimlichman, "Effect of long-term treatment with antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and selenium) on arterial compliance, humoral factors and inflammatory markers in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors", Nutrition & Metabolism 2010, July 06, 2010, © BioMed Central Ltd
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