Endothelial Health

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Lots of talk today about the endothelial health. We will review a few helpful tips. 

The delicate inner lining of your arteries and veins is called the vascular endothelium. "Endothelial cells produce nitric oxide, which promotes healthy blood flow and circulation. Unfortunately, endothelial nitric oxide production declines over time,” said Dr. Michael Smith, Life Extension’s Director of Education. “Our [NitroVasc™ Boost] formula encourages nitric oxide production, and the delicious, berry-flavored stick packs make it a convenient way to promote cardiovascular health.”

CoQ10 can improve endothelial function via correction of mitochondrial function. An article published online on February 17, 2011 in the journal Atherosclerosis reports a benefit for supplementation with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) on the endothelial function of patients with ischemic left ventricular systolic dysfunction, a cause of heart failure. Endothelial dysfunction, which describes the malfunctioning of the cells that line the blood vessels, is a key event in the development of cardiovascular disease

Benfotiamine prevents endothelial dysfunction after AGE-rich meal. A report published in the September, 2006 issue of the American Diabetes Association journal Diabetes Care revealed the finding of researchers in Germany that type 2 diabetics who consumed benfotiamine before a meal rich in damaging advanced glycation end products (AGEs) were prevented from experiencing the impairment in endothelial function that would have otherwise occurred.   Dysfunction of the lining of the blood vessels, or endothelium, accompanies conditions associated with increased cardiovascular risk such as smoking, abnormal lipids, arterial hypertension, obesity, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and both types of diabetes. Endothelial dysfunction that follows a meal occurs in patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and can also occur in healthy individuals.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014. The July 2014 issue of the journal Atherosclerosis published a review and meta-analysis conducted by researchers at England's Newcastle University which affirms an association between vitamin C supplementation and improved endothelial function.

The June, 2008 issue of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation published the results of a trial led by Dr Nikolaos Alexopoulos and colleagues at the Athens Medical School in Greece which found that drinking green tea improved endothelial function in men and women. Dysfunction of the endothelial cells which line the circulatory system is a critical event in the development of atherosclerosis, which leads to heart attack and stroke.


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