Life Extension Endothelial Defense With Full-Spectrum Pomegranate - 60 Softgels
Life Extension's Endothelial Defense With Full-Spectrum Pomegranate contains food-based antioxidants to support vascular health. The endothelium is the inner lining of blood vessels that regulates arterial health. The reason for so many of today’s circulatory problems is the breakdown of endothelial function and structure. The good news is that scientists have discovered three nutrients that have been clinically shown to help maintain healthy endothelial function and arterial circulation.
Pomegranate promotes cardiovascular health
In a group of aging humans with risk factors for cardiovascular events, pomegranate or a placebo was ingested daily. Both groups continued taking their conventional medications. After twelve months, carotid artery conditions (measured as carotid intima-media thickness) were improved 30% in the pomegranate group while carotid artery conditions worsened by 9% in the placebo group.38 Additionally, in those who consumed pomegranate, total antioxidant status was increased by 130% while blood serum levels of LDL basal oxidative state and LDL susceptibility to oxidation were both significantly reduced by 90% and 59% respectively.
In a similar study, pomegranate or a placebo was ingested daily. After only three months, coronary artery blood flow improved by 18% in the pomegranate group but worsened by 17% in the placebo group. A next-generation pomegranate extract, blending standardized extracts from the whole fruit, flower and seed oil, is one of the active components of Endothelial Defense formula. Full-Spectrum Pomegranate provides this fruit’s unique polyphenols with newly discovered biologically active compounds from other parts of the pomegranate plant.
SOD protects against nitric oxide degradation
Aging reduces the body’s production of a critical antioxidant called superoxide dismutase (SOD), which provides the body’s first enzymatic step in the defense system against oxidative stress. Diminished SOD levels are closely linked with increased vascular oxidative stress, which contributes to endothelial dysfunction. An orally active superoxide dismutase (SOD) called GliSODin has been clinically shown to support healthy arterial function and structure, while boosting levels of the body’s most powerful antioxidant enzymes (SOD and catalase) and protecting against oxidative stress-induced cell death.
Studies show that carotid artery thickness detrimentally increases by 0.04 mm every ten years. However, a recent study with GliSODin suggests that 2.8 years of supplementation may turn back the clock on 10 years of age-related damage due to carotid artery wall thickening. Endothelial Defense formula contains GliSODin in a dose identical to that which was used in this successful human study. Endothelial Defense provides the best-documented nutrients to help you maintain healthy arterial blood flow and normal blood pressure.
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- Achieving uniform density for accurate dosing
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- Protecting active ingredients from rapid inactivation due to heat and moisture
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- Sustaining the release of active ingredients into the body over time
Why do some companies refer to these excipients as a threat to your health?
Claiming any product is “pure and free of excipients” can be deceptive advertising, too frequently used to draw attention away from inferior active ingredients! The right inactive ingredients used in the right way do important things … like ensuring that a tablet disintegrates in your GI tract rather than just passing through your system without benefit, or keeping a product from breaking down and being susceptible to microbes. Take Life Extension blueberry extract, for example. It contains AuroraBlue wild-harvested, Alaskan blueberries. To retain their nutritional complexity, these berries are freeze-dried and carefully milled for capsule formulation. But being a whole fruit raw material, it tends to want to reconstitute itself with moisture, which would make it a breeding ground for bacteria. So Life Extension uses a drying excipient to keep the milled blueberry material dry, so it can safely deliver its superior nutritional value compared with other, less costly blueberry extracts in most commercial formulations.
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Should I be concerned about the use of stearic acid?
Stearic acid functions as a flow agent in the manufacture of quality products, and stearic acid also occurs naturally in the foods you eat. For example, four ounces of dark chocolate contain 3,625 mg of stearic acid; a cup of kidney beans contains 1,655 mg of stearic acid; an ounce of raw ground beef (grass-fed) contains 2,063 mg of stearic acid; and a half pound of lean raw turkey contains 1,642 mg of stearic acid. Even a tablespoon of allspice contains 1,513 mg of stearic acid! Life Extension supplements, on the other hand, typically contain no more than 10 mg per capsule. They always use the lowest level of magnesium stearate possible.
Should I be concerned that products with soybean oil or lecithin are a source of phytoestrogens?
While it is true that soy isoflavones are phytoestrogens, the amount in soybean oil or lecithin is so minute, the USDA lists it in foods as having zero value for isoflavones. To give you a frame of reference, Life Extension’s Ultra Natural Prostate contains 4 mg of lecithin which supplies only about 0.006 mg of soy isoflavones!
Should I be concerned with the usage of genetically modified plants (GMOs)?
Soybeans are an example of a crop that has used extensive genetic engineering to increase crop yield. The reality is that soybean oil and soy lecithin are highly processed derivatives of soy, far removed from their soy origin. Genetic modification doesn’t alter the entire plant, only a specific gene. Thus, specific molecules like soy lecithin are the same whether they come from a GMO or non-GMO soy source. However, due to their sensitivity to customer concerns, products with corn and soy-based active ingredients are in process of having the labels updated to list when soy and corn-derived active ingredients have been certified to be from non-GM food crops.
Does the gelatin used in softgels and capsules contain MSG?
Gelatin does not contain MSG, but does contain about 0.05 grams of glutamic acid in one softgel. You ingest about 120 times more glutamic acid in a serving of asparagus, cabbage or tomatoes!
What’s the difference between tablets, capsules and softgels?
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Why aren’t Life Extension products organic?
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