Preventing heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions means making smart choices now that will pay off for the rest of your life. Choosing to adjust your diet, exercise and other lifestyle routines can help to ward off most coronary conditions, including coronary artery disease. Affecting more than 18 million people, coronary artery disease (CAD) is the single most common cause of death in America. What is at the root of this heart-stopping statistic, you may ask? Atherosclerosis— a sneaky condition that can develop silently over many years until, one day, you suffer from a heart attack or other coronary event.
Here’s how it works: Atherosclerosis starts when the tissue lining the inside of your arteries—technically called the endothelium—becomes damaged. This, in turn, triggers the formation of plaque at the sight of the damage. Plaque is a fatty substance made up of cholesterol, calcium, cellular waste, and a blood-clotting material called fibrin that causes the endothelium to malfunction. As this plaque accumulates, it further damages the endothelium, causing your arteries to become narrow and stiff. Over time, plaque can reduce blood flow to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. If plaque becomes unstable it can rupture, causing a blood clot to form that can block an artery completely and trigger a life-threatening heart attack or stroke.
Several studies have found that Kyolic Total Heart Health Formula 108—an artery-friendly combination of Aged Garlic Extract (AGE), L-arginine, folic acid, and vitamins B6 and B121—works on several fronts to help stop the progression of atherosclerosis in its tracks. And unlike conventional cardiovascular remedies like cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, AGE is well tolerated and there are few if any side effects.
In two of these studies, researchers found that Kyolic Formula 108 stopped the buildup of calcium deposits in arteries. While most of the calcium in your bloodstream should be going to maintain strong bones and teeth, if there is too much calcium in circulation, the excess can wind up in your arteries. As this calcium builds up, it causes your arteries to become stiff and narrow. And that can reduce oxygen-rich blood from flowing freely throughout your body and to your heart.
The first study, which was published in the International Journal of Cardiovascular Research, showed that a daily dose of Kyolic Formula 108 reduced coronary artery calcification (CAC) by an impressive 65 percent2. The second study found that, Kyolic Formula 108 didn’t just prevent calcium buildup, it also influenced two types of fat involved in heart disease: brown fat and white fat3. Scientists recently discovered that, while white fat can spell trouble for your ticker, brown fat actually protects your cardiovascular system by lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of atherosclerosis. This study showed that the nutrients in Kyolic Formula 108 helped to prevent the progression of CAC, and they also improved the ratio of brown fat to white fat.
But the benefits of this unique combination of nutrients doesn’t stop there. An earlier study in The American Journal of Cardiology reported that Kyolic Formula 108 also boasts antioxidant activity that can help to prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol4. While cholesterol in general has been painted as a major risk factor for heart disease, recent studies suggest that it’s actually oxidized LDL cholesterol that poses the biggest threat. This oxidation is a direct result of free-radical damage triggered by the body’s own metabolic processes, as well as exposure to environmental toxins like pollution, pesticides, and tobacco smoke. These free-radical reactions create harmful compounds that can injure the cells that make up the endothelium.
Another double-blind study in the journal Preventive Medicine not only confirmed Kyolic Formula 108’s ability to slow CAC and prevent LDL oxidation, it also found that the supplement worked on yet another risk factor for heart disease—homocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood that, at high levels, can increase the risk of early heart disease.
While there is no magic bullet that guarantees better heart health, these four studies suggest that the nutrients in Kyolic Total Heart Health Formula 108 can benefit anyone looking to prevent cardiovascular disease. Combined with a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise, it’s a convenient way to safely and effectively put the odds in your favor.