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Mangosteen and Health: LDL, Cholesterol and Heart Disease

How can Mangosteen provide health benefits to people with high levels of LDL (the bad cholesterol) and fight its harmful consequences such as heart disease?

Independent scientific research studies have shown that potent, natural healing compounds found in the Mangosteen prevent the oxidation of LDL or low-density lipoprotein, the cholesterol that causes clogged arteries which lead to heart disease.

What's even more significant is the finding that this fruit provides this cholesterol-lowering benefit without causing harmful and sometimes serious side effects as those caused by cholesterol-lowering drugs commonly prescribed by doctors.

Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

About 30 percent of people who need medication to control their cholesterol levels - most especially LDL - are not able to tolerate the dosages they need to achieve safer cholesterol levels.

Side effects from these cholesterol-lowering drugs can be bothersome (such as fatigue or decreased sex drive) or potentially serious (such as muscle-tissue damage or drug-induced hepatitis).

This is why patients taking cholesterol-lowering drugs are advised to have regular blood tests to monitor the drug's potential side effects in the body.

These potential adverse reactions from cholesterol-lowering drugs make alternative treatments not only advisable but necessary to protect us from low density lipoprotein, atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Low-Density Lipoprotein, Cholesterol and Natural Supplements

Numerous studies demonstrate the value of natural supplements, which support healthy cholesterol levels with none of the side effects often associated with cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Supplementation combined with a low cholesterol diet and moderate, regular exercise often produce remarkable results.

The use of fruits or herbs as nutritional supplements may assist in lowering over-all cholesterol, raise HDL and lower LDL and triglycerides.

Mangosteen and Its Powerful Antioxidants

Clinical and scientific evidence shows that supplementation with antioxidants lead to lower levels of heart disease and stroke.

Antioxidants neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals which play a major role in the oxidation of low density lipoprotein and the build-up of plaques in the arteries. If LDL molecules are not damaged by free radicals, they don't become part of plaques that narrow or block blood vessels.

If there is no oxidized low-density lipoprotein, then there is no plaque to clog the arteries. Lower levels of oxidized LDL means lower chances of getting heart disease.

LDL, Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease

Mangosteen contains more than 40 natural compounds called Xanthones, which are powerful antioxidants that are among the most potent known to science. Xanthones were found to be even more potent than vitamin E and five times more potent than vitamin C.

Research has demonstrated the positive benefits Xanthones can provide in helping prevent atherosclerosis.

For example, separate groups of medical researchers in Thailand and Taiwan found that gamma-mangostin, a Xanthone found in the Mangosteen, showed more potent antioxidant activity than vitamin E.

In other studies, polyphenols - also found in the fruit - were discovered to be five times more potent as antioxidants than vitamin C, which is commonly regarded as one of the most powerful known antioxidants.

Australian scientists also studied gamma-mangostin and low density lipoprotein and proved that the Xanthone successfully protected the LDL from oxidation by the free radicals.

Gamma-mangostin's ability to inhibit the production of the COX-2 enzyme also helps control low-level inflammation often associated with high cholesterol levels.

A laboratory test known as ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) has also shown that an ounce of Mangosteen juice has 20 to 30 times the capacity to absorb free radicals than an ounce of most fruits and vegetables.

These studies and tests show that the Mangosteen contains a large number of antioxidants that help prevent LDL oxidation and, therefore, atherosclerosis and heart disease.

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