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Pomegranates contain a host of protective molecules that benefit not only the plant, but those who consume it. While these constituents are best-known for reducing the risk of heart disease, they are now also being explored for their ability to help prevent cancer.
Because cancer is a multifactorial disease, any compound aimed at preventing it should have multitargeted effects. This is a virtue of the active constituents of pomegranate fruit, skin, and even leaves. Lab studies show that pomegranate extracts exert at least seven distinct beneficial effects that confer protection to cells against malignant changes, while making those that do mutate less likely to progress.
Animal studies help corroborate that pomegranate supplementation can reduce the incidence of cancers, slow their growth, and reduce the size and number of cancers that develop. Human studies indicate that pomegranate extracts are capable of slowing the progression of prostate cancer. Additional research findings indicate pomegranate’s potential benefits in breast and colon cancer as well.
Pomegranate’s multitargeted properties make it an ideal chemoprevention supplement, one that is widely available and potent in its effects. Given its cardioprotective effects, pomegranate extracts offer a well-rounded approach to protecting against some of today’s deadliest diseases.
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High blood pressure is a “silent killer,” producing no symptoms in most victims, while causing severe and often irreversible damage to blood vessels and the major organs they serve.39
A recent study supports what Life Extension has been saying for decades: that ideal systolic blood pressure targets should be under 120 mmHg—far below the 140 mmHg target maintained by mainstream medicine.
Natural compounds have been identified that work in similar ways as two classes of antihypertensive drugs—while also providing nighttime blood pressure relief.
The flavonoids quercetin, myricitrin, and myricetin bind to angiotensin receptors, preventing a rise in blood pressure. Stevioside blocks calcium channels in arterial wall smooth muscle, allowing vessels to relax and reducing blood pressure. And melatonin, only in time-release form, eases nighttime blood pressure to complete the cycle of protection.
These natural compounds can form part of the plan for everyone with systolic blood pressure readings of 120 mmHg or higher.
FACTS ABOUT HYPERTENSION
Elevated blood pressure (hypertension) has long been known as the “silent killer,” because it produces no symptoms at all in the vast majority of victims, while causing severe and often irreversible damage to blood vessels and the major organs they serve.
About 70 million Americans have blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or above, which defines hypertensionaccording to mainstream medicine.40,41
Even more American adults, about 1 in 3, have so-called “prehypertension,” which is clinically defined as blood pressure between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg.40-42
Sadly, despite the known risks, only about half of those with high blood pressure have their condition under control even by the standard definitions of hypertension.39 Given that estimates of “prehypertension” range from 25% to 50% of the population, 43 the real number of people with dangerously high blood pressure is probably much higher.
All of this means two things: In addition to getting regular blood pressure measurements, it is critical to get systolic blood pressure down to less than 120 mmHg, optimally at 115/75 mmHg.
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We have long known that supplementation with CoQ10 is an effective means of making our mitochondrial energy-releasing processes operate more efficiently and with less stress to cellular structures. And selenium plays an important role in powering enzyme systems that clean up the damage caused by oxidative stress.
A large European study has now demonstrated that CoQ10 and selenium supplements work together to enhance cellular function in ways that translate directly into improved human health. Compared to placebo recipients, aging adults who supplemented with the nutrient combination experienced lower rates of cardiovascular death, fewer days in hospitals, and improved quality of life—and those benefits far outlasted the duration of the supplement period.
In fact, the studies presented make for a compelling argument that the dual CoQ10 plus selenium regimen may provide significant protection against the number one cause of death.
Long-time readers of Life Extension Magazine® have mostly been obtaining these potencies of CoQ10 and selenium as part of their daily supplement program. It’s refreshing to see that the benefits of these nutrients may exceed original findings that evaluated them in isolation rather than in combination.
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