In past issues, you've seen how the real threat from cholesterol is from oxidized LDL cholesterol, not from cholesterol in general. Cholesterol, as you may know, is a fat. And it's a fat that your body requires to function properly. Oxidized fat is essentially rancid fat. I know, it's pretty disgusting. But it helps explain why oxidation is bad for you. No one wants rancid fat running around in their body.
I've told you about many natural extracts that can prevent cholesterol from oxidizing. These include apple peel extract and green tea extract. But now researchers have found another extract that can prevent oxidation like these others.
This study was a lab study, so it didn't involve results from animals or humans. All this means is that the study is one of the first to evaluate this extract and its ability to fight oxidation. Naturally, the researchers will say "we need more studies." That's fine. It gives them job security and it gives us more studies on natural foods. But there's no need to wait for studies when the extract has absolutely no side effects.
The study looked at the ability of artichoke extract to prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol. The researchers said the extract "retarded LDL oxidation in a dose-dependent manner." In other words, the more you take, the better it works.
Artichoke extract is rich in luteolin, a powerful antioxidant flavonoid. The researchers found that the concentrated extract was more effective than just the artichoke food, which makes sense since the more you get the better it works.
Most of us don't eat an abundance of artichokes - especially not enough to prevent LDL oxidation. If you do, that's great. But for the rest of us, taking an extract is the way to go. You can find artichoke extract at most health food stores and online. You'll also find it in Advanced Greens Formula, which also contains green tea extract and other anti-oxidative nutrients.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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