Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried Rich Pericarp Mangosteen - May Help You With Your Atherosclerosis
What Is Atherosclerosis?
Your arteries are the blood vessels that transport the oxygen-rich blood from your heart towards your other organs. A condition called atherosclerosis impairs them from doing their job efficiently. In atherosclerosis, there is a build-up of plaque along the walls of your arteries consisting of macrophages, cholesterol crystals, and calcium deposits. In time, the plaque hardens and decreases the elasticity of the blood vessel wall that leads to atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis may be present in people not showing symptoms. However, it could be lethal when it ruptures. Enlargement of the compensating artery can lead to an aneurysm.
The process of plaque formation is gradual. It takes years before it puts your organs in danger of atherosclerosis. At first, there is some injury to the lining of the blood vessel wall, calling in the white blood cells toward the affected site. This provokes an inflammatory response further damaging the lining. Large, unstable LDL (bad) cholesterol molecules are then allowed to penetrate and reach the inner layers of the artery. The immune response creates free radicals which interact with the LDL molecules, resulting in oxidation of the bad cholesterol. The oxidized LDL aggravates the injury by releasing toxins, attracting more white blood cells and triggering the immune response allowing more LDL molecules to penetrate the vessel wall.
In time, the bad cholesterol, white blood cells, and toxins form a lipid foam. The lipid foam is the building block of the plaque deposits within the arterial wall that leads to atherosclerosis. Calcium in the blood is attracted to the lipid foam, forming a hard shell over the deposit.
The blockage of blood flow, due to the plaque within the lumen or the dislodged plaque that settles in a smaller-caliber artery, compromises the supply of oxygen necessary for normal functioning of cells and tissues. To compensate, the pressure rises within the arteries before the site of the blockage, leading to high blood pressure because it requires the heart to pump harder.
What Are The Effects Of Atherosclerosis On Different Organs?
Atherosclerosis can affect any artery in the body. When it takes place in the coronary arteries, serious consequences could occur, including heart attack or stroke.(1), (2) When the carotid artery and smaller vessels to the brain are occluded, stroke ensues. In a similar manner, restriction of blood flow to other organs such as kidney compromises its normal functions and leads to renal insufficiency.
Cutting off the blood supply to other parts of the body including the legs results in gangrene formation; which may eventually require amputation.
What Puts Me At Risk For Atherosclerosis?
Your habits, diet, and genetics all play a role in putting you at risk for atherosclerosis. Cigarette smoking, high-fat diet and lack of exercise are things you must avoid. If you're on the heavy side, aim to lose some weight because obesity is likewise an important factor.
High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), low levels of good cholesterol (HDL), hypertension and diabetes mellitus all contribute to the development of atherosclerosis.(3) The goal in the management of atherosclerosis is to improve your diet and the avoidance of hazardous habits such as smoking.
When the arterial narrowing is severe, surgery is an option.
What Is Mangosteen?
Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is regarded as one of the world's most amazing fruits because of its powerful medicinal properties. It has been used for over a thousand years as a natural treatment for various diseases.
If you're not familiar with the fruit, that's because the tree grows only in tropical climates, particularly in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India.
It is round, with a purple outer covering called the pericarp and white, sweet-tasting pulp inside which envelopes the seeds.
The beneficial properties are found within the pulp but are highly concentrated in the pericarp. The xanthones and polysaccharides are the components in mangosteen responsible for its beneficial properties.
Xanthones have been the subject of many types of research due to the promising health benefits found in them. There are 56+ types of xanthones, and among the most studied are alpha mangostin and gamma mangostin. These have been found to have potent properties to maintain cardiovascular health.
How Does Mangosteen Help In Atherosclerosis?
Gamma mangostin, one of the xanthones found in mangosteen, is a powerful antioxidant that may prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL) by free radicals. Oxidized LDL is one of the culprits for the formation of plaques that clog the arteries. By fighting off free radicals, we are preventing the many sequences of events that contribute to atherosclerosis.
As an antioxidant, the polyphenols found in mangosteen are five times more potent than vitamin C.
The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) test shows that an ounce of mangosteen is 20 to 30 times more capable of absorbing free radicals than other fruits and vegetables.
The supplementation of mangosteen in patients prone to developing atherosclerosis, coupled with a good diet, avoidance of smoking and regular exercise, show remarkable results.
What Type Of Mangosteen Supplement Should You Choose?
The many health benefits derived from mangosteen have made more companies jump on the bandwagon of producing different brands and preparations of mangosteen supplements. The availability of many options is a good thing, but the problem is how to choose wisely.
Mangosteen supplements come in juice and capsule form. The juice is a great tasting blend of mangosteen and other fruit extracts. It needs to be mixed with other pleasant tasting fruits to improve its taste. The capsule form, however, offers 100% mangosteen without the need for additives and stabilizers.
Preservatives are added to juices to prolong their shelf life. Benzene, which is formed from sodium benzoate - a preservative added to mangosteen juice, has hazardous effects on one's health. Leukemia is one of the known health risks of benzene.(4)
Juice has to undergo processes such as pasteurization and irradiation which can destroy the natural medicinal properties in mangosteen. In the juice form, you will pay a higher price for the benefits that may no longer be there. Our Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried Rich Pericarp Mangosteen capsules don't have to undergo the above processes so you can be assured that the benefits you are seeking are still intact and will effectively address your health concerns.