What is Heart Disease?
There are several forms of heart disease, but heart disease primarily comes from the buildup of fatty deposits on the inner surface of arteries. Eventually these deposits block blood flow, leading to heart attack or stroke.
How Free Radicals cause and/or contribute to heart disease?
Scientists now believe that it’s not just the eating of fat that cause the buildup on the inner surface of the arteries, but those fats that have been damaged by free radicals. This is called “oxidized fat”, which causes the fat to be more “sticky” therefore adhering to the inner artery walls more easily. This explains why smoking and stress are risk factors to heart disease – as are high fat consumption.
“Don’t underestimate the threat free radicals pose to our health. Scientists now believe that free radicals are causal factor in nearly every known disease, from heart disease to arthritis, cancer, and cataracts.
In fact, free radicals are a major culprit in the aging process itself. By controlling free radicals, antioxidants can make the difference between life and death, as well as influence how fast and how well we age.”