Vitamin C (56% ascorbic acid,
44% magnesium absorbate) 600 mg 1,000%
Serrapeptase (70,000 SPU) 584 mg *
Grapefruit Pectin 1,000 mg *
Lecithin Complex 900 mg *
Guar Gum 400 mg *
Garlic Extract (allium extract) 225 mg *
L-Lysine (L-lysine hcl) 200 mg *
Additional Proprietary Blend 560 mg *
Other ingredients: Vegetable caps, magnesium stearate (kosher),
cellulose (kosher), Perkasil (kosher) amorphous silicon dioxide.
Vitamin C 600 mg
Studies by Dr. Duguid showed increased levels of vitamin C causes atherosclerotic plaque deposits to dissolve. Dr. Willis, at Queen Mary Veterans' and St. Anne's Hospital confirmed these results. Plaque deposits in the patients who were getting large amounts of vitamin C actually decreased in 30% of the cases. (This was the first time in history that any treatment had demonstrated a reversal in the growth of artery plaque!)
Later studies indicated that vitamin C does this by being involved in the chelation removal of the calcium ions in the plaque deposits. Thus, it compliments lecithin - which is helping dissolve the cholesterol aspect of plaque.
Serrapeptase 70,000 SPU (activity units)
Grapefruit Pectin 1,000 mg
Fiber has been well known for years to be able to help reduce cholesterol absorption and production. It helps the liver to release bile into the gall bladder and then into the small intestines. The liver can then removes more cholesterol from the blood through its LDL receptors. When this is combined with a fiber like grapefruit, the bile (holding cholesterol) is unable to be re-absorbed and is removed with the stool.
Then, Dr. James J. Cerda, of the University of Florida Medical College, made an incredible discovery about grapefruit pectin and guar gum! In addition to helping prevent absorbing LDL cholesterol, when arteries were examined, they were amazed to find that they showed an average narrowing of the coronary artery of 45%! The University tests showed it to be an effective plaque reducer! It is not surprising that we would want to include it in our plaque reducing formula!
Lecithin Complex 900 mg
This is a key nutrient because lecithin is a lipid fat that can emulsify in water! This is important because it helps arterial cholesterol fats dissolve in water so they can be removed from the body. Cholesterol has a much higher melting point than your body temperature. Basically, this means that there is a wad of waxy cholesterol stuck to your arteries that is hard to remove unless it is liquefied.
Canadian research, confirmed by Boston University, found that cholesterol becomes soluble in your body only when enough lecithin is present! Lecithin increases the liquidity of cholesterol for easier removal. (This is also why the lecithin fat portion of the good HDLs has almost twice as much lecithin as LDLs.
Guar Gum 400 mg
Guar gum was included in the clinical studies above and supports grapefruit pectin as an effective plaque remover – especially ‘soft’ plaque! Other studies have shown it also increases intercellular adhesion (repair) of damaged arteries. It increases the antioxidant proteins thereby decreasing oxidative stress induced arterial injury. (In other words, it also helps protect the arteries while plaque is being removed.)
Garlic Extract 225 mg
The UCLA Medical Center confirmed the power of garlic extracts to help prevent heart disease. Patients showed only about one-third as much vascular calcification (plaque) – as well as reduced cholesterol (also why it is also included in our Cholesterol Balance).
Scientists presented research at the American Heart Association meeting in Washington, DC that showed that garlic not only reduces calcification of the arteries but also reduces plaque formation by up to 40% - and can even dissolve existing plaque by 25%. It also helps make cholesterol and blood less "sticky" so helping the release of plaque from the arterial walls. These are incredible number in addition to all the other good things garlic does (and why we even include it in our Ultimate Foundation multi-vitimins).
L-Lysine 200 mg
Lysine helps release Lp(a) forms of cholesterol, the #1 nasty component of arterial plaque. This is the stickiest form of cholesterol. L-lysine is a lipotrophic, which means that it has a high affinity for fats – especially lipid fats! Lysine helps prevent and loosen Lp(a) from sticking to the arterial lining by attaching to the lysine binding sites exposed by the damaged arteries. Lysine, combined with L-Proline, goes even further by binding directly to the Lp(a) molecules, helping remove them and preventing them from depositing more plaque!
Additional Proprietary Blend
Alpha Liporic Acid
ALA is helpful in so many ways. However, our main purpose here is in how recent studies have shown how the body uses ALA to help recyclye vitamin C. This might help explain the age-old question of why we do not need as much vitamin C as other mammals.
Proline is a precursor to hydroxyproline, which is essential in collagen production – especially tissue repair. However, it is included here because of its action with Lysine in binding to LP(a) cholesterol in plaque, helping remove them.
Pantethine is the powerful biologically active form of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). It causes the liver to pull LDL out of the bloodstream. The result is that pantethine can considerably lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and, especially, triglycerides.
In addition, we include it in Artery Clear because it is one of the few nutrients that can also raise good HDL cholesterol! The HDL level is important to clearing arteries because HDLs help the attachment to plaque and carries plaque and cholesterol out of the bloodstream. Pantethine has been an approved pharmaceutical for 30 years in Japan for the purpose of increasing HDL - however it is expensive so most formulas don’t include it.
Choline is an emulsifier that helps release plaque fats from sticking. It works with lecithin to help fats flow and be eliminated through the liver and gallbladder. It is also the prime ingredient of phosphatidylcholine, the active ingredient in lecithin that works wonders (below).
(EDTA) - EDTA has had a long history and is good at removing lead. We have had to remove EDTA for another reason. The FDA recently sent a warning about EDTA to doctors, so insurance companies, that provide product liability coverage, have stopped covering products with EDTA. Since we already have lead removal covered with other nutrients, we had to stop using EDTA.
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