Folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 to reduce levels of homocysteineHomocysteine is a sulphur-containing amino acid which is produced via dietary protein. However, it is important to know that like conventional risk factors, an increase in circulating homocysteine levels is now considered a major determinant of cardiovascular disease and thrombosis. Pyridoxal-5-phosphate, an optimal form of vitamin B6, 5-methyltetrahydrofolate and methylcobalamin, a form of vitamin B12 preferred to cyanocobalamin, are all recognised treatments for lowering homocysteine levels and thus reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, and all three have been added to Triple Protect.
Quercetin to combat atherosclerosisQuercetin is undoubtedly the best-known of the flavonoids. This famous anti-ageing substance, which is largely responsible for the therapeutic effects of ginkgo and hypericum, lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension, reduces levels of â€˜bad’ LDL-cholesterol in overweight individuals and inhibits platelet aggregation, a mechanism involved in atherosclerosis. In just the last few years, it has also been associated with reducing the fragility of capillaries.
Magnesium to reduce blood pressureWhen we think about cardiovascular-protective supplements, magnesium springs to mind with its recognised and convergent effects. It helps to both prevent atherosclerosis (by reducing absorption of lipids in the gut during meals, as well as by increasing levels of â€˜good’ cholesterol) and lower blood pressure. With scientifically supported and recognised effects, an elevated daily intake of magnesium is indeed recommended by US medical authorities for preventing and treating hypertension. This is why SuperSmart has chosen the most actively-absorbed form (magnesium bisglycinate chelate) for its Triple Protect formulation.
Alpha-lipoic acid for protecting blood vesselsOur formulation also contains R-alpha lipoic acid, which is converted in the body into dihydrolipoic acid. This powerful antioxidant can regenerate other endogenous antioxidants such as vitamins E and C and glutathione, thus helping to prevent damage to blood vessels from oxidative stress. A number of studies have also shown that it increases insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetics who are at greater risk of cardiovascular problems.
An extract of maritime pine bark with remarkable effects on the circulatory systemAlso included in Triple Protect is an extract of maritime pine bark standardised in proanthocyanidins or oligo-proanthocyanidins (OPC). This too is invaluable in preventing circulation-related problems. Studies show it has a slight effect in both lowering systolic blood pressure and increasing physical capacity, reduces several risk markers for cardiovascular disease such as inflammation, improves microcirculation, decreases the capillary permeability that contributes to oedema and relieves symptoms related to venous insufficiency.
Vitamin K2, nattokinase, pomegranate extract and allicin: four vital ingredientsTo complete the formulation, SuperSmart has added four innovative ingredients, based on the latest scientific research:
|Daily dose: 3 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 30
|Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate)||30 mg|
|QuatrefolicÂ® acid (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid (from 370mcg of 54-59% glucosamine salts and (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid)||400 mcg|
|Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin)||60 mcg|
|Vitamin K2 MK-7 (menaquinone-7)||90 mcg|
|Magnesium bisglycinate||150 mg|
|Extract of garlic clove standardised to 3.4% allicin||350 mg|
|Extract of pomegranate seed standardised to 40% ellagic acid||150 mg|
|NattoKinase 20,000 FU/g (2000 FU)||100 mg|
|R-alpha lipoic acid||70 mg|
|Extract of maritime pine bark standardised to 95% proanthocyanidins||50 mg|
|Extract of Huperzia serrata standardised to 1% Huperzine-A||15 mg|
|Other ingredients : magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose. QuatrefolicÂ®, Gnosis, Italie.|
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