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High doses of lutein may help your heart.

High intake of lutein, a major antioxidant carotenoid in the blood. appears to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Research from 2001 published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association. shows that over an 18-month period subjects with high levels of lutein in their blood did not experience a thickening of the carotid artery, an important indicator of heart disease. People with lower levels of lutein present in their blood, however, did experience carotid artery thickening.

Another study showed that white blood cells were far less likely to be attracted to artery cells treated with lutein. Normally, white blood cells promote inflammation of the artery walls. With lutein present in the blood, inflammation was reduced and an early stage in the development of heart disease was averted.

The results demonstrate that high levels of lutein may protect people from falling victim to cardiovascular disease.
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Title Annotation:a antioxidant carotenoid in the blood stream
Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 22, 2002
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