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Heart disease is a manifestation of blood clots or a narrowed blood vessel that can lead to stroke, angina, or a heart attack. Angina is chest pain. A heart attack will occur when there is a blood clot in the path of the blood, which leads to deoxygenated blood. This causes the heart muscles to die because they are not supplied with the correct amount of oxygen. It can also lead to overtaxed muscles, which begin to fail. A stroke is a “brain attack,” meaning a blood clot has formed in the path to the brain, so blood flow; therefore, oxygen is not supplying the brain correctly. The blood vessels in the brain can either be blocked or the vessels can burst causing a stroke.
A leading cause of blood clots and strained blood vessels is LDL or the “bad cholesterol.” LDL is a low density lipoprotein. It is also one of five cholesterols formed in the body. LDL will collect in the blood vessels causing blockages or clots. LDL is made by the liver, and can also be contained in the foods you eat. Numerous scientific studies throughout the world have already determined that LDL increases your risk of heart disease.
To a certain degree your body can breakdown the LDL cholesterol. However, when there is an abundance of this lipoprotein in the body, you need to change your diet to avoid eating foods that increase your LDL levels.
A study in 1995 conducted at the University of Western Australia in the Department of Medicine at the Royal Perth Hospital in Australia decided to look at a Southeast Asian remedy being touted to help lower LDL cholesterol in patients. The study examined Mangosteen, a fruit grown in Malaysia. This fruit has been linked with several diseases as an aid to preventing or curing certain diseases. The study examined Mangosteen and its inhibitory qualities with regards to the oxidative effects it has on LDL.
The study focused primarily on atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a plaque that will build inside your arteries, which carry oxygen filled blood to your heart and brain. Researchers wanted to determine if Mangosteen had antioxidant effects by isolating Garcinia Mangostana and using Cu2+ as a metal ion dependent and aqueous peroxyl radicals as an independent oxidation process.
It was discovered that 100 microM of Mangosteen would stop the relative electrophoretic mobility of Low Density Lipoprotein. Fewer LDL bands appeared in a gel relative to other protein bands tested, meaning LDL did not migrate up the dye front when Mangosteen was in the blood. The test was run at 4 and 24 hours after the introduction of Mangosteen. The tests show that Mangosteen was able to “hunt” the LDL and destroy it rather than allow it to form blood clots. To put it in other words—the process of oxidation, where the LDL would inhibit oxygen from getting through the blood vessels was stopped, when Mangosteen was introduced to the body.
To further support this claim a study in 2000 by the Chemistry Department at Prince of Sokngla University was conducted in Hat Yai, Thailand. The study was able to prove again that Mangosteen is an antioxidant, stopping the oxidation of LDL and thus helping to stop heart disease. With oxygen flow uninhibited by LDL, the heart is able to get the oxygen it needs to pump blood throughout the body.
Eating or drinking Mangosteen can help you to reduce your risk for heart disease. It does not mean it can cure or prevent heart disease, but that it can help lower your LDL levels. Lowered LDL levels are what reduce, even prevent heart disease.