New Study finds Herbal Mixture Cuts Atherosclerosis in Lab Animals

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New Study finds Herbal Mixture Cuts Atherosclerosis in Lab Animals

A natural herbal mixture, whose formula dates back thousands of years to ancient India, was found to cut atherosclerosis in laboratory animals, according to a study conducted at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and appearing in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

According to Hari Sharma, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., one of the authors of the study, the herbal mixture, Maharish Amrit Kalash or MAK-4, does not reduce cholesterol, but rather "it works at a more fundamental level by increasing the resistance of fats in the blood from turning rancid."

Rancid fats, also known as oxidized cholesterol, are toxic to the blood vessel lining and lead to atherosclerosis. "The study showed that by preventing the oxidation of cholesterol, MAK-4 prevented atherosclerosis," says Dr. Sharma, who is author of a book on the effects of free radicals on health and disease, Freedom from Disease.

Dr. Sharma and his colleagues studied watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic (WHHL) rabbits -- animals that lack proper receptors for low-density lipoprotein (LDL), so that cholesterol in the bloodstream rises to very high levels, resulting in sever atherosclerosis by the age of six months.

The study, entitled "The Antioxidant and Antiatherogenic Effects of MAK-4 in WHHL Rabbits," divided the rabbits into two groups: controls and a group fed a 6% MAK-4 supplemental diet. Blood samples were drawn for analysis every two months for the duration of the six-month study.

Compared to controls, MAK-4 fed rabbits showed a significant reduction in aortic arch atherosclerosis; a significant increase in resistance to oxidation in LDL (so-called "bad" cholesterol) isolated from the MAK-4 rabbits; and a significant increase in the antioxidant enzyme, gluatahione peroxidase.

The study's findings, along with further research, may offer new hope for the tens of millions of Americans suffering from high cholesterol and atherosclerosis -- major causes of heart attacks and death in the nation.

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals Inc.

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