February 20, 2009
Two-nutrient combination stops
angina and liver damage
You may have heard about the problems poor circulation can cause to your arms and legs. But did you know poor circulation can adversely affect your organs too? For instance, angina is simply poor circulation to your heart. And poor circulation to your intestines can cause severe abdominal pain. But there's an easy way to fix this problem.
A small rodent study recently discovered a way to protect your organs. In fact, they also discovered that two nutrients can actually reverse damage that's already done. The two nutrients are the antioxidants carnosine and melatonin (in combination).
In the study, the researchers divided the rats into five different groups. One group served as the control. In the other four groups, the researchers induced ischemia (poor circulation) and then allowed the blood flow to return. This is when biochemical injury can occur if there isn't enough nutritional protection. Of the four groups, they didn't treat the second group. They gave the third group only carnosine. The fourth group took only melatonin. And the fifth group took both nutrients.
The researchers examined the animals' tissues under a microscope. The control group (group #1) didn't experience any cellular damage. But group #2, the untreated ischemic group, experienced a number of adverse biochemical, enzyme, and cellular alterations, including cell death.
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The researchers didn't see nearly as much damage in the other three treated groups. Of these three treated groups, group #5 (the group that took both nutrients together) had the fewest number of cellular changes. This group also had the highest levels of the all-important biochemical glutathione. And their rate of apoptosis (cell death) was the lowest.
While this was a rodent study, it merits attention. Ischemic disease is rampant. Any organ can suffer from poor circulation. And these nutrients offer dramatic protection.
Carnosine and melatonin are well-known "antioxidants." That is, they protect tissues from oxidative damage. If you have poor circulation, consider melatonin (in a dose of 5-20 mg before bedtime) and carnosine (500 mg twice daily). Both are readily available online and in health food stores.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Ref: Baykara B, Tekmen I, Pekcetin C, Ulukus C, Tuncel P, Sagol O, Ormen M, Ozogul C. The protective effects of carnosine and melatonin in ischemia-reperfusion injury in the rat liver. Acta Histochem. 2008 Jun 11. Published on-line ahead of print.