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GliSODin helps prevent damage to artery walls in adults at risk of developing heart disease

Dec 05, 2012

The carotid artery in the neck supplies blood to the brain. If the layers of the inner walls of this artery, known as the intima and media layers, thicken it is related to the extent of cholesterol plaque in the body. The degree of thickening is important and this can be measured using ultrasound and sophisticated software to quantify the amount of disease present. The measurement of the thickness of these layers helps predict future heart related events such as a stroke or heart attack.

SOD is a very powerful and important antioxidant in the human body and levels decrease with age. SOD is found in melons and other foods but it is poorly absorbed because our digestive juices destroy it. GliSODin is an absorbable version of the enzyme SOD. Scientists attached wheat protein to SOD derived from cantaloupes, stabilizing it. This masks it from the deactivating activity of digestive juices. Human clinical trials show that taking GliSODin improves our SOD levels. 

In this clinical trial doctors at the National Association of Preventive Medicine in Paris checked the degree of arterial wall thickening in 76 adults with cardiovascular risk factors. The risk factors of the study subjects included a family history of heart disease, elevated cholesterol and inflammation, high blood pressure, smoking cigarettes, and overweight-obesity. Giving GliSODin to these patients boosted their antioxidant levels and prevented further thickening of the lining of the necks arteries.

In these patients who have risk factors but were not yet clinically diagnosed with heart disease supplementing with GliSODin was protective and helped prevent further damage to the lining of arterial walls. The study was published in the European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.