Cholesterol: tomato extract beats statins?


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A natural tomato extract tested in a recent study by researchers at Cambridge have revealed interesting properties of protective and preventive cardiovascular diseases.

This is a very bio available form of lycopene, the carotenoid that gives its characteristic red color, known for its antioxidant properties.

The trial, which took place successfully on 150 patients and presented at the conference of the British Cardiovascular Society, showed that the new compound reduces the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL) in blood down to zero in just eight weeks by preventing the occlusion of the arteries.

A result that according to Peter Kirkpatrick, director of the research, "could not be achieved by therapies based statins currently in use to treat patients with hypercholesterolemia."

But the British Heart Foundation for the voice of its director Peter Weissberg dampening the enthusiasm and in any case calls for caution: "As always, we recommend that you wait for each new remedy evidence of its benefits. We need time and more clinical trials to be sure of its real effectiveness. "

Right, we await further testing and we hope that the results are confirmed to have finally a viable alternative to statins and without the harmful side effects of these drugs.

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