A new study directly from the University of Georgia in the USA regarding the relationship between nutritional supplements and arterial hardening was truly a revelation and an interesting way to look at the familiar from an unusual angle. Specialists focused on identifying the causes of the systematic thickening of the arteries with age, referring primarily to the influence of the so-called metabolites – special substances produced as a result of energy metabolism of the body. In addition to indicating obvious factors that increase the density of arteries – and, as a consequence, the risk of developing various cardiovascular diseases – experts also pointed out the role of metabolites.
Initially, specialists compiled a statistical table, which included 1,200 participants in a research project, in which one way or another there is a compaction of the arteries. Further, having studied more than 1,200 combinations of various metabolites in the studied organisms, the scientists noticed the 27 most functional and promising actors that contribute to additional densification, thus indicating their role as a kind of beacon to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
In addition, they noted that the level of these metabolites varies in accordance with various risk factors, such as smoking or lack of physical activity – however, it is worth noting that the curious fact that some of the established metabolites increased the density of arteries even outside the basic framework of the experiment. Thus, the team of scientists determined that an increase in the density of arteries can also be associated with the consumption of certain nutritional supplements, although it does not yet specify which ones.
This study, despite the fact that once again confirmed the already obvious moment, still represents a promising database on the basis of which all subsequent experiments and studies of this kind will be built. So far, it remains to wait for the final verdict of experts regarding which food additives are best avoided so as not to increase the level of metabolites.