Cardio·Logic is an exclusive formula designed by Arnold Fox, M.D., "The Anti-Aging Doctor". Its unique combination of Aged Garlic Extract, L-Carnitine, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a-lipoic acid, Vitamins E, B6, B12 and Folate lowers elevated homocysteine levels and supports cardiovascular health. Excessive serum cholesterol and homocysteine can damage the cardiovascular system. Recent studies have concluded that elevated homocysteine levels may be an independent risk factor for the development of heart disease. Homocysteine damages cells that line the veins or arteries and stimulates the development of scar tissue in the damaged area. It has also been shown to both activate clotting factors and to hamper their inactivation.
Sufficient energy production is indispensable to maintain healthy heart function. Processes that regulate proper cardiac muscular function, such as nerve stimulation and actual beating of the heart, require a sufficient and continuous energy supply. To generate energy, cells burn the foods we eat for fuel. This sophisticated burning process is delicately regulated by several important factors including CoQ10, a-lipoic acid, Vitamin B12 and L-Carnitine, each of which is included in Cardio·Logic.
It is well known that oxidants/free radicals contribute to the development of cardiovascular diseases. As long as antioxidants and free radicals are in balance, no serious problems arise. However, once free radicals overwhelm the internal or dietary antioxidant supply (due to poor eating habits, stress, sickness, injury, degenerative diseases, overexertion or other factors), free radicals begin to cause damage to cells and tissues (including the cardiovascular system) and can even disrupt their proper functioning. Supplemental antioxidants play a significant role in the body's defense against an excess level of free radicals and the damage they can cause.
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NOTES: Cardio·Logic provides the following array of complimentary nutrients to assist in maintaining optimal cardiovascular function:
Aged Garlic Extract
Studies have suggested that aged garlic extract and its constituents may provide nutritional support for the cardiovascular system by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, promoting healthy circulation, and by quenching free radicals that may oxidize LDL cholesterol and damage heart tissue. Aged Garlic Extract has a blood thinning effect that prevents clotting and has been shown to minimize scarring of heart tissue caused by a high cholesterol diet. Furthermore, a recent study has shown that AGE significantly decreases serum homocysteine levels.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 or Ubidecarenone)
Coenzyme Q10 functions as an antioxidant and assists in the energy-producing chemical reactions in the body. It is found in high levels in the heart, liver and kidney. It works in the mitochondria or powerhouse of the cell and helps to produce energy for the cardiac muscle. In addition, CoQ10 functions as a potent antioxidant, protecting muscle tissue from oxidants that impair function and create scarring that leads to heart disease. CoQ10 and carnitine have been shown to work synergistically in their protective effects during states of reduced oxygen supply to the heart, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
L-Carnitine is a naturally occurring carrier molecule that is essential in fat metabolism and energy production. L-Carnitine can help to assure adequate carnitine for heart energy. Carnitine shuttles raw materials (mainly free fatty acids) into the mitochondria (power house of cells) for the production of energy. Carnitine also removes from cells the resulting waste products that are potentially toxic.
a-Lipoic acid plays an important role as an indispensable co-factor in the Kreb's cycle, assisting in the production of energy for cells. It is also a potent antioxidant that protects heart tissue from oxidative or free radical damage. a-Lipoic acid is called the "Universal Antioxidant" since it can quench free radicals in both fat (such as cell membranes) and in water (such as in plasma). Vitamin C, on the other hand, can only quench free radicals in water mediums and vitamin E in fat mediums. a-Lipoic acid also recycles vitamin C, vitamin E, and CoQ10, so these antioxidants resume their fighting activity.
Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that protects the body against damage from free radicals and oxidants. Specifically, it prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol, making it less likely to cause damage to veins. It's antiplatelet effects thin blood reducing risk of clots. Further, it may provide protection for those with former heart attacks.
Vitamin B6 may support healthy cardiovascular function by reducing excessive homocysteine levels. B6 is necessary to degrade homocysteine to cysteine so that it won't accumulate excessively. Deficiencies in B6 have been associated with increased risk of heart diseases.
B12 is necessary for maintaining healthy blood cells and for releasing energy from nutrients. B12 deficiency is strongly related to elevated homocysteine levels, and homocysteine levels have been shown to decline upon supplementation with B12. In addition, a high intake of folate, though safe, can mask a deficiency of vitamin B12 making B12 a prudent addition to a supplement with folic acid.
Folic acid is needed to make RNA and DNA, which is vital to all cells. It is critical for the synthesis of red blood cells. Folic acid has also been shown to help to reduce excessive homocysteine levels. It controls homocysteine-related key enzymes to maintain the healthy homocysteine level in our body. Only half as much folic acid is absorbed from food compared to that absorbed from the supplemental form.