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Over time plaque can narrow the arteries and reduce blood flow. Once this plaque is build up under the endothelial cells of your arteries, it stays there forever.

  • A common place where plaque builds up is in the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that feed your heart. This plaque build-up causes coronary artery disease and increases your risk of having a heart attack. 
  • Plaque build-up in other arteries, such as the carotid arteries in your neck, can reduce blood flow to your brain and increase the risk of stroke.

Nitric oxide and cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance made by your liver and also comes from the food you eat and is then packaged into particles called lipoproteins. Your body needs cholesterol to make:

  • Hormones.
  • Vitamin D
  • Bile, a substance that helps you to digest food. 

Two lipoproteins that carry cholesterol are:

  1. Low-density Lipoprotein or LDL carries cholesterol from the liver to the cells. LDL travels through your bloodstream delivering cholesterol to the cells that need it.
  2. High-density Lipoprotein or HDL carries cholesterol from the cells to the liver.  
Bad lifestyle habits (alcohol, cigarettes etc) cause damage to the artery walls and LDL gets in to repair the wall. Once LDL gets into the arteries, more LDL gets in and sponge cells form, also called plaque. This is why LDL is called 'bad' cholesterol. 

Increased HDL helps your body prevent this build-up in the first place.  HDL helps remove excess cholesterol from your cell tissues and from plaque in your blood vessels. This is why HDL is called good cholesterol. HDL carries the excess cholesterol back to your liver, which removes it from your body.

Nitric Oxide helps to maintain a good balance between good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.

Recover-Me boosts the production of this Nitric Oxide.

Dr J. L. Ignarro on nitric oxide and cholesterol.

Dr J. L. Ignarro explains: One of the most common causes of a heart attack or a stroke is the development of arteriosclerosis which is nothing more then an inflammatory disease of the arteries and this comes about when you have cholesterol build up, in other words the ‘bad’ cholesterol.

This LDL cholesterol build up will actually cause a change in the structure of the arteries, the blood will begin to clod, there will be all kinds of derby clinging to one another and this constitutes the build up of plaque in the arterial wall which can obstruct blood flow.

Worse yet, if those plaques become disruptive, for any reason, they can travel to different parts of the body and travel to the brain you can have a stroke and if it travels to the heart you can have a heart attack.

The way the body protects naturally against the development of high cholesterol is through nitric oxide. Nitric oxide functions to keep the balance of the various lipids in the arterial system, so it helps to maintain the good cholesterol and the bad cholesterol at healthy levels."

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