All three ingredients found in BP-RX: Jiaogulan gypenosides, Arjuna bark and Grape Seed extract – provide powerful, broad – based antioxidant protection. But perhaps the most impressive antioxidant is contained in Jiaogulan gypenosides.
In addition to lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin resistance, Jiaogulan gypenosides increase Superoxide dismutase (SOD) higher than any other nutritional or pharmaceutical. SOD is the most powerful antioxidant naturally produced by your body – glutathione peroxidase and catalase are the other two antioxidants produced in the body.
According to the Life Extension Foundation – SOD may be 3500 times stronger as an antioxidant than vitamin C (green tea is thought to be 100 times stronger). As most of us get older our bodies produce less SOD. The following health benefits are associated with SOD:
- Research conducted in the 1980’s by Richard Cutler Ph.D at the Gerontology Research Center at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C., showed that mammals that produced higher tissue and serum levels of SOD lived longer than those with lower SOD levels. Mice and rodents have the lowest levels of SOD among mammals with humans having the highest levels. Humans produce an average of 90 micrograms per milliliter of SOD and live an average of 80 years. Chimpanzees our closest primate relatives produce 40 micrograms per milliliter of SOD and live an average of 40 years. Fruit flies that have been bred to produce twice as much SOD as normal, live twice as long as ordinary fruit flies. Cutler’s research suggests that a primary factor in mammal’s life spans can be traced to SOD levels.
- Young people naturally produce an abundance of SOD – which helps protect them against the destructive effects of free radicals and disease. Unfortunately, as the body ages, the body makes less SOD. This leads to an accumulation of free radicals and oxidative damage – which then leads to increased degenerative and inflammatory health problems.
- SOD levels in humans vary as much as 50% due to genetic differences, which may help explain why some people are more susceptible to degenerative diseases – while others lead long, disease free lives.
- Scientists have linked inflammation too many chronic diseases that accompany aging – including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Both in cells grown in the lab and in live animals, SOD improved the function of white blood cells of the immune system known as macrophages. Macrophages subjected to oxidative stress release the inflammatory compound called tumor necrosis factor (TNF), those treated with SOD release the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin – 10 (IL-10). Studies have shown that those people who live to be 90 or older, have high blood levels of IL-10 in their bodies – which may keep their inflammatory reaction in check during aging.
In the largest double – blind placebo study conducted to date (over 1,000 subjects), Jiaogulan gypenosides were found to increase the levels of SOD in those subjects taking Jiaogulan gypenosides between 116% – 282% on an age – dependent basis.
Grape seed extract
Grape seed extract 50 times stronger as an antioxidant than vitamin E and 20 times stronger as an antixoidant than vitamin C
Arjuna bark has been clinically validated to to increase all 3 endogenous antioxidants naturally produced by your body: Superoxide dismutase (SOD), Glutathione peroxidase (GPX) and Catalase (CAT).