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Small Changes Can Cut Heart Disease Risks

Posted - May 25, 2004 at 6:20 a.m.



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LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Moderate exercise and taking common dietary supplements can reduce heart disease risks significantly, U.S. researchers said Monday.

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, said these actions can affect the risk of atherosclerosis because, combined, they boost the body's production of nitric oxide, which protects against a variety of cardio-vascular disorders.

They found moderate exercise reduced the development of hardening of the arteries in mice that are genetically prone to heart disease, because exercise alone has been shown to increase nitric oxide in the body. Adding the amino acid L-arginine and the anti-oxidants Vitamins C and E to the mix, however, significantly magnified the effect, researchers said.

The studies, conducted with mice, showed taking all three dietary supplements resulted in lost weight and lower cholesterol when combined with exercise.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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