The AJCM reviews the antioxidant components and properties of four putative antioxidant botanicals and their potential role in treating cardiovascular illness.

by Chong-Zhi Wang, Sangeeta R. Mehendale and Chun-Su Yuan

Abstract: Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the US. Recent studies found that reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been incriminated in the pathogenesis of both acute and chronic heart disease. Many botanicals possess antioxidant properties, and these herbal antioxidants may protect against cardiovascular diseases by contributing to the total antioxidant defense system of the human body.

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