The Development of Blood Vessel Plaque
Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up on the inside of arteries. One of the guilty compounds that contributes to atherosclerosis is a lipoprotein called Lp(a). Lp(a) is similar to LDL bad cholesterol, but is even more damaging due to its ability to interfere with the breakup of blood clots.
The Vitamin C Solution
Lp(a) is closely linked to vitamin C. When blood vessels are damaged, Lp(a) acts to block blood clots and deposit cholesterol, healing the vessel, but potentially causing long-term damage. Vitamin C, on the other hand, keeps blood vessels strong to prevent blood vessel injuries. The amino acids lysine and proline enhance the effects of vitamin C and prevent Lp(a) from binding to blood vessel walls. Proline can block the formation of Lp(a) in the first place.
TLC for Blood Vessels
Lp(a)s role appears to be due to the fact that humans are unable to synthesize vitamin C. When levels of the vitamin are optimal, Lp(a)s beneficial actions are not required and its harmful effects can be avoided. TLC 3.0 contains a combination of nutrients to keep blood vessels strong and healthy and prevent the development of atherosclerosis.