Heart Disease - Plant
Compounds slow down Blood Clots - Sweet Pepper and Cocoa
January 17th, 2006
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have discovered two plant
compounds that may be potentially healthy for your heart. A person with
heart disease may be helped by the plant compounds by slowing down the
blood clotting process.
The research conducted by Jae B. Park at the Human Nutrition Research
Center’s Phytonutrient Laboratory was first reported in the current
issue of Agricultural Research magazine. The two plant compounds were
N-caffeoyldopamine and N-coumaroyldopamine. The plant compounds are
naturally occurring and are found in sweet peppers, Chinese wolfberry,
“The compounds were found to be potent in their ability to inhibit
chemical reactions that lead to blood clotting, such as platelet
activation and platelet-leukocyte interaction,” Park said.
Park is also studying other plant sources for these compounds in hopes
of finding which plant source has the most N-caffeoyldopamine and N-coumaroyldopamine.
To achieve the benefits of the plant compounds it will likely be a
medication or supplement because of there is not enough in a serving of
Park found these plant compounds suppressed the sticky platelets, P-selectin.
If there is any damaged blood vessel walls, white blood cells go to
repair and remove the dead and foreign material. When we age, we start
to have clogged arteries and fatty substances accumulate on blood vessel
walls. These fatty deposits start a chain reaction by calling the
immune cells, proteins, and calcium in the bloodstream to stick to the
blood vessel’s inner wall. This process causes a build of plaque,
prevents blood flow, and will cause blood clots.
“Blood clotting causes the artery to narrow even more, and in some
cases, prevents the blood from supplying the heart muscle, which results
in a condition called ‘acute coronary syndrome,’” says Park.
These two plant compounds reflect the importance of eating your
vegetables. It is unlikely by eating foods containing these plant
compounds will be medicinal; however, it still is a good choice for a
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