Fantastic Discovery: Foul Smelling Chemical Can Reduce Plaque and Prevent Atherosclerosis

Science throws up some weird research time to time and now believe it or not, research done on mice is making scientists believe that a particular compound which throws up that disgusting stinky smell of rotting flesh can wonder of wonders actually reduce all that plaque build-up in artery walls responsible for the condition of atherosclerosis. The chemical called putrescine activates immune cells that can surround and kill dead cells of the plaque.

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1When the normal process doesn’t work as it should, inflammation occurs

Macrophages are immune cells that devour dead cells instantly but then if that does not happen as it should, the dead tissue can also cause chronic and severe inflammation. It isn’t only atherosclerosis that causes inflammation; several other health conditions cause inflammation too such as Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, autoimmune diseases, asthma and chronic lung disease.

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2A breakthrough that could lead to new treatments

The amazing discovery was researched and featured in the Journal Cell Metabolism and is being regarded as a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments. According to lead researcher Professor Ira Tabas of Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, NY approximately one billion cells die of in our bodies daily. If these cells aren’t eliminated, they hang around and infect good cells causing inflammation and even death of health tissue.

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3Macrophages are supposed to eliminate dead cells from the body

It is the work of Macrophages to eliminate dead cells from the body. The process called efferocytosis derives its name from Latin word effere that translates to “carry to the grave.” When the same process works inefficiently, it can amount to buildup of these dead cells dangerous for the body. It is these dead cells that could be causing plaque to increase causing the condition of atherosclerosis.

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4Dead cells contribute to plaque build up

Macrophages remove dead cells in a process called efferocytosis. This name comes from the Latin word efferre, which means “to carry to the grave.” If this process does not work efficiently, it can cause a buildup of dead cells. There is some evidence to suggest that these dead cells may support the growth of the plaques associated with atherosclerosis.

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