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Aging, CVD and Plant Polyphenols

Dear Doctor

Aging is characterized by a condition of rising levels of free radicals that generates increasing cellular senescence.

Only recently has aging itself been viewed as a treatable condition, with an etiology related to excessive ROS levels that lead to cellular senescence, a process by which cells enter a permanent state of cell cycle arrest. Although senescent cells lost their proliferative capacity, they still are able to secrete a range of proinflammatory molecules through the senescence associated secretory phenotype (SASP).

Patients with coronary artery disease show increased expression of the proinflammatory molecules MCP-1, IL-6, IL-1β and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), all of which are secreted by senescent cells through the SASP.

In Serino and Salazar’s 2019 review, Protective role of polyphenols against vascular inflammation, aging and cardiovascular disease, they discuss molecular mechanisms by which polyphenols improve anti-oxidant capacity, mitochondrial function and autophagy, while reducing oxidative stress, inflammation and cellular senescence in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and endothelial cells (ECs). They also  discuss the therapeutic potential of polyphenols in reducing the effects of the SASP and the  incidence of CVD.

The following Therapeutic Food protocol makes sense in light of Serino and Salazar’s research. (See also Food Science below)

Therapeutic Food Support:

Suggestions:  Add one tsp No. 7 to your smoothy, or to your shot glass of diluted juice add one tsp No. 7 and swig down the Glucosinolate capsule and 2 capsule of Phyto Power.   Try it for a couple of months and see how you feel.

Food Science:

Lai et al. (2015) reported that total fruit intake (g/day) derived from a 217-item Food Frequency Questionnaire was obtained from 30,458 women (aged 35–69 years) at baseline from 1995–1998., the richest sources of phenolic compounds, correlated with improved cardiovascular health with an estimated 6–7% reduction in deaths from CVDs for every 80 g portion. This study concluded that total fruit intake rather than intake of a specific type of fruit is protective against CVD. In terms of specific types of fruits, commonly researched varieties include berries, such as blackberries, raspberries, black raspberries and blueberries, grapes, citrus fruit, pomegranates, strawberries and apples. These fruits are rich in polyphenols like flavanols, flavonols, anthocyanins, procyanidins, sterols, carotenoids, and hydroycinnamic acids.

The Therapeutic Food Supplement protocol above provides a rich diversity of high active fruits and vegetables.


  • Serino, A., & Salazar, G. (2019). Protective role of polyphenols against vascular inflammation, aging and cardiovascular disease. Nutrients,11(1),
  • Lai, H. T. M., Threapleton, D. E., Day, A. J., Williamson, G., Cade, J. E., & Burley, V. J. (2015). Fruit intake and cardiovascular disease mortality in the UK Women’s Cohort Study. European journal of epidemiology, 30(9), 1035-1048.

To your health,


We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners. There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health. Please use our products under the advisement of your doctor.

Green Facts:

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Kaiser Permantente has published a remarkable nutritional update for their 15,000 physicians who care for their 10 million members.  Kaiser is now telling doctors that healthy eating may best be achieved with a plant-based diet, defined as a regiment that “encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy and eggs as well as all refined and processed junk food (Tuso, 2013).”


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