Artery Health for Mom

CoQ10 – 600 mg daily  (where did I get this dosage -everything I read last night stated no more thatn 200mg – figure out where the 600 mg came from)

\vitamin c daily

500 mg curcumin

garlic

 

*An important read for Linda and mom  http://www.natmeds.net/blog/alphabetized/small-vessel-disease-2/

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arganine

natto

serrepeptaise

garlic

curcumin

fish oil

b vitsamins (b6, b12)

hawthorn – https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/hawthorn

\folic acid.

 

strengthen blood vessels naturally

strengthen blood vessels in brain

small vessel disease brain treatment

circulation problem |+ fainting

carotid artery _ dementia

enlarged vein in temple

herbal treatments for small vessel disease

carotid artery alternative medicine

clean arteries supplements

small vessel disease + Nattokinase (not for people with bleeding disorders)

natural supplememnts + regenerate brain cells  (curcumin!)

arginine and heart attack (dangerous for those who have already had heart attak)

improve artery elasticity

improve circulation

reverse hardening of arteries

 

 

Control vascular risk factors. While there is no current treatment to change the effects of VaD, preventing risk for additional vascular damage, particularly stroke, can be an effective way to lower someone’s risk of worsening dementia. This can be done by encouraging exercise, abstaining from smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation and possibly changing diet to reduce salts and saturated fats. It is also important that people with VaD have their blood pressure checked and their blood fat levels measured at least once a year. In addition, some risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol can be controlled with drugs. Don’t hesitate to discuss these options with your doctor. If vascular risk factors are not attended to properly, recurring strokes and worsening dementia symptoms may occur.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/318617-supplements-that-clean-out-plaque-in-your-arteries/

http://www.susiecornell.com/How%20To%20clear%20Clogged%20veins%20naturally.aspx#.VjldlV52FiI

http://www.inspirednutrition.com/store/nutrition-supplements/the-ultimate-artery-clear.html

http://myhealthyfriends.blogspot.ca/2013/08/how-to-clear-clogged-arteries.html

http://www.natmeds.net/blog/alphabetized/small-vessel-disease-2/

http://www.full-health.com/arterial_cleansing.htm

http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/atherosclerosis-natural-solutions/

http://www.naturalnews.com/028835_arterial_plaque_remedies.html

http://www.iherb.com/search?kw=natto#p=1

http://www.thenutritionalhealingcenter.com/this-vitamin-can-heal-arteries-but-theres-a-catch/

http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=28184

http://www.raysahelian.com/nattokinase.html

http://www.inspirednutrition.com/store/nutrition-supplements/the-ultimate-artery-clear.html

 

Home Remedies to treat ‘clogged arteries/veins’.

  • Garlic is a wonderful remedy to treat and prevent arteriosclerosis. You can take garlic supplement, or eat fresh garlic. Take a few cloves of garlic daily, it clears arteries, the circulatory system, helps bringing down the cholesterol level in blood, and collects and cast out toxic waste present in the bloodstream.
  • Lemon or Orange juice helps to treat arteriosclerosis. Using lemon peels or orange peels is even more effective than drinking the juice. Here is how to use lemon peels or orange peels:
  • Make a lemon or orange peel tea. Us a few pieces of lemon peels or orange peels, boil them in 4 cups of water for 20 minutes. Drink 1 cup per time and 2 cups per day.
  • Eat lemon or orange peels in a salad. Cut lemon peels or orange peels into thin strips, mix them with a salad.
  • Green Tea. Drink green tea, it has protective effects against arteriosclerosis. Green Tea prevents the oxidation of cholesterol. Drink green tea 2-3 times per day.
  • Mixture of apple cider vinegar and garlic is also an effective cure for blocked arteries
  • Eliminating processed and junk foods from the diet
  • Regular physical exercises also help in treating blocked arteries

Suggested Supplements

  • B12, B6 and Folic Acid can be found in Homocysteine Spray – Good Health Naturally -30ml (one month supply) 6 sprays a day. £24.95
  • B12 Nuggets: 1000mcg by Solgar – 100 sublingual tablets £9.45- 1 a day
  • Vitamin D3 5,000iu -100 capsules – £20.38 – 1 a day
  • Antioxidants – Reservatrol 60 capsules – £21.07 – 1 a day.
  • Pycnogenol 60 capsules – £27.52 – 1 a day
  • Proteolytic Enzymes – Serrapeptase – 90 capsules -£19.99 -Good Health Naturally
  • How many do I take?- Start with 2 Serrapeptase 80,000IU Tablets/Capsules with MSM and Trace Minerals x 3 times per day on an empty stomach and increase it to 4 x 3 for 14 to 30 days. You can then reduce to a maintenance level of 2 a day – on an empty stomach.
  • Blockbuster Protlytic Enzymes which contains Serrapeptase, Digestive Enzymes – 3 twice a day on an empty stomach for 2 weeks and then a maintenance dosage of 3 daily – £35.70 for 120 capsules. Good Health Naturally

inflammattory.

How to ‘unclog’ arteries /veins naturally

  • Proteolytic enzymes (or proteases) refer to the various enzymes that digest (break down into smaller units) protein. These enzymes include the pancreatic proteases chymotrypsin and trypsin, bromelain (pineapple enzyme), papain (papaya enzyme), fungal proteases, and Serratia peptidase (the “silk worm” enzyme). Dr. Han’s Nieper, a legendary medical doctor known for his extensive use of proteolytic enzymes, called these enzymes the “Miracle Enzyme.” Dr. Nieper used the enzyme primarily to open up clogged arteries supplying the brain.

What they do

  • Reduce inflammation:
  • Clean the blood of debris: Proteolytic enzymes are the primary tools the body uses to “digest” organic debris in the circulatory and lymph systems.
  • Dissolve fibrin in the blood which reduces the risk of clots
  • Increases strength of the immune system
  • Destroys bacteria, viruses, molds and fungi: Bacteria, viruses, molds and fungi.Proeolytic enzymes taken between meals literally go into the bloodstream and digest these invaders.
  • Elimination of autoimmune diseases:, large undigested proteins can enter the bloodstream and form circulating immune complexes (CICs), which trigger allergies and autoimmune diseases. Supplemental proteolytic enzymes destroy ‘circulating immune complexes’ from the body, thereby reducing allergies and autoimmune conditions(In Lessons from the Miracle Doctors)
  • Dissolving of scar tissue- This enables the nerve signal to work unimpeded and possibly the body’s own healing system to replace the scar tissue that forms on the myelin sheath with healthy tissue. Which means that the nerves can the function better. This may reduce the symptoms of MS?

Antioxidants to strengthen blood vessels

Antioxidants are important to reduce inflammation and to strengthen arterial walls. When the body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as “free radical scavengers” and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals

Antioxidants are found abundant in beans, grain products, fruits and vegetables. Look for fruits with bright color – lutein in some of the yellow pigments found in corn; orange in cantaloupe, butternut squash and mango; red from lycopene in tomatoes and watermelon, and purple and blue in berries.

Vitamin D to reduce Arterial Stiffness

Vitamin D can suppress vascular calcification. It promotes smooth muscle growth and is anti-inflammattory.

he Importance of Vitamin B12

Homocysteine is a toxic amino acid formed in the body when other amino acids in the blood are broken down by normal body processes. High blood levels of homocysteine have been linked to a higher risk of heart and vascular disease, and are considered even more of a threat to heart health than high cholesterol.

Increased homocysteine levels maybe caused by stress, poor diet, smoking, heavy metal toxicity , elevated blood fats, medications, and lack of vitamins B12, vitamins B6, folic Acid and excess iron (Excess iron deposits and the presence of iron pigment (hemosiderin) granules are the hallmark of chronic vascular disease. Iron deposits from red blood cell protein (haemoglobin) accumulations trigger an immune response .Hemosiderin is present in the brain lesions of MS.

(I wrote an article for Pathways on High Homocysteine – March/April 2001 – Homocysteine – Never heard of it then read on?)

Essential Nutrients for High Homocysteine

Vitamins B6, B12 (Methylcobalamin) and Folic acid – are key nutrients may help convert homocysteine to other substances, thus preventing an unwanted buildup of homocysteine. These must be obtained from food or supplementation because, like other vitamins,the body cannot make these essential substances from other nutrients.

Deficiencies of these vitamins lead to a buildup of homocysteine that then damages the cells and tissues of the arteries.

Vitamin B12 Absorption

Absorption of Vitamin B12 in the diet is difficult if you have MS because the digestive system needs a protein called intrinsic factor and people who have a less than optimal gastrointestinal digestive system are not able to absorb it. It is therefore recommended that people with MS take it as a sublingual (under the tongue) nutrient. Ideally you should take around 100 to 300 mcg of Vitamin B12 per DAY. There is a ‘Homocysteine spray’ that is sprayed into the mouth as a liquid and is absorbed direcly into the bloodstream bypassing the digestive system. Or you can take B12 as a ‘sublingual’ tablet that dissolves under the tongue.

 

HOW TO CLEAR ‘CLOGGED’ VEINS /ARTERIES NATURALLY

“I went to Poland in November last year for CCSVI Treatment. They found two blocked Juggular Veins, These were successfully ‘unblocked.’ I initially received warmer feet but that was the only noticable improvement. Due to this knowledge I began to follow a natural program at unblocking arteries for people with MS. I have now began to see improvements by using proteolytic enzymes, vitamins B12 Vitamin B6 and Folic Acid. My MS Clients are beginning to notice improvements by doing it the natural way”

This was the letter I received from Euromedic in Poland. – It is true that not everyone feels incredible improvements, some patients do not experience them at all; for now the doctors are not able to foresee which patient can be helped by the ccsvi procedure; the fact it that some patients feel suddenly better, then worse (relapse), then it’s better again; some do feel improvements later with time.

I keep fingers crossed for you !

Cordially,
EUROMEDIC , POLAND


Clogged Arteries /VEINS (Arterial Plaque)

Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood around the body. Healthy arteries have smooth inner walls and blood flows through them easily. However, clogged arteries can develop from the result of a build-up of a substance called plaque on the inner walls of the arteries. Arterial plaque can reduce blood flow or, in some instances, block it altogether.(stenosis)

Symptoms of ‘Clogged Arteries’/Veins

The condition is initially asymptomatic and develops slowly. The symptoms of arteriosclerosis may vary with different arteries involved.

The main symptoms can be

  • Signs of inadequate blood supply generally appear first in the legs
  • Numbness of the legs or feet
  • Cold feet and cramps and pains in the legs, calfs or feet even after light exercise
  • Loss of Hair on legs and feet: significant hair loss is seen with arteriosclrosis.
  • Stiffness and pain in the muscles.
  • Shortness of breath, a choking sensation,
  • Excessive sweating,
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cold or pale skin

What causes arterial plaque?

Plaque that accumulates on the inner walls of the arteries is made from various substances that circulate in the blood. These include calcium, fat, cholesterol, cellular waste, and fibrin, a material involved in blood clotting. In response to plaque build-up, cells in the artery walls increase and secrete additional substances that can worsen the state of clogged arteries.

As plaque deposits grow, a condition called athersclerosis results. This condition causes the arteries to narrow and harden. Although experts don’t know for sure what starts atherosclerosis, the process seems to stem from damage to the arterial wall.

The body attempts to heal all of the damage, and under ideal circumstances it is able to do so without trouble. However there are certain nutrients that are needed to repair. If these nutrients are being utilised and absorbed then high homocysteine levels may develop and damage cells that line the veins or arteries which in turn stimulates the development of scar tissue in the damaged area.

http://www.susiecornell.com/How%20To%20clear%20Clogged%20veins%20naturally.aspx#.VjldlV52FiI

“I went to Poland in November last year for CCSVI Treatment. They found two blocked Juggular Veins, These were successfully ‘unblocked.’ I initially received warmer feet but that was the only noticable improvement. Due to this knowledge I began to follow a natural program at unblocking arteries for people with MS. I have now began to see improvements by using proteolytic enzymes, vitamins B12 Vitamin B6 and Folic Acid. My MS Clients are beginning to notice improvements by doing it the natural way”

This was the letter I received from Euromedic in Poland. –

It

true that not everyone feels incredible improvements, some patients do not experience them at all; for now the doctors are not able to foresee which patient can be helped by the ccsvi procedure; the fact it that some patients feel suddenly better, then worse (relapse), then it’s better again; some do feel improvements later with time.

I keep fingers crossed for you !

Cordially,
EUROMEDIC , POLAND


Clogged Arteries /VEINS (Arterial Plaque)

Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood around the body. Healthy arteries have smooth inner walls and blood flows through them easily. However, clogged arteries can develop from the result of a build-up of a substance called plaque on the inner walls of the arteries. Arterial plaque can reduce blood flow or, in some instances, block it altogether.(stenosis)

Symptoms of ‘Clogged Arteries’/Veins

The condition is initially asymptomatic and develops slowly. The symptoms of arteriosclerosis may vary with different arteries involved.

http://www.susiecornell.com/How%20To%20clear%20Clogged%20veins%20naturally.aspx#.VjldlV52FiI

  • Signs of inadequate blood supply generally appear first in the legs
  • Numbness of the legs or feet
  • Cold feet and cramps and pains in the legs, calfs or feet even after light exercise
  • Loss of Hair on legs and feet: significant hair loss is seen with arteriosclrosis.
  • Stiffness and pain in the muscles.
  • Shortness of breath, a choking sensation,
  • Excessive sweating,
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cold or pale skin

What causes arterial plaque?

Plaque that accumulates on the inner walls of the arteries is made from various substances that circulate in the blood. These include calcium, fat, cholesterol, cellular waste, and fibrin, a material involved in blood clotting. In response to plaque build-up, cells in the artery walls increase and secrete additional substances that can worsen the state of clogged arteries.

As plaque deposits grow, a condition called athersclerosis results. This condition causes the arteries to narrow and harden. Although experts don’t know for sure what starts atherosclerosis, the process seems to stem from damage to the arterial wall.

The body attempts to heal all of the damage, and under ideal circumstances it is able to do so without trouble. However there are certain nutrients that are needed to repair. If these nutrients are being utilised and absorbed then high homocysteine levels may develop and damage cells that line the veins or arteries which in turn stimulates the development of scar tissue in the damaged area.

 

Blue feet

It is most likely that your grandmother is experiencing “pooling” of blood in her feet which is causing the blue color. This may mean that she has damage in her veins which bring blood back to her heart or that she has a possible heart problem. When she gets up to walk the pumping action that occurs when walking will help that blood return to her heart and circulate easier. If she will put her feet up when she sits down, perhaps on a stool or ottoman her feet should not get as blue.

Read more: http://www.justanswer.com/health/0a4ws-noticed-elderly-grandmother-blue-feet-when.html#ixzz3qUUnMBDO

Discoloured feet

A podiatrist can detect circulatory problems by looking at the colour of the feet. A bluish colour indicates poor circulation, sometimes caused by the side-effects of smoking. This is because the effects of nicotine can severely narrow the arteries in the legs and feet. This means not enough blood and oxygen reaches the tissues in the leg which can turn the feet blue.

What are the symptoms of small vessel disease?

The most common symptom of small vessel disease is angina (say: “ann-ji-na”). Angina often feels like a squeezing pain or a pressing feeling in the chest. The pain of angina may make you sweat or make it hard to catch your breath. You may feel pain in your arm, neck, jaw or shoulder as well as in your chest. It is like the symptoms of a heart attack, but it usually happens when you are exercising or being active.

Other symptoms of small vessel disease can include:

  • Fainting
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

If left untreated, small vessel disease can make your heart work harder to pump blood. This can put you at risk for heart attack and heart failure.

If you have small vessel disease, your doctor may prescribe medicine to help control your symptoms or keep your arteries from narrowing. Because the arteries are so small, surgery is not an option. Your doctor will talk to you about which medicine is best for you. Your doctor will also want to schedule regular check-ups with you to monitor how you are doing.

The best way to prevent small vessel disease is by controlling your risk factors. This may include:

  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Don’t smoke. Nicotine raises your blood pressure because it causes your body to release adrenaline, which makes your blood vessels constrict and your heart beat faster. If you smoke, ask your doctor to help you make a plan to quit.
  • Control your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor can suggest ways to lower it. If you’re taking medicine for high blood pressure, be sure to take it just the way your doctor tells you to.
  • Improve your cholesterol levels. A healthy diet and exercise can lower your “bad” cholesterol levels and improve your “good” cholesterol levels. If that doesn’t help, your doctor may talk to you about medicines to help improve your levels.
  • Exercise. Regular exercise can make your heart stronger and reduce your risk of heart disease. Exercise can also help if you have high blood pressure. Before you start, talk to your doctor about the right kind of exercise for you. Try to exercise at least 4 to 6 times a week for at least 30 minutes each time.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Add foods to your diet that are low in cholesterol and saturated fats, because your body turns saturated fats into cholesterol.
  • If you have diabetes, make sure that you keep your blood sugar under control.
Fainting usually results from insufficient blood flow to the brain.
In some people who faint, muscles briefly jerk involuntarily, resembling a seizure.

A person cannot lose consciousness unless brain function is generally disturbed. This disturbance usually occurs because overall blood flow to the brain is reduced. Sometimes, however, blood flow is adequate but the blood does not contain sufficient oxygen or glucose (blood sugar), which the brain needs to function.

Blood flow to the brain can be reduced in several ways. Most often, the cause is something that interferes with the normal return of blood to the heart (and thus reduces blood flow out from the heart). Less often, the cause is a disorder that interferes with blood pumping (typically a heart disorder). Although strokes reduce blood flow to the brain, they only reduce flow to part of the brain. Thus, strokes rarely cause fainting except for the few strokes that involve the part of the brain that maintains consciousness.

Older people are particularly susceptible to fainting because blood flow to the brain decreases as people age.Blood flow decreases because arteries become more rigid and less able to adjust rapidly, physical inactivity reduces the muscle activity that pushes blood through the veins and back to the heart, and heart disease decreases the effectiveness of blood pumping.

 

serious causes include

  • Heart valve disorders (most commonly, the aortic valve)

  • A heart rate that is too fast or too slow

  • Blockage of an artery to the lungs by a blood clot (pulmonary embolism)

  • Heart attack or other heart muscle disorders

Heart valve disorders can block blood from leaving the heart. A very fast heart rate may not allow the heart enough time to refill with blood, so less blood is pumped. A very slow heart rate may not pump enough blood. Blood clots in the lungs can keep the heart from pumping enough blood. People with a heart attack rarely have fainting when the heart attack occurs (more common in older people). Other uncommon heart muscle disorders called cardiomyopathies can cause fainting, particularly during exercise, typically because of an abnormal heart rhythm.

Although most strokes do not cause fainting, a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) that involves certain blood vessels at the base of the brain (posterior circulation stroke) can cause fainting.

serious causes include

  • Heart valve disorders (most commonly, the aortic valve)

  • A heart rate that is too fast or too slow

  • Blockage of an artery to the lungs by a blood clot (pulmonary embolism)

  • Heart attack or other heart muscle disorders

Heart valve disorders can block blood from leaving the heart. A very fast heart rate may not allow the heart enough time to refill with blood, so less blood is pumped. A very slow heart rate may not pump enough blood. Blood clots in the lungs can keep the heart from pumping enough blood. People with a heart attack rarely have fainting when the heart attack occurs (more common in older people). Other uncommon heart muscle disorders called cardiomyopathies can cause fainting, particularly during exercise, typically because of an abnormal heart rhythm.

Although most strokes do not cause fainting, a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) that involves certain blood vessels at the base of the brain (posterior circulation stroke) can cause fainting.

 

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can give your arteries up to 20 percent more elasticity, according to a study that compared obese dieters given 4 grams of omega-3s a day to obese dieters given placebos. – See more at: http://jacksdailydose.com/2013/05/19/omega-3-fatty-acids/#sthash.0Xi1Px8c.dpuf
Vitamin C can prevent the buildup of plaque in your arteries, according to Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Martha Grogan. Plaque makes these throughways for your blood narrow and less elastic.
Vitamin D – The Linus Pauling Institute recommends 5 mcg of vitamin D daily to ensure good health for all age ranges up to 50 years old. Older adults should try to consume 10 mcg each day.
Vitamin E – high levels of the antioxidant vitamin E can increase the elasticity of arteries. Test subjects were given 700 international units of vitamin E for a month. After the vitamin E therapy was completed, carotid artery elasticity improved by 20 percent, but failed to remain at the improved level after vitamin E was discontinued.
CoQ10 – coenzyme Q10 might also contribute to elasticity of the arteries and boost vein health. The Linus Pauling Institute explains that the compound can help blood vessels dilate, which can improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risks of heart attack and stroke.
Curcumin – curcumin, a polyphenol found in the Indian spice turmeric, improves age-associated large elastic artery stiffness and vascular endothelial dysfunction. urcumin may be a novel therapeutic nutraceutical agent to destiffen large elastic arteries, restore NO-mediated vascular endothelial function and reduce arterial superoxide production with aging.  University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Atherosclerosis, also known as “hardening of the arteries,” occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the walls of arteries and form hard structures called plaques. Learn how to naturally reverse hardened arteries.

Hardening of the arteries begins with an injury to the endothelium, the lining, of artery walls. The injury is due to high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, eating too much sugar and flour, smoking, free radicals produced by bodily processes and many other factors.

n response to the injury, white blood cells, along with lipids (fats), begin to accumulate along the inner layer of the artery. These fats and white blood cells begin to oxidize (become rancid) and build up in the artery walls, forming plaques. These plaques begin to harden and bulge inward, and then grow larger. Even then, there are no symptoms until the narrowing reaches 70 percent. If the plaque is disturbed or bursts, blood platelets can accumulate at the site and form a clot, which can grow until it completely blocks an artery and cuts off the oxygen supply to the heart, brain, or other body part.

Pieces of plaque can also break off and move to smaller blood vessels, blocking them. If the clot completely blocks the blood and oxygen supply to a major artery leading to the heart, the tissue begins to die within minutes. A heart attack ensues. If an artery to the brain is blocked the result is a stroke. Atherosclerosis that affects the arteries in the arms, legs or pelvis is called peripheral artery disease.

Healthy blood vessels are elastic and flexible, accommodating changes in physical activity and stress levels. But in atherosclerosis, blood vessels stiffen and reduce blood flow by 15 percent or more. Your heart has to work harder to make up the difference.

Atherosclerosis is responsible for coronary artery disease, the leading cause of death in the US. It is responsible for at least 43 percent of all deaths in the US. The only countries beating us in heart disease deaths are India (#1 at 1.5 million deaths yearly), China (#2 at 700,000 deaths yearly), and Russia (#3 at 670,000 deaths yearly). The US has 500,000 deaths yearly. There are 2002 statistics. Worldwide, heart disease is running rampant as our deadly diet is reaching the corners of the globe.

Symptoms

Atherosclerosis is often called the silent killer, as the first sign for many is a fatal heart attack or stroke. Atherosclerosis doesn’t cause any symptoms until narrowing of an artery reaches 70 percent or becomes completely blocked. In blockage of heart arteries, symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain (angina). Angina feels like pressure or squeezing in the chest. It results from reduced blood supply to the heart muscle, an increased demand for oxygen by the heart, or emotional stress. It can also manifest as pain in the shoulders, arms, back, neck or jaw. Angina typically worsens with activity and is relieved with rest.
  • Shortness of breath. This is your heart or body gasping for oxygen that is not being delivered due to blocked arteries.
  • Indigestion. This can be a result of angina or a heart attack.
  • Arrhythmias. An abnormal heartbeat can be too slow or too fast.
  • Numbness, tingling, pain, and infections in extremities. The symptoms of peripheral artery disease, where arteries are beginning to harden in the legs and arms, include numbness, tingling, pain, and infections.

Causes

If you are older than 20, and have been eating a typical Western diet, chances are atherosclerosis has already begun. Risk factors include:

  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance, Prediabetes, or Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Use of birth control pills
  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stress
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol

Inflammation is the underlying cause of atherosclerosis and many other serious diseases. High blood levels of a protein called C-reactive protein indicate inflammation. Though modern medicine seems to blame high cholesterol for the disease, other parameters like fibrinogen and homocysteine levels are far more dangerous and indicative of atherosclerosis.

In the past, a diet high in cholesterol was viewed as a cause of high cholesterol, but this view is too simplistic. The body does not simply ingest cholesterol and then deposit it into the arteries. Cholesterol from food has no effect whatsoever on the level of our blood cholesterol. Cholesterol is only dangerous when it has been oxidized (by smoking, alcohol, bad diet, and not exercising). Many studies show that the damage caused by high blood sugar — from eating too much sugar and grains — scars the insides of the arteries, leading to damage. The liver then produces cholesterol to repair the damage. Cholesterol is absolutely necessary for repair of the arteries. Without it (when you take statins), you’re left with no way to repair the damage your diet and lifestyle are causing.

Heavy metal toxicity plays a role in atherosclerosis. Zinc deficiency, copper deficiency, or cadmium toxicity, weaken arterial walls and as a compensatory measure, the body deposits calcium or fatty substances to reinforce arterial strength. Imbalance in the calcium/magnesium ratio or an elevated calcium level may be associated with deposits of calcium in arteries. This response to toxicity and nutrient deficiencies hardens the arteries.

Many other toxins screw up cholesterol chemistry and contribute to hardening of the arteries. Phthalates in soft plastics and water bottles leach out into food and water that then sit in your cells and damage their ability to properly metabolize cholesterol. Teflon from your frying pan or mercury from fish and dental fillings also damage your cholesterol chemistry. There are thousands of industrial chemicals working synergistically to destroy your body and its ability to protect itself. The only answer is to educate yourself on toxic substances, avoid them and detox your body of these poisons. You can read more about how to avoid common toxins in my article Reduce Your Exposure to Cancer Causing Agents.

Maintain good dental health. In a new study published in the British Medical Journal researchers found that people with poor oral hygiene had a 70 percent increased likelihood of developing heart disease compared to those who brushed regularly. Because gum disease can cause atherosclerosis, it is vital to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Flossing breaks up bacteria colonies in the gums that can get into the blood stream and cause infection and inflammation in other parts of your body. Most importantly, be sure to have regular dental checkups and get your teeth cleaned every six months to remove plaque buildup. If this is not removed, you are very likely to get periodontal disease, which contributes to heart disease.
nfrared Saunas. Infrared Saunas are imperative to sweat out the hundreds of industrial chemicals we ingest every day. These chemicals not only contribute to hardening of the arteries, but so many other diseases and health conditions. Read more about them in my article about Infrared Saunas. You can purchase many different types of saunas in the Live to 110 store.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) restores blood flow and helps build collateral circulation. HBOT forces oxygen into your cells, oxygenating your tissues and clearing out toxins.
  • Hippocrates Health Institute. If you need serious intervention to improve your health look no further than the Hippocrates Health Institute. This amazing institution has rejuvenated patients, very much alive today, after their doctor told them there was nothing more to be done and to go home to die.
  • The Whittaker Wellness Institute.Whittaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, Ca is one of the largest alternative medical centers in the US. Want to truly cure your atherosclerosis? Go here instead of your conventional doctor.
  • Multivitamin. I offer a list of good multivitamins on my article The Best Multivitamins. I also have a great multivitamins in the Liveto110 Store. My favorites are Jigsaw Complete and Innate Response organic Food-based Multivitamins.
  • Fish oil. 2000mg daily. EPA and DHA, fish oil’s primary omega-3 fatty acids, reduce inflammation, lower blood lipids (especially triglycerides), improve blood viscosity, and normalize heart rhythms. Taking these supplements can reduce cardiovascular mortality by as much as 45 percent. Reduce the suggested amount if you eat fish three times per week.  A great fish oil by Metagenics can be found in the Liveto110 Store. I also love cod liver oil by Green pastures.
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). 200–600 mg daily. This antioxidant helps protect LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from oxidation, maintain healthy blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and can support optimal functioning of the heart muscle. You MUST take this if you have ever been or are currently on statins (high cholesterol medication). If you doctor did not recommend this supplement when prescribing statins, he is acting irresponsibly and shows a lack of scientific knowledge of the drug he is prescribing. When you go on statins, it poisons the enzymes in your liver that produces protective cholesterol and CoQ10, which you need to protect your arteries from further damage. I like Designs for Health CoQ10.
  • Garlic. Long revered for its health benefits, garlic is rich in antioxidants and increases nitric oxide production. In a study of 15 men with coronary heart disease, researchers found that 2.4 grams of aged garlic extract reduced endothelial dysfunction by 44 percent. It’s best to eat either raw garlic or aged (fermented) garlic, but you can also take Kyolic aged garlic extract.
  • Magnesium. 400–1,000 mg daily. Many heart attacks are precipitated by dangerously low magnesium. Many heart attacks an be prevented simply by supplementing with this mineral. Magnesium relaxes the smooth muscle tissues that dilate the arteries and reduce blood pressure. Heart medications and blood pressure medications cause magnesium deficiencies, making you sicker. Magnesium is best taken in chelated form. Large amounts of magnesium can cause diarrhea, so build up your dose gradually. A great chelated magnesium malate chelate supplement by Designs for Health and Jigsaw Magnesium is available in the Liveto110 Store. I take both to get a few different forms and cover my magnesium bases.
  • TMG (Trimethylglycine).  TMG is a vitamin-like substance that does a great job of lowering homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid that, in excess, is irritating to the arteries and is strongly associated with inflammation and hardening of the arteries. Homocysteine level is a much more reliable indicator of heart disease than cholesterol levels. To lower homocysteine, most doctors suggest a combination of supplementary vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid rather than TMG, although TMG may work better and is recommended for inherited homocysteinuria. Get Allergy Research TMG in the Live to 110 Store. I take it every day.
  • R-Lipoic Acid. 300mg daily. In a recent study at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, researchers reported that 300 mg of R-lipoic acid improved endothelial function by almost 50 percent, and the antioxidant also enhanced the benefits of a drug used to treat heart disease. I prefer R-lipoic acid to the more popular alpha-lipoic acid because R-lipoic acid is all natural, making it more effective, while alpha-lipoic acid is a combination of natural and synthetic lipoic acid. I love Thorne Alpha Lipoic Acid.
  • Nattokinase.Nattokinase is a unique enzyme that supports healthy clotting function and circulation. Nattokinase has the distinct ability to break down the adhesive substance that makes arterial plaque very sticky. In this way, it supports a preventative and reversing effect on blood clotting and plaque build up in the arteries. Nattokinase is derived from natto, a fermented soy food that is an integral part of traditional Japanese cuisine, and has been shown in studies to benefit the cardiovascular system. Nattokinase is a powerful proteolytic enzyme that has fibrinolytic health benefits. It is best known for its astounding fibrinolytic (anti-clotting) capacities. Perhaps its most supported use is in the area of cardiovascular health, where it helps to rejuvenate healthy fibrin metabolism and reduce blood clotting.
  • Red Yeast Rice. 900-1800mg a day. Choleast-900 by Thorne is one of the most advanced products containing Red Yeast Rice. Choleast 900 contains Monascus purpureaus, a red-pigmented yeast grown on rice. Numerous studies in China and the United States have demonstrated that red yeast rice preparations are helpful in maintaining healthy blood cholesterol levels. This is important, as maintaining optimal cholesterol levels has been shown to be one component of maintaing good cardiovascular health. In addition to natural monacolins, red yeast rice contains the phystosterols, beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol, as well as isoflavones and trace minerals, all of which can contribute to cardiovascular health.
  • Curcumin. 2-4 g a day. Curcumin is world-renowned for reducing inflammation and pain. Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric. Theracumin by Integrative Therapeutics contains highly bioavailable curcumin. Curcumin has been found in many studies to prevent buildup of plaque, therefore preventing onset of atherosclerosis leading to blocked arteries, stroke or heart attack. In laboratory studies on animals, it was found that turmeric extracts could lower levels of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol. Another study pointed out that curcumin prevents cholesterol oxidation that is the main reason for plaque buildup, destruction of blood vessels and heart attacks or strokes. Curcumin has vitamin B6, essential in maintaining optimal homocysteine levels, excess of which could cause plaque buildup and blood vessel damage. In a study on 10 healthy patients given 500mg curcumin for 7 days daily, their oxidized cholesterol levels in the blood reduced by 33%, total cholesterol by 11.63% and HDL cholesterol had a 29% increase.
  • Annato Tocotrienols. 100mg a day. Designs for Health Annato Tocotrienols are extremely potent and effective for heart health by  lowering cholesterol, healthy lipid levels and for defending against oxidative stress. The most effective concentrates shown to lower plasma cholesterol and oxidative indicators were those with low tocopherols and high tocotrienols.
  • Essential Oil of Lemon. Lemon essential oil is pure potassium citrate. It dissolves calcium deposits in the arteries. Put 10-20 drops in a glass of water twice a day. Doterra, Young living, or any organic essential oil will do.

Food

  • Follow a low-glycemic diet. You must remove sugar, flour, and refined grains from your diet. Ideally, ALL grains, including whole grains, should be removed. The consumption of these foods raises blood sugar, which damages blood vessels. Consequently, your liver produces cholesterol to go in and repair the damage caused by these foods. This is one of the main causes of atherosclerosis.
  • Follow an anti-inflammatory diet. The Modern Paleo Diet is the perfect diet to reduce inflammation, a major cause of atherosclerosis. It is also low-glycemic.
  • Omega-3. Atherosclerosis is associated with a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids. Eat more oily fish, fish oil supplements, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and flax seed. Grass fed, organic meats have significantly more omega-3 than conventionally raised factory-farmed meats. Factory-farmed meats are very high in omega-6, which block the absorption of omega-3 even if you eat sufficient quantities and take fish oil.
  • Flaxseed. Mix a quarter cup of ground flaxseed in juice and drink it once a day, an hour before your main meal. Flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber. Soluble fiber binds to bile acids in the intestinal tract and interferes with the reabsorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. In addition, flaxseed is nature’s richest plant source of protective omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). Because the oils in ground flaxseed can quickly become rancid, I recommend using whole flaxseed, rather than pre-ground seeds. Whole flaxseeds are extremely shelf-stable and can be stored for years. Organic golden flax seeds are the best. These tiny golden or brown seeds have a rich, nutty flavor and can be sprinkled on cereal and salads or mixed in water or a protein drink (stir and drink quickly, as it thickens as it sits). Simply grind them in a food mill or coffee grinder before serving. Ground flax seeds can be kept fresh in the fridge for two months.
  • Avoid Trans Fats. These deadly fats raise cholesterol levels and contribute to heart disease more than any other food. They are in almost all processed foods and ALL fast foods. If trans fats were eliminated from the food supply, heart disease would be reduced by 50%! Avoid any foods with partially hydrogenated oils or interesterified fats on the ingredient label.
  • Avoid Fried Foods and Vegetable Oils. Research on endothelial function has clearly shown that eating deep-fried foods can have a disastrous effect on your blood vessel tone. Vegetable oils are touted as healthy by the food industry because they are so profitable, but they are actually highly inflammatory. The only exception is healthy olive oil.
  • Avoid Wheat. Wheat is known to cause inflammation and other health problems in most people, not just those with gluten sensitivity. There are typically no symptoms, unless you are gluten intolerant. Gluten is the protein in wheat. Repeated exposure to wheat accelerates glycation (a type of chemical reaction that happens when sugar molecules attack proteins or lipid fats) in the lining of your arteries, contributing to hardening. Read more about why wheat is bad for you in Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD. For more information, you can also read my article Gluten Sensitivity Affects 1 in 3.
  • Avoid Sugar. Blood sugar must be controlled in order to stop and reverse the onset of atherosclerosis. This means avoiding sugar and anything else that will raise blood sugar, like most refined grains. Sugar acts like shards of glass in the arteries. It cuts the insides of the arteries, causing scar tissue. This scar tissue builds up and hardens the arteries. Sugar and other refined carbohydrates elevate insulin levels. Increased insulin levels are associated with increased cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and death from cardiovascular disease.

 

MORE ON HAWTHORN

 

Hawthorn does not initiate any immediate changes in heart function, but does so very gently over time, without adding stress or interfering with other body functions. Hawthorn helps support the heart and cardiovascular system in ways that no food or drug can.

Preventative heart tonic
Hundreds of scientific studies have validated hawthorn’s usefulness as a heart tonic.

It is well known that hawthorn dilates both coronary vessels and vessels of the brain, helping to increase circulation and the transport of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.

It accomplishes this in a very effective and unique fashion: while it acts to dilate major vessels, it also increases blood flow from the heart to compensate for any reduction of arterial blood volume. In other words, it helps the body push more blood around by increasing cardiac output and decreasing blood flow resistance in the arteries, i.e., more blood flow at less pressure. This has been shown in studies performed with dogs, especially when used in small doses over an extended period.

Hawthorn also serves as a blood pressure regulator. Although the mechanisms of this activity baffle herbalists and scientists alike, the herb tends to gently elevate low blood pressure, and decrease high blood pressure. This is really quite amazing, especially when we consider the fact that hawthorn does this while increasing cardiac output. By helping with dilation of coronary arteries and strengthening heartbeat, hawthorn improves blood circulation without adversely effecting blood pressure.

Another well-documented benefit of hawthorn is its ability to steady and strengthen a weak or erratic heartbeat – such as that of elderly or energetically challenged dogs. In human applications hawthorn has been used as an alternative to antiarrhythmia drugs like digitalis, and to improve the effects of that and other cardiac drugs.

Hawthorn is also a great antioxidant. It scavenges free radicals that rob the blood of oxygen and may lead to various forms of vascular disease. Herbalists also use the herb to lower blood cholesterol.

All of these activities are largely attributed to a vast assortment of flavonoid constituents held within the berries, leaves, flowers, and twigs of hawthorn. Although flavonoids are also found in many other kinds of fruits (especially raspberries, blueberries, and other red or blue fruits), hawthorn is an especially rich source.

Studies have shown that flavonoids are essential in maintaining disease resistance and the integrity of smooth muscle tissues throughout the body. Some studies even suggest that hawthorn may help prevent myocardial damage in situations where the heart muscle is subjected to physiological stress. This means that animals such as race horses or working dogs who are constantly under cardiovascular stress will likely find preventive benefits from daily supplements of hawthorn.

And to top everything off, hawthorn is very, very safe. In fact, in the hundreds of animal studies that have been conducted with this herb over the past 100 years, hawthorn has shown extremely low toxicity in every animal tested. I place the risk of hawthorn berry toxicity on about the same level as that presented by rose hips, raspberries, or blueberries. In other words, I consider them all as medicinal foods.

I also find hawthorn useful in cases of renal failure, especially in early stages of the disease. When combined with ginkgo biloba (for small capillary circulation) and herbs that improve urinary function, hawthorn may be useful for getting more blood and oxygen into renal arteries and smaller vessels of the kidneys. This, in theory, is thought to slow degeneration of whatever healthy tissue remains in the diseased organs.

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