Atherosclerosis

Reversing atherosclerosis is possible.
Cheap and natural remedies are
easily available around you.

 

Understanding Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is the hardening or clogging of the inner lining (intima) of the arteries with arterial lipid (fatty) deposits and plaque. This condition can occur in a few parts of the body. Coupled with thicker-than-normal blood containing clots, blockage can occur in an artery which stops the flow of blood.

If this occurs in the arteries leading to the heart and decrease oxygen supply, a chest pain may happen. This is called angina. When it shuts off the blood flow, suffocating patches of cardiac muscle, it causes a heart attack (myocardial infarction).

If the blockage occurs in the brain, part of the brain may die, paralyzing part or the whole body. This is called a stroke, although stroke can also result from an artery rupture (cerebral hemorrhage).

If a blockage occurs in the hands or legs, it can result in extreme pain and may lead to gangrene (local death of body tissue).

Another problem that can occur along with atherosclerosis is arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. At birth, our arteries are elastic, but with age and with our poor choices of food, arteries may lose their elasticity and harden. When this happens, the risk of thrombosis, angina, heart attack and stroke also increase.

 

Symptoms of Atherosclerosis

While we often check our cholesterol level to determine our risk for atherosclerosis, the culprit is really the homocysteine level. Homocysteine is a dangerous amino acid in the blood which is found in normal dietary protein.

The homocysteine level in your blood is many times more predictive of atherosclerosis than your cholesterol level. An average homocysteine level is around 10 units but the ideal is below six units. Those with a history of cardiovascular disease often have a level above 15 units.

 

Causes of Atherosclerosis

A few factors may contribute to atherosclerosis—genetic background, sedentary lifestyle, inability to handle stress, smoking and high blood pressure.

But the major determinant of how quickly or how severely your arteries get clogged is your dietary, WHAT you eat.

Studies have shown that even if you had been eating recklessly in your earlier days, or even if you have had a heart attack, changing your eating habits NOW can and will prevent future catastrophe and reversing arterial damages that have already occurred.

Nature’s healing foods can lower your homocysteine level, clean up the arterial deposits and plaques, and affect blood clotting factors.

 

 

Diet/Lifestyle Suggestions

If you had survived a heart attack, decide TODAY that you will change your diet and lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions to change your future for the better:

  • Avoid fried foods and limit your intake of meat and foods high in saturated fats. Oily fish such as herring, mackerel, salmon and tuna are better choices
  • Shun animal fat (lard). It destroys arteries by encouraging blood stickiness and suppressing clot-dissolving mechanisms, clogging and constricting arteries. Just by giving up animal fat helps tremendously.
  • Devour fresh fruits and vegetables, which are highly cleansing, building, nourishing and repairing the damages already done. Learn and adapt a juicing lifestyle that can greatly reduce your risks—start by reading this site more thoroughly. When you are not juicing, eat plenty of greens especially leafy vegetables and beans and make a majority of your dietary non-meat. Unquestionably, dedicated fruits and vegetables eaters have better arteries. A good place to start learning about a vegetarian diet is at savvyvegetarian.com, a site that will answer all your questions about changing to a healthier diet.
  • Use less salt and sugar when cooking and restrict intake of these harmful compounds. However sea salt and natural sodium from vegetables or natural sugar from fruits are preferred.
  • Quit smoking and cut down on stimulants such as coffee, tea and soda drinks. These habits stimulate the release of adrenaline which thickens blood.
  • Exercise. I can’t emphasize enough, how important exercise is if you want to add many more healthy years to your life span. Aerobic exercise like cycling, running and swimming, can reduce cholesterol levels, pulse rate and blood pressure.
  • Avoid prolonged stress. When you are stressed, the body slows down all functions to channel energy into dealing with stress. During prolonged stress, the blood also thickens.

 

Recommended Healing Foods To Reverse Atherosclerosis

 

Most fruits have vitamin C that is important for strengthening and maintaining the elasticity of the arteries. Pineapple, guava, strawberries and capsicum are some of the best sources of coumarin that is highly beneficial in cleaning out the arterial deposits. Capsicum also has folate and vitamin B6 that are important in reversing atherosclerosis.

There are many more fruits and vegetables that are important and effective in reversing atherosclerosis. Below are a mention of just a few. Eat/juice plenty fruits and vegetables, you can’t go wrong.

Carrot  Green Apple  Celery  Kale
 Spinach  Alfalfa Sprouts  Wheatgrass  Guava
 Pineapple  Grapefruit  Orange  Capsicum
 Pomegranate  Kiwifruit  Garlic  Ginger

 

Spinach is another green vegetable that is rich in folate and vitamin C. Folate helps lower homocysteine level. Carrot has high-content of vitamin A and beta-carotene that are also essential in treating atherosclerosis.

Watermelon and pomegranate are highly diuretic and cleansing. They contain vitamin C, beta-carotene, anti-oxidant lycopene and other minerals that also help to ‘scrub’ away arterial deposits.

 

Some Suggested Combos (measurement for one portion):

  • 2 carrots + 2 green apples + 1 rib celery + a bunch of spinach or 3-4 leaves kale + a slice of lemon
  • 2 carrots + 2 green apples + 2 cups of alfalfa sprouts (best using masticating juicer)
  • 1 carrot + 2 green apples + 2 oranges + 1 capsicum + a slice of lemon
  • ½ pineapple (remove skin) + 1 guava + 1 grapefruit + 1 clove garlic
  • ½ pineapple (remove skin) + a bunch of spinach or 3-4 leaves kale + 1-inch ginger
  • 1 grapefruit + 2 oranges + 1 guava + 1-inch ginger + 1 clove garlic
  • 1 oz of wheatgrass juice daily
  • 1 cup of pomegranate juice daily

 

Learn how to make tasty green juices.