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Arteriosclerosis/Atherosclerosis


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Arteriosclerosis is an actual hardening, thickening, or loss of walls of the blood vessels. Atherosclerosis is an actual type of arteriosclerosis. Fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste, calcium & fibrin build up in the inner lining of an artery. These substances actually make up plaque.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • A large number of physicians advocate angioplasty or bypass surgery for patients with hardening of the arteries, especially for the ones dealing with disabling angina. Angioplasty is the insertion of a balloon at the end of a catheter, blown up to compress the clogged area of the artery against the artery wall and then removed. In bypass surgery healthy blood vessels are taken from elsewhere in the body (in most cases from the legs) and inserted as a detour around a diseased coronary artery. After having this type of surgery, if is vital that patients make nutritional and lifestyle changes. If these changes are not made, arteriosclerosis will continue, and the fatty deposits will again build up.
  • A Natural hormone called Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) has been found to be very beneficial in aiding the prevention of hardening of the arteries.
  • It is believed that as many as three thousand physicians offer Chelation Therapy in the United States. This therapy is said to break up arterial plaque and boost circulation.
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) have shown beneficial tendencies in the treatment of the cardiovascular system. These are forerunners of prostaglandins that help to reduce hypertension, arthritis, migraine headaches, and many other conditions. Omega-3 EFAs are contained in fresh deepwater fish, fish oil, canola oil, flaxseed oil, and walnut oil. Omega-6 EFAs are found in raw nuts, legumes, seeds, grape seed oil, primrose oil, sesame oil, and soybean oil. It has been discovered that native Arctic people have very low rates of arteriosclerosis due to their diets being high in these two oils.
  • Physicians will often prescribe anticoagulants (one such would be aspirin) to make the blood less prone to clotting. In order for this treatment to be effective, do not take vitamin K or consume foods that are rich in vitamin K.
  • Some countries are known to treat arteriosclerosis by using Hyperbaric oxygen.
  • The California Pacific Medical Center performed a Lifestyle Heart Trial study using twenty-two volunteers. Eighteen of these people, that were on a vegetarian diet which restricted fat intake to 10 percent of total calories, were found to have a considerable decline of advanced coronary artery disease after the first year. Their dietary cholesterol was cut to less than 6 milligrams daily. It has been found that most Americans consume 37 percent of their total daily calories as fats and up to 500 milligrams of dietary cholesterol.


Advice
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Check on your blood pressure.
  • Cold-pressed olive oil or unrefined canola oil as fats in your diet to help lower cholesterol.
  • Do not drink alcohol, coffee, or colas. Avoid foods high in cholesterol, junk foods, candies, chips fried foods, processed foods, red meat or saturated fats.
  • Eat Vitamin E rich foods.
  • Exercise daily.
  • High Fiber foods are essential in your diet.
  • Keep a healthy weight for you body frame and height.
  • Learn to reduce stress.
  • Only drink distilled water.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Calcium
Importance: High
Comments: Keeps muscle tone in blood vessels healthy. Chelate forms are recommended.
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Magnesium
Importance: High
Comments: Keeps muscle tone in blood vessels healthy. Chelate forms are recommended.
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Vitamin D
Importance: High
Comments: Helps calcium uptake.
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Coenzyme Q10
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances oxygenation of tissues.
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Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil and MaxEPA are recommended sources)
Importance: High
Comments: Lowers blood pressure. Decreases cholesterol levels. Keeps blood vessels healthy and elastic. Good to use with vitamin E to preserve the freshness of the essential fatty acids.
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Garlic
Importance: High
Comments: Controls lipids (fats).
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Multivitamin and mineral complex
Importance: High
Comments: Good to get all nutrients to keep the body healthy and safe.
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Selenium
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances vitamin E.
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Vitamin A
Importance: High
Comments: Powerful antioxidant. Free radical scavenger. Best to use emulsion form.
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Beta carotene
Importance: High
Comments: Antioxidant. Forerunner of vitamin A.
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Carotenoid complex (Betatene)
Importance: High
Comments: Antioxidant. Forerunner of vitamin A.
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Vitamin E
Importance: High
Comments: Aids in preventing this disease. Emulsion form is best.
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Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Antioxidant. Free radical scavenger. Cooperates with vitamin E. Buffered form is recommended.
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Choline
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Digests fat and eliminates it from the body.
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Lecithin
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides choline.
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Lecithin
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides choline.
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Dimethylglycine (DMG)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances oxygen flow to tissues.
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Germanium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Decreases cholesterol. Enhances the flow of oxygen to the cells.
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Melatonin
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Potent antioxidant. Aids in sleep.
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Multienzyme complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Aids in digestive process.
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Proteolytic enzymes
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Eliminates free radicals. Aids in proper digestion.
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Pycnogenol
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Potent free radical scavenger. Works well with vitamin C. Builds up connective tissue, including cardiovascular tissue.
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Grape seed
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Potent free radical scavenger. Works well with vitamin C. Builds up connective tissue, including cardiovascular tissue.
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Cayenne (capsicum)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cayenne is useful in lowering the effects of arteriosclerosis. It can soften the arteries, expand the circulatory system, strengthen the heart, and clear out the arteries.
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Chickweed
Type: Internal
Purposes: To reduce the toxicity in the blood and reduce the chance of plaque buildup, one can use this herb for full advantage.
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Hawthorn
Type: Internal
Purposes: For a healthy heart and circulatory system, hawthorn berries is acclaimed to strengthen weak heart muscles, reduce arteriosclerosis, and treat angina pectoris.
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Citrin
Type: Internal
Purposes: Citrin contains hydroxycitric acid, which is found in the rind of the Garcina cambogia, a fruit found in parts of Southern India. The benefits of Citrin are the reduction of fats and cholesterol in the body which can be major contributants to plaque buildup.
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Ginkgo biloba
Type: Internal
Purposes: What better way to describe this herb than its other nomenclature, "nature's circulation wonder." This herb can actually open the blood vessels and allow them to pump blood freely. In addition, ginkgo can act as an antioxidant against free radicals.
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Green Tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Reduces the amount of lipids, as well as cholesterol in the blood, which we know are contributors of arteriosclerosis. Can take as a tea or use the extract version. The Japanese have suggested that, in addition to green tea, black tea can be used along with it. This will cut back the rate of lipoprotein oxidation. Lipoprotein oxidation manufactures fats in the blood. Should this happen, the likelihood with increase that the fats will accumulate in the arteries.
Dosage: 1-4 cups daily of tea.
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