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Atherosclerosis Home Remedies

Arteriosclerosis refers to the thickening of the walls of the arteries. It has become a common ailment in modem times, accounting for much of the disability and high death rate, more so among older people. Arteriosclerosis is usually preceded by atherosclerosis, a kind of fatty infiltration in the inner lining of the blood vessel walls. The most risky places for such degeneration are the coronary vessels of the heart and the arteries of the brain. Arteriosclerosis results in the loss of elasticity of the blood vessels and a narrowing of the smaller arteries, which interferes with the free circulation of the blood.

Atherosclerosis is clogging of the arteries that is caused by deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, calcium and other matter. This build-up is called plaque, and it develops over many years from poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle and smoking.

If you are developing atherosclerosis, it's important to do something to protect your arteries against the negative effects of improper diet, lack of exercise and bad habits (such as smoking.). Try these remedies..

Natural home remedies

  • Eating a few cloves of garlic each day has been known to help clear arteries. It seems to cleanse the system, and collect and cast out toxic waste.

Mince two cloves and put them in a half glass of orange juice or water and drink it down. There's no need to chew the pieces of garlic. By just swallowing them, the garlic smell doesn't stay on your breath.

In conjunction with a sensible diet, garlic can also help bring down cholesterol levels in the blood. No wonder this beautiful bulb has a fan club, appropriately called "Lovers of the Stinking Rose."

  • Rutin is one of the elements of the bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids (substances from plants that help maintain cellular health) are necessary for the proper absorption of vitamin C. Taking 500 mg of rutin daily, with at least the same amount of vitamin C, is said to increase the strength of capillaries, strengthen the artery walls, help prevent hemorrhaging and help treat atherosclerosis.
  • According to French folklore, eating rye bread made with baker's yeast supposedly prevents clogging of the arteries.
  • It is reported that some Russians eat mature, raw potatoes at every meal to prevent atherosclerosis.
  • Drinking a combination of apple cider boiled with garlic once a day is a Slavic folk remedy. This may not prevent atherosclerosis, but it certainly tastes like it should.
  • Eat 1 Papaya on an empty stomach daily for a month. Do not eat anything after for about 2 hours.
  • Honey is also considered beneficial in the treatment of arteriosclerosis. It is easily digested and assimilated. The patient should take a glass of water with one teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice in it, before going to bed. He can also take it if he wakes up at night.

High Cholesterol Remedies

The US government recently changed the guidelines for what is considered a dangerous level of cholesterol. Previous levels were a maximum of 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) of low­density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol, and the new recommendation is to have LDLs no higher than 70 mg/dL.

These guidelines are for high-risk people who have heart disease, plus diabetes, high blood pressure and smoke cigarettes. But even people with moderately high risk (for example, those who have already had a heart attack) should keep their LDL levels well below 100 mg/dL

The only foods that have cholesterol are animal products-meat, poultry; fish, dairy. If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, start a heart-smart diet immediately by cutting down or cutting out animal products. There are foods that can help lower your LDL and raise your HDL (good cholesterol).

NOTE: Talk to your doctor about any dietary changes you make.

There have been a variety of cholesterol studies conducted over different periods of time with any number of test subjects. Some of the results are impressive, and all of the cholesterol -lowering foods are worth a try. First-and most important-is to get that heart-smart diet in place, and incorporate the foods that have been shown to help. According to the studies. . .

  • Eating two large apples a day may cause cholesterol levels to drop 16%. Apples are rich in flavonoids and pectin, which may form a gel in the stomach that keeps fats in food from being totally absorbed.
  • Eating half an avocado every day may lower cholesterol by 8% to 42%. Yes, it's high in fat, but it's monounsaturated fat that does good things for the system. Avocado also contains 13 essential minerals, including iron, copper and magnesium, and is rich in potassium. It tastes great, too.
  • Eating two raw carrots a day reduced cholesterol levels by 11%.
  • People who consumed about 3/4 cup of fenugreek daily for 20 days cut their LDL (bad cholesterol) levels by 33%. Their HDL (good cholesterol) stayed the same. Instead of eating tablespoons of ground fenugreek seeds, choose capsules (580 mg), which are available at health food stores. Take one or two with each meal.
  • Eating four cloves of garlic a day can cut total cholesterol by about 7%. (While fresh garlic is best, garlic supplements are fine.)
  • Men and women who started out with low blood levels of vitamin C and then took 1,000 mg of vitamin C every day for eight months had a 7% increase of their HDL (good cholesterol) readings.
  • Kiwi has what it takes to help keep cholesterol down-magnesium, potassium and fiber. It makes a satisfying, energy-boosting afternoon snack.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids have the uncanny ability to break down cholesterol in the lining of blood vessels, and also serve as a solvent for saturated fats in the diet. The end result is less cholesterol in the body and bloodstream, and a reduced likelihood of cholesterol/heart disease complications in the future.

Omega-3s are healthy polyunsaturated fats found in many foods, including salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish. Flaxseed oil offers the most cost-effective and beneficial method for increasing the intake of omega- 3 oils in the diet.

  • Ray C. Wunderlich, Jr., MD, PhD, director of the Wunderlich Center for Nutritional Medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida, recommends grape seed oil (available at health food stores) as a reliable increaser of HDL (good cholesterol). Follow the dosage on the label.
  • Impressive test results build a good case for the effectiveness of lecithin in lowering LDL levels and raising HDL levels.

Dose: Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of lecithin granules daily; available at health food stores.

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