Whether you have been diagnosed with plaque or not, an artery cleanse may help you avoid serious health issues now and later. Atherosclerosis, a progressive buildup of plaque in the arteries, is the number one killer disease as it leads to many health problems including heart attack, stroke and even kidney disease. (1) Because it is a degenerative disease, one often is not diagnosed with the problem until serious heath issues have already happened, including high blood pressure.
Unfortunately, modern medicine can only do so much to help treat patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Standard medicine, or pharmaceuticals, can only delay the progression of arterial plaque buildup, which in turn can delay complications. But can we be proactive and avoid complications or even reverse plaque buildup? Some research says, Yes We Can.
Nobel prize winner and found of Orthomolecular Medicine, Linus Pauling along with Dr. Matthias Rath demonstrated in lab research that high doses of Vitamin C along with lysine helps to naturally slow the development of atherosclerosis while, reverse the buildup of the sticky LDL cholesterol and strengthen the arteries. Other research has shown foods such as cayenne peppers (in particular the capsaicin they contain) can help thin the blood as well as discourages platelet adhesion (the sticky buildup in the arterial walls). (2)
The bottom line is it may be possible that we can all be proactive by taking measures at home in our daily lives to prevent heart disease with a type of artery cleanse. Personally, I believe a body cleanse is a good place to start. By assisting our body's natural abilities to cleanse and detoxify, we can help remove substances that are culprits to ill health while at the same time building up our systems of elimination to work efficiently and thoroughly.
The following is a list of foods and supplements that can help you with an artery cleanse in your daily regimen. Of course any healthy food or nutritional supplements are far more effective with a healthy and balanced diet of whole, organic foods and plenty of fresh water.
EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetra-acetic Acid) is used by some medical doctors to remove plaque buildup in the arteries. The EDTA is used intra-venously or orally as it binds with harmful metal buildup and calcium, which promote plaque formation, in order to remove them.
L-Arginine is an amino acid that works as an antioxidant to improve immune functions. It also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and strokes.
N-Acetyl-Cysteine is also an amino acid that works as an antioxidant. It helps to remove heavy metals from the blood stream, and aids in lung function.
Lysine, Proline and Vitamin C – Lysine and proline are amino acids that when used with vitamin C will restore flexibility to hardened arterial walls.
Hawythorne Berry is an herb that has been traditionally used to strengthen and nourish the heart.
Ginger Root is a circulatory stimulant.
Ginko Biloba is one of the most popular herbs used to promote healthy blood circulation.
L-Arginine is an amino acid that is proven to prevent thickening of the arteries and works best with Vitamin C.
Cherry Juice and Pomegranate Juice have both been shown through research to clear plaque from the arteries (or 'regress plaque buildup' in the scientific community). Perfect drinks for an artery cleanse.
Turmeric (or curcumin supplement) is found to prevent damage to the arteries.
B Vitamins such as folic acid, B6 and B12 has been documented to reduce arterial thickiness, according to the journal Atherosclerosis.
Citrus breaks up congestion in many organs of the system. It can be applied as an essential oil or drank with water throughout the day by squeezing lemon or lime into your water. Citrus water is believed by some to even help clear plaque from the brain, which is a factor of alzheimers.
Garlic is found to help the body remove buildup in the arteries along with numerous other health benefits.
Fermented Cabbage, called Kimchi, is known to be capable of helping the body remove toxic buildup as well as slow the progression of arterial thickening.
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