Arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries is the leading cause of disease and death in America, causing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and problems with circulation in the limbs. The home remedies arteriosclerosis below help greatly to prevent this condition.
Arteriosclerosis occurs due to oxidative damage to the lining of the arteries, infiltration with fat-filled cells and formation of plaques and clots.
Risk factors include smoking, blood sugar disorders, obesity, an excess of "bad" cholesterol or LDL and high homocysteine levels, as well as a diet high in refined carbohydrates and trans fatty acids (i.e. processed oils). Damage to the arterial wall may also be due to chronic viral or bacterial infection.
Supplementation with folic acid, B12 and B6, CoO10, selenium, omega 3 oils and antioxidants would cut the risk of Arteriosclerosis and heart disease to a fraction of its current rate.
Herbal treatment for hardening of the arteries relies upon the strong antioxidant power of many plants, preventing the arterial damage that acts as a site for the development of plaque. They also prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which leads to arterial deposits. Some herbs can remove existing arteriosclerosis, returning elasticity to arteries. Such plants have multiple benefits, such as toning the heart, reducing cholesterol and preventing blood cell clumping and clot formation. The central herb for the heart is hawthorn, while a combination or rotating schedule of several other healing plants will maximize their long-term benefit.
List of Home remedies for Arteriosclerosis
Arjuna**—Terminalia arjuna: Main Ayurvedic heart tonic, normalizes the heart's rhythm, improves blood flow in coronary arteries. Reduces cholesterol; antibacterial. Improves symptoms of congestive heart failure and reduces angina pain.
Bromelain**—Pineapple/Ananas comosus: A proteolytic enzyme derived from the stem of the pineapple plant. Reduces blood platelet "stickiness" and subsequent clot formation. Decreases the inflammatory response to artery injury or irritation.
Cayenne**—Capsicum frutescens: Stimulates blood flow, lowers cholesterol; may affect arteriosclerosis. Reduces risk of blood clotting, increases heart output. Increases capillary resistance, strengthens blood vessels in the limbs. Improves peripheral circulation and warms the hands and feet.
Curcamin***—Turmeric/Curcuma longa: Antioxidant power eight times more potent than Vitamin E; prevents damage to blood vessel walls to prevent onset of arteriosclerosis. Improves blood flow in arteries, while strengthening blood vessels. Significantly reduces cholesterol, serum lipids, blood clot formation.
Garlic ***—Allium sativa: In one two-year study, reduced the size of arterial plaque by 20%. Blocks the formation of new plaque. Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides (by 10-20%), lowers LDL and raises HDL cholesterol; prevents oxidation and thus damage to arteries. A natural anti-coagulant; helps dissolve potential clots (fibrinolysis).
Ginger* *—Zingiber officinale: Thins the blood, decreases platelet aggregation and lowers cholesterol. Decreases blood pressure and reduces hardening of the arteries. Antioxidant, contains potent proteolytic enzymes; prevents clots.
Ginkgo***—Ginkgo biloba: Increases microcirculation to all parts of the body, heart, limbs, brain. Blood-thinning activity, inhibits clot formation and inflammation. Antioxidant; strengthens, tones arteries, improving their elasticity.
Grape Seed Extract***—Vitis vinifera: Antioxidant power 20 times that of vitamin C, 50 times vitamin E. Prevents arteriosclerosis and improves circulation in arteries, veins. Lowers cholesterol and actually shrinks existing deposits in arteries. Reduces blood cell agglutination, preventing clots, heart attack, stroke. Proanthocyanidins (OPCs) strengthen vessel walls, capillaries.
Guggul***—Commiphora gulgul: Prevents arteriosclerosis, while reducing existing plaque in arteries. Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides as well as medical drugs. Lowers total cholesterol up to 30% in 3 months, raising HDL and lowering LDL.
Hawthorn***—Crataegus oxycantha: Traditionally used over a long term to remove arteriosclerotic deposits. Essential cardiotonic that strengthens the heart muscle (myocardium). Prevents cardiovascular disease by dilating the coronary vessels. Improves blood and oxygen to the heart, coronary arteries and tissues. Strengthens contraction of the heart muscles, regulates blood pressure.
Shlitake**—Lentinus edodes: Protective antioxidant, inhibits the formation of arteriosclerotic plaque. Helps prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. Lowers cholesterol up to 15%, prevents clots, regulates blood sugar.
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