ARTERIOSCLEROSIS/ATHEROSCLEROSIS

Natural medicine believes that this condition is not only preventable, but it is also reversible. A B 6 deficiency and a high-fat diet are thought to be the major causes instead of high cholesterol, as previously thought. As with many health conditions, stress plays a part in the development of arteriosclerosis.

Other factors that contribute to the disease are obesity, smoking,diabetes, alcohol consumption, and excess sodium and caffeine in the diet,along with poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. When arteriosclerosis occurs, the flow of blood is blocked or hindered from reaching the heart,which can damage the circulatory system.Arteriosclerosis can be defined as the thickening and decreased elasticity of the arterial walls.

Symptoms
Symptoms include leg cramps, high blood pressure, cold hands and feet,blurred vision, mental decline, and respiratory problems.

Dietary considerations
Add fiber to your diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant benefits; they help to keep arteries clear and free of clogs.

Vegetarians have less heart disease. Have a glass of red wine at dinner or shortly after. Avoid red meat, dairy products, sugar, and fried foods.

Reduce coffee intake; consider replacing it with roasted dandelion tea,which has the taste of coffee and is wonderful for your liver.

Supplement support for arteriosclerosis
• Garlic capsules: four times daily (Kyolic)
• Vitamin B complex
• Red wine: one glass daily
• Flax oil
• Coenzyme Q 10
• Ester-C: 500 mg three times daily
• Magnesium chloride: 400–800 mg daily
• Vitamin E: 400 IU
• Chromium: 200 mcg daily
• Ginkgo biloba
• Milk thistle extract
• Carnitine

Lifestyle choices
There are several lifestyle choices that you can make to help prevent or battle arteriosclerosis. Taking a walk after dinner or walking on the treadmill for aerobic exercise will help increase circulation. So will stopping smoking. If you are obese or overweight, begin a weight-reducing plan that you can live with.