Remove artery plaque naturally.
Artery plaque is a condition that progresses over time, it is possible for plaque to start to build up in the arteries as early as your mid twenties.
Plaque build up in the arteries causes all sorts of cardiovascular diseases from heart disease, peripheral artery disease, high blood pressure, carotid artery disease, eventually there will be an outcome in the form of a heart attack or stroke.
So we know how dangerous artery plaque is and what it can do, the results can be fatal, reducing or getting rid of artery plaque should be a priority but is it possible to remove artery plaque naturally?
Removing artery plaque isn’t that simple, if it was the number of people dying each year from heart disease would certainly be lower, it is almost impossible to remove it without invasive treatment, the recommended treatment is to slow plaque build up and try to prevent any further build up.
I did manage to find one doctor who stated that the real cause of clogged arteries is inflammation causing damage to the endothelium, his book states that heart disease can ce reversed by creating more Nitric oxide in out bodies.
Doctor Louis Ignarro made the amazing discovery that plaque build up and high blood pressure caused damage to the inner lining of the artery walls because of a reduction in Nitric oxide as a result of the ageing process.
His discovery was so important that he eas awarded the Nobel prize.
Why do arteries become clogged?
Your circulatory system is made up blood vessels, arteries and capillaries (smaller blood vessels) the system functions to transport oxygen rich blood to all parts of the body in order for it to function to its capacity. Our bodies use up the oxygenated blood then we exhale carbon dioxide from the lungs, we breathe in and the cycle begins over again.
There wont be any problems as long as this process stays in place, the blood vessels will remain clear and blood can be distributed to where it is needed, however bad cholesterol, calcium and other debris gather together to form small blockages on the walls of the arteries.
Plaque build up
This is called plaque, plaque develops over time, it sticks to the artery walls and causes damage to the endothelium resulting in inflammation. Our immune systems are built to react to Inflammation so white blood cells are sent to attack the area of inflammation where the plaque is.
This chain reaction can cause some of the plaque to rupture and break loose, loose plaque is very dangerous because it may go to the heart or brain causing a heart attack or stroke. The other scenario is the plaque can become larger and cause a blockage in the arteries, that can also cause a heart attack.
Is there a natural way to remove plaque?
If you search the internet you may find articles that promote natural ways to remove arterial plaque, up to this point we don’t know of any research that supports this theory, having said that there have been small studies completed on animals that were promising.
On the subject of a natural way to remove artery plaque we have heard anecdotally of a mix of proteolytic enzymes Nattokinase and Serrapeptase working well to reduce arterial plaque and lower blood pressure.
You can take some positive steps to remove artery plaque naturally for example lose weight, eat foods that contain less cholesterol, get regular exercise, these proactive steps will help in prevention of further plaque building up, but it is doubtful if it will remove any existing plaque.
By focusing on weight loss, increasing your exercise activity eating less cholesterol-rich foods are all steps you can take to reduce plaques, but these steps won’t remove existing plaques.
Tips for a healthy heart
• Focus on a diet that is beneficial for your heart
• If you smoke, try to stop, cigarette smoke is linked to clogged arteries
• Watch your alcohol intake, limit to no more than 7 drinks per week
• Try to incorporate exercise into your weekly schedule at least 30 minutes each time.
Focus on reducing your low density lipoprotein levels “bad cholesterol” while increasing your high density lipoprotein “good cholesterol” levels, you can achieve this by eating a cholesterol lowering diet.
The good cholesterol or HDL can keep the bad cholesterol or LDL in check, too much LDL or high density lipoprotein combined with calcium and blood debris that sticks to the walls of your arteries and plaque forms. By focusing on increasing good cholesterol you keep the bad cholesterol from making more plaque.
Direct your efforts toward decreasing your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels and increasing your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. Your LDLl measurement level is an indication of the “bad” cholesterol that’s in your blood.
Heart healthy diet
You are what you eat, it’s so true diet plays a pivotal role in improving heart health, a healthier heart means les chance of plaque build up, focus on your diet, wrote down everything that you have had to eat for the past seven days.
Be honest how much of that food contains ingredients that are bad for your heart? It’s easy to get into bad eating habits but it’s not too late to change to a heart healthy diet, it could make all the difference to the rest of your life.
Foods to eliminate from your diet
Foods that contain saturated fats and trans fats should be kept to a minimum,
• Fatty meat
• Dairy products
• Processed foods snacks and cookies
Sugar doesn’t have any nutritional value and can have a negative impact on your health, it has been linked to heart disease, natural sugar found in fruit is fine but watch out for added sugar in cookies, ice cream and soft drinks.
What you should eat more
Go for lean cuts of meat, eat fruit and vegetables everyday, try to have fatty fish like salmon or mackerel twice a week.
Many studies have proven that regular exercise has a direct impact on your heart health and helps to keep your heart healthy, if you aren’t accustomed to getting exercise get some advice from your doctor or fitness instructor ask them to give you a fitness program that is suitable for your abilities.
Being a few pounds overweight isn’t going to impact on your heart health however if you are several stone overweight it will have an impact on your bad cholesterol levels, this can lead to plaque building up. Aim for a reduction of between 5-10% in your bodyweight, a reduction in weight can have a significant impact on your health and that includes your bad cholesterol.
Even if you have been a heavy smoker for years its never to late to stop, I recommend that you watch some YouTube videos on how cigarette smoking leads to lung cancer if your mind needs convincing that you need to stop smoking then the thought of getting lung cancer help you to mentally tune into giving up cigarettes.
Studies have demonstrated that excess alcohol or even moderate alcohol use can increase LDL levels because alcohol contains a lot of sugar, it can cause inflammation in the arteries and that isn’t good for your heart.
If your cholesterol is slightly high most doctors will recommend that you try a cholesterol lowering diet first to get it down, however if your cholesterol is persistently high you may be given a prescription for statin drugs to get your cholesterol under control, statin drugs definitely reduce cholesterol but they do have side effects. There are more natural cholesterol lowering alternatives that seem to have less side effects.
You may have been taking statin drugs, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly but your arteries have become clogged at that stage your doctor may recommend stenting or bypass surgery to allow blood to flow more freely.
During stenting a small tube is inserted into your arteries at the location of the plaque, this allows more space so that more normal blood flow can resume.
If the arteries are too badly blocked and stenting infant an option a bypass may be needed, a bypass means that the surgeon will take a good artery from somewhere else in your body and replace the blocked artery with the good artery.
Clogged arteries are a very serious condition, your doctor will advise you as to the best treatment to alleviate any symptoms that you may be having like shortness of breath, chest pain, extreme tiredness or high blood pressure. Its important to carry out any recommendations to avoid a heart attack, stroke or aneurysm .
If you have had a diagnosis of clogged arteries and your arteries have plaque in them, you can follow a heart healthy diet combined with regular exercise, reduce your alcohol intake , lose weight to remove artery plaque naturally. Follow your doctors instructions to lower LDL or bad cholesterol and you should find that your chances of a heart attack or stroke reduce significantly.