Everything you Need to Know about Hardening Arteries
Hardening of the arteries is medically referred to as atherosclerosis, a medical condition in which the arteries that are responsible for carrying oxygenated blood from the heart to the other parts of the body become narrow. Narrowing of the arteries begins when fatty deposits that enter the bloodstream remain in the arterial vein and become hardened – this is referred to as “arterial plaque”. The plaque continues to build and over time the arterial wall continues to
narrow, restricting blood flow. If left untreated, the restricted blood flow and subsequent reduced oxygen can cause the heart to malfunction, causing heart damage, heart attack or stroke. In most cases, there are subtle signs that the heart is not performing optimally, but there are more incidences when symptoms have gone undetected until plaque ruptures the arterial wall, causing a clot in the artery. It is suggested that everyone may have some plaque buildup in their arteries, but the progression of growth is slow and does not cause outward health conditions. In other situations, plaque growth will lead to pain in the chest or legs, angina and shortness of breath. Hardening of the arties is a progressive health condition that can start very early in life. It continues to worsen but remains undetected until mid 40 and 50s, when the arties have started to run out of space for normal blood flow. Atherosclerosis does not only happen in the heart or brain; it can affect your arms and legs (peripheral artery disease) or it can affect the arteries leading to your kidneys, increasing the incidence of high blood pressure or kidney failure.
Natural Products To Treat Hardening Arteries
Atherosclerosis is not inevitable. Recognize that the lifestyle you live will affect your health either positively or negatively. To avoid hardening arteries you need to understand that what you put into your body either has to be eliminated by natural channels or it will find a place to settle into and create havoc. Some risk factors are high blood pressure and high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, age and hereditary. There are a number of supplements that can provide a preventative approach to the disease. Most of them do this by affecting cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood clotting. Vitamin K helps to reduce calcification of
the arteries – calcification plays a role in causing the formation of arterial plaques. Preferred Nutrition Vitamin K is the preferred, more absorbable Vitamin K2 (MK-7) from natto bean. Hawthorn is often recommended to help prevent heart disease because it can help reduce blood fat levels, which reduces the accumulation of arterial plaques. We understand that inflammation can lead to a number of health conditions such as increasing LDL cholesterol and the buildup of plaque. Curcumin supplements, such as Natural Factors, contain a highly bioavailable form of curcumin. Ubiquinol CQ10 can prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and becoming harmful – it also helps to maintain healthy blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Never underestimate the power of Omega 3 Fish Oils, especially Whole Earth & Sea Pure Food Herring Gold. It can help reduce inflammation, lower blood fats, improve blood viscosity and stabilize heart rhythms. If you presently have Atherosclerosis, there are a number of other supplements to consider along with the support of your healthcare provider such as Nattokinase, Glucosamine, and Red Yeast Rice.
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