ArteriosclerosisWhat is Arteriosclerosis?

Arteriosclerosis refers to the condition that occurs when the walls of the arteries thicken because of the presence of lime or calcium in other words it is a degeneration of the inner lining of the walls of the blood vessels. It has become a very common ailment, and in fact, is one of the major causes of death and disability among older people.

The most risky parts are the arteries that lead to the brain and the heart’s coronary vessels. The blood vessels lose elasticity, and the arteries get smaller and narrower, both conditions interfering with the blood’s free circulation. These would then extend to the veins and capillaries, thereby destroying the important parts of the circulatory system.

The condition has a higher incidence in men than in women, studies have shown that about 40% of men who are over 40 years old have a certain obstruction in their coronary arteries which could lead to a heart attack at an undetermined time.


What Causes Arteriosclerosis?

  • Excessive white sugar intake, eating refined foods, having a high-fat diet, and taking in cholesterol-rich foods, are among the major causes of arteriosclerosis.
  • Sedentary lifestyle. When you are not moving or are not getting enough exercise, then you are also at risk to suffer arteriosclerosis.
  • Diseases. There are certain diseases that could cause hardening of the arteries. Some of these diseases that you need to be aware of are obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatism, malaria, Bright’s disease, and syphilis.
  • Emotional stress. This is also contributory to arteriosclerosis. Most heart attacks occur during times where one is suffering from emotional and mental disturbances, especially those who are engaged in sedentary occupations.
  • Heredity. This disease is also hereditary and runs in families.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Symptoms of Arteriosclerosis

The symptoms of arteriosclerosis actually vary on the type of arteries that are affected by the disease.

  • Inadequate blood supply in the legs, which usually appears first.
  • Numbness and coldness in the feet.
  • Cramps and pains located in the legs even after doing a light exercise.
  • Sharp pains, just like that felt when suffering from angina pectoris. (When coronary arteries are involved.)
  • Haemorrhage. Vessels burst at this point. (This happens to arteries that lead to the brain.)
  • Cerebral vascular stroke, along with partial or complete analysis may result if there is a blood clot.
  • Loss of memory.
  • Confused state of mind. This often occurs in elderly people.
  • High blood pressure and kidney disorders.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Arteriosclerosis

Long neutral immersion baths. At bed time, this could help in relaxation and eliminating stress as well. You can actually do this alternately. The bath must be hot water, at a temperature between 92 – 98 degrees Fahrenheit. You must lie in it for one hour or more and the head must have a cold compress.

Outdoor exercises. Persons suffering from arteriosclerosis must do outdoor exercises to eliminate mental stress.


Diet for Arteriosclerosis

Friendly Foods

  • Good diet. Daily meals must include seeds, nuts, and grains; fruits, and vegetables. Raw foods should be preferred.
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables. Fresh fruit juices that are in season are really beneficial for the body. Grape, pineapple, lemon, and also juices of green vegetables can greatly help.
  • Cold pressed vegetable oils, especially those coming from flax and olive oil.
  • Several small meals. Those suffering from arteriosclerosis should take small meals within the span of a day. Saturated fats and hydrogenated fats must be avoided.
  • Eat onion and garlic. Studies have shown that these help in preventing the development of arteriosclerosis.
  • Parsley. This contains elements that help in maintaining blood vessels, more particularly the capillaries and arterial system in a very good condition and in a healthy state. This can be included in water and could become a beverage that you can take in all throughout the day.
  • Beet juice. It is a natural solvent for calcium deposits, which could help in clearing thickened arteries and blood vessels.
  • Carrot and spinach juices are beneficial too.

Foods to Avoid

  • Do not cook foods in aluminum and copper. Toxic metals that enter the body can deposit themselves on the aorta and artery walls.
  • Quit smoking. If you have been smoking, then you must give it up if you are suffering from arteriosclerosis. This constricts the arteries and generally worsens the condition.
  • Salt and meat must be avoided, along with pickles, strong tea, white sugar, white flour and all other products made from these ingredients.


Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Arteriosclerosis

  • Take lots of  Vitamin C. This helps in converting cholesterol into bile acids.
  • Lemon peel. This contains a lot of Vitamin P, which fortifies and strengthens the whole arterial system. You may shred some lemon peel then add it to soups and stews. You may also sprinkle it on salads.
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