7 Simple Ways to Unclog Your Arteries Naturally

7 Simple Ways to Unclog Your Arteries Naturally - Pomegranate

By  Sayer Ji

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

We all want to live a long life, but did you know eating these simple foods has been proven scientifically to prevent and in some cases reverse the #1 cause of death in the modern world?

Statistically, atherosclerosis (the progressive clogging of the arteries) is the #1 killer on the planet. A complex process, involving autoimmunity, infection, dietary incompatibilities, and many known and unknown factors, it is entirely preventable, and in some cases reversible –  despite conventional medical opinion.

Here is the peer-reviewed, published research proving the fact.

Unclog Your Arteries Naturally

B Vitamins

Yes, something as simple as adding a source of B-complex to your regimen can prevent the juggernaut of heart disease from taking your life prematurely.  A doubled-blind, randomized study, published in 2005, in the journal  Atherosclerosis  found that a simple intervention using 2.5 mg folic acid, 25 mg Vitamin B6, and 0.5mg Vitamin B12 for 1 year, resulted in significant reductions in arterial thickness (as measured by intima media thickeness)  [1].  Even niacin  [2][3]  or folic acid  [4][5]  alone has been show to have this effect in patients.

[Note: Always opt for natural sources of the B-group vitamins, including probiotic supplementation (which produce the entire complement for you), or a whole food extract, versus synthetic or semi-synthetic vitamins which, sadly,  predominate on the market today].

Garlic

As we have documented extensively at GreenMedInfo.com,  garlic can save your life. It has been found to regress plaque buildup in the arteries, among many other potentially life-saving health benefits.[6]

Pomegranate

This super healing fruit has been found to regress plaque buildup in the arteries  [7][8]  as well as being demonstrated to provide dozens of validated health benefits,  including  the ability to  replace  the function of the mammalian ovary!

Fermented Cabbage

Kimchi, a Korean recipe, which includes fermented cabbage, hot pepper, and various other ingredients, including fermented fish, appears to stall the atherosclerotic process in the animal model.[9]  Additionally, strains of good bacteria in kimchi have been found capable of  degrading toxic chemicals that can additional bodily harm.

L-Arginine

This amino acid is capable of preventing arterial thickening – up to 24% reduction! — in the animal model  [10][11].  At GreenMedInfo,  We have done an extensive literature review on arginine supplementation and have found that in over 30 studies demonstrating this fact addition to  150 known health benefits, it is capable of addressing the underlying dysfunction associated with cardiovascular disease: endothelial dysfunction, with  no less than 20 studies proving this fact.

Turmeric (curcumin)

The primary polyphenol in the Indian spice turmeric known as curcumin has been found to be an excellent cardioprotective, with over  30 studies demonstrating this fact. One study found that curcumin prevented damage to the arteries associated with blockage (neointima formation).[12]

Sesame Seed

Probably one of the most underappreciated super foods on the planet, sesame seed, which we have shown is  as  effective as Tylenol for arthritic pain, may be an excellent cardioprotective substance, ideally suited for preventing the progression of atherosclerosis. One animal study found it was capable of preventing atherosclerosis lesion formation.[13]

The Final Word

This is a small sample of evidence-based natural interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention and/or regression. At GreenMedInfo, we have compiled a much larger set of studies on over  200 natural substances  capable of reducing the risk of heart attack and related heart disease related conditions.

Remember, heart disease is not a natural process that we must accept as inevitable based on family history or  an outdated gene-based model of human disease risk. Our daily decisions, especially regarding what we eat or do not eat, are first and foremost. We can use food as medicine, sloughing off the pharmaceutical industry meme that we need  statins to stave off the ‘inevitable’.

Take back control of your health with nutrition, and realize that food is the only medicine that will both nourish us and heal our bodies in a way that will produce lasting health.

Updated September 2014

Article References:

[1]  Uwe Till, Peter Röhl, Almut Jentsch, Heiko Till, Andreas Mà¼ller, Klaus Bellstedt, Dietmar Plonné, Horst S Fink, Rà¼diger Vollandt, Ulrich Sliwka, Falko H Herrmann, Henning Petermann, Reiner Riezler.Decrease of carotid intima-media thickness in patients at risk to cerebral ischemia after supplementation with folic acid, Vitamins B6 and B12.  Atherosclerosis. 2005 Jul;181(1):131-5. Epub 2005 Feb 16. PMID:  15939064

[2]  Allen J Taylor, Hyun J Lee, Lance E Sullenberger.  The effect of 24 months of combination statin and extended-release niacin on carotid intima-media thickness: ARBITER 3.  Curr Med Res Opin. 2006 Nov;22(11):2243-50 PMID:  17076985

[3]  M Thoenes, A Oguchi, S Nagamia, C S Vaccari, R Hammoud, G E Umpierrez, B V Khan.  The effects of extended-release niacin on carotid intimal media thickness, endothelial function and inflammatory markers in patients with the metabolic syndrome.  Int J Clin Pract. 2007 Nov;61(11):1942-8. PMID:  17935553

[4]  George Ntaios, Christos Savopoulos, Dimitrios Karamitsos, Ippoliti Economou, Evangelos Destanis, Ioannis Chryssogonidis, Ifigenia Pidonia, Pantelis Zebekakis, Christos Polatides, Michael Sion, Dimitrios Grekas, Apostolos Hatzitolios.  The effect of folic acid supplementation on carotid intima-media thickness in patients with cardiovascular risk: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.  Int J Cardiol. 2009 Feb 6. PMID:  19201496

[5]  T P Smith, C P Cruz, A T Brown, J F Eidt, M M Moursi.  Folate supplementation inhibits intimal hyperplasia induced by a high-homocysteine diet in a rat carotid endarterectomy model.  J Vasc Surg. 2001 Sep;34(3):474-81. PMID:  11533600

[6]  G Siegel, A Walter, S Engel, A Walper, F Michel.  [Pleiotropic effects of garlic].  Wien Med Wochenschr. 1999;149(8-10):217-24. PMID:  10483684

[7]  Michael Aviram, Mira Rosenblat, Diana Gaitini, Samy Nitecki, Aaron Hoffman, Leslie Dornfeld, Nina Volkova, Dita Presser, Judith Attias, Harley Liker, Tony Hayek.  Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation.  Clin Nutr. 2004 Jun;23(3):423-33. PMID:  15158307.  Article Published Date  : Jun 01, 2004

[8]  Michael H Davidson, Kevin C Maki, Mary R Dicklin, Steven B Feinstein, Marysue Witchger, Marjorie Bell, Darren K McGuire, Jean-Claude Provost, Harley Liker, Michael Aviram.  Effects of consumption of pomegranate juice on carotid intima-media thickness in men and women at moderate risk for coronary heart disease.  Am J Cardiol. 2009 Oct 1;104(7):936-42. PMID:  19766760

[9]  Hyun Ju Kim, Jin Su Lee, Hae Young Chung, Su Hee Song, Hongsuk Suh, Jung Sook Noh, Yeong Ok Song.  3-(4′-hydroxyl-3′,5′-dimethoxyphenyl)propionic acid, an active principle of kimchi, inhibits development of atherosclerosis in rabbits.  J Agric Food Chem. 2007 Dec 12;55(25):10486-92. Epub 2007 Nov 16. PMID:  18004805

[10]  M G Davies, H Dalen, J H Kim, L Barber, E Svendsen, P O Hagen.  Control of accelerated vein graft atheroma with the nitric oxide precursor: L-arginine.  J Surg Res. 1995 Jul;59(1):35-42. PMID:  7630134

[11]  Mehdi Nematbakhsh, Shaghayegh Haghjooyjavanmard, Farzaneh Mahmoodi, Ali Reza Monajemi.The prevention of endothelial dysfunction through endothelial cell apoptosis inhibition in a hypercholesterolemic rabbit model: the effect of L-arginine supplementation.  Lipids Health Dis. 2008;7:27. Epub 2008 Aug 2. PMID:  18673573

[12]  Xiaoping Yang, D Paul Thomas, Xiaochun Zhang, Bruce W Culver, Brenda M Alexander, William J Murdoch, Mysore N A Rao, David A Tulis, Jun Ren, Nair Sreejayan.  Curcumin inhibits platelet-derived growth factor-stimulated vascular smooth muscle cell function and injury-induced neointima formation.  Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2006 Jan;26(1):85-90. Epub 2005 Oct 20. PMID:  16239599

[13]  Shylesh Bhaskaran, Nalini Santanam, Meera Penumetcha, Sampath Parthasarathy.  Inhibition of atherosclerosis in low-density lipoprotein receptor-negative mice by sesame oil.  J Med Food. 2006 Winter;9(4) PMID:  17201634

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About the author:

Sayer-Ji

Sayer Ji  is an author, educator, Steering  Committee Member  of the  Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC),  advisory board member of the National Health Federation, and the founder of  GreenMedInfo.com  –  an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities.  His writings have been published and referenced widely in print and online, including Truthout, Mercola.com, The Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, New York Times and The Well Being Journal.

In 1995 Sayer received a BA degree in Philosophy from Rutgers University, where he studied under the American philosopher Dr. Bruce W. Wilshire, with a focus on the philosophy of science.  In 1996, following residency at the Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York, he embarked on a 5 year journey of service as a counsellor-teacher and wilderness therapy specialist for various organizations that serve underprivileged and/or adjudicated populations. Since 2003, Sayer has served as a patient advocate and an educator and consultant for the natural health and wellness field.

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