Atherosclerosis

Yesterday, we ventured into the realm of cholesterol, and mentioned heart disease. Today I’ll explore one of those said conditions-Atherosclerosis. This is when deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium, and other substances build-up in the inner lining of an artery. This build-up is also known as plaque. Just a refresher in your anatomy 101- arteries are the blood vessels that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. They’re lined with endothelium, whose job it  is to keep the arteries smooth and toned so that blood flows smoothly. Plaque makes for a strenuous ride for the blood around the body. This nasty speed bump gets worse when it ruptures, which causes blood clots, thus blocking blood flow. If this block happens in the wrong spot, then you are in for a world of hurt. For instance if it happens to an artery feeding into the heart, bam a heart attack. If it blocks an artery going to your brain, bam a stroke. How about if it blocks the supply to your limbs? Well that can cause difficulty walking and ultimately lead to gangrene. Not pleasant-sounding is it? How can we avoid this nasty little build-up? There are several controllable risk factors:

  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • Type II diabetes 
  • obesity
  • physical inactivity

Tobacco smoke greatly worsens it and speeds the growth in coronary arteries, aorta, and arteries in the leg. All the other ones we know are controlled by eating a lifestyle that doesn’t control insulin and thus causes the inflammation that is hurting our hearts. What to do to decrease chances atherosclerosis?

  • eat more organically  grown fruits, especially grapefruit and concord grapes, and vegetables
  • garlic and onions, tomatoes and tomato products
  • cold pressed EVOO
  • cold water fish: salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel, and halibut
  • nuts, especially walnuts and almonds
  • grass-fed meat
  • sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds
  • cranberries
  • drink more tea
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