Clogged or blocked arteries are a big health issue. We will present to you some natural ways to unclog or clean your arteries.
A person’s arteries can become clogged by a buildup of a substance called plaque. Plaque is a mixture of fat, calcium, cholesterol, and waste from the cells in the body. This mix can stick to the walls of the arteries, making these blood vessels narrower. When this happens, it is called atherosclerosis.
Clogged or blocked arteries can stop fresh blood from reaching parts of the body, which can put a person at risk of a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke.
In many cases, people can prevent plaque buildup and atherosclerosis. Some medical treatments are available to help clear the arteries, but they are invasive.
The best treatment is usually prevention, as removing plaque is much more difficult than preventing it from occurring.
Simple Ways to 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 double-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 thickness).
Even niacin or folic acid alone has been shown to have this effect on patients. [Note: Always opt for natural sources of the B-group vitamins, including probiotic supplementation, which produces 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 previously, garlic can save your life. It has been found to regress plaque buildup in the arteries, among many other potentially life-saving health benefits.
- Pomegranate – This super healing fruit has been found to regress plaque buildup in the arteries and provide dozens of validated health benefits, including replacing the function of the mammalian ovary.
- Fermented Cabbage – Kimchi, a Korean recipe, which includes fermented cabbage, hot pepper, various other ingredients, and sometimes fermented fish, appears to stall the atherosclerotic process in the animal model. 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 percent reduction!—in the animal model. 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 is 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). We’ve discussed turmeric’s cardiovascular health benefits in greater depth in an article comparing it to aspirin online.
- Sesame Seed – Probably one of the most underappreciated superfoods on the planet, sesame seed, which we have shown is as effective as Tylenol for arthritic pain, maybe an excellent cardioprotective substance, ideally suited for preventing the progression of atherosclerosis. One animal study found it was capable of preventing atherosclerosis lesion formation. Another human study found that eating sesame seed paste can reduce blood markers of cardiovascular disease.
Risk factors for clogged arteries
- high blood pressure
- unhealthy cholesterol levels
- insulin resistance and diabetes
- lack of physical activity
- an unhealthful diet
When someone employs the tips listed above, they will be taking a step in the right direction. If they are worried about their risk factors, they should speak with their doctor.
Clogged arteries, if they are left unchecked, can lead to conditions such as:
- Heart disease, which is where plaque builds up in the arteries in and around the heart.
- Angina, a condition where chest pain results from a lack of blood flow to the heart.
- Peripheral artery disease, which is where plaque builds up in the arms and legs.
A person’s arteries get narrower over their lifetime. The process usually speeds up after the age of 30. Typically, it does not become a problem until a person is in their 50s or 60s.
Remember, heart disease is not a natural process, that we must accept as inevitable based on the family history of an outdated gene-based model of human disease risk. Our daily decisions, especially regarding what we decide we are going to 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.
Conclusion: These natural ways of unclogging arteries can be very helpful, but the best way is to prevent clogging of the arteries. So change your lifestyle by eating healthy food and be more physically active.