Hardening of the Arteries

A gradual, narrowing and hardening of the arteries caused by oxidative stress (damage from free radicals).  This is all too common and preventable through diet.

  • progression can be slowed and soft plaque mildly reduced with AGE (aged garlic
  • extract).  It also reduces blood homocysteine levels which indicate inflammation & risk of heart disease
  • Flavonols have a positive effect on cholesterol levels, blood pressure, heart attack and stroke risk
  • Dark Chocolate (min. 70% cocoa), green tea, red wine & berries are all high in flavonols
  • Dark Chocolate is also an excellent antioxidant & is anti-inflammatory; consuming 6.3 to 50g 2 – 3 times per week decreases the prevalence of atherosclerosis
  • Lycopene (found in tomatoes) is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage & relieves impairement of blood vessels
    • cooking these foods greatly increases the bioavailability of lycopene, making it easier for the body to absorb.  So pureed items like Ketchup, sauces & pastes are best sources (look for low-sugar, organic options), or combine with olive oil
  • Serrapeptase can dissolve atherosclerotic plaque.
  • Sesame seeds & oil will inhibit the hardening and opening of the arteries