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Robert Hass, M.S. (See book keywords and concepts)

Soy isoflavones, particularly genistein (found only in soy), help block the formation of arterial plaque and blood clots. Soy Protein Sources* Soy Source Protein (Grams) Isoflavones (Milligrams) Soy cocktail (1 serving) 40 30-40 Soy flour (1 ounce) 10-14 30-40 Soy meat replacer (3.5 ounces) 20 0-15 Soy milk (1 cup) 4-10 10-30 Tofu (4 ounces) 8-1.3 30-40 *Note: Many manufacturers of soy meat replacers (e.g., soy ground beef, bacon, sausage, chicken, turkey, pastrami, and ham) use an alcohol extraction process that removes disease-fighting isoflavones from their products.

The Way of Chinese Herbs

Michael Tierra, L.Ac, O.M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

It removes arterial plaque, effectively treats anemia, and is a potent hemostatic used to reduce bleeding. Because of its blood-moving properties, turmeric is a very effective herb for regulating menstruation. Turmeric is perhaps the best herb for all liver and gallbladder diseases because of its ability to lower liver enzymes. Because it can increase bile output by up to 100%, it is one of the most effective treatments for gallstones.

Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide for Treating Health Problems with Natural Remedies Including Diet and Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Bodywork, and More

James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Your meals should emphasize vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, with soy products, beans, and fish for protein. People who require a higher-protein diet can add more lean poultry to their menu. Highly reactive molecules known z s free radicals are closely linked to heart disease. Foods that contain antioxidants will help prevent damage caused by free radicals, so eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Essential fatty acids are "good" fats that actually protect the heart and help the rest of the body function smoothly.

Smart Medicine for Healthier Living : Practical A-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Adults

Janet Zand, LAc, OMD, Allan N. Spreed, MD, CNC, James B. LaValle, RPh, ND (See book keywords and concepts)

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains results in less circulating cholesterol and lowers your risk of developing arterial plaque. ¦ Exercise. Physical activity boosts HDL. Regular exercise can cut your risk of atherosclerosis by as much as 50 percent. As little as thirty minutes of aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, three to five times a week is enough to make a real difference. ¦ Research shows that obesity is associated with low levels of HDL, the protective form of cholesterol, and high levels of LDL, the plaque-forming cholesterol. If you need to lose weight, do it now.

Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition

Paul Pitchford (See book keywords and concepts)

The first remedy, golden seal combined with cayenne (Capsicum frutescens) in equal parts, is used to treat alcoholism; it stimulates qi flow to push through obstructions, reduces liver excesses, and dries most forms of dampness including mucus, obesity, edema, parasites, and arterial plaque.

Hemp Today

Ed Rosenthal (See book keywords and concepts)

They prevent build-up of arterial plaque. They are the precursors of the prostaglandins that are needed by our immune systems. At least 200 articles a year studying the EFAs are published in the scientific journals. Because of the increased public awareness of EFA deficiencies, consumption of therapeutic oils that provide the EFAs has markedly increased. Flax oil has become a six million dollar per year industry. It is popular because it is rich in LNA. LNA deficiency is much more common than LA deficiency. Flax oil is primarily used to treat cancer and arteriosclerosis.

The Complete Book of Alternative Nutrition

Selene Y. Craig, Jennifer Haigh, Sari Harrar and the Editors of PREVENTION Magazine Health Books (See book keywords and concepts)

If left unchecked, oxidation results in all manner of cellular damage—wrinkled skin, cataracts, arterial plaque and, some researchers believe, certain types of cancer. But vitamins and minerals are only one part of the story. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with thousands of different compounds known as phytochemicals, many of which have shown cancer-fighting potential in laboratory studies. A vegetarian diet also supplies plenty of fiber—about 34 grams per day, compared to the 10 grams we get if we're eating a standard Western diet.

The Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing: A Comprehensive A-Z Listing of Common and Chronic Illnesses and Their Proven Natural Treatments

Gary Null, Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

When combined with lecithin, this helps to dissolve arterial plaque. (Encapsulated liquid lecithin should have a phospholipid choline content of at least 35 percent, and should deliver a minimum potency of 51.5 percent phosphatides. Granulated lecithin should be labeled 25 percent phosphatidyl choline, and should not have soy flour added to it.) Vitamin E (400 to 600 IU daily) will help improve circulation to the heart. Vitamins B6 and methionine balance triglyceride levels, and ultimately help to normalize cholesterol.

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Robert Hass, M.S. (See book keywords and concepts)

Because of its contribution to the formation of arterial plaque, LDL-cholesterol is often called "bad" cholesterol. But LDL isn't bad at all; in fact, it is necessary for life because it transports essential fats and vitamins to all cells. As you will discover, there is nothing inherently harmful about LDL-cholesterol unless it is overwhelmed by free radicals. LDL-cholesterol becomes harmful when the blood does not contain enough antioxidant vitamins and phytonutrients.

The Omega-3 Connection: The Groundbreaking Anti-depression Diet and Brain Program

Andrew L. Stoll (See book keywords and concepts)

Likewise, researchers have found that the fish-eating inhabitants of a typical Japanese fishing village had far lower rates of heart disease and arterial plaque than residents of a typical farming village who ate less fish. Trends in major depression parallel those seen in cardiac disease. Another recently published study shows that in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, where fish consumption is high, rates of depression are extremely low—some ten times lower than in the United States.

Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide, Second Edition

Larry Trivieri, Jr. (See book keywords and concepts)

Chelating agents administered intravenously increase blood flow and may in some cases remove arterial plaque. Chelation therapy, if used in a total program where all risk factors are managed, can potentially help reverse atherosclerosis and prevent heart attacks and strokes, and may be used as an alternative to bypass surgery and angioplasty. It is also useful for treating a variety of disease conditions and, most importantly, regular chelation therapy appears to provide a strong anti-aging effect and remarkably increases energy.

Gordon, has to do with the fact that 85% of heart attacks, strokes, and other types of cardiovascular disease are caused by the rupture of vulnerable, non-calcified arterial plaque and subsequent clot formation. "It is now widely accepted that the underlying cause of death in heart attacks and strokes is from a blood clot related to this vulnerable, soft (non-calcified) plaque due to an active infection in the arterial wall," Dr. Gordon explains.

But the research and media hype have for so long focused on cholesterol and arterial plaque that there has been little attention to the physiology of blood flow itself. We now know, though, that the condition of the blood platelets, the endothelial cells lining the blood vessels, and the blood itself are the major factors in regulating blood flow in microcirculation. And these factors are regulated by nutrients. That is big news, for it transforms our concept of orthomolecular medicine from a focus on chemistry of metabolism to physiology, especially relative to the effects of ischemia.

Gary Null's Power Aging

Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

This marker indicates an increased risk for destabilized atherosclerotic plaque and abnormal arterial clotting. When arterial plaque becomes destabilized, it can burst open and block the flow of blood through a coronary artery, resulting in an acute heart attack. Some studies show that people with high levels of C-reactive protein are almost three times as likely to die from a heart attack as are others.

Lecithin can reduce arterial plaque, lower blood pressure, and lessen angina pectoris. Take lecithin granules in one teaspoon in the morning (they can be sprinkled over cereal). Taurine, an amino acid that acts as an antioxidant, can help fortify cardiac contractions and consequently enhance the outflow of blood from the heart. Take it generally at 500 mg. Niacin (vitamin B3) has been shown to help prevent heart attacks. It also helps prevent people from dying from them. Mineral for the Heart Magnesium is the single most important mineral for the heart.

A 900 mg a day garlic regimen has been shown to help reverse arterial plaque buildup, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.12 Warning: Taking garlic with prescription blood-thinning drugs is generally contraindicated. If you take Coumadin (warfarin), aspirin, heparin, or Trental (pentoxifylline), which are all blood-thinning drugs, do not use garlic unless you are following medical advice to do so. As a rule, do not use garlic with any blood thinners. Garlic with vitamin or herbal blood thinners: Taking garlic with high doses of vitamin E or with ginkgo may cause bleeding. Ginger.

Stopping the Clock: Longevity for the New Millenium

Ronald Klatz and Robert Goldman (See book keywords and concepts)

Apparently, the three antioxidants work together to fight LDL cholesterol, which, as we've seen leads to damaging attacks on the arterial walls and adds to the build-up of arterial plaque. Vitamin C is water-soluble, while E and beta-carotene are fat-soluble, allowing both the fat and watery parts of our cells to be protected from free-radical attacks which lead to both aging and cancer. Therefore, vitamin supplements, taken in the proper dosages have a wide range of both short- and long-term benefits without harmful side effects.

Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine

Elson M. Haas, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

This arterial plaque reduces the blood flow and also decreases the strength and elasticity of the vessel wall. This can predispose us to increased blood pressure and aneurysms (ballooning of the artery), which can then lead to bleeding, strokes, or other, milder consequences. These tiny injuries to the blood vessels involve many contributors, but the mechanism by which they occur is via free-radical pathology, not dissimilar to most inflammatory and cellular changes.

Stopping the Clock: Longevity for the New Millenium

Ronald Klatz and Robert Goldman (See book keywords and concepts)

It seemed that after only two years, beta-carotene's protective function could be felt, perhaps because like vitamins C and E, it helped slow the buildup of arterial plaque. Another Harvard study of 90,000 female nurses found that those who had taken more than 11,000 IU (about 7 mg) of beta-carotene a day had a 22 percent lower risk of heart disease than women who were getting less than 3,800 IU (about 2.25 mg) of daily beta-carotene. Those who ate larger amounts of beta-carotene also had a 37 percent lower risk of stroke.

Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide, Second Edition

Larry Trivieri, Jr. (See book keywords and concepts)

Oxygen Therapy Studies at Baylor University about 30 years ago found that an intravascular drip of hydrogen peroxide into leg arteries of atherosclerotic patients cleared arterial plaque. In cardiopulmonary resuscitations, hydrogen peroxide infusions often stopped ventricular fibrillation (rapid, ineffective contractions by the ventricles of the heart), the heart's response to insufficient oxygen.110 The late Charles Farr, M.D, Ph.D., of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, reported success alternating treatments of I.V.

The Omega-3 Connection: The Groundbreaking Anti-depression Diet and Brain Program

Andrew L. Stoll (See book keywords and concepts)

Just like a clogged pipe, if arterial walls accumulate too much plaque, blood flowing through them will be blocked. arterial plaque can block flow of blood to the heart, leading to heart attack (myocardial infarction), or block the flow of blood to the brain, causing a stroke (cerebrovascular accident). About a quarter of all cholesterol is carried through the body by HDLs, thought to be beneficial.

The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain

Stanley W. Jacob, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Research has demonstrated, for instance, that vitamin E supplementation combats arterial plaque formation and enhances immune function. Contemporary studies have backed the clinical observations of Canadian physicians Wilfrid and Evan Shute, first made more than fifty years ago, that vitamin E helped ailing hearts. While the medical community shunned the Shute brothers, it was their persistent reporting of positive, and often dramatic experiences with patients, that led to the popularity of vitamin E today.

Defeating Diabetes

Brenda Davis and Tom Barnard (See book keywords and concepts)

This results in injury to body become clogged with arterial plaque, so the possibility of infection is increased. Also, watch for the development of athlete's foot, a common condition that occurs when feet sweat in shoes or boots, creating a perfect atmosphere for the growth of fungal infections. At the beginning and end of every day, massage the soles of your feet with your thumbs, separating the toes and moving them through a full range of motion. Take special note of any wounds, cracked skin, or redness (and upward spread of that redness) which might mark an early infection.

Food Swings: Make the Life-Changing Connection Between the Foods You Eat and Your Emotional Health and Well-Being

Barnet Meltzer, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

In this way, it prevents arterial plaque from accumulating. Because pectin is a gel-forming fiber, it also increases the tone of the intestinal tract and promotes the elimination of toxic waste in the bowels and the bile. For this reason, apples are excellent for both the liver and for bowel regularity. Fresh, whole apples and apple juice are high in chlorogenic, caffeic, and ellagic acid—cancer-fighting phytonutrients that have been shown to prevent tumors from forming.

PowerFoods: Good Food, Good Health with Phytochemicals, Nature's Own Energy Boosters

Stephanie Beling (See book keywords and concepts)

It is awesome to think that every bite of apricot, every leaf of a green leafy vegetable, every mushroom contains a rich chemical stew that can, among other things, block, retard, suppress, or flush away carcinogens; lower serum cholesterol and decrease arterial plaque; enhance the immune system; fight the effects of aging. There are hundreds of different phytochemicals, although only a small percentage have thus far been identified in nutritional laboratories.

A diet focusing on PowerFoods rich in antioxidants strengthens your defense against cholesterol buildup: O Carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkins, squash, kale, broccoli, cantaloupe—all great sources of the powerful carotenoid antioxidants 0 Cucumber—a source of cholesterol-lowering sterols O Citrus fruits—provide terpenes to decrease arterial plaque. Third, bump up fiber. Soluble fibers act like a cholesterol sponge and aid in clearing LDL cholesterol from your body. Insoluble fibers aid in elimination.

Radical Healing: Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine

Rudolph M. Ballentine, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Chelation therapy, the intravenous input of a compound that can dissolve calcified deposits, is a hightech but less invasive way of removing arterial plaque.28 There are a number of other nonpharmaceutical agents that can be used for cleansing. Digestive enzymes, especially when combined with antioxidant enzymes, have been reported to dissolve and promote the removal of the antigen/antibody complexes that deposit in the tissues in such diseases as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

The Enzyme Cure: How Plant Enzymes Can Help You Relieve 36 Health Problems

Lita Lee, Lisa Turner and Burton Goldberg (See book keywords and concepts)

The resulting oxysterols can initiate arterial plaque formation, which in turn can lead to atherosclerosis and ultimately to heart attacks and strokes. Heart researcher Kilmer S. McCully, M.D., found that most people who die of heart attacks have low or normal cholesterol and that the severity of acquired atherosclerosis correlates, not with high cholesterol, but with the concentration of oxysterols in the blood and in plaques.20 Oxysterols can be generated internally by chemicals that oxidize cholesterol. These include chlorine and fluoride, both of which are common in public water supplies.

Stopping the Clock: Longevity for the New Millenium

Ronald Klatz and Robert Goldman (See book keywords and concepts)

And if a person has already experienced a heart attack, increasing HDL levels and decreasing LDL levels brings improvement in arterial plaque. more fiber (fiber blots up excess fat); making sure you get the essential fatty acids that will regulate your blood fat; and exercising regularly (see Chapter 11). Fiber: The Answer to Fat Fiber tends to soak up fat.

Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies

Phyllis A. Balch, CNC (See book keywords and concepts)

Ho she wu contains a natural form of lecithin, which helps to reduce arterial plaque and blood pressure. In laboratory tests, it reduces blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. One chemical found in this herb has been found to prevent cholesterol from forming blood-vessel plaques in test animals fed large amounts of dietary cholesterol. • Insomnia. Ho she wu is employed in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat repeated nightmares. CONSIDERATIONS FOR USE Ho she wu is available in capsules and tablets.

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