(Article first published as Reverse Heart Disease Naturally on Technorati.)
Heart disease kills more than 700,000 people in America annually, and unfortunately the first symptom for nearly half is death from a massive heart attack. Heart disease has been on the rise since the 1950’s, as processed and fast foods exploded onto the market. $150 billion is spent each year on fast food meals, as half of a typical family’s food budget is spent dining out.
Food eaten at a restaurant is typically loaded with excess calories, sugar, salt and processed meats which lead to the development of heart disease. Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries is the most common form of heart disease and is caused by plaque which narrows the arterial wall and restricts blood flow. Over the past 10 years, much has been learned about the natural methods which can prevent and treat this form of heart disease which could save millions of people from an early demise.
Diet Exerts a Powerful Influence on Coronary Plaque
The primary cause of atherosclerosis is consuming a poor diet for decades. Every time we eat, a surge of post meal byproducts floods the bloodstream with potentially catastrophic consequences, causing calcium, oxidized LDL cholesterol and other materials to fill the small arterial cracks which have formed as a result of high blood pressure and the aging process.
A healthy diet consisting of leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, lean proteins and natural unprocessed fat sources has a healing effect, as the body demonstrates an amazing ability to naturally reverse years of food abuse. Arterial plaque slowly builds over the course of a lifetime and can be reversed by maintaining a proper diet over time. An important part of a new dietary lifestyle is the elimination of refined wheat-based carbohydrates and processed meats. Both have been shown to increase the risk of death from a heart attack by as much as 50%.
Targeted Supplement Cocktail Reduces Heart Disease Risk
In addition to dietary modification, exercise and stress management, a supplemental nutrient cocktail can reduce arterial plaque volume and heart disease risk. Leading the list is niacin, a member of the B vitamin family. Niacin affects LDL cholesterol particle size, causing large fluffy particles which are less likely to form plaque. Further, niacin promotes higher levels of the protective HDL cholesterol.
Vitamin D is of critical importance in reducing heart disease due to its ability to prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and forming deadly arterial plaque. Vitamin D also works at the genetic level by providing the blueprint for cellular replication and controlling systemic inflammation, a known cause for heart disease.
Ensure that you supplement at the proper dose and have the necessary blood test to confirm appropriate levels. Fish oil is another important component as it reduces the risk of sudden death from a heart attack by a third, primarily by reducing the risk of arrhythmia and lowering triglyceride blood levels.
The natural amino acids lysine and proline, along with Vitamin C have been shown to reduce plaque volume in the arteries. This potent mixture is able to combine with the foamy arterial plaque and usher it safely out of the artery. Vitamin C is necessary to maintain the normally elastic nature of the arterial wall and prevents abnormal bleeding and clot formation.
Prescription medications are not the answer to prevention of heart disease. They merely mask the real cause, allowing the disease to progress unabated. Strict dietary modification is necessary to begin the disease reversal process and should be complimented with physical activity and a specific nutraceutical cocktail which can reduce coronary plaque volume. Many people have prevented and reversed heart disease using this formula, and now lead a risk-free healthy life.