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Natural Therapies To Improve Your Heart Health And Unclog Arteries

Heart disease is one of the most common causes of deaths in North America. Based on statistics Canada, one person dies every 7 minutes due to a heart attack or stroke, and it costs the health care system about 20 billion dollars each year in lost wages, productivity, hospitalizations, doctor’s visit. Cardiovascular disease has been on the decline in the past few decades as we become more aware of the factors that affect cardiovascular health. For more information about heart disease, please check the heart and stroke foundation website.

 Heart attacks and strokes mainly occur as a result of artery narrowing, which is caused by fat and cholesterol deposits, which in turn reduce the amount of a blood flow. Here is a list of foods, which help to remove/ reduce arterial deposits of Fat and Cholesterol.

 LEGUMES

Legumes are very effective in reducing arterial residues. Mung and soybeans, and their sprouts; also tofu, tempeh, and most other legumes such as beans, lentils have been helpful to reduce deposits, are high in fiber and good for the heart.

GRAINS

Moderate consumption of whole grains, especially rye, oats, and amaranth; also rice, sprouted wheat (preferably hard red winter wheat), and buckwheat as they are high in fiber help to reduce the fats and cholesterol in the body, and in turn, help to reduce clots.

 VEGETABLES AND FRUITS

Radish, horse radish, hot peppers, and the onion family ( garlic, onion, leek, scallion, shallot, chive); leafy greens: cabbage, spinach, carrot greens, mint leaf, nasturtium leaf, dandelion greens, kale, wheat and barley greens, broccoli, parsley, also asparagus, bell pepper, rose hip, tomato, citrus, celery, banana, persimmon, seaweeds, chlorella, cucumber, and mushrooms.

 NUTS AND SEEDS

Almond, hazelnut (filbert), flax seed, chia seed, pumpkin seed (lightly roasted to remove surface E. coli), poppy seed, walnut, and sunflower sprouts are not only nutritious but also provide essentially fatty acids, vitamin E and fiber, which are good for heart health.

 ANIMAL PRODUCTS

Fish: sardine, salmon, mackerel, and other deep/cold water fish provide omega 3 fatty acids, which are great, not only for mobility and flexibility of joints, but also help to reduce inflammation in the bod, and also are great for the heart health.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS BENEFICIAL FOR ARTERY HEALTH.

Here is a list of supplements that may be helpful for clogged arteries. Talk to your naturopathic doctor before taking any supplements as they would be able to suggest what may work best for you, based on your individual health issues and symptoms.

 Lecithin: found in all legumes, but especially both yellow and black soybeans.

Vitamin C: abundant in legume (and all other) sprouts. Vitamin E: rich in soybeans and all bean sprouts. Niacin: legumes and their sprouts are good sources. Omega-3 Oil: an important nutrient in soybeans.

Niacin: in all grains, especially brown rice.

Vitamin E: in all grains, especially sprouted wheat AND  in all nuts and seeds, but especially in almonds and hazelnuts.

Rutin: in buckwheat-strengthens arterial walls.

 Vitamin E and Omega-3 Oil: in beneficial amounts in the green leafy vegetables; in cabbage, vitamin E richest in the outer leaves, which are often removed from commercial cabbages; asparagus and cucumbers are also rich in vitamin E, and chlorella contains a significant quantity of omega-3 oil. Omega-3 Oil is also concentrated in flax, chia, and pumpkin seeds as well as walnuts and cold-water fish.

Raw honey is the only sweetener that reduces fatty accumulations in the vascular system.

 Adapted from Chinese Natural Cures.

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