Arteriosclerosis & Atherosclerosis
Arteriosclerosis (calcium deposits) and atherosclerosis (cholesterol and/or fat deposits) are hardening of the arteries. This is caused by calcium and/or fat deposits on the interior walls of the arteries and also by cross-linking.
The ability of these arteries to aid in the unrestricted flow of blood is reduced. The calcium and/or fat deposits produce a blockage in the circulation of the blood, caused by the molecular crossing which is produced by the free radicals:
Most common symptoms during arterial blockage are found in the circulatory and cardiovascular systems which include;
- High blood pressure
- Angina Pectoris
- Heart Attack
Other problems caused by blockages are:
- Cerebral stroke
- Thrombosis-formation of blood clots
- Loss of memory and concentration
- Closing of the arteries in the legs
Note: Cholesterol is found only in animal proteins.
If you want to lower your cholesterol, follow these instructions:
Persons with arteriosclerosis or high cholesterol should eliminate from their diet;
- Red meat (beef & pork)
- Meats high in fats
- Eggs, no more than three yolks a week (the yolk contains the highest cholesterol, the egg white doesn`t contain cholesterol).
- Shrimp and oysters
- Fried foods, pork sausage, sugar and flour
- Cigarettes, coffee and alcohol
- Limit butter, cream, cheese, vegetable and animal fat
- Cut down on raw salt (salt added on already cooked food).
All these foods affect the cardiovascular system.
It is suggested to add the following to your diet:
- Fish, tuna, salmon and sardines
- Almond & nuts
- Wheat germ, soy bean and garbanzo
- Skinless turkey or chicken (skin contains the highest levels of cholesterol)
- Olive oil
- Lots of fibers
- Lots of fruits (at least 2 different types)
- Garlic and onions (instead of processed sachet spices)
- Vegetables (leafy)
Warning! Do not consume more than 300 mg of cholesterol per day. (This is equivalent to consuming 1 egg yolk, 90 g of beef or 1 cup of whole milk in one sitting). If after following these instructions one`s cholesterol level is still high, they need to consult their doctor.
Steve Ogut is a health & wellness consultant and nutrition enthusiast. Currently he is the chief contributor for Greenliving Plus, an e-commerce website for nutritional/dietary and functional supplements.