7 folk remedies for atherosclerosis with proven effectiveness
Folk remedies for atherosclerosis - we can assume that this is nonsense, however, if products that have proven their effectiveness in international studies are taken as a basis, you can achieve a result that will surpass even standard treatment. This article discusses 7 of the most effective such products.
- Grape seeds are the most effective remedy for atherosclerosis
- Ginger is one of the best folk remedies for atherosclerosis
- Garlic is a leading remedy for atherosclerosis
- Hawthorn relieves atherosclerosis, heals the heart
- Aloe vera is effective in treating atherosclerosis
- Dandelion reduces the risk of atherosclerosis by 19%
- Cinnamon improves the atherogenic index
+ Omega-3 prevents the progression of atherosclerosis
Grape seeds are the most effective remedy for atherosclerosis
In 2015, a study was conducted on 287 patients with atherosclerosis. The group received 200 mg of proanthocyanidin extract (a powerful antioxidant) from grape seed. As a result, atherosclerotic plaques were reduced by 10.9% after 6 months, by 24.1% after 12 months, and by 33.1% after 24 months. While in the placebo control group, they only continued to grow .
Scientific studies have shown that the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins is 20 times greater than vitamin E and 50 times greater than vitamin C. They improve vision, joint flexibility, arteries, heart function, and improve blood circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins. Reduces blood sugar, improves insulin resistance, and helps to lose weight.
How to squeeze grape seeds? To do this, you will have to purchase an auger juicer, there is no other way to do it. Grape seeds contain about 5-8% polyphenols (the variety does not matter), including procyanidins, so the minimum dosage will be 4 g of grape seeds.
Of course, you can also chew the bones with your teeth, but in this way you will get only a small part of all the nutrients.
Can I buy? In capsule form, for example, Solgar's Grape Seed Extract supplement contains 100 mg of a highly purified extract that contains over 90% procyanidins.
Or, grape seed oil extract, which typically contains 0.5% procyanidins. In this case, the therapeutic dosage will be 1 teaspoon per day.
Ginger is one of the best folk remedies for atherosclerosis
The active substance found in ginger root is gingerol. It has the unique property of stimulating the tyrosine kinase enzymatic apparatus of the liver. As a result, a number of specific reactions are activated that convert low-density lipoproteins (LDL), triglycerides into high-density lipoproteins (HDL). The specificity of the processes taking place is that the lipoproteins that have been excreted from the body are not reabsorbed.
The introduction of ginger extract into the daily diet prevents the formation of atherosclerotic damage to the walls of blood vessels. The positive effect is formed due to a pronounced decrease in plasma cholesterol levels, LDL levels. Gingerol reduces the basal oxidative state of LDL, their sensitivity to oxidation and aggregation processes.
A daily intake of 5 grams of fresh ginger has been shown to inhibit platelet clumping, which causes blood clots. One of the latest studies has shown that ginger has the ability to stimulate the fibrinolytic activity of the blood, that is, to dissolve clots .
There are several ways to take ginger:
The easiest way is to add a few thin slices of ginger root to your tea. You can use grated ginger.
Ginger drink with honey and lemon. To do this, grind 100 g of ginger root, pour 250 ml of water and boil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Strain the resulting broth into a jug or glass jar, add freshly squeezed juice of one lemon to it. Add honey to taste (about 3 teaspoons). Pour in cooled boiled water to the desired volume.
Ginger powder. The medicinal drink is prepared by mixing 1 teaspoon of ginger powder in a glass of milk. Add some sugar for a better taste. The medicinal properties of the drink can be enhanced with a pinch of turmeric, cinnamon or ground black pepper.
Ginger-lemon mixture. To do this, wash the young ginger root, grate with the peel. Grind 2 unpeeled lemons, this is about 250 g. Mix everything in a glass bowl, pour in 250 g of liquid honey and mix thoroughly again. Cover the dishes with a lid or cling film, place in the refrigerator for a day. The medicinal mixture is consumed twice a day for 1 teaspoon.
Garlic is a leading remedy for atherosclerosis
The main valuable component of garlic is allicin, which can lower total cholesterol levels by 30%, atherogenic lipids by 40%. The intake of allicin simultaneously raises high-density lipoprotein levels by 10%, which are very important for the body's vital functions.
For 12 weeks, a group of subjects were observed who received 900 mg of garlic powder every day. The results showed that with primary hyperlipoproteinemia, there was a marked drop in total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein and triglyceride levels. At the same time, data on high density lipoproteins are increasing .
The active substances of garlic protect the arterial walls from lipid deposits. At the level of the membranes of the arteries, garlic has a prophylactic anti-sclerotic effect.
Recipe 1 is simple. To prepare a drink, take two cloves of garlic, cut into thin slices and put in a glass, pour 250 ml of chilled boiled water and leave to infuse overnight. In the morning, the garlic water is drunk on an empty stomach and a new portion of the drink is prepared from fresh ingredients. The drink is infused during the day and drunk in the evening. The course of admission is a month.
Recipe 2 - Tibetan garlic tincture. For the composition, you will need 400 g of fresh garlic and 250 ml of ethyl alcohol. The garlic is peeled, washed, dried with a paper towel and passed through a garlic dish. The gruel-like mass is transferred to a glass jar and poured with alcohol. Close the jar with a tight lid and shake. The tincture is kept in a cool, dark place. After 10 days, the composition is filtered through cheesecloth, squeezed. The infusion is ready to use. The total volume of the liquid is divided into 20 days and one portion is taken every day.
If you don't want to waste time preparing a folk remedy, or you just don't want to smell of garlic from you, there are ready-made products with allicin on the market:
Revight Garlic Pearls. Contains 625 mg of garlic oil per capsule. Registered in Russia, you can buy at a regular pharmacy.
Iherb. There is a fairly large selection on the iherb website, for example: Garlic, Kyolic.
Hawthorn relieves atherosclerosis, heals the heart
Hawthorn has a vasodilating effect that helps stabilize blood pressure and normalize heart rate. Active phytocompounds stimulate blood flow in the vessels of the heart, which provides our most important organ with essential nutrients and oxygen. In addition, hawthorn is able to stop heart pain, including of a spasmodic nature.
Drinking hawthorn drinks helps to strengthen blood vessels, heart muscle, lower cholesterol levels and reduce blood viscosity. Studies have shown that hawthorn extract stabilizes the cardiovascular system, counteracts the development of atherosclerosis. It relieves pre-existing disease by suppressing signs of inflammation and factors that influence cell death .
The China National Medicines for Sale Administration has approved some hawthorn leaf preparations for use in the treatment of coronary artery disease and angina pectoris.
How to brew? Hawthorn flowers and leaves are used as raw materials, which can be combined with black, green tea or medicinal herbs. Only hawthorn is rarely brewed. To prepare a healing drink, take equal parts of hawthorn and black tea. You can use mint, lemon balm, chamomile. The herbal composition is poured with hot water, about 85 ° C.
Aloe vera is effective in treating atherosclerosis
Aloe vera juice is rich in special plant enzymes that are easily absorbed into the gastric mucosa and penetrate into the bloodstream. Active elements are able to break down the structure of lipids and cholesterol. Observations have shown the effectiveness of aloe juice in the treatment of atherosclerosis .
How to use? Use the thickest, lower leaves of aloe that has reached 3 years of age. They are cut off and placed out of the sun at 4 to 8 ° C, such as in a refrigerator. After 12 days, the leaves are crushed in a blender, the resulting mass is squeezed through cheesecloth. Juice and honey are mixed in equal parts in a glass container. Drink 1 tablespoon 1-3 times a day 30 minutes before meals. The juice can stand in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.
It should be remembered that aloe vera lowers the level of potassium in the blood, a lack of which can cause arrhythmias.
Dandelion reduces the risk of atherosclerosis by 19%
Dandelion protects arteries from cholesterol by suppressing bad lipoproteins and increasing good lipoproteins. In addition, dandelion has a pronounced antioxidant effect. Plant antioxidants inhibit the oxidation of lipid compounds found in foods. Thus, the mechanism of formation of atherosclerotic plaques is inhibited, and the aggressive effect on the vascular walls is reduced .
Dandelion flowers are not the only ones with anti-atherosclerotic properties. Active phytocomponents are found in roots and leaves. It is noticed that in people who use dandelion in salads every summer, atherosclerosis of the thoracic part of the aorta is 20% less likely and atherosclerotic lesions of the abdominal region are 19% less likely.
How to use? In the summer season, soups and salads are prepared from all parts of the dandelion. For use in winter, dandelions are frozen or dried.
Cinnamon improves the atherogenic index
* The atherogenic coefficient shows your personal risk of cardiovascular disease. Depends on your blood cholesterol level.
Regular use of cinnamon helps prevent cardiovascular disease. The effect is observed due to a decrease in LDL and triglycerides, while HDL values remain stable. In general, there is an improvement in the proportions of "good" lipoproteins, a decrease in the atherogenic index.
Histological examination of the biomaterial records the minimum density of cholesterol deposits in the aorta, narrowing of the diameter of the heart arteries . To achieve a pronounced therapeutic effect, it is recommended to consume about 120 mg of cinnamon daily.
How to use? It is enough to take 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder per day. The spice can be added to cereals, desserts, soups, drinks. It is recommended to add cinnamon to kefir, coffee.
Omega-3 prevents the progression of atherosclerosis
One 2016 study showed that omega-3 fatty acids can prevent coronary heart disease. Evidence-based published from 19 cohort studies from 16 countries. The total number of participants exceeded 45 thousand people, which were monitored for an average of 10 years.
Omega-3 contains several fatty acids:
- α-linolenic acid (ALA).
- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA).
- Docosapentaenoic Acid (DPA).
- Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA).
The study showed that they all have a preventive effect against atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease .
Several medical observations have confirmed that a low omega-3 index is directly related to the early development of atherosclerosis of the heart vessels .
The effectiveness of combining EPA and DHA with statins has been proven in one study. It showed that the combined effect of drugs prevents the progression of plaque in the vessels .
How to use? The optimal dosage of Omega-3 is 1000 mg per day. Take the drug before meals, regardless of the time of day.
Read more: What foods contain omega 3?
The author of the article: Sokolova Nina Vladimirovna | Phytotherapist
Education: Diploma in "General Medicine" and "Therapy" received at the Pirogov University (2005 and 2006). Advanced training at the Department of Phytotherapy at the Peoples' Friendship University of Moscow (2008).