Longevity is almost every person’s goal, but did you know that the consumption of these simple foods has been proven to considerably prevent and even reverse the number one cause of death in the modern world?
Atherosclerosis is a progressive clogging of the arteries, and according to statistics, this condition is the number one killer on the planet. This complex process which involves infection, dietary incompatibilities, autoimmunity, and numerous other factors (both known and unknown) has been proven to be preventable, and sometimes even reversible, even though the conventional medicine does not acknowledge this.
We have the fact obtained from this peer-reviewed, published study.
1. B Vitamins
Believe it or not, if you add something as simple as a source of B-complex vitamins to your everyday diet, you can prevent the juggernaut of heart disease from taking life prematurely.
This randomized, double-blind research was published in 2005 in the Atherosclerosis journal. In this research was revealed that a simple intervention using 2.5 mg of folic acid, 25 mg of vitamin B6, and 0.5 mg of vitamin B12 for a period of one year can result in considerable reduction in arterial thickness.
This effect has been achieved in patients by using niacin or folic acid alone.
Note: keep in mind that you should choose natural sources of the B-group vitamin only. You can also use probiotic supplementation (as they also make the entire complement for you), or a whole food extract. Avoid using synthetic or semi-synthetic vitamins, which, unfortunately, predominate on the market today.
As we have already presented previously, garlic is a real life-saver.
Garlic has been proven to regress plaque accumulation in the arteries, among its numerous other possibly life-saving health benefits.
This fruit has amazing healing benefits and it has been proven to reverse plaque accumulation in the arteries. It has also been shown to provide other benefits, including replacing the function of the mammalian ovary.
4. Fermented Cabbage
There is this Korean recipe called Kimchi, made of fermented cabbage, hot pepper, and numerous other ingredients, such as fermented fish. This recipe has been shown to stall the atherosclerosis process in animal models.
In addition, the good bacteria the kimchi contains have been proven capable to degrade the toxic chemicals that can additionally harm the body.
L-Arginine is an amino acid able to prevent arterial thickening – and it can reduce it with efficiency of up to 24 percent in the animal model.
After an extensive literature review on arginine supplementation, it has been discovered that more than 30 studies show that this substance has 150 known health benefits and it can address the underlying dysfunction linked to cardiovascular disease: endothelial dysfunction, with no less than 20 studies proving this fact.
The active ingredient of this Indian spice is curcumin, which has been found to be a great cardioprotective, with more than 30 studies demonstrating this fact. In one research it has been revealed that curcumin prevented damage to the arteries linked to blockage (neointima formation).
7. Sesame Seed
Sesame seed is one of the most undervalued super foods on the earth. This ingredient is as effective as Tylenol when it comes to treating arthritic pain. This substance has strong cardioprotective properties, perfectly suited for preventing the progression of atherosclerosis. An animal study has shown that sesame seed is able to prevent atherosclerosis lesion formation.
This was just a small list of evidence-based natural interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention and /or regression. There is an even bigger set of studies on more than 200 natural substances able to reduce the risk of heart attacks and other diseases related to the heart.
Do not forget that heart disease is not a natural process, and we must accept that it is sometimes inevitable, especially in cases of family history of an outdated gene-based model of human disease risk. The decisions we make every day, especially the ones related to the food we eat or do not eat, have a great and foremost impact on our cardiovascular health. The food we eat is also our medicine and it can slough off the pharmaceutical industry which claims that we need statins to stave off the ‘inevitable’. Take the control over your health back in your hands with the help of nutrition, and realize that food is the only medicine that nourishes and heals our bodies in a way that will produce lasting health.