Plaque go away......

Herbs That Clear Your Arteries of Plaque

My dad found out yesterday that he has had a heart attack...even though he wasn't quite sure he had one... He said he felt like his heart jumped and then he felt strange...however he never thought it necessary to mention it...ughhhh...frown. But I'm the same what can I really say??? He now has to put off his abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery another week, so he can have a heart catharization and see if they can find out what's happening with his heart. The Dr. says there may be a blockage and he may have to put in a stent. Lots of maybes...I know.. It all worries me...alottt. I'm daddy's girl. Here are some herbs that help get rid of or prevent plaque in the arteries...Truth be told I feel like all my Dad's woes are because of Artery blockages....maybe if he focused on clearing those arteries these other problems...wouldn't happen.
Herbs That Clear Your Arteries of Plaque 
Garlic can prevent and destroy plaque in arteries.Photo Credit garlic image by Norbert Tuske from
Plaque is a hard substance that forms and grows inside arteries, causing blood vessels to become clogged and hardened. Arterial plaque formation often leads to heart attacks and strokes by slowly cutting off the blood supply to vital organs. Blood clots formed by "sticky" platelets and soft plaque that breaks free of the artery walls can block blood flow and cause death. Arteriosclerosis is a disease that involves plaque buildup in the arteries and is also commonly called "hardening of the arteries." Plaque is formed by fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances in the blood.


Garlic can prevent and treat plaque buildup in the arteries. It is typically taken in capsules, but fresh garlic is also effective. Clinical trials have found that consuming fresh garlic or garlic supplements can "lower cholesterol levels, prevent blood clots and destroy plaque," says the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Garlic might be most beneficial to women in preventing and treating atherosclerosis, according to studies cited by the University of Michigan Health System. Both the main active component of garlic called allicin and the constituent ajoene are responsible for preventing blood clots by reducing the "stickiness" of blood platelets, the University of Michigan points out. Also, taking aged garlic extract instead of raw garlic might prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol, or "bad cholesterol," which can prevent the development of atherosclerosis and plaque buildup in arteries, the University of Michigan says. The University of Maryland recommends taking 900 mg per day of garlic powder supplements that are standardized to contain 0.6 percent allicin.


Herbs That Clear Your Arteries of Plaque
Hawthorn can prevent arterial plaque buildup.Photo Credit red berries of hawthorn image by Maria Brzostowska from
Hawthorn has been used in traditional medicine to treat cardiovascular disease. Taking 160 to 1,800 mg per day, divided into two or three doses, can help prevent plaque formation in arteries, lower high cholesterol and lower high blood pressure, says the University of Maryland Medical Center. The polyphenols called rutin and quercetin contained in hawthorn have antioxidant properties that can improve cardiovascular health and stop plaque buildup, according to animal and test tube studies cited by the University of Maryland. Hawthorn also helps regulate the heartbeat, dilate blood vessels and decrease peripheral vascular resistance, says the Herb Growing & Marketing Network. Hawthorn is found in most herbal remedies for treating hardening of the arteries, angina and heart weakness, the Network notes.

Horny Goat Weed

Horny goat weed historically has been used to treat hardening of the arteries or the disease's associated symptoms. This herb might improve symptoms and electrocardiogram findings in people with hardening of the arteries, according to studies cited by the University of Michigan Health System.


Herbs That Clear Your Arteries of Plaque
Turmeric can prevent blood clots and plaque formation.Photo Credit Turmeric in White Bowl: 3 image by Leena Damle from
The active compound in turmeric---curcumin---can prevent blood platelet coagulation and help rid arteries of plaque formation, according to animal and preliminary human studies cited by the University of Michigan Health System. In traditional Chinese medicine, turmeric has been used to invigorate the blood, says the Herb Growing & Marketing Network. Turmeric's strong antioxidant actions can protect LDL cholesterol from being oxidized, thus lowering blood cholesterol and preventing plaque buildup.


Herbs That Clear Your Arteries of Plaque
Ginger root clears arteries of plaque, improves circulation and lowers the risk of blood clots.Photo Credit ginger root image by Neelrad from
Taking 10 g, or 1 heaping tsp., or more of ginger root per day can reduce platelet stickiness and help clear arteries of plaque, says the University of Michigan Health System. Taking either dry ginger or fresh ginger can affect blood platelets, but the dosage must be at least this much. Ginger contains more than 12 antioxidants and can help reduce serum cholesterol levels, improve circulation and lower the risk of blood clots, says the Herb Growing & Marketing


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