Arteriosclerosis is a disease that can affect the blood vessel of our body. Unfortunately, arteriosclerosis is deadly because its development is hidden, without any symptom, until the blood flow is severely restricted or even blocked completely. But fortunately, it can be prevented quite easily. Arteriosclerosis is defined as the thickening and hardening of the arteries. This causes arteries to lose their flexibility and they can be narrowed down. If left untreated, early symptom will begin to emerge, such as progressive increase in blood pressure. When the blood flow stops completely, stroke happens and this is a quite dangerous condition. Arteriosclerosis is caused by the deposition of collagen and hyaline (protein). The accumulated fatty substances on the arterial wall are called as plaques. The condition is slowly progressing and the complication is quite chronic. Plaque build-ups often happen when in the major arteries.
Plaques are made of triglycerides and cholesterol. The former is a type of fat that is not stored, instead it circulates with the blood flow. It is made from the carbohydrate that we consumer. It is shown that people who have diabetes are more likely to have arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis could happen since our adolescence and accurate diagnosis is often can be made only when heart attack or stroke is already happen. Autopsies on soldiers who died during the Korean and Vietnam wars showed that some of these young people already showed evidences of the condition. It means that we need to perform regular examination, so early diagnosis and treatment can be made. This is the only way to harmlessly reverse the arteriosclerosis.
Stroke or heart attack is a life-changing event. In fact, many people experience irreversible loss of functions, due to the dead brain and muscle cells, because they are not supplied with enough oxygen. You need to lower the levels of triglycerides and cholesterol so coronary arteriosclerosis can be prevented. The best way to prevent arteriosclerosis is by having healthy lifestyle, such as regular physical exercises and cessation of smoking. Nutrients and OTC products that prevent the condition include antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, oat bran, niacin, pantothenic acid, policosanol, sytrinol and eico sapentaenoic acid. Regular intake of vitamin C should lower the overall blood pressure to the normal level and the cholesterol level can be regulated as well.
Regular intake of vitamin E could promote normal blood clotting and improve blood circulation. Vitamin E should help our red blood cells to operate longer and more healthily. It means that our red blood cells will not break down too soon. Despite their frequent consumptions of meat, Eskimo people have low incidences of heart attack, due to the high intake of eico sapentaenoic acid, because it causes a big drop in triglyceride level. Sytrinol is taken because it could reduce LDL and triglyceride. Oat bran muffin should be able to lower the level of blood cholesterol. Pantothenic acid is a non-toxic type of vitamin B, which is needed to metabolize and synthesize fat, protein and carbohydrate.