Clogged Arteries (Arterial Plaque). Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood around the body. Healthy arteries have smooth inner walls and blood flows through them easily. However, clogged arteries can develop from the result of a build-up of a substance called plaque on the inner walls of the arteries. Arterial plaque can reduce blood flow or, in some instances, block it altogether.(stenosis)
Symptoms of ‘Clogged Arteries’
The condition is initially asymptomatic and develops slowly. The symptoms of arteriosclerosis may vary with different arteries involved.
The main symptoms can be:* Signs of inadequate blood supply generally appear first in the legs* Numbness of the legs or feet * Cold feet and cramps and pains in the legs, calf’s or feet even after light exercise* Loss of Hair on legs and feet: significant hair loss is seen with arteriosclerosis. * Stiffness and pain in the muscles.* Shortness of breath, a choking sensation,* Excessive sweating, * Nausea and vomiting * Cold or pale skin
What causes arterial plaque?
Plaque that accumulates on the inner walls of the arteries is made from various substances that circulate in the blood. These include calcium, fat, cholesterol, cellular waste, and fibrin, a material involved in blood clotting. In response to plaque build-up, cells in the artery walls increase and secrete additional substances that can worsen the state of clogged arteries.
As plaque deposits grow, a condition called athersclerosis results. This condition causes the arteries to narrow and harden.
Although experts don’t know for sure what starts atherosclerosis, the process seems to stem from damage to the arterial wall.
The body attempts to heal all of the damage, and under ideal circumstances it is able to do so without trouble. However there are certain nutrients that are needed to repair. If these nutrients are being utilised and absorbed then high homocysteine levels may develop and damage cells that line the veins or arteries which in turn stimulates the development of scar tissue in the damaged area.
The Importance of Vitamin B12
Homocysteine is a toxic amino acid formed in the body when normal body processes break down other amino acids in the blood. High blood levels of homocysteine have been linked to a higher risk of heart and vascular disease, and are considered even more of a threat to heart health than high cholesterol.
Increased homocysteine levels maybe caused by stress, poor diet, smoking, heavy metal toxicity, elevated blood fats, medications, and lack of vitamins B12, vitamins B6, folic Acid and excess iron (Excess iron deposits and the presence of iron pigment (hemosiderin) granules are the hallmark of chronic vascular disease. Iron deposits from red blood cell protein (haemoglobin) accumulations trigger an immune response. Hemosiderin is present in the brain lesions of MS.
Essential Nutrients for High Homocysteine
Vitamins B6, B12 (Methylcobalamin) and Folic acid are key nutrients and may help convert homocysteine to other substances, thus preventing an unwanted build up of homocysteine. These must be obtained from food or supplementation because, like other vitamins, the body cannot make these essential substances from other nutrients.
Deficiencies of these vitamins lead to a build up of homocysteine that damages the cells and tissues of the arteries.
Vitamin B12 Absorption
Absorption of Vitamin B12 in the diet is difficult if you have MS because the digestive system needs a protein called intrinsic factor and people who have a less than optimal gastrointestinal digestive system are not able to absorb it. It is therefore recommended that people with MS take it as a sublingual (under the tongue) nutrient. Ideally you should take around 100 to 300 mcg of Vitamin B12 per DAY. There is a ‘Homocysteine spray’ that is sprayed into the mouth as a liquid and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream bypassing the digestive system. Or you can take B12 as a ‘sublingual’ tablet that dissolves under the tongue.
How to prevent ‘restenosis’ of arteries
A recent study shows that a regimen of folic acid 1mg plus vitamin B12 400mcg and Vitamin B610mg daily can decrease the rate of restenosis in patients treated with balloon angioplasty. But this combination does not seem to be as effective for reducing restenosis in patients after artery stenting.
Antioxidants to strengthen blood vessels
Antioxidants are important to reduce inflammation and to strengthen arterial walls. When the body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products), which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals.
Antioxidants are found abundant in beans, grain products, fruits and vegetables. Look for fruits with bright color - lutein in some of the yellow pigments found in corn; orange in cantaloupe, butternut squash and mango; red from lycopene in tomatoes and watermelon, and purple and blue in berries.
Vitamin D to reduce Arterial Stiffness
Vitamin D can suppress vascular calcification. It promotes smooth muscle growth and is anti-inflammatory.
How to ‘unclog’ arteries naturally
Proteolytic enzymes (or proteases) refer to the various enzymes that digest (break down into smaller units) protein. These enzymes include the pancreatic proteases chymotrypsin and trypsin, bromelain (pineapple enzyme), papain (papaya enzyme), fungal proteases, and Serratia peptidase (the “silk worm” enzyme). Dr. Han’s Nieper, a legendary medical doctor known for his extensive use of proteolytic enzymes, called these enzymes the “Miracle Enzyme.” Dr. Nieper used the enzyme primarily to open up clogged arteries supplying the brain.
What they do * Reduce inflammation: * Clean the blood of debris: Proteolytic enzymes are the primary tools the body uses to "digest" organic debris in the circulatory and lymph systems. * Dissolve fibrin in the blood which reduces the risk of clots* Increases strength of the immune system* Destroys bacteria, viruses, moulds and fungi: Proeolytic enzymes taken between meals literally go into the bloodstream and digest these invaders. * Elimination of autoimmune diseases: large undigested proteins can enter the bloodstream and form circulating immune complexes (CICs), which trigger allergies and autoimmune diseases. Supplemental proteolytic enzymes destroy ‘circulating immune complexes’ from the body, thereby reducing allergies and autoimmune conditions (In Lessons from the Miracle Doctors)* Dissolving of scar tissue. This enables the nerve signal to work unimpeded and possibly the bodies own healing system to replace the scar tissue that forms on the myelin sheath with healthy tissue. Which means that the nerves can the function better. This may reduce the symptoms of MS?
Home Remedies to treat ‘clogged arteries’
All of these supplements can be obtained from The dispensary at The Cornell Centre
Some Clients Stories from people following these guidelines
M is 49 years old and lives in Wiltshire. She had an MRI Scan and Lumbar puncture in 2002 - possibly MS or an Autoimmune Condition. Her circulation was very bad in her right leg, which affected her foot and gave stiffness to her right thigh. The temperature would change – sometimes hot, sometimes cold and very sensitive. She used a stick to walk and her balance and walking was very limited. Her shoulder blade ache has gone and her feet are warmer, especially her right foot. Her energy levels are more constant and her walking will improve with more exercise. ……
RL lives in Wiltshire and was diagnosed with MS in 1986. R is in a wheelchair and can only stand for short periods. One of his main symptoms was bladder frequency and urgency. He has been taking the protracted enzymes for a few months now and has just recently started to see an improvement in his strength and mobility.
Ros is 60 years old and lives in Oxfordshire. She was diagnosed with MS in 2001 although her first symptoms were in 1980. Her main symptoms were fatigue, migraines, bladder problems, a weakness in her right side and walking with a stick. She had a big problem of malabsorption and found it very difficult to take any supplements. After changing her diet and putting her on a course of easy to absorb nutrients such as liquid and sublingual vitamins and minerals, she is now less intolerant to foods. Since taking the blockbuster proteolytic enzymes her energy has improved. She told me that she was able to dance through the night over Christmas and New Year, which is something she has not been able to do for many years. She has begun to feel like a completely different person, and back to her normal self again.