During the last century, cardiovascular disease has become the number one cause of death in the industrialized world, and continues to be so today. An estimated 80 million people are affected by this disease in the United States alone.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a broad, all-encompassing term; it is a collection of diseases and conditions that affect the heart. Arthrosclerosis is a degenerative disease affecting the body’s arteries.
DID YOU KNOW?
If we were to stretch out all of the arteries in our body, they would expand to 60 thousand miles?
The body is a biological unit, its structure consisting of many different types of cells. Every second of our lives millions of cells are dying and must be replaced. This ongoing process requires a continued supply of quality nutrients. A deprivation of any one nutrient may result in decreased cellular production and impaired cellular function. This is a degenerative process.
The following deficiencies can result in abnormalities within the artery wall which will eventually manifest into Arthrosclerosis.
- Vitamin C increases the production of collagens, which are required to maintain the elasticity and integrity of the inner lining of the artery.
- Vitamin C, E, and B Complex are required to reduce homocysteine levels that are a contributing factor in the manifestation of arthrosclerosis because they make cholesterol stickier.
- Vitamins C, E, A, D (antioxidants), and B are necessary to reduce free radical damage. B vitamins are also required to assist the nervous system during high stress times.
- Amino acids are mineral trace elements required for cellular Integrity.
- Essential Fatty Acids derived from nuts and seeds, unrefined vegetable oils and salmon oils are required to maintain high levels of High Density Lipoproteins (HDL), or good cholesterol, to assist in the removal of Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL). Essential Fatty Acids are also necessary for the production of prostaglandins, or hormones, which are found in virtually all tissues and organs. They are lipid mediators that act on platelets and endothelium tissue.
Arthrosclerosis, like any disease, comes about when there is a malfunction of one or more of the body’s systems. Every system within the body requires a constant supply of various nutrients to maintain its integrity and normal function.