ULTIMATE protection for your arteries?Help your heart and stop a stroke——and?it’s easier than you think!
You probably don’t give your pipes a second thought——not until something goes wrong, anyway. Then, you’re on the horn at 2 a.m, in the middle of winter, begging the plumber to come over ASAP.
You’ve got another set of pipes that are far more important, and they probably get even less attention... until something goes wrong.
It’s the pipes that keep the blood pumping through your body——your arteries——and when they’re clogged or broken, instead of calling the plumber you’re calling 911 and then rushing to the ER in the back of an ambulance.
I can’t help you with the pipes in your home, except to suggest that you keep them flowing and start winterizing now if you live up north.
But I can help with your internal plumbing by focusing on the key to making sure your arteries never get clogged and never burst. And that’s keeping them as flexible as a Chinese acrobat.
The more give (“compliance”) your arteries have, the easier it is for your blood to get where it's going.
If you’ve got junk building up along the arterial walls, they get hard and thick and you’ve got yourself problems——including the risk of heart disease, heart attack, rupture, heart failure, stroke and more.
Ask your own doctor, and he’ll tell you stiff arteries are caused by too much cholesterol in the blood.
How can I put this politely?
Your doc is full of it. And when I say “it” I don’t mean cholesterol. What he won’t tell you is that up to 75 percent of all heart attack victims have NORMAL cholesterol levels. In fact there’s no correlation between blood cholesterol and degree of heart disease (“atherosclerosis”).
And I’ve said this until I’m blue in the face: lowering cholesterol with statin drugs does NOT affect atherosclerosis or total mortality.
Cholesterol gets the blame anyway because it’s often found stuck to the walls of the arteries, gumming up the works and leading to thicker, stiffer, and harder pipes——but it’s not the cholesterol’s fault (and now my face is purple)!
Your cholesterol WANTS to keep moving through. It’s your body’s teamsters, transporting fat-soluble nutrients through the arteries, and the only reason it sticks in the arteries is “bad traffic”——not “bad cholesterol”.
Bad traffic in this case is inflammation, which slows everything down causing cholesterol and other junk to stick to the arteries.
You’ll want to keep inflammation levels down using the basics such as B vitamins and fish oil. But to really stop your arteries from stiffening up——before they turn you into a stiff——you need to up your game with protein, but not the namby-pamby proteins found in gassy legumes and feminizing soy beans.
Veg-heads will tell you they get all the protein they need from that tasteless bunny chow. What they fail to understand is that vegetarian proteins lack the most important amino acids for artery health.
That’s why one recent study finds that vegetarian proteins will, at best, give you a small-but-meaningless drop in blood pressure levels.
On the other hand, eating animal proteins rich in the amino acids glutamic acid, leucine, and tyrosine will help keep your arteries as flexible as a rubber band. Some of the best sources of these proteins also happen to be the most delicious, including...
- red meat;
- fresh dairy; and
In fact animal protein is so good for your arteries that the researchers behind the study said it’s as if meat eaters are getting more exercise——except in this case, the only “heavy lifting” you’ll have to do is haul that slab of beef off the grill and onto your plate.
Now that’s the kind of “workout” even I can get behind!
But why stop with protein? There’s so much more to keeping your arteries from turning to stone, and you can start with my...
FIVE ALL-NATURAL ARTERY PROTECTORS
But first, let me begin by telling you what you DON’T want: Sugar and wheat in all their forms. When you ingest sugar, it flows through your blood and damages the very arteries you’re trying to protect, which causes the scarring in the artery walls that leads to hardening.
Wheat not only also raises blood sugar levels, but also contributes to sugar-coating (“glycation”) of the artery walls, which is another cause of hardening.
Now, for the good stuff (because some of the best ways to protect your?arteries are using the things you already love):
1) Sunlight: You’ve heard all the Chicken Littles squawking about how?you need to hide from the sun, like you’re some kind of fungus.
Let them do the hiding. You get outside and bask——without sunscreen——so that the sun’s UV rays can kick-start your body’s nitric oxide factory.
Nitric oxide is the chemical that keeps your arteries open and the blood flowing.
Sunlight of course will also get your body to produce heart-protecting vitamin D——but again, not if you slather skin-rotting chemical sunscreen all over your skin.
The only sun “protection” you need is enough sense to get inside (or at least seek shade) when you start to turn pink.
2) Garlic: Who cares about vampires. Garlic can help you dodge someone even more frightening... the undertaker!
Like sun, garlic can also stimulate the release of artery-relaxing nitric oxide.
It also improves the lining of your arteries, called the endothelium. The better the lining, the less stiff the arteries. The worse the lining... well... 911 is only three digits to press, but you might want to put them on speed dial anyway.
In one study, garlic extract reduced endothelial dysfunction by 44 percent.
You can take a garlic extract if you want, but you’re better off getting?it fresh whenever you can. Just be sure to do it right:
- ?Crush the garlic;
- ?Let it sit for 15 minutes to allow the enzyme reaction?responsible for many of the benefits to kick in; and
3) Benfotiamine: Unlike plain thiamine, this form of the nutrient is fat-soluble, making it 500 percent more efficient.
It’s best known for putting excess sugar in the blood to work, which makes it an excellent supplement for diabetics and anyone at risk for the disease.
But it has another trick: It can prevent or reduce inflammation, block the formation of artery-wrecking “advanced glycation end products” (AGEs) and protect those critical endothelial cells I just mentioned.
4) Sauna: Yes, a little fun in the sun and some time in the sauna are both good medicine. Ain’t life rough?
While any sauna is good for your physical and mental health, you want an infrared sauna for maximum artery protection.
The full spectrum of light rays is essential to human health, and while?the sun exposes you to HEALTHY UV rays, the sauna provides healing infrared wavelengths.
In studies, infrared saunas have repeatedly been shown to also improve the all-important endothelial function.
So kick back in a sauna, and when you come out feel free to crack open?an ice, cold...
5) BEER! Yes, your favorite brew is good for you. A 2013 study found that suds can help your blood flow through your arteries like lager from a freshly tapped keg.
Within two hours of polishing off your favorite pint, beer can relax the arteries and reduce stiffness.
That study also tested both alcohol-free beer (blech!) and vodka, and while both were better than nothing, neither had the same artery-boosting power as real beer.
There it is: Your official scientific permission to pour yourself a cold one at the end of the day.
Your arteries are counting on you!