Fighting Atherosclerosis with Good Nutrition

Imagine hundreds of cars zooming down an eight-lane highway. One lane disappears, and then another, until the same cars crawl bumper-to-bumper along a one-lane country ride. That’s sort of what happens when you have atherosclerosis. Your highways for your blood, harden and narrow, and the same amount blood has to make it’s way through a much tighter space. This traffic jam in your arteries leads to all sorts of trouble, including heart attack and stroke.

Atherosclerosis occurs when cholesterol, fat and other substances in your blood build up in the walls of your arteries. The process can begin when you’re a child, but it may not become a problem until you’re in your 50′s or 60′s. As this muck gathers in your arteries, it forms plaque. Plaque can clog or completely block arteries, cutting off blood flow to your heart or brain. That’s when you risk having a heart attack or stroke.

Too much cholesterol and triglycerides-types of fat- in the blood, high blood pressure, and smoking cause the most damage to your arteries. Other risk factors include diabetes, a family history of the condition, stress, obesity, and an  in-active lifestyle. Men, in general, are at greater risk, as are people who have a “barrel” body shape – with the fat gathering at the belly rather than the hips and thighs.

You can fight atherosclerosis by making good food choices. Cut back on saturated fat and cholesterol from meat and whole-milk dairy products, and look for the following foods than can lower cholesterol, bring down blood pressure, and keep your blood flowing smoothly.

Here are some nutritional blockbusters than can help fight athersclerosis:

Fish: Reel in big, fat fish and wriggle off the hook of atherosclerosis. Omega-3 fatty acids, the polyunsaturated kinds found in fatty fish like tuna, mackeral, and salmon, protect your arteries from damage.

First, Omega-3 helps to cancel out triglyerides, the fats that build up on your artery walls. It also assists in stopping your blood’s platelets from clumping together. That way, your blood remains smooth instead of sticky. Sticky blood can clot and then block blood flow. Lastly, some tests show omega-3 might lower blood pressure. No wonder so many studies show that eating certain types of fish can reduce your risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two fish meals or more per week.

You can find a form of omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid in walnuts, which lower cholesterol. Other sources of omega-3 include flaxseed, wheat germ, and some green leafy vegetables, like kale, spinach, and arugula.

Garlic: Anything fish can do garlic can also do. The sulfur compounds in this amazing herb not only lower cholesterol and triglycerides, but they also go after only the LDL or “bad” cholesterol and leave the HDL or “good” cholesterol alone. Garlic can also lower blood pressure so your arteries don’t take as much of a pounding.Thanks to a substance called ajoene, garlic keeps your blood from clumping and clotting. One study showed garlic helps your aorta, the body’s main artery, remain elastic as you age. Experts recommend getting 4 grams of garlic – about one clove – into your diet each day.

Fiber: During the course of a day, you should eat about 25 to 35 grams of fiber. If you do, you’ll boost your general health and give athersclerosis quite a battle. Certain types of soluble fiber, found in oats, barley, apples and other fruits, help to shrink your cholesterol levels. It works by slowing down your food as it passes through your stomach and small intestine, so your good cholesterol has more time to go to your liver and out of your body. Eating more than 25 grams of fiber every day might also cut your risk of developing high blood pressure by 25%. Fiber comes with an added bonus – it fills you up. After a fiber rich meal, you feel full, so you are less apt to overeat and put on unwanted pounds. Because being overweight increases your risk of atherosclerosis and other heart problems, eating fiber could be part of an effective strategy to guard your arteries. You’ll find fiber in fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads and cereals.

Antioxidants: An unarmed intruder poses less of a threat than one with a weapon. By stopping free radicals from oxidizing LDL cholesterol, antioxidants remove much of the danger.Once oxidized, LDL cholesterol makes a beeline to your artery walls much faster. In fact, some scientists believe LDL cholesterol only harms you once it has been oxidized.

Vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene are antioxidants. Peppers, oranges, strawberrys, cantaloupe and broccoli give you vitamin C, while carrots, sweet potatoes,spinach, mangoes and collard greens are full of beta carotene. Sources of vitamin E include wheat germ, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils.

While you munch on those fruits and vegetables, you’ll get the added benefit of antioxidant substances called favonoids. Resveratrol in grapes, anthocyanins in cranberry juice, and quercetin in onions, apples, and tea are some of the flavenoids that help your heart and arteries.

Monounsaturated fat: To keep your running smoothly, maybe you need an oil change. Olive oil, the main source of fat in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, has mostly monosaturated fat. This type of fat slashes the “bad” cholesterol without harming the “good” cholesterol. It also prevents clotting, giving your arteries even more protection. Like fiber, monosaturated fat also fills you up so you’re less likely to overeat.

Think about switching from soybean or corn oil to olive oil. After all, the greeks – even while enjoying a rather high-fat diet – rarely develops atherosclerosis.

Besides olive oil, sources of monosaturated fat include avocados, nuts and canola oil.

Ginger: Make your dinner a little bit tastier and your arteries a little bit healthier with this ancient spice. Ginger contains phytochemicals called gingerol and shogaol, which give it its antoxidant power.

Animal studies show ginger not only lowers LDL cholesterol and tryclicerides, it also prevents LDL oxidation. On top  of that, ginger also keeps your blood from clotting by reducing the stickiness of your platelets.


The Truth About Multivitamins

What most people don’t know…     

During a graduate nutrition course at a major university, a professor posed a challenge to the class: Construct a 2000 calorie-per-day diet that at least met the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for vitamins and minerals without the use of supplements. Most of the graduate students thought that this was going to be a simple assignment. After all, they had been told over and over again that people can get all of the nutrients their body needs simply by eating a well-balanced diet. Well, the professor was putting that statement to the test.

To everyone’s surprise, no one was able to come up with a sustainable daily diet that met the minimum RDA requirements. The graduate students discovered that it is impossible to get everything that you need from the food we eat. But how could this be? Certainly people have lived on this planet for a long time and must have been able to get everything they needed from their diet. The answer has to do with modern farming techniques, fertilizers, and environmental stresses.

Following the Second World War, chemical manufacturers were sitting on huge stockpiles of phosphates and nitrates that were initially intended for use in explosives. They discovered that when they spread these same phosphates and nitrates on the soil where plants were growing, the plants grew bigger and looked healthier. Thus began the boom of the fertilizer industry.

The problem with modem fertilizers is that they don’t replace soil trace minerals, such as chromium, zinc, and copper, as do cow manure and other natural fertilizers. Over time, these trace minerals become more and more depleted from the soil and, consequently, our food supply becomes more depleted as well. The bottom line is that in order to get enough trace minerals in our diet to at least meet the minimum RDAs, it is necessary to take a good quality supplement.

How to Select a Good Multivitamin…

All vitamin supplements are not created equal! Different types of supplements have different levels of bioavailability. Now the bioavailability of a supplement refers to the amount of nutrients in the supplement that is available for absorption by the body. Absorption refers to the body’s ability to receive these nutrients and disburse them throughout the body by way of the blood stream. Therefore it would only be fitting to take a supplement that had a high percentage of nutrients readily available for the body to absorb, rather than one with a lesser quality.

Supplements are just like anything else – there are some good ones out there and a whole lot of supplements that are not as good. Here a few keys to determining the quality of a supplement:

  • The supplement that is generally bought at your local store will typically be inexpensive, hard packed, and full of binders and fillers which make it very difficult to be broken down in the digestive track. Therefore, in many cases this type of supplement will pass through the entire digestive system whole, which can be visualized in the x-ray below…


This is an actual x-ray taken in my office and is seen regularly on x-rays of patients who generally take inexpensive store bought supplements. As you can see in this x-ray, most of the 8 tablet supplements this person has ingested have only a 0-25% bioavailability, limiting the body’s ability to utilize it. Tablet forms of supplements are usually the lowest in percentage of utilization by the body. The tablet form of a supplement will remain in the stomach digesting for anywhere from 40 minutes to 4 hours.

  • On the other hand, the supplement that has the highest absorption rate and bioavailability is one known as an “Isotonic –Capable” Supplement which has a 95% absorption rate. This is known as Isotonix and is absorbable within 10-15 minutes of consumption
  • . Therefore, it would make perfect sense to look for a supplement that had a higher percentage of nutrient absorption; otherwise you would just be throwing your money away.

Isotonix Delivery-the Science behind Absorption…                                                                                                                                 



Isotonix® dietary supplements are a replica of the body’s own fluids such as tears, intravenous fluids, plasma and breast milk. All fluids in the human body have a certain concentration, which is called the osmotic pressure. The body’s common osmotic pressure — which is isotonic — allows a consistent maintenance of all body tissues. In order for a substance to be used in the body’s metabolism, it must be changed to the isotonic state.

The efficiency of absorption is also affected by the digestive system. All substances that are acted on in the stomach go through a degradation process (breakdown) before they can be passed through the opening from the stomach to the small intestine to allow absorption. The digestive process can cause substances to lose some nutritive value and this whole process takes time!

The secret of the isotonic process is probably now becoming clear! When an isotonic substance enters the body, it will be absorbed into the bloodstream rapidly. With isotonic fluids, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient. There is nothing artificial about it. An isotonic fluid is nature’s own nutrient delivery system.

In general, supplements sold through health care professionals are generally of top quality. They tend to be a little more expensive than the supplements you find at your local drug store or health food stores because the ingredients that go into them tend to be of a higher quality.

High quality supplements are made from isotonic vitamins and minerals. As you can see and Isotonic type of supplement is one that makes a huge difference in how well they are absorbed by your body. If you have any questions about specific supplements that you are taking, be sure to ask your Chiropractor or Naturopath. These are Doctors who are well trained in the nutraceutical field.

The Bottom Line…

Taking supplements, as part of your overall daily health regimen is a simple and inexpensive way to ensure that your body has everything it needs to be healthy. When combined with regular Chiropractic care, taking a high quality isotonic multivitamin will help slow the aging process and decrease your risk of a number of degenerative diseases. With years of nutrient depletion of our soils, it only make good sense to replenish that which our bodies lack. Be sure to talk to your Chiropractor to determine which multivitamin formula best fits your individual needs.

If you have any specific questions about the benefit of Isotonic Capable Supplements…contact me at

Thanx for visiting my blog,

Healthy Life Dr.

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