Atherosclerosis is the depositing of fatty substances on the arterial walls.
It can be formed as a way of protecting the arteries from damage. With this fatty deposit built up, the arteries end up becoming less pliable and more narrow, often decreasing blood supply to various parts of the body. This condition can lead to stroke, angina, high blood pressure, senility, heart attack, and impotency. As well as, intermittent claudication, defined as muscle pain, most often in the calf muscle, which occurs during exercise, such as walking, and is relieved by a short period of rest.
An early warning sign that may appear with atherosclerosis
is the formation of a vertical crease in the earlobe.
Platelet aggregation is partly responsible for the formation of atherosclerosis. To help decrease platelet formation, avoid saturated fats and trans fats from meat, dairy products and fried foods, whenever possible.
Fish oils, along with being excellent for decreasing cholesterol, are also very efficient at decreasing platelet aggregation. If you are taking a fish oil supplement only use pharmaceutical grade or distilled oils. I carry an excellent product called EPA-DHA.
Vitamin E can also decrease platelet aggregation, and can be taken using 400 – 800 IU daily, with food. The supplement to be effective must contain all four types of vitamin E, which are, d-alpha-tocopherol, d-beta, d-gamma and d-delta tocopherols. At the Be Well Spa, I carry Tri-En-All 400 by Douglas Laboratories which meets all these criteria.