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ask: Is ther any way to make the hardened artries due to smoking good again..some natural herb can help?

25/M/India ...I have been smoking for 3+ years and had tobacco products for 2 years before that..i have been having high BP ..is there any natural herb that can make my damanged artries/hardended/narrowed better than how they are..i have left smoking and want a natural healer for the artries...

I know quitting smoking is a solution but i heard that there are irreversible effects on artries...i am just worried if there are any irreversible..and is there NO SOLUTION?? i mostly look for a natural herb/fruit...i heard garlic can help..

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puneet303

First of all i would like to say that you have been doing a great Job,this is fantastic and MUST be APPRECIATED,,Once again ,Thanks on behalf of many people who need your support and have been supported by you ,

I believe i have good cholesterol but have surely got my arteries hardened or narrowed, all i want to know is the following;
1) I heard the effects are irreversible; i am afraid, are they so?

2) just wanted to confirm garlic just controls cholesterol and doesn't serve any purpose for narrowed down arteries
3) if not garlic, does Ginger mean the same thing, is there any herb that can be taken then,just a question.I wil try to flaxseed,i like them.

4) I have High BP, sometimes around 140/80 or 150/90 , that can happen due to smoking also ,can i do YOGA(if it is going to help my arteries) or in other terms i would like to ask,CAN YOGA TAKE THE PLACE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES SAY RUNNING,which would be better for me YOGA or Running/weight lifting

July 2, 2010 - 4:06pm
Alison Beaver

Great job on quitting smoking! That is the number one way you can prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD), which can be caused by hardened or damaged arteries.

What you read about garlic is that it may have some properties that can help with blood cholesterol, but if your cholesterol ratios are healthy and your arteries are damaged from smoking...garlic is unlikely to help: Garlic Does Not Appear to Lower "Bad" Cholesterol.

There is some evidence about Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil that may have some benefits on CVD outcomes: Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Cardiovascular Disease. However, the study says, "the optimal quantity and type of omega-3 fatty acid, and the optimal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid, if any, still remain undefined. ... different types of fish and the method of food preparation may cause different effects."

The other supplement that is discussed to help CVD is flaxseed oil, because it contains ALA. Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil: "Some studies suggest that alpha-linolenic acid (a substance found in flaxseed and flaxseed oil) may benefit people with heart disease. But not enough reliable data are available to determine whether flaxseed is effective for heart conditions."

What DOES work to help prevent CVD when you have damaged arteries? Good, old-fashioned exercise and healthy eating. Sorry...it's not as much fun, but it works! Quitting smoking is number one, closely followed by increasing your physical activity, eating healthy meals and decreasing stress.

Let us know if you have any additional questions about how to get started on a new lifestyle plan, since you made a giant step already with quitting smoking! We're here to help!

June 27, 2010 - 1:37pm
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