Dozens of clinical studies have shown that optimizing nutrition and reducing stress slows and even reverses atherosclerosis. In other words, reversing or slowing endothelial dysfunction must be the cornerstone of therapy. One study that is quite impressive reported the following:
The intervention group ate: Plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains without quantity restriction; less than ten percent fat;and only limited egg whites, non-fat milk, and yogurt.
Stress-reduction and needed behavioural modification was also given during this year study period. The control group followed the usual dietary recommendations for heart disease patients including cutting out butter; largely eating chicken or fish instead of beef, reducing fat intake from 40 to 30 percent of the diet, reducing cholesterol to less than 200 mg per day, exercising and no more smoking .
Researchers found reversal of coronary artery atherosclerosis in 82 percent of patients after one year as verified by initial and follow-up angiography.
This statistic included old and young alike, no matter how advanced their atherosclerosis!
In contrast to the intervention group, the majority of the control group patients had a worsening of atherosclerosis at one year. The extent of dietary change in these study subjects far exceeded what typical recommendations are given to patients after a cardiac event at hospitals today.
Further in this report you will see how dietary interventions play a huge role in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease and its causes. Remember the phrase attributed to Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine: “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.”
A seasoned scientist from the University of California Berkeley published the
“EDTA chelation therapy appears to achieve revitalization of the myocardium, and is a viable alternative or adjunct to revascularization.
Fish oils are now proven to help revitalize vessel wall endothelia and to partially reverse atherosclerotic damage. Being safe and having proven benefits, chelation therapy and fish oils can be integrated together with nutrients, lifestyle-dietary revision, exercise, and medications as necessary, into a cardiovascular revitalization strategy.”