Is there anything that can help my dad's arteries? : Terry Talks Nutrition

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Is there anything that can help my dad's arteries?


Q. Dear Terry, “My dad has 2 out of 3 arteries clogged in his leg. I think he was told that he has a buildup of calcium in them. If the last artery becomes clogged, he will lose his leg. Is there anything that can help his arteries?” – J.Y., Chapel Hill, NC

A. Dear J.Y., I highly encourage your dad to discuss any supplementation with his healthcare practitioner. With that being said, I think there are some natural options that can make a difference.

When it comes to supporting circulation and arteries, I think vitamin K2 and French grape seed extract can be very beneficial. The two main types of vitamin K we obtain through diet or supplements are K1 and K2. Many people are familiar with K1 and its effects on blood clotting, as vitamin K derived its name from the German word “klotting”. However, vitamin K2 is equally important, especially when it comes to heart disease prevention. Vitamin K2 is used to activate proteins that help carry calcium away from the arteries and into the bones where it belongs.

The body’s requirements for vitamin K1 and K2 are relatively low, measured in micrograms (mcg). While K1 is found in leafy greens and green vegetables, K2 is found in liver, meat, egg yolks, full-fat dairy, and the Japanese fermented food called natto. Because everyone has different dietary preferences and needs, supplementing with vitamin K1 and K2 may be necessary.

When taking vitamin K2 for supporting the arteries, I would also include vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) and vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate). I would take these ingredients twice per day.

Additionally, grape seed extract is one of my favorite ingredients for artery health. Grape seed extract has been shown to decrease high blood pressure, protect the blood vessel walls from inflammation, and prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol – which can all contribute to blood vessel changes like atherosclerosis (calcium in the blood vessels). Grape seed extract has also been shown to decrease the risk of blood clotting, without adverse effects on blood thinning. The grape seed extract I prefer is a French grape seed extract with low-molecular weight oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) that are well absorbed. I would take grape seed extract two or three times per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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