Hardened arteries for a harder time

Traffic. Everyone hates it -- especially here in Southern California, where it seems like we have some of the worst traffic on the planet.

But there's one place where the traffic could be worse than anything you'll see out on the highway, no matter where you live, and that's inside your body.

If you start to feel hardening of the arteries harden your body, the flow of blood slows like cars on the L.A. freeway at rush hour. And when the flow slows, you suffer damage... disease... maybe even death.

Hardening of the arteries are a major risk factor for all your vital organs, and they can positively destroy the one organ that relies on blood more than any other: Your brain.

Your brain sucks up 20 percent of your body's blood. But if stiff arteries choke off even part of that supply, your brain will suffer serious damage -- including beta-amyloid plaques and lesions in the white matter, according to a new study of 91 seniors.

That's the type of damage that leads to cognitive decline, dementia and even Alzheimer's disease.

Clearly, you need to keep your arteries as elastic as possible -- but that's a whole lot easier said than done.

While keeping your waistline in check, eating right and getting some movement can help, those steps alone aren't always enough. In most people, age alone will cause hardening of the arteries.

That's why you need to do more -- and you can start with some of the simple, safe and natural nutrients you should be getting anyway.

Magnesium, for example, is known to relax blood vessel walls. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can restore elasticity to arteries already starting to harden. And garlic extract can slash levels of coronary plaque and help keep the aorta elastic at the same time.

But the best way to help protect your arteries right now, especially if they're already starting to harden, is with a controversial treatment that your own doctor will dismiss.

It's called chelation, and you can feel free to ignore his protests -- because this critical life-saving treatment is backed by decades of solid scientific research.

I had the full story on chelation therapy and how it can help you in the May 2013 edition of my printed newsletter, Health Revelations.

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I'm not done with artery health yet. Keep reading for one habit that can cause hardening of the arteries.