When you read a serious book that claims that patients who have already suffered from heart attacks can almost reverse it’s after effects, you sit up and take notice. Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in both men and women worldwide. Many experts call it a disease of affluence. Heart conditions caused one in four deaths in the United States.
In a research study conducted by Dr Esselstyn, tracked 198 patients who had heart conditions. These were patients who had already suffered from or had a strong predisposition toward the disease. Their ailments included hypertension, hyperlipidemia, myocardial infarction and diabetes. Many had already had surgical intervention including having stents placed. The researchers took what could be labelled a strange approach. They wanted to solve the disease to a large extent by addressing the nutrition or diet of the cohort.
The new diet of the patients now included whole grains, legumes, lentils, vegetables and fruit. They were also asked to take a Vitamin B supplement and consume flax seeds to obtain Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids. The patients were also asked to avoid all added oils, fish, meat, dairy products, avocado, nuts and excess salts. They were also naturally requested to avoid sugar, sugary drinks. Finally, they were asked to avoid caffeine. While exercise was encouraged, it was not mandatory.
Of the total study group that adhered to the diet regime, only one person suffered a subsequent cardiac event. Over 99% of those who did follow the diet were able to avoid subsequent complications. In fact, in many cases, they showed a reversal of their symptoms including increased blood flow through the impaired arteries.
In general, it is believed that a condition of the heart is irreversible. Once plaque builds up on the walls of your arteries, there is virtually nothing that you can do. Or can you?