Hardening of the Arteries - Solutions
In my page on Arterial Stiffness, I discussed some of the causes of hardening
arteries. The reasons are not dissimilar to what happens to a rubber hose left
outside to age in the sun and the elements. In the case of your arteries,
including those that supply blood to the penis, plaque buildup and damage to
collagen and elastin slowly do their work over the decades, leaving you with an
inflexible, non-expandable blood supply pipeline.
So is there any hope, any relief for us guys who want to mend and heal their
bodies naturally? Well, of course, you cannot completely undo the damage
from years and years of abuse from a modern, industrialized lifestye, but it is
suprising how much elasticity you can build back into your cardiovascular
Below we outline some of the key research in this area:
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One study after another has shown that low testosterone levels significantly
accelerate arterial stiffness.  In fact, researchers have noted that Prostate
Cancer patients that go on anti-androgens have significantly stiffer arteries.
Check your testosterone levels, especially if you are experiencing any of the
2) Aerobic Exercise (Cardio). Aerobic exercise helps with almost every known
cardiovascular risk factor, so why not with hardened arteries as well?
Indeed, that is the case  and that is one of the reasons that some experts
recommend always doing aerobics after weight lifting. The arterial
stiffness resulting from the high blood pressure spikes of heavy weight training
can be significantly relieved by a little cardio right after the fact, something
I cover in my link on Weight Lifting and Your Arteries.
The effects of aerobic exercise is so strong in this regard that some
researchers have noted that it can undo much of the hardening that occurs
naturally with aging.
Body Fat. Body fat does many nasty things to us guys, including increasing
estrogen and oxidative damage, but one of the worst is accelerating hardening of
the arteries.  Yet another reason to drop that gut and replace it with
some nice, tight abs that will get the Little Woman's attention, eh?
There is also evidence that weight loss actually improves arterial stiffness.
4) Low Salt Diet. As I discuss in my link on
Arterial Stiffness, salt has been
implicated as one of the primary artery-hardeners. It will probably be no
surprise to find that there is evidence that a low salt diet can do the
5) Garlic. One study on seniors found that garlic significantly slowed down
hardening of the arteries.  It will also lower blood pressure too.
6) Fish Oil. Almost everyone knows how good fish oil is for the heart due to its
inflammation and triglyceride-lowering capabilities. Not as well known, though,
is the fact that at least one study showed it increasing circulatory
7) Viagra. As you may know, we are not a big fan of long term use of the either
Viagra or Cialis, due to their high number of side effects. However, one
thing they apparently one thing we can say is that they seem to increase
arterial elasticity. 
8) Dietary Nitrates? Nitrates, as in the medications, improve arterial
elasticity. There is no reason to think that dietary nitrates will not do
that same to one degree or another. In my page on Erectile Dysfunction and Hypertension, I mention that beet root
juice does a nice job of lowering blood pressure. How does a simple glass of
juice lower blood pressure so significantly? You guessed it - a high nitrate
Low Fat Diet and Pomegranate Juice? One of the underlying causes of
hardening of the arteries is arterial plaque buildup. Both a Low Fat Diet and
Pomegranate Juice are likely to help, although I know of no study proving
Nephrol Dial Transplant, 2011, "Low serum testosterone, arterial stiffness and
mortality in male haemodialysis patients"
2) J Am Soc Nephrol, 2004, 15:2713-2718, "Impact of an Exercise Program on
Arterial Stiffness and Insulin Resistance in Hemodialysis Patients"
3) Circulation, 1993, 88:1456-1462, "Effects of age and aerobic capacity on
arterial stiffness in healthy adults"
4) Archives of Internal Medicine, 2005, 165(8):875-882, "The metabolic syndrome,
cardiopulmonary fitness, and subcutaneous trunk fat as independent determinants
of arterial stiffness : The Amsterdam growth and health longitudinal study"
5) J Hypertens, 1999, 17:1831-1835, "The effects of weight loss with or without
exercise training on large artery compliance in healthy obese men"
6) Arteriosclerosis, 1986, 6:166-169, "Improved arterial distensibility in
normotensive subjects on a low salt diet"
7) Circulation, 1997 Oct 21, 96(8):2649-55, "Protective effect of chronic garlic
intake on elastic properties of aorta in the elderly"
8) Arterioscler Thromb, 1994, 14:1425-1429, "Fish oil impràves arterial
compliance in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus"
9) Vascular Medicine, 2003, 8:243, "Effect of sildenafil on arterial stiffness
and wave reflection"
6) Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 2010 Oct, 299(4):R1121-31, "Acute and
chronic effects of dietary nitrate supplementation on blood pressure and the
physiological responses to moderate-intensity and incremental exercise"