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From: Larry Wagner (
Subject:         Re: Exercise
Date: October 17, 2010 at 12:23 am PST

In Reply to: Exercise posted by 5 Godly on October 15, 2010 at 3:43 am:

Exercise helps clear plaques from arteries indirectly.

Among the things that happen with exercise:

Increased production of interleukin molecules from the skeletal muscles which help combat and reduce inflammation, which also reduces white cell count and CRP levels.

As inflammation is reduced, your body can devote more energy to healing other problems, improving overall health with time.

Use of lipids for energy, which will help drive down LDL levels. The less LDL floating around, the less oxidixized LDL that can occur and cause increase of blockages.

With sufficient intensity of exercise, HDL is increased. HDL is your good cholesterol, involved in reverse cholesterol transport, removing LDL to the liver.

Exercise strengthens the heart. As it grows stronger, it becomes more efficient, and you will stay out of an anerobic state more, reducing CO2 in the blood during all activities. CO2 in the blood is almost as toxic as transfats, with capability to reduce HDL, raise LDL, and damage artery walls. Damaged walls are the new sites for development of blockages. CO2 is also an oxidant, helping produce oxidized LDL which helps enlarge blockages. So never get out of breath exercising, just get fitter and stronger.

I am 57 with massive heart disease, but can go out and play basketball, get my heart rate over 170, and yet never be breathing hard running up and down the court. Years of careful rehab, and a very healthy diet.

Also necessary, from what I have read, a diet high in anti-oxidants and very low in fat, plus berries, pomegranates, green tea, and pistachios, all serve to greatly improve the number and function of endothelial progenitor cells that help keep arteries healthy, and increase paraoxonase which directly causes reduction of cholesterol, oxidized-LDL, from plaques.

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