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If you have heavy amounts of plaque in your arteries, you need to both remove the existing plaque and prevent more from forming. Increased exercise, cessation of smoking and a healthy diet help in addition to certain supplements.


Plaque is an accumulation of calcium cholesterol, fat, cellular waste and the blood clotting material fibrin, which sticks to the walls of the arteries. The arteries often respond to the buildup by producing another secretion that adds to the clogging.


Plaque buildup causes coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease and peripheral artery disease. These result in heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, pain and infection of the extremities.

Vitamin E

Taking vitamin E supplements may provide help. Mohsen Meydani in his article, "Vitamin E and Atherosclerosis: Beyond Prevention of LDL Oxidation" published in the "Journal of Nutrition" 2001, says while most studies show vitamin E is effective in prevention of plaque buildup in the arteries, there are contradictory results whether vitamin E reduces existing plaque.


Krill, walnut, fish and flaxseed oil all contain omega-3 essential oil. Increasing the amount of these oils prevents plaque buildup and may even reduce it.


Studies at the University of Medicine, Berlin, by Dr. Guautnter Siegel show that garlic not only reduces the amount of plaque that forms, it also helps reduce the existing plaque by as much as 20 percent.

Oral Chelating agents

Chelating agents taken orally enter the bloodstream and bind to the materials in plaque. The body filters the bound materials and flushes them out of the blood.