Arteriosclerosis of the Extremities: Causes and Treatment

To prevent arteriosclerosis you need to eat foods that promote good circulation. Exercise can also help improve the condition
Arteriosclerosis of the Extremities: Causes and Treatment

Today let’s talk about the kind of arteriosclerosis that occurs in the blood vessels of the legs and feet. This is a very common disorder known as arteriosclerosis obliterans, and it’s usually due to the hardening of the arteries caused by the presence of plaque and fat.

It leads to complications that you may have already experienced yourself, like circulatory problems, varicose veins, swelling in the legs and feet, tingling, cramping in the night, and muscle fatigue.

Can it be prevented? Of course! A healthy lifestyle will go a long way to prevent arteriosclerosis obliterans. If it’s a condition that you already suffer from in your daily life, pay attention to the following tips that will definitely help.

Arteriosclerosis of the extremities: what are the symptoms?

2 varicose veinsFirst of all, you should know that arteriosclerosis in the extremities is one of the most common ailments among women, and it’s also related to other problems like heart disease, carotid artery disease, and issues with the lower extremities.

This means that it’s not an isolated problem that appears suddenly – it’s typically associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, or genetic factors.

Let’s see what symptoms usually occur:

  • Plaque and fat build up in the inner walls of the arteries, causing them to tighten and inhibiting blood flow to the legs and feet, which also reduces the oxygen the extremities receive. This results in fatigue, and after a few minutes of walking you may feel leg cramps or an intense burning sensation.
  • When you don’t get enough oxygen to your muscle tissues they become inflamed, and your body responds by retaining fluid. You might notice that your shoes become too tight or your legs appear swollen.
  • Arteriosclerosis usually occurs in the extremities and usually between 50 to 55 years of age. You might notice a “burning” sensation in the legs when you’re relaxing, especially at night when you’re in bed, keeping you from sleeping. It’s annoying and painful, greatly reducing your quality of life.
  • Discomfort is concentrated more commonly in the calves and feet, hips or buttocks.
  • Arteriosclerosis in the limbs usually occurs with varicose veins and phlebitis, even arthritis on occasion.

Treatment for arteriosclerosis of the extremities

The treatment for arteriosclerosis is primarily based on changes in lifestyle. Your doctor will tell you what your options are and give you some general guidelines. But in addition to medical treatment, you can follow these simple tips.

Are you ready?

1. Moderate physical activity

3 exerciseGetting moderate physical activity is essential to promoting good circulation and the oxygenation of tissues. The most recommended exercise that you can practice is aerobic exercise, which engages your heart muscle. How about an example?

  • Walking for half an hour every day.
  • Swimming for 20 minutes.
  • Riding a bike for 15 minutes (as long as you don’t have knee problems or arthritis).

2. Garlic and lemon tea to start the day

4 garlic and lemonThis is a great way to reduce your levels of bad cholesterol, alleviate inflammation, and promote good circulation. Here’s how to make it:


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup of water (200 ml)
  • A pinch of grated ginger (3 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (15 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)


It’s as simple as chopping that garlic clove and bringing the cup of water to a boil. Once it’s boiling, add the ginger, honey, and garlic. Simmer for 20 minutes and then remove from heat for another 10 minutes. Then add the lemon juice. Drink this tea for 10 days straight, and then wait for five days before repeating.

3. The benefits of pomegranate juice

5 pomegranate juiceIf there were ever a fruit that promotes good health and youthful arteries, it’s the pomegranate. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins, pomegranate juice can help eliminate the plaque that causes arteriosclerosis.

4. White and mint tea

6 white teaThis tea is delicious, medicinal, and very effective for improving circulation, decreasing muscle pain, and reducing the bad cholesterol that causes the arteries to harden. It’s interesting to note that white tea is the richest in antioxidants, so this natural treatment is excellent for any type of ailment.

Pay attention to how to prepare it, and enjoy it every evening.


  • 20 grams of white tea
  • 20 grams of peppermint
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)
  • 1 cup of water (200 ml)


The first thing you need to do is boil the cup of water. Add the white tea and mint. The aroma is wonderful. Now you just need to let it steep for 20 minutes and then sweeten with honey. Delicious!

5. Foods you need to include in your diet

7 oatmealA healthy diet free from animal fats, refined flour, and sweets is essential to avoiding arteriosclerosis in the extremities. Keep the following foods in mind and don’t miss out on them in your diet!

  • Oats
  • Green apple
  • Cold water fish
  • Antioxidant-rich fruits like lemons, oranges, pineapples, kiwis…
  • Avocado
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Olive oil
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes