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8 Foods That Could Help Unclog Your Arteries

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Cardiovascular Disease (the buildup of plaque and gradual clogging of the arteries) is statistically the number one killer in the world, with on average 2,200 Americans dying of cardiovascular disease each day! With mortality rates like that, cardiovascular health is one of the most important body systems to maintain and repair. While progressive clogging of the arteries can be caused by diet, genetics and a sedentary lifestyle, preventing and repairing the damage is not impossible with these artery unclogging (and delicious!) foods.

1. Garlic

While maybe not quite as sexy as others, garlic is hands-down a super food! In addition to helping maintain a healthy heart, garlic can help treat a slew of viruses, infections and even cancers! Studies show that consuming 4,000 mcg of the  compound allicin (found in 1-4 cloves of garlic a day) can lower cholesterol, as well as significantly decrease both diastolic and systolic blood pressure, and prevent blood clots from forming. Load up on your daily dose of cloves with this Creamy Zinger Garlic Spread or Pumpkin Seed and Garlic Pasta.

2. Pomegranate

This tasty and beautiful fruit has recently been discovered to clear out plaque buildup in the arteries, as well as naturally stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the blood, opening the arteries and reducing blood pressure. It wont be hard to add more pomegranates to your diet with this stunning Cashew Citrus Cream Cake with Pomegranates!

3. Turmeric

The the primary polyphenol in turmeric, curcumin, has been shown to reduce fatty deposits in the arteries by 26%! That’s a welcome statistic for heart health and a good reason to add more of this brightly colored and delicious Indian spice to your diet.

4. Chia Seeds

Ancient cultures have long prized chia seeds as a solid source of hydration and energy. But the the fiber and alpha-linolenic acid in chia can also regulate blood pressure, lower triglycerides, increase good cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol. Besides being heart healthy, chia seeds are versatile and tasty as well!

5. Cinnamon

The cinnamon challenge may have brought negative attention to this common spice, but consumed wisely, cinnamon is anything but bad or dangerous! Just a tablespoon of cinnamon a day can reduce cholesterol levels, as well as providing a healthy dose of antioxidants. Make your heart warm, healthy and happy with scrumptious Vegan Cinnamon Rolls.

6. Apples

The pectin in apples can lower cholesterol as well as slow down the progression of clogging in the arteries. Ohio State University researchers discovered that an apple a day can reduce the hardening of arteries by 40%! It seems the old apple-a-day saying is true after all! Stock up on your daily dose with this recipe for Grilled Apple Pie with Vanilla Coconut Whipped Cream.

7. Tomatoes

Carotenoid lycopene is an antioxidant that is responsible for giving tomatoes their rich red color, but it can be found in lighter or greener varieties of this juicy fruit as well. And a diet rich in lycopene can significantly reduce the oxidation of the bad cholesterol that leads to atherosclerosis. Tomatoes are also important for bone health! Get your lycopene fill with this warming Eggplant and Tomato Stew.

8. Greens

Leafy greens are a rich source of anti oxidizing vitamins, which can prevent the oxidization of cholesterol, leading to plaque formation in the arteries. Additionally, the fiber, potassium, and folate can lower blood pressure.  Just one serving per day of folate-rich leafy greens, like spinach or chard, can lower homocysteine levels, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. There is no better (or tastier) way to pack in the greens than with a mouth-watering green smoothie. Check out this awesome Green Smoothie Cheat Sheet to learn how to tailor make one you’ll love!

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57 comments on “8 Foods That Could Help Unclog Your Arteries”

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Rachael Lerigo
3 Months Ago

Katie McTeer


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Giulia Goolia
3 Months Ago

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Holly DeArment
3 Months Ago

Would this help with clots in surface leg veins too? I would like to dissolve it without surgery.


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Holly Smith
3 Months Ago

Absolutely love this advice for a healthier lives. We don't need to take drugs, once you begome a Vegan, you'll really enjoy these health boosters.


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bc
3 Months Ago

Basically, be vegan and save your life.


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bc
3 Months Ago

Basically, be vegan and save your life.


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Christopher Couch
3 Months Ago

Because of heart disease, my arteries tend to be moved around for reconstruction purposes. So they need to be in good shape. Thank you for this resource.


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MacAllister Sandy
2 Years Ago

Why settle down to 2nd best , use fresh turmeric instead of dry powder ,,,use in salad and in cooking ..they r so cheap from Asian shops ..


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Azhar
17 Feb 2015

The powder is just as effective as the fresh Tumeric

Roy Dekoke ( Australia )
08 Jan 2017

I grow my own and then dry and grind It to a powder. Use 1 teaspoon and 1 teaspoon of ginger in water every morning on a empty tummy us for well being..

Jacob Bartnicki
2 Years Ago

Erika check this shit out


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