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8 Foods That Could Help Unclog Your Arteries


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

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MacAllister Sandy
1 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 ..

17 Feb 2015

The powder is just as effective as the fresh Tumeric

Jacob Bartnicki
1 Years Ago

Erika check this shit out

Heather Heather
1 Years Ago

Daniel Koltun

Jenny Sage
1 Years Ago

Larry W. Sage

Marina Milosevic
1 Years Ago

David Allen, doctors sell things too. I can't get through a sitcom without at least 5 "ask your doctor for this pill " commercials. If you don't think that apples, tomatoes, cinnamon etc, are good for you, just don't eat them. No need to preach.

Donna Lee Curtis
1 Years Ago

Jenny Yemaya Cook Ⓥ I thought you might find this interesting. XO

James Lopatka
1 Years Ago

If your arteries are clogged you need to drastically change your diet. You can eat all the quinoa u want but if u keep eating the shit that caused it there's no point.

Naomi Thompson
1 Years Ago

James Joseph

Michelle Gliko
1 Years Ago

Yolanda, nana needs all of these. STAT

Adam Parfitt
1 Years Ago



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