12 Foods that unclog arteries. Eat These To Cleanse Your Arteries!

Eating healthy might not seem easy these days with all the temptations
knocking at your door every day. Still, you’ve got to think about your
health and how to avoid more problems in the future. It’s ideal to know
that it’s never too late to make a healthy change to your lifestyle. If
you decide to go healthy, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting
older, but rather that you’re getting wiser.  Exercising more, whether
it’s going to the gym, taking pilates lessons or just walking to work is
the first step towards a healthy life. Then you should consider cutting
down on drinking, giving up smoking and trying to cope with the stress
at work in a more efficient way. Anyways, if you think these are huge
jumps from your actual lifestyle, you can start with baby steps, little
changes to your diet which might not affect your everyday habits too
much, at first.



So, the things you need to care about more are your heart and your
cholesterol level, in order to avoid any risk of heart diseases. One
effect of a messy lifestyle that can take anyone by surprise is clogged
arteries. Over the years, a plaque made from fat, calcium and other
types of natural body waste can build up in your arteries and make
things difficult for your health (1, 2). So, what can you do to prevent
that?

Foods that unclogs & cleanse your arteries

We’ve comprised a list of 11 foods that unclog arteries. You should think about making them part of your daily diet.

1. Beans

Beans are healthy veggies rich in soluble fibers which are “notorious”
for reducing the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream (3, 4).
Soluble fiber absorbs it and leaves your arteries clean (5). Moreover,
beans contain proteins, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium, iron,
magnesium and a little bit of sodium (6, 7), which can contribute to
keeping your blood vessels elastic (8) and thus reducing the risk of
heart disease (9).

2. Broccoli

Broccoli is not a very popular food. Young people don’t even want to
hear about broccoli, but the thing is, this green, cute-looking
vegetable is really healthy and should not be ignored anymore. Studies
have proved that eating more cruciferous (leafy green vegetables) like
broccoli can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer (10,
11). Moreover, broccoli and all the other cruciferous veggies contain a
compound named sulforaphane which is good against inflammation and helps
prevent clogs from forming in your arteries (12, 13)

3. Chocolate

Yes, chocolate. If nobody loves broccoli, everybody loves chocolate.
There is even a popular saying that “chocolate can save any of your
problems” and that might not be too far from the truth. Chocolate is
actually quite healthy and its benefits are proven in numerous
researches.  One shows that eating chocolate in small amounts can help
lower the risk of heart failure (14). Moreover, cocoa beans, the main
ingredient in chocolate, contains flavanols (15), a compound which will
most definitely keep your heart in good condition (16). One thing you
should know, though, is that, in order to get all the health benefits
mentioned above, you need to choose that variety of chocolate containing
70% cocoa or even more.

4. Oats

Oats are very rich in soluble fiber which helps lower your cholesterol
levels (17) Oats contain Phenolic antioxidants which have been found to
prevent cholesterol from sticking to artery walls (18). These compounds,
called avenanthramides, significantly suppress the adhesive molecules
that “glue” blood cells to artery walls (19). To add to this, you can
also add some berries, apples, bananas and Greek yogurt to your morning
oats to make your bloodstream even more clean and safe.

5. Almonds

Almonds, alongside tree nuts, are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids
(20) which are also known as “healthy fats” and are “famous” for
reducing inflammation throughout your body and bringing down your blood
pressure (21, 22) Almonds and other nuts are also very rich in magnesium
(23). Magnesium helps in reducing the buildup of cholesterol plaque in
arteries (24), in turn, preventing arteries from getting clogged. 
Moreover, if you make almonds a good part of your diet, it can help with
your history of heart trouble or help you prevent any kind of history
of that kind.

6. Olive oil

Salty, fatty butter might be tasty and all, but it’s not as healthy as
olive oil. Making a little change between these two can make a whole
difference in your heart health. As Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated
fats, it helps raise your HDL cholesterol (25) which is the healthy
cholesterol carried through your body by high-density lipoproteins. The
extra virgin olive oil is also very rich in omega-3s, a compound that is
proven to lower blood pressure by reducing inflammation (26).

7. Lentils

We hope there’s no one around here who hasn’t tried these really tiny,
beautiful relatives of beans because they’re wonderful. Yes, they’re a
vegetable with a healthy package attached to them: protein, fiber,
calcium, potassium, magnesium (27, 28) and almost no fat at all. There
have been extensive studies on rats that have proven that eating lentils
can repair your damaged blood vessels (29) and even fight any bad
effects of high blood pressure. One recent research, from 2014, proved
that lentil-based diets attenuate hypertension and large-artery
remodeling in spontaneously hypertensive rats (30).

8. Watermelon

This might be good news for you because we bet you’re a watermelon fan
as is almost any human on this Earth. Who doesn’t like watermelons,
right? Watermelons are full of a compound called citrulline (31) which
is really good at relaxing your blood vessels (32)  and, consequently,
at lowering your blood pressure in any situation. Watermelon also helps
to modify blood lipids (33) and lowers belly fat accumulation (34).
Lesser abdominal area fat lowers the risk of heart diseases (35). Also,
let us let you in on a little secret: eating the rind of the watermelon
is also good because it contains a lot of healthy fiber for your body to
enjoy (36).

9. Eggs

This might seem odd for you, but recent studies have shown that egg
consumption on a moderate level can reduce the risk of heart disease by
11% (37, 38).  The study was conducted during 204-2008, on over 0.5
million adults aged 30-79, recruited from 10 diverse survey sites in
China. Participants delivered information about the frequency of their
egg consumption and this information was linked to multiple registries
and active investigation. The findings showed that daily egg consumption
can be associated with a lower risk of CVD (39).

10. Avocado

With avocado is hate them or love them. There’s definitely no in the
middle and that’s why they’re so “famous” in the healthy eating society
of our days. Avocados are a little hard to chop up and cook and you’ve
got to learn how to eat them in order to really come to appreciate
them.  Nevertheless, avocados are an incredible source of
monounsaturated fatty acids (71%), polyunsaturated fatty acids  (13%)
and saturated fatty acids (16%) which help keep healthy blood lipid
profiles (40) Avocados help lower bad cholesterol and increase good
cholesterol (41). It is also high in vitamin E and potassium (42), which
prevents cholesterol oxidation and helps in lowering blood pressure
respectively (43).

11. Spinach

Remember Popeye who would just eat spinach and suddenly become powerful?
Well, spinach really is a good source of healthy nutrients that can get
you back in shape whenever and wherever. Spinach is also one of the
foods which help unclog arteries in a natural way. One serving of
spinach a day can help lower the homocysteine levels in the body, which
are linked to heart diseases like atherosclerosis or clogged arteries
(44). So, next time you prepare a salad, think about adding more spinach
there, or even to your soup or sandwich or even smoothie. Spinach is
not that bad, it tastes nice, face it!

12. Asparagus

There are quite a few green vegetables on this list. Asparagus has to be
one of them. It is high in fiber and a phytonutrient called quercetin
(45) which prevents plaque from sticking to your arteries (46). Try to
include Asparagus in your diet.

Conclusion
Keeping your arteries clean is not a hard thing to do. You just need to
add more healthy foods to your diet and learn to combine them in such a
way that your lifestyle is both pleasurable and healthy. Yes, these two
can happen at the same time. You can do it! It all begins with buying
your first serving of spinach, some avocados, and oats. The rest will
follow! Stay healthy!

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