There is no denying that cardiovascular diseases increase each day. One of the risk factors of these illnesses is having clogged arteries.
Unhealthy arteries can lead to less oxygen and nutrients traveling from the heart to the other parts of the body. Fat and cholesterol could build up in the arteries, causing them to narrow and harden. This could lead to atherosclerosis in which there is reduced blood flow in the arteries.
The good news is that you can unclog your arteries by simply changing your lifestyle and eating healthy. Here are some foods that you should eat every day to cleanse your arteries:
The richness in antioxidants can help remove the free radicals that can lead to blockages in the arteries. Just eat a clove or two every morning on an empty stomach or include it when you cook your food.
Here’s another one that is rich in antioxidants and can help reduce fats that may have accumulated in the arteries. Pomegranates also stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the body to keep the arteries unblocked and the blood flowing freely. Eating one to two pomegranates daily or drinking its fresh extract can help reduce plaque buildup in the arteries.
Just like garlic and pomegranate, green tea is rich in antioxidants. Just drink two to three cups of green tea every day to reduce blockage in the arteries.
We all know how healthy spinach is and one of its many health benefits is improving heart health. The vegetable is rich in nitric oxide, so that the arteries can easily resist contraction, blood coagulation, and plaque. This leads to lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. Eat at least half a cup of this green every day to defend your arteries against blockages.
Although avocados are known to be rich in fat, their fat is healthy and can improve levels of good cholesterol, while lowering bad cholesterol levels. Having high levels of HDL or the good cholesterol can help unclog the arteries. Avocados are also rich in vitamin E that stops oxidization of cholesterol. Aim to eat half an avocado every day, which is a good substitute for cream or butter on your toast or bread.
Along with the foods mentioned above, you should also stop your smoking habit and too much alcohol consumption. However, red wine contains antioxidants and resveratrol that are good for the heart. It is therefore recommended to drink a glass (for women) or two (for men) daily to keep the arteries and the heart healthy.