Heart disease can creep up on your body and so can the risk for heart attack or stroke too. Detoxing your arteries should be part of your daily ritual and can be acocmplished through a healthy diet.
By making certain artery cleansing foods a part of your diet, you can keep your arteries running clean long into old age. Here are some heart healthy foods you should add to your grocery list:
Kiwis are loaded with flavonoids that cleanse your blood vessels and decrease inflammation. They're also loaded with fiber, which reduces cholestrol and reduces your risk of heart disease.
While shrimp do have cholesterol, they also contain taurine, an amino acid which protects the arteries from fat crossing the intestinal wall.
Avocados have been shown to reduce total blood cholesterol by an average of 17 points. A compound called beta-sitosterol does the work. Cholesterol plays a big role in your arteries because high cholesterol levels build up plaque along the artery walls. Blood vessels can become blocked and even rupture, causing heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
4. Olive Oil
One of the polyphenols in olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, helps protect the cells that line your blood vessels from being damaged by overly reactive oxygen molecules. Therefore, it keeps the blood flowing through your arteries flowing strong.
Asparagus is one of the best, natural artery-clearing foods around, says Shane Ellison, an organic chemist and author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures to Shape. "Asparagus works within the 100,000 miles of veins and arteries to release pressure, thereby allowing the body to accommodate for inflammation that has accumulated over the years."
Sardines have become all the rage as of late and that's a good thing considering that sardines are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and niacin, both which are good for your heart. Add them to salads, dressings, or eat them with crackers.
7. Rolled Oats
Rolled oats contain beta-glucan, which lowers cholesterol and keeps plaque levels low in the arteries. Make homemade rolled oats with coconut milk, honey, nuts, and dried fruits.
L-citrulline, an amino acid found in watermelon has been found to lower cholesterol because the body produces nitric oxide, which widens the blood vessels.
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