Sunday, March 26, 2017

These Are The Best Foods to Prevent Clogged Arteries And Save Lives

Arteries are the pathway system of our body that distributes blood rich in oxygen and nutrients to every cell and organs. It is an important route in the system of our body that complications may arise if the arteries get hardened and clogged.

The arteries’ circumference will reduce, as muck gets deposited on the walls and the highly leading causes are food high in saturated fats, processed sugars and chemicals, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise.

This condition is known as arteriosclerosis - the thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries. It is a major risk factor for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

According to WebMD, simple life changes, including what you eat, can undo some of the damage.

Dr. Dean Ornish whose studies show that significant lifestyle changes had major effects on heart health. His studies show that even severely blocked arteries in the heart became less blocked after a year, and there was even more reversal after 5 years.

Just as you can make your arteries deteriorate by what you eat, you can also keep them healthy by choosing the right foods. Here is a list of foods that will help to prevent clogged arteries:

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1. Oily fish

Salmon, tuna and herring all contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are a source of good fats and prevent the clogging plaque from forming. Make sure you get sustainably caught fish, and avoid buying farmed salmon, as its meat usually contains toxic chemicals and has less omega-3.

2. Garlic

Garlic has many medicinal properties. It reduces blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. For medicinal effect, eat one to two minced raw garlic cloves. If you use supplements, look for the amount of allicin which is the garlic’s active ingredient.

3. Turmeric

This common spice has many health benefits, and may protect arteries from fatty buildup according to a research in mice. The study suggests that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may prevent the development of clogged arteries which is a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. 

4. Apples and grapefruits

The pectin (soluble fiber) in these fruits, lowers the bad cholesterol, while the minerals potassium and magnesium help to control blood pressure.

5. Kiwifruit and cantaloupe

Antioxidant-rich fruits that lower the LDL cholesterol (dubbed ‘bad cholesterol’) in the blood, and reduce plaque stuck to arterial walls. Eat one kiwifruit a day, or a cup of cantaloupe.

6. Berries and red grapes

Grapes contain flavonoids, which stop the bad cholesterol from oxidizing. Strawberries, cherries, cranberries and other berries contain powerful antioxidants and are packed with vitamins. Buy them organic to avoid the pesticide overload.

7. Pomegranate

Another great antioxidant-rich fruit. Pomegranate prevents the hardening of the arteries and can even reverse this disease.

8. Spinach

Rich in vitamins A and C, which help to prevent the clogging plaque from developing. Popeye’s favorite food also contains lots of potassium and folic acid, thus lowering blood pressure.

9. Tomatoes

Antioxidant-rich food that prevents the oxidization of LDL cholesterol. If you consume them regularly, you can cut your risk of arteriosclerosis by half.

10. Olive oil

A source of omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil is one of the good oils. Use cold-pressed organic oil and apply moderation in the amounts you eat, as fat is still fat.

11.Walnuts

Contain polyunsaturated fats that are primarily found in plant-based oils and foods and can improve your cholesterol levels, decrease your heart disease risk, lessen your chance of type 2 diabetes and regulate blood pressure. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids that help clear clogged arteries.

13.Oats

Due to the high content of soluble fiber, oats lower bad cholesterol by removing it from the body. Eat 1/2 cup of oat-bran cereal daily to help reduce your bad cholesterol levels. You can eat it for breakfast and add in oatmeal or bran to dishes at other times of the day.

14. Green tea

Flavonoids in green tea are powerful antioxidants. A good quality green tea will also prevent the formation of blood clots and help maintain healthy linings of the arteries. Drink a cup a day.

Take good care of your bodies and eat the right food to prevent diseases like the aforementioned problems including heart diseases, strokes, heart attack, etc. that may endanger your health.

Surely, by following the steps, remedies, treatments mentioned above your life will be a healthy one!