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Why your dinner plate is the best artery cleansing tool at your disposal

by , 27 November 2013

Are you a heart attack waiting to happen? If you have clogged arteries, you probably are. Luckily, making the right choices when it comes to the foods you put on your plate could help you cleanse your arteries before it's too late.

While people always think that heart disease is something that just creeps up on you, it doesn’t.

“Overtime your arteries begin to accumulate plaque and if you’re not careful, you may not even notice until the damage is done,” says discovery.com.

That’s why detoxing your arteries should be part of your daily ritual.

And it’s as easy as putting the right foods on your plate…

Revealed: Five foods that detox your arteries and keep them clear

#1: Kiwis
Because they’re full of flavonoids, kiwis cleanse your blood vessels and decrease inflammation. They're also packed with fibre, which reduces your cholesterol.

#2: Avocados
If you love guacamole, you’ll love knowing that avocados are top artery cleaners. This after a “1996 study done by researchers in Mexico found that people who ate avocado every day for one week experienced an average 17% drop in total blood cholesterol,” explains shape.com. Even better, “their levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol decreased and HDL (good) cholesterol increased.”

#3: Turmeric
“The spice turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It contains curcumin which lowers inflammation – a major cause of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries),” adds undergroudhealth.com. And it’s effective too. A 2009 study found that curcumin helps reduce fatty artery deposits as much as 26%.

#4: Strawberries…
“Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants, including vitamin C and E, ellagic acid, assorted carotenoid and anthocyanins,” says hubpages.com. That’s why eating just a couple a day can cut your cholesterol levels 10%.

#5: Watermelon
Is your family the kind of family that can’t go without watermelon in December? Then we have good news. As we explain here, watermelons contain lycopene. This antioxidant reduces inflammation (which causes artery wall hardening) by more than 30%. It also reduces cholesterol, improves your body’s immune function and prevents blood from forming harmful clots.

There you have it. Eat your way to clean, healthy arteries just by including these foods into your diet. Not only are they yummy, they’re good for your heart too.

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