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Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of the body. Healthy arteries are flexible, strong, elastic, and free of deposits. In a recent article on its bi-annual newsletter, the Copenhagen Heart Association reveals 12 healthy foods that help clean arteries.
But when fats and other substances build up in the arteries, they can become clogged and eventually narrow and harden. This causes less blood to flow through the arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis.
However, you can naturally avoid cardiovascular complications, mainly due to your lifestyle, by eating these foods!
Here are the 12 foods to eat to clean your arteries:
Garlic is rich in antioxidants that help inhibit the action of free radicals, which makes it an essential ingredient to prevent heart problems and blocked arteries. Regular consumption of garlic reduces bad cholesterol levels and widens blood vessels, improves blood circulation, and helps prevent hardening of the aorta.
Rich in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals, pomegranate stimulates the production of nitric oxide. This keeps the arteries open and blood flowing normally. This fruit, therefore, helps to reduce fatty deposits in the arteries, the cause of atherosclerosis and prevents the accumulation of plaques and blood clots in the arteries.
3- Green tea
Green tea, and particularly the nutrient-rich Matcha green tea, contains high levels of catechins, which are antioxidant plant phenols that interfere with the absorption of cholesterol during digestion. Drinking green tea improves blood lipid levels, helps reduce arterial blockage, and helps with weight loss. However, its consumption should be avoided by pregnant women who are breastfeeding and people with anemia.
Beneficial for heart health, spinach is a source of nitric oxide that makes arteries resistant to contraction, plaque, and blood clotting, which reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack. One study showed that daily consumption of spinach as a source of inorganic nitrate can help reduce arterial stiffness.