Eat These Daily For Clean Arteries

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The arteries of a human body are meant to transport the oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Usually, a healthy artery is supposed to be strong, flexible and elastic. However, clogging arteries do not have these characteristics and the progressive clogging of the arteries is called atherosclerosis.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, atherosclerosis is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease which includes strokes and heart attacks.


According to the CDC, in the United States, cardiovascular disease is the number one leading cause of death for Americans as it takes over 600,000 lives every single year.

Cardiovascular disease is also called the silent killer because there are usually no outward signs or symptoms that can differentiate someone with cardiovascular problems. Usually, symptoms occur when the condition becomes much worse and/or severe.

Atherosclerosis is the hardening or thickening of the arteries and it prevents blood from flowing to the vital organs. But besides taking medication, there are plenty of foods that can help with maintaining one’s heart health.

One of my all-time favourites is Berberine. It lowers total cholesterol, increases HDL cholesterol while lowering LDL cholesterol. As an added benefit it also lowers inflammation, fights infection and stabilizes blood sugar. All in all, an essential!

Curcumin, which is found in turmeric, is a fantastic spice that has the capability to reduce LDL cholesterol and also reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries. A study published in 2011 in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research found that ‘turmeric could reduce cholesterol and suppress early atherosclerotic lesions better than the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin.

Garlic is also essential for heart health since it helps with unclogging the arteries. A study published in 1997 in the journal Nutrition, found that garlic could both prevent and treat atherosclerosis


On – 23 Jan, 2018 By Jeremy Hon

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