The Top 10 Foods for Cleaning Your Arteries

Medication isn’t your only recourse.

Clogged arteries are caused by plaque that forms on the arterial walls, preventing normal blood flow. When “bad” cholesterol levels are high, the fatty substance tends to accumulate in the arteries. Medication isn’t your only recourse; there are artery-cleaning foods you can enjoy as part of a heart health plan.

Eating foods to clean arteries involves using ingredients that lower cholesterol levels and prevent or repair damage to the arterial walls. Check out these top 10 foods for cleaning your arteries.

1. Oatmeal
Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which helps to usher cholesterol from the body, thereby preventing it from building up in the arteries. Try our Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow.

2. Green Tea
Green tea is full of antioxidants, which help prevent and repair oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is what allows cells to turn cancerous, and what causes damage to the walls of the arteries. Make green tea a part of your meal with our Green Tea Mango Smoothie recipe.

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3. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, which contributes to strong arteries and can reduce inflammation that perpetuates damage. They’re also full of fiber, protein and magnesium. Try them in our Kale Berry Salad.

4. Salmon
This fish is very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Enjoy this Wild Salmon Salad for a light, satisfying dinner.

5. Citrus
Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which can aid in repairing arterial walls. Get your daily dose in our Citrus and Spinach Salad.

6. Walnuts
This nut is very high in omega-3’s. It’s  versatile, too – you can simply snack on a small handful or try something new, such as this Walnut Crusted Chicken Breast.

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7. Broccoli
This flowery green vegetable is full of plant sterols and stanols that keep cholesterol levels in check. It also contains CoEnzyme Q10, which helps clean out plaque from the arteries. Dig into a bowl of Broccoli and Asparagus Soup for heart health.

8. Cauliflower
Good news! If you don’t like broccoli, its much milder cousin also contains sterols, stanols, and CoEnzyme Q10. Check out our Mashed Cauliflower, a healthy revamp of classic mashed potatoes.

9. Beans
This powerful source of protein also contains a ton of soluble fiber to flush cholesterol away from your arteries. Our Three Bean Salad will fill you up.

10. Tuna
Tuna is high in niacin, a vitamin that can boost the body’s levels of “good” cholesterol, which helps usher out the bad. It’s also a great source of omega-3’s as well as protein. Try our Mediterranean Tuna Salad for something new.

You know what else is great for your heart? Exercise! Our Facebook Fitness page provides constant motivation and inspiration. Also, check our out Total Body Transformation eBook. For more recipe and ingredient ideas, visit us on Pinterest.

Source:
Men-Health 

 

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