17 Common Foods That Help Unclog Your Arteries and Prevent Heart Attacks

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9. Cranberries

Tart but tasty, cranberries are a super-rich antioxidant fruit which reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels in the blood. Cranberry juice has more antioxidant power than any other fruit (except for red or black grape juice). Just 2 8 ounce servings of pure, organic juice each day will keep your arteries clear and can offer your heart real protection.

 

10. Green Tea

Green tea has been shown in numerous studies to contain some of the most powerful antioxidants on earth. Green tea, especially Matcha green tea, contains an antioxidant called catechins, a plant phenol which helps to stop the body from absorbing cholesterol during the digestion of food. Try drinking two or more cups of green tea each day to improve your blood cholesterol levels and reduce possible arterial blockage. An added plus is that green tea gives your metabolism a boost, which might help you lose a few pounds, which also in turn will improve heart health. Read also about green tea effect on cancer.

 

11. Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the best oils you can use for cooking beside coconut oil. Olive oil is rich in an essential fatty acid, oleic acid, which is known for its positive effects on reducing oxidative stress and cholesterol levels. Using olive oil in cooking and salad dressings can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular issues by as much as 41 percent! Always look for certified 100 percent organic virgin olive oil as cheaper oils have been cut with less healthy oils.

 

12. Flaxseed

Flaxseed can reduce overall blood pressure levels and inflammation in the body because of their high levels of alpha-linolenic acid. ALA will help to keep your arteries clear and improve overall heart health. Add some 100 percent organic flaxseeds in your morning smoothies for your heart’s sake!

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