We all know that drinking lemon water is a healthy habit that is also good for your heart. Lemons are known to reduce cholesterol levels and help arteries by preventing oxidative damage. They are also loaded with vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant and in high doses has been found to reduce cholesterol, increase high density lipoprotein (HDL), inhibit platelet aggregation, reduce inflammation and strengthen arteries.
Cinnamon is good for reducing many of the risk factors of atherosclerosis and heart diseases. A study published in Diabetes Care in 2003 observed 60 diabetics for a period of 40 days and showed that 1,3 or 6 grams a day can reduce levels of glucose, LDL and total cholesterol in type 2 diabetes. The researchers concluded that the spice can help reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease.
- Ground flaxseed
Another food that is good for heart health, ground flaxseed is high in fiber for unclogging arteries as well as a source of an omega-3 acid, alpha-linoleic acid, for reducing inflammation and blood pressure, thus preventing clogging. The journal Atherosclerosis published a study in 1997 in which research on rabbits showed that flaxseed lowered development of aortic atherosclerosis by 46%.
The researchers concluded that it is effective in reducing hypercholesterolemic atherosclerosis. They note that ground flaxseed is better because it has more omega-3 in addition to the fact that it can become rancid if ground.
- Fermented cabbage
A popular probiotic Korean dish, Kimchi, is made with fermented cabbage and hot peppers, and has been shown to slow the atherosclerotic process. One study from 2007 published in the Journal of agricultural and food chemistry found that Kimchi has an active compound 3-94-hydroxy-3,5-dimethoxyphenyl which helps prevent aortic atherosclerosis developing in rabbits fed with a high-cholesterol diet. In addition, fermented cabbage can degrade toxic chemicals such as the insecticide chlorpyrifos and bisphenol A.
- Sesame seeds
Sesame seeds can help unclog a blocked artery. Evidence indicates that they can help the progression of atherosclerosis. A three-month study with mice, published in the Journal of Medicinal food in 2006, suggests that the fatty acid contained in sesame oil could effectively inhibit the formation of atherosclerosis lesions, blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides,
- Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice has a high anti antioxidant content and punicic acid, which are believed to reduce plaque formation, unclog arteries and battle atherosclerosis. In addition, it also contains magnesium and selenium, important nutrients for heart health. In one comprehensive study published in 2009 in the American Journal of Cardiology, researchers found that drinking pomegranate juice (240 ml) every day for 18 months slowed the development of carotid artery disease.
Some more natural remedies for clogged arteries
To unclog your arteries, you can also consume avocado, asparagus, broccoli, fenugreek seeds, chia seeds, antioxidant coconut oil. To help with atherosclerosis, you can take dietary supplements and nutrients – methyl donators like vitamin B6, vitamin B12, choline, folic acid, as well as antioxidants like vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, pine bark extract and grape seed extract. In addition, other nutrients including vitamin B3, vitamin D, fish oils, L-arginine, and CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) are important, as well as the supplements magnesium, selenium, chromium, copper, resveratrol and trimethylglycine.
There is also a technique involving high doses of nutrients called nutritional chelation which supports removal of plaque.
Finally, exercises that reduce stress, such as yoga, and aerobic exercises, like walking, can also help fight atherosclerosis and its recommended that 30 minutes a day, five days a week, should be put aside for exercising.
Note: This information cannot be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment and you should always see a qualified health provider with any questions about your condition and/or medication.