12 Foods for Clean Arteries

Arteries

When your diet is unhealthy, it badly affects your body – especially your circulatory system. The good news? The right foods will give you clean arteries. The reason that this is so important is because sluggish circulation can lead to cardiac arrest.

If you habitually choose foods that are difficult for your body to use efficiently, you could end up with arteries that are sluggish. They restrict blood flow to the rest of the body and you’ll be at serious risk. Happily, a few tweaks – and the inclusion of some key foods – can turn things around for you. This article explains all!

Clean food for clean arteries

  • Garlic is renowned for its healthy properties. Surely, you’ve heard about its seemingly endless list of benefits and uses in home remedies. Well, now you do! This beautiful, bulbous root is packed with antioxidants that battle daily damage. How does it help your arteries? Well, it reduces the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL – low density lipoproteins) and increases the ‘good’ kind (the HDL). This regulates blood pressure and distribution. Garlic is versatile, as well. You can eat it raw or cook it in savoury dishes.

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  • Flaxseeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids. These have long been a buzzword in health circles – and for good reason. Flaxseeds are better for the environment than other sources – such as unsustainably caught salmon. Don’t fret, though. They’ll still give you clean arteries – and they’re easier for your body to digest. They reduce inflammation and clear obstructions from your circulatory system. Nice one, flax!
  • Walnuts are chocka with beneficial fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Although many nuts (from almonds to hazelnuts and peanuts to pecans) are good for heart health, walnuts are considered the gold standard. This is because their enviable levels of alpha-linolenic acid improve blood flow. ALA also clears out obstructions and eases inflammation. Treat yourself to a daily serving. You can pop them in a smoothie or add them to a salad.
  • Olive oil is more than just a pretty face. It’s got real power in its golden hue. If you’re not using it regularly, don’t wait! Just be sure that you’re splashing out on the extra-virgin, cold pressed variety. It won’t set you back much more than the bog standard stuff. Go organic if you can. It doesn’t cost a lot. What do you do with it? Add a mellow, unmistakable flavour to dressings and sauces. Enjoy its subtle taste whilst you benefit from it. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, so it significantly reduces your risk of coronary disease. Because it’s not saturated, it doesn’t create artery-clogging plaque that can damage your circulatory system.
  • Avocado tastes heavenly – and it’s paradise for your body. Loaded with monounsaturated fats, this fruit won’t oxidise inside you. This means that they don’t contribute to plaque formation which leads to arteriosclerosis. Treat yourself to one or two each week. You can even use them as a healthy replacement for mayonnaise, salad cream or heavy dressings.

Arteries in arm

Photos courtesy of Patrick J Lynch, Colin Davis, lowjumpingfrog, Dan Foy, Jaanus Silla and Alan Levine