I love this article because it really “hits home” for me. You see, part of my “vegan journey” was being told by my Dr that I had slight accumulation of plaque and his advice was for me to start on Lipitor to prevent the onset of Coronary Heart Disease. Instead, I researched and went “all-in” on a Plant Based Diet and when I returned the next year for my annual physical, my Doctor inquired “I see you haven’t re-filled your Rx at all last year……(then he paused to take a look at the blood-work results for me, looked up at me)….wow, your bloodwork is incredible, whatever you’re doing, KEEP DOING IT!”
Everybody is afraid of getting a heart attack. There are no exemptions. However, knowing the reasons for it and avoiding them may relieve that fear. Succumbing to a heart attack is always due to clogged coronary arteries. So, it is crucial to keep those arteries clean and unclogged. But what is the best way to make this happen? In 2004, a 3-year clinical trial proved that the power of pomegranate to unclog arteries was stunning. The study showed that the regular intake of pomegranate juice already unclogged arteries by 29% in only one year. The results of this study were published in the Journal Of Clinical Nutrition. Now, just imagine if you took not only one fruit that prevents coronary artery disease but nine. Definitely, you would increase that percentage by far more than 29%. Read on to find out how these nine vegan foods can either reverse or prevent the thickening of the coronary arteries and thus make sure to decrease your cardiac mortality significantly.
“These are the 9 most effective natural ways to unclog your arteries and prevent serious illness:
The main ingredient of oats, soluble fiber, doesn’t allow the creation of cholesterol. This kind of fiber binds to cholesterol and carries it out of the body. Research found that if you want to reduce the level of cholesterol by almost 20%, you only need to eat 1 ½ to 2 ½ cups of cooked oat per day.Cranberry juice
Drink 3 glasses of this juice every week and you will successfully unclog your arteries. This juice increases the cell’s ability to absorb the fats and produce energy out of it, instead of letting the fat deposit inside the blood vessels, keeping away the fat from your arteries.
Pomegranates are powerful antioxidants which can help you in the fight against hardening of the arteries, as they reduce the blood vessel damage and reverse the progression of this disease.
Research showed that olive oil is fantastic in preventing cholesterol. It oxidizes and sticks to the arteries, for only oxidized cholesterol can stick to arterial walls and form plaques. The most important part of olive oil, monounsaturated fats, are less likely to be oxidized when they’re mixed with bad cholesterol.
Garlic has been used since ancient times to treat various diseases and prevent adverse health conditions. Initially, its use was to treat high blood pressure and heart diseases, but preventive medicine claims that it is also amazing in preventing coronary artery calcification, which is used as a marker for plaque formation.
Korean researchers found a certain compound in tomatoes which helps in the prevention of hardening the arteries. It’s called lycopene and gives tomatoes their color. Moreover, they discovered that women with high levels of lycopene in their blood have lesser stiffness in their arteries.
Spinach is high in folic acid and potassium and they help in the prevention of hypertension. It frees the arteries in a way that prevents the cholesterol to build up and it prevents heart attacks at the same time. Lutein, which is another component of spinach, acts as a good protector against the macular degeneration related to aging.
Kiwi and cantaloupe
You can unclog your arteries by consuming one cup of cantaloupe or one kiwi a day. This is due to the high content of antioxidants, as well as their property to reduce the toxic LDL cholesterol formed by a rusting process in the arteries. They prevent rust and also prevent it from spreading.
Flavonoids, resveratrol and quercetin are the most useful ingredients of grapes. They are good at preventing oxidation of bad cholesterol which leads to the formation of plaque on the arterial walls.Grapes help in reducing the risk of developing blood clots which are contributors of heart diseases.”