11 Foods That UNclog Your Arteries–Fast!

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We always talk about food and meals that you need to stay away from because they’ll cause a heart attack, give you high cholesterol or clog your arteries. But instead of just always talking about those foods, we decided to take the approach of what you should be eating. And no, it’s not just the same old “diet & exercise talk. Here are 11 real foods that actually start clearing up your arteries fast!

Tomatoes
Carotenoid lycopene is an antioxidant that is responsible for giving tomatoes their rich red color, but it can be found in lighter or greener varieties of this juicy fruit as well. And a diet rich in lycopene can significantly reduce the oxidation of the bad cholesterol that leads to atherosclerosis.

Pomegranate
This fun fruit contains phytochemicals that act as antioxidants to protect the lining of the arteries against damage. Pomegranate juice stimulates the body’s production of nitric oxide, which helps to keep your blood flowing and your arteries open!

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Chia Seeds
Ancient cultures have long prized chia seeds as a solid source of hydration and energy. But the the fiber and alpha-linolenic acid in chia can also regulate blood pressure, lower triglycerides, increase good cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol.

Avocados
Instead of mayo on your burger or sandwich, switch it out for some avocado. Studies have shown that daily consumption of avocado results in improved blood cholesterol (lower LDL and higher HDL). HDL cholesterol is the cholesterol that helps keep arteries clear of obstructions.


Asparagus

Asparagus is a natural artery-clearing food. It can help to lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots that can cause cardiovascular illnesses. This veggie is full of fiber and minerals, along with a long list of vitamins including K, B1, B2, C and E.

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Persimmons
Persimmons are loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols, which work to decrease LDL and triglycerides. They’re also a great source of fiber, which helps to regulate blood pressure and keep your arteries clear.


Apples

As it turns out, that old adage, “an apple a day…” is true! Ohio State University researchers discovered that an apple a day can reduce the hardening of arteries by 40%!  The pectin in apples can lower cholesterol as well as…