Heart disease is the worst killer of all diseases but there are a number of foods that can help clean your arteries naturally and protect you from a heart attack. One of the main causes of heart attack or stroke are clogged arteries. A clogged artery disrupts the flow of blood throughout the body.
There are several reasons which can lead to a heart attack. Inactivity, stress and an unhealthy diet are some of the most common reasons which can lead to a heart attack. Choosing better foods to eat can make all the difference about whether or not you will have a heart attack. Eating foods that naturally help clean your arteries will reduce your risk for heart disease.
Here are some foods and drinks that will help you keep your heart healthy and your arteries from being clogged. Salmon is thought to be the most beneficial food for the health of your heart. This fish naturally contains an abundance of fatty acids which reduces triglyceride and bad cholesterol levels. Other fishes that are healthy to eat are mackerel. herring, sardines, bluefish and tuna. If you are concerned about heart disease, eating just a couple meals of fish a week, 3 to 5 ounces of fish per meal, can make all the difference between dying of a heart attack and living a longer healthier life.
Some drinks to consider are orange juice which contains anti-oxidants that help to keep your blood vessels healthy. Drinking just 2 glasses of fresh orange juice every day will give you the recommended daily amount of vitamin C and help reduce your blood pressure. Studies have shown that drinking 2 to 4 cups of coffee a day can reduce your risk of heart attack by up to 20%. Be aware that drinking this amount of coffee everyday can create problems in your stomach. So you should measure the gain by what might be lost when consuming coffee. Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant which is good for the metabolism and reduces the absorption of cholesterol. You should drink 1 or 2 cups of green tea a day for best results.
Consuming nuts can be beneficial as they contain omega-3 fatty-acids and unsaturated fats as well as an abundance of vitamins and minerals. They are effective in reducing cholesterol levels, boosting your memory and keeping joints healthy. Be careful of peanuts if you have related allergies. Just a handful of almonds a day will do the trick.
Whole grains contain allot of fiber which reduces cholesterol by preventing its accumulation in the arteries. Whole grain bread, brown rice and oats are the main sources of whole grains. Try eating a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Just a one cup serving of old-fashioned oatmeal has 10 grams of protein, while a packet of instant oatmeal has 6 grams of protein. Adding 1/2 cup of milk will give you an extra 4 grams of protein. Eating oatmeal will help you breakdown the cholesterol that has already built-up in your arteries.
Seaweed has a rich content of minerals, proteins, vitamins and antioxidants. A regular diet of seaweed will help regulate your blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels as much as 5%.
Cinnamon which is used in baked food, tea and pastries can prevent the buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. One teaspoon of cinnamon a day can provide numerous benefits to your health. (Note: Please read the article in my website entitled – The Benefits and Risks of Cinnamon – before adding it to your diet).
Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be your ticket to great health. Consuming cold pressed olive oil gives you healthy fat which reduces cholesterol levels. Olive oil can reduce your risk of heart attack by as much as 41%. So next time you buy cooking oil – why not spend that little bit extra and reap the benefits God has given us in olive oil.
Some great vegetables to include in your meals are: Asparagus which can prevent the clogging of veins, inflammation and reduce high cholesterol levels. Try adding asparagus as a side dish or in your soup. Spinach is a rich source of folic acid and potassium which reduces blood pressure, supports muscle tissue and reduces the risk of heart attack. Broccoli is abundant with vitamin k and can reduce high cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Broccoli is good to eat with your dinner or as a snack, either boiled or raw.
Cranberries are a rich source of potassium. Drinking cranberry juice will help reduce the bad (LDL) cholesterol and increase the healthy (HDL) cholesterol. Drinking only 2 glasses of cranberry juice a day can reduce the risk of heart attack by as much as 40%. Cranberries are one of the most nutritious fruits you can eat – they are a low-calorie fruit, with about 44 calories in a cup – and are fairly sweet but are low in sugar content.
Avocado is another great fruit which contains good fat that will give you a great balance between your healthy and unhealthy cholesterol. Try it on salads or maybe enjoy some fresh made guacamole.
Finally, a moderate consumption of cheese will help you reduce both cholesterol levels and blood pressure. There are some other great foods and spices to help reduce the risk of heart attack. The above listed items are a good start but you can try searching the internet for additional information.
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