Posted on Oct 09, 2019, 5 p.m.
The arteries are an important component of the cardiovascular system, so doing everything you can to keep them clean and healthy is imperative. Arteries carries oxygen rich blood from the heart to be distributed to the body, and veins transport blood back; this mechanism ensures proper functioning of many vital organs.
Arteries can become clogged and narrowed due to plaque buildup meaning they can’t do their job which can result in atherosclerosis. Consuming a healthy diet can help to protect the arteries and in some cases possibly even reverse atherosclerosis.
Foods that are rich in B vitamins have many health benefits which includes helping to prevent heart disease and atherosclerosis. Supplementing with vitamins B9, 6, and 12 for one year resulted in significant reductions in arterial thickness in a study published in the journal Atherosclerosis. Good choices include salmon, leafy green vegetables, and legumes.
Kimchi is made from fermented cabbage and fish, hot peppers, and other ingredients which has been shown to hinder the atherosclerotic process in animal studies, this may be due to being rich in various strains of beneficial bacteria that help to reduce the harmful effects of toxic chemicals within the body.
Garlic packs many benefits in tiny gloves, among them garlic has been shown to help clean the arteries and lower the risk of heart disease; raw or cooked garlic can also help prevent plaque build up in the arteries.
L-arginine amino acid can help to prevent arterial thickening by up to 24%; it produces nitric oxide that widens and relaxes blood vessels and arteries leading to better flow. Adding nuts, seeds, chicken, turkey, legumes, and seaweed to your diet can increase your intake.
Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants and offers many health benefits which include helping to prevent plaque buildup. Drinking pomegranate juice for a year may help to reduce arterial thickness by 30% according to a study published in the journal Atherosclerosis.
Sesame seeds have been shown to exhibit significant cardioprotective effects, consuming them may help to prevent progression of atherosclerosis lesion formation according to animal studies. Human studies have revealed they can lower blood markers for cardiovascular disease.
Turmeric impacts an impressive punch of beneficial health effects which includes helping to protect against atherosclerosis thanks to the curcumin polyphenol content which has been shown to help prevent damage to the arteries associated with blockage. Anti-inflammatory properties will also help to reduce damage to arterial walls which can lead to hardening of the arteries.
Doing everything you can to keep your cardiovascular system functioning at its optimal health is critical, following a healthy diet is only one of the steps you can take, it also helps to get enough sleep, manage stress, and to be physically active.
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