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20 Foods That Can Help Unclog Your Arteries And Fight Bad Cholesterol

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It is never too late to start eating for your arteries, because blockage can start very early, and science has proven that these foods may be your ticker's best friend to unclog your arteries and fight bad cholesterol.

Keep your heart healthy

Unclog your arteries and fight bad cholesterol. The heart disease is number one killer in the United States and according to the CDC, 610,000 people die from it every year, and that is around one out of every four deaths. It is often caused by clogged arteries, and things like plaque, calcium, and fatty acids can do this damage. There exists no magic food that acts like Drano and cleans out the accumulated plaque, notes Florian Rader, a cardiologist at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, but having some good habits can help slow down that process, and also, maintaining a healthy weight and diet is one factor you can control to a great degree. And, he explained, is never too late to start with it.

Oats

Twenty years have gone by since the FDA approved the heart healthy claims for these whole grains, and researchers keep uncovering new benefits. The most important one, said Bonnie Taub-Dix, the author of Read It Before You Eat It: Taking You from Label to Table, is the full supply of soluble fiber, which has been shown to unclog your arteries and fight bad cholesterol. And the reason why that's good for your arteries, according to Dr. Rader is that cholesterol can seep into the inner layer of blood vessels and form plaque over time. Most of the Americans fall chronically short on fiber, so four grams for a cup that oats deliver are a welcome addition.

Beans

Additionally to being a great source of soluble fiber, the black beans have three times as much of it per cup as oats and some studies have found that bean-rich diets may help make arteries more elastic, following to lower blood pressure. There is yet another perk: The antioxidants, that are especially rich in colorful varieties such as black beans and red kidney beans, may fight the inflammation that contributes to heart disease. Read about these 10 heart-healthy meals cardiologists make for themselves.

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