Coronary artery disease (CAD) or heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide among senior citizens. An estimated 6.7 million of these deaths are due to stroke and the remaining 7.4 millions are due to coronary artery disease. Since cholesterol containing deposits (plaque) that clog the arteries and inflammation are usually the cause of coronary artery disease, it makes sense we’d want to unclog those arteries! Unfortunately, most CAD goes undetected until a major event like a heart attack or stroke happens. There are some high-risk factors of which we need to become aware before we can take measures to mitigate them with a heart-healthy lifestyle, though. One of these habits is eating cardiac cleansing foods.
Risk factors for coronary artery disease
- High cholesterol
- Diabetes or Insulin resistance
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High blood pressure
- Family history
- Age (increases chance of heart disease because plaque build-up is a progressive medical phenomenon)
- Gender (men are more at risk for CAD, although the risk for women increases after menopause)
- High stress
As you can see, with the exception of age, gender, and family history, we have a significant amount of control over the factors that contribute to CAD. Those factors we cannot control should be perceived as gifts that allow us to measure the probability of having the disease and gives us the opportunity to create healthy strategies that will avoid heart disease, especially as we age.
Cleanse those arteries!
There are cardiac cleansing foods that can help prevent the progressive build-up of plaque in our arteries and help deliver oxygen rich blood throughout of bodies. Among them are 10 of the following:
1. Coffee – most people will love the fact that studies suggest coffee will reduce your risk of heart attack by 20% if you consume 2-4 cups per day. Of course too much caffeine isn’t good for you, so there’s a trade-off here but one that may be worth it for you.
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2. Fatty Fish – So you though fat was a bad thing? This type of fat are the healthy ones contained in Omega – 3 fatty acids. You’ll find them mackerel, sardines, herring, tuna, and salmon. According to the American Heart Association, you should eat baked or grilled fish at least twice per week.
3. Olive Oil – This oil is rich on monounsaturated oleic acid, an essential fatty acid that raised high “good” cholesterol and lowers the “bad”.
4. Broccoli – Contains lots of vitamin K which prevents the settling of calcium in the arteries. Broccoli also prevents cholesterol oxidation which lowers blood pressure. 2-3 servings per week is recommended.
5. Nuts – Almonds are the best choice of nuts because they are high in monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, fiber, and magnesium that helps prevent plaque build-up and lowers blood pressure. Walnuts have lots of Omega -3 fatty acids. All nuts are heart-healthy but these two are the healthiest.
6. Watermelon – Lowers risk of heart disease by modifying blood lipids and is a great source of the amino acid L-citrulline, causing the arteries to relax and lowers blood pressure.
7. Avocado – This tasty fruit (yes, it’s technically a fruit) reduces the “bad” cholesterol and increases the “good” cholesterol and contains potassium which lowers blood pressure.
8. Green Tea – Known for its calming effects, green tea is a powerful antioxidant that contains cetachin which reduces the absorption of cholesterol.
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9. Cinnamon – Helps keep the blood at a proper viscosity thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. One teaspoon per day is said to influence platelets.
10. Turmeric – The curcumin in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, a major cause of arteriosclerosis. By reducing damage to the arterial walls, it reduces the opportunity for plaque build-up.
We clean our houses, our cars, our teeth, and just about everything else we can see but it’s the things we can’t see, like our arteries, that may need it the most.
1. Coronary Artery Disease. The Mayo Clinic.
2. 21 Foods that Naturally Unclog Arteries.