Clogged arteries are incredibly dangerous; they increase the likelihood of heart attack and stroke, which can be fatal. It isn’t only older people who are at risk of compromised arteries.
It’s important to be aware of your artery health no matter how old you are. Fortunately, there are some natural ways to keep your arteries healthy.
Make lifestyle changes
This one is obvious but absolutely essential. Throw out the cigarettes, exercise regularly, and watch your weight. Try managing your stress levels too; stress is a common factor in heart disease. Make sure you run this by your doctor, but you’ll want to go up to 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
Choose healthy fats
People have long thought that all fat was detrimental to heart health, but this isn’t the case. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish — and in cod liver oil, in particular — are great for heart health. Other healthy oils and fats include avocado, olive, almond and flaxseed. Even coconut oil, which is a saturated fat, has a high lauric acid content, and this helps to lubricate our arteries.
Drink pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice might help to keep our arteries healthy. It reduces blood vessel damage, thereby preventing the hardening of our arteries, and because it is so rich in antioxidants, it is thought to actually reverse the progression of heart disease.
Vitamins keep our arteries flexible and help to prevent plaque buildup and blood clots. Safe supplements are widely available, but these vitamins are also obtainable from our food.
Eat more garlic
We already know that garlic is a superfood, it is also the best way to promote clean arteries naturally. It is a powerful antioxidant and fights the free radicals in your body while lowering bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol. Garlic improves blood flow and fights hypertension; just try to eat it crushed and raw for maximum benefit.
Turmeric is fast taking off as the latest health supplement. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is proven to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help to prevent blood clots. Turmeric also lowers bad cholesterol to reduce buildup in the arteries and relax blood vessels.
Refrain from smoking
Quitting smoking can improve your HDL cholesterol level (the good one). Blood circulation, heart rate, and blood pressure are known to improve after you quit with the effects being more pronounced the longer you quit for good.
Refrain from excessive alcohol consumption
Drink in moderation only. 1 drink per day for women of all ages and men older than 65 and 2 drinks per day for men younger than 65.