Smart Woman - 4 Foods To Unclog Your Arteries

Published 05/23 2013 07:11AM

Updated 05/30 2013 04:00PM

Clogged arteries result from a buildup of plaque on the inner walls of the arteries. For most people, it can mean an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Doctors recommend not smoking, more exercise, and a healthy diet as standard treatment for the condition, but here are four foods that could actually help unclog your arteries.

To unclog those arteries try antioxidant-rich foods like kiwi and cantaloupe. They reduce toxic LDL cholesterol. Just eat one cup of cantaloupe or one kiwi a day.

Three glasses of cranberry juice a week or one cup of red-skinned grapes a day can improve the blood cells' ability to absorb fat and use it for energy production, instead of having fat build up in the blood vessels.

Shrimp can also be helpful for your heart, even though it is a source of cholesterol. They contain an amino acid called taurine, which acts like plastic wrap so that fats can't cross the intestinal wall and get into your arteries. Try five medium-sized grilled or steamed shrimp twice a week to help unclog those arteries, but skip the cocktail sauce.

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