Arteries are blood vessels that transport oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the entire length of your body. For this process to occur, however, your arteries need to be flexible, strong, elastic and clear of any deposits.
But arteries have to be kept in good shape because deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, calcium and other substances can build up in your arteries. These are called plaques and they can severely restrict blood flow and, more seriously, they can cause your arteries to rupture, leading to blood clots. Blood clots can block your blood flow entirely, leading to heart attack and stroke.
Build-up of plaques in your arteries is known as atherosclerosis and it is the main underlying cause of heart disease. So what should we do? Exercising is an excellent way to keep your arteries healthy, but your diet plays a major role. Here are 10 foods that are helpful in keeping your arteries clean.
- Green Tea
- Garbanzo Beans
- Olive Oil
- Swiss Chard
We need to incorporate all of these into our diets on a weekly basis to keep our arteries clean and flexible. Just mix it up, adding a couple of these foods each day and you will be on your way to a more healthful body and lifestyle.