Heal naturally: Tips for plaque-free arteries

  • Dr Anjali Mukerjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 02, 2014 14:12 IST

The arteries are blood vessels that transport oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body. Arteries are always ready to clean out the accumulated plaque provided you 'allow' them to do so. The natural healing process is obstructed when you eat fried food, greasy, meals, drink alcohol and continue to smoke.

What is Plaque?
Plaque is deposits of cholesterol, calcium, fats and cellular waste products that gradually build up in arteries injured by inflammatory changes. The plaque can break loose from artery walls and rupture, that lead to heart attacks. Though it may sound unbelievable, there are natural and healthy means by which one can ensure healthy and plaque-free arteries.

Foods to keep your arteries clean
Dark-coloured fruits like pomegranates, blueberries, strawberries and others. Berries are the magical fruits that prevent plaque built-up.

Fibre-rich foods clears the cholesterol and fats from the digestive tract and excretes them from the system.

Fish such as salmon, surmai and mackerel are rich in inflammation-fighting fats known as omega-3 fatty acids. They improve blood flow throughout the body.
Green Tea helps dilate the major heart artery which helps improve the blood flow.

Dietary supplements like Coenzyme Q10, Garlic and Vitamin E help clean your arteries and keep them healthy. Garlic has been used since years for its ability for lowering risk of heart diseases. Vitamin E is one of the most potent anti-oxidant, and has an ability to reduce existing plaque.

No amount of good food will work unless it's supplemented with regular exercise. Start off by engaging in physical activity that you enjoy. Start with 15 minutes and gradually build up the time.

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