Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a substance which reduced LDL cholesterol naturally. It can also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke as well as improve blood circulation. In addition, a 2009 study has found that capsaicin helps prevent vascular and pulmonary complications linked to HAART medications.
Not only lowers cholesterol levels, but lemon also prevents oxidative damage and keeps the arteries healthy. This citrus fruit is packed with vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce total cholesterol, inhibit platelet aggregation, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the arteries.
Cinnamon reduces various risk factors linked to atherosclerosis and heart disease. According to a 2003 study published in the journal Diabetes Care, a gram, three grams, or six grams of cinnamon a day can lower LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose in diabetics.
Flaxseed helps unclog arteries thanks to its high fiber content. It also contains an omega-3 acid which helps reduce both blood pressure and inflammation. In a 1997 study flaxseed reduced the development of aortic atherosclerosis by 46 percent in rabbits.
According to a 2007 study, kimchi ( a probiotic recipe made of fermented cabbage and hot peppers), contains compounds which prevent the development of aortic atherosclerosis in high-cholesterol-fed rabbits. In addition, fermented cabbage has been shown to degrade chemicals like insecticide chlorpyrifos and bisphenol A.
Mounting evidence suggests that regular consumption of sesame seeds helps prevent the progression of atherosclerosis. According to a 2006 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, the fatty content in sesame oil helps inhibit the formation of atherosclerosis lesion, LDL cholesterol levels, blood cholesterol, and triglycerides in mice.
Pomegranate is packed with punicic acid which helps unclog arteries naturally and combat atherosclerosis. It contains many heart-friendly nutrients as well, such as selenium and magnesium. According to a 2009 study, drinking 240 ml of pomegranate juice a day for 18 months significantly slowed the progression of carotid artery disease.
Other Natural Remedies for Clogged Arteries
- Foods: Coconut oil, asparagus, chia seeds, broccoli, fenugreek seeds, avocado;
- Dietary supplements: Vitamin B6, folic acid, and antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, grape seed extract, pine bark extract, and lutein;