Arteries carry blood and oxygen to different parts of the body from your head all the way down to your toes. You need to have healthy arteries to carry that blood and oxygen throughout the body. However, many people develop clogged arteries. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack, which could be due to clogged arteries.
Clogged arteries happen when plaque builds up on the inner walls of the arteries and block blood flow, reducing the amount of blood and oxygen that moves throughout the body. Due to this, parts of your body can’t function well and your organs are also damaged as a result.
Good cholesterol (HDL) helps control the levels of the bad cholesterol (LDL), and it is important to be able to keep these levels balanced. In fact, high levels of bad cholesterol has been known as the silent killer because it often goes undetected until it’s too late.
A study that examined the data on 36,375 adults with no history of heart disease or diabetes and a low risk for events like heart attacks or strokes was conducted over a 27 period of time. Most of the adults in the study were found to have levels of LDL, however the levels were not high enough to be prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication. After 27 years, 1,086 people in the study died of cardiovascular disease and 598 died from coronary heart disease. This lead researchers to conclude that the levels of LDL, although low, had a lasting impact on the heart health of these individuals.
All studies aside, all is NOT lost, even if you have history of clogged arteries. There are simple, natural and healthy remedies that can help, including these three ingredients: garlic, turmeric and oatmeal.
Why they work and how to use each:
Garlic has been found to help lower LDS levels by preventing cholesterol from sticking to the artery walls. This prevents the arteries from clogging, prevents blood clots and in turn reduces blood pressure.
Simply take 2-4 cloves of raw garlic a day. And chile consuming them fresh daily will yield the best results, if raw garlic is too hard to eat, you can include 5-7 cloves in your daily meals. Perhaps add it to sauce, a salad or rub it on whole wheat toast. Garlic can also be found in tablet and capsule form as well as in an extract or powder.
Turmeric is a spice that can help treat clogged arteries, lower bad cholesterol and make your heart work better. The curcumin contained in turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that prevent blood platelets from forming clots. It can also relax blood vessels and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.
One way to take turmeric is by taking 1 teaspoon of the powder and add a little honey inside some warm milk. Drink it 1-2 times daily. Turmeric powder can also be included in your cooking, perhaps in a sauce or soup. You can also take turmeric supplements (400-600 mg 3 x daily). However, it is best to consult a doctor before beginning any supplement regimen.
Oatmeal is a great heart-healthy meal due to its high soluble fiber content. It has been recommended by The American Heart Association that the total dietary fiber intake for adults should be 25 to 30 grams a day from food, not supplements. This is why oatmeal is a fantastic option.
In fact, a bowl of oatmeal made from 3/4 cup of dry oats contains 3 g of soluble fiber which is easier to digest than insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber binds to the cholesterol in the body, helping you to digest it rather than having it get absorbed into the bloodstream. This helps lower the LDL levels in your blood.
To get the best benefits from oatmeal, eat 1-2 bowls of cooked oats each day. You can also add fresh fruits, nuts and even honey to enhance the flavor in a more healthful way.
Other tips for reducing the risk for clogged arteries and high cholesterol levels:
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stay away from bad stress/anxiety
- Do yoga and meditation regularly
- Laugh a lot or participate in laughter therapy
- Get regular blood tests done