Clogged arteries represent a condition in which fatty plaque deposits within an artery, can restrict the blood flow to one’s brain or heart. Which means that the oxygen and nutrient-carrying blood cannot reach many different tissues and organs in one’s body.
This is no laughing matter, as it can lead to serious damage as well as prevent one’s organs from properly doing their job. As severe as such a condition can be, it is not always easy to detect. What’s more, the exact cause behind such a condition is still rather unclear.
Some experts believe it stems from some sort of injury or damage to an artery’s inner layer. There are plenty of factors which may contribute to this disease, such as:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Being overweight
- A diet high in fats
- Little or no physical exercise
- Being diagnosed with type I or type II diabetes
- Inflammation caused by diseases like lupus, arthritis, or infections
Clogged arteries may lead to specific health problems, like:
- Peripheral artery disease
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Carotid artery disease
The scary part is that most clogged arteries show no symptoms at all, until the case becomes severs. Such symptoms can include:
- Heart palpitations
- Angina (chest pain)
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
Some other symptoms, depending on the location of the clogged artery in one’s body, may be:
- Cold feet
- Inability to move a leg or an arm
- Leg pains
- Numbness on one side of the body
- Vision loss on only one side
Since clogged arteries develop slowly, timely diagnosis is everything in this case. Luckily, there are plenty of natural remedies to prevent this condition from worsening, as well as reduce one’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
We’d like to present you with 12 of the most potent ones.
We’d all like to protect our circulatory system from damaging oxidation, as it can cause a buildup of plaque and blood clots in our arteries. Luckily, the antioxidant phytochemicals in this fruit can do just that! What more, pomegranates can help stimulate the production of nitric oxide.
Luckily, the antioxidant phytochemicals in this fruit can do just that! What more, pomegranates can help stimulate the production of nitric oxide.
This means it can aid in both regulating blood pressure and opening up the arteries. You either treat yourself to 1-2 pomegranates a day, or drink freshly extracted juice from them – one glass a day is enough.
As you may already know, lemons represent a powerful source of vitamin C, an antioxidant ideal for reducing inflammation in one’s arteries as well as improving one’s blood pressure. But that’s not all.
It’s also great for reducing blood cholesterol and keeping the arteries clear of oxidative damage.There are plenty of ways to consume lemons. You can dilute their freshly squeezed juice in a glass of water and enjoy a nice, natural lemonade (no sugar though).
Another thing you can do is take its peel and grind it onto any salads or other meals of your preference. You can even make tea with it!
It can improve our circulation thanks to its ability to widen our blood vessels. Furthermore, it can reduce one’s risk of stroke or heart attack, as well as reducing one’s bad LDL cholesterol.
You can choose supplements (consult with your doctor first) or simply include garlic cloves into your daily cooking.
Here is one super-healthy recipe you can try: Start by mixing one tsp. of garlic paste with the same amount of apple cider vinegar, plus 1 tsp. of honey. Consume once daily to naturally cure any blocked arteries you may have.
4. Sesame Seeds
These seeds are most probably some of the most undermined and underappreciated in the world. We can’t figure out why, as they are, in every meaning of the term, a superfood. One of their many benefits is preventing the progression of one’s atherosclerosis.
You can take one to two teaspoons of sesame seeds each day, or include them in your cooking on a regular basis in order to reap all their benefits.
While we’re in the seeds department, these are rich in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), which means they can aid in maintaining one’s blood pressure as well as reduce any inflammation.
Another great thing about them is that they contain the healthy fiber which binds with the bad cholesterol and thus, helps in naturally clearing any blocked arteries. For best results, consume three to four tablespoons of flaxseeds on a daily basis.
Of course, you can also sprinkle some to your meals or drinks like juices or smoothies. Just don’t overdo it with the amount, try to keep it within the range of 3-4 tbsp. a day.
6. Cayenne Pepper
This pepper does wonders for your arteries thanks to its compound named capsaicin, which can prevent both oxidation and bad LDL cholesterol. After all, bad cholesterol is one of the main culprits for clogged arteries.
So, is it any surprise that (limited!) intake of cayenne pepper can reduce both your risk of stroke and heart attack, and even improves your blood circulation?
And what exactly does ‘limited’ mean in this case, you ask? No more than half or one tsp. of cayenne pepper to a hot cup of water. Make sure to give it a good mixing! Drink this warm water concoction 2 times per day for a few weeks’ period.
You can choose to take supplements, after consulting with your physician. And always read the packaging for the proper dosages!
7. Fenugreek Seeds
They have a compound named ‘saponin’, which helps reduce the level of bad LDL cholesterol, which clogs one’s arteries. Another reason which makes them LDL cholesterol’s #1 enemy, is the fiber they contain in high amounts.
What you can do is soak 1 tbsp. of these seeds into a glass of water, before leaving it overnight. Consume this the following morning (water and all) on an empty stomach to naturally unclog your arteries.
8. Chia Seeds
Ah, those marvelous seeds. One should definitely include them in their daily routine when it comes to taking care of one’s heart health. Would you believe that just 2 ounces of chia seeds contain enough alpha-linolenic acid and fiber?
By regulating blood pressure, bringing down triglycerides, decreasing the bad LDL cholesterol and increasing the good HDL cholesterol, they have the ability to keep your arteries clear.
It contains compounds like gingerols and shogaols, both of which offer cardiovascular benefits. Ginger can either reduce the existing plaque buildup or prevent it from forming in the first place!
Additionally, they can block the oxidation caused by the bad cholesterol, and even lower one’s total cholesterol levels! You can drink a nice cup of ginger tea two to three times a day. One teaspoon of grated ginger is enough for your regular boiling tea.
Another option for you is to munch on a small piece of raw ginger on an empty stomach each day. However, take heed: if you happen to have gallbladder problems such as gallstones, it’s best to choose a different remedy.
Same thing applies if you notice ginger causes you indigestion.
10. Red Yeast Rice
The natural monacolins which can reduce one’s bad LDL cholesterol (thus reducing one’s risk of stroke or heart attack), contained in red yeast rice are perfect for any clogged arteries.
This type of rice is also abundant in many vitamins which are crucial for one’s cardiovascular health, as well as compounds like:
You can cook this rice and consume it as you would any other brown or white rice. You can even take supplements if that is your preference.
The recommended dose for red yeast rice powder (sold in tablet or capsule form) is 1,200 mg. They should be taken twice each day with your meals.
11. Green Tea
Drink 2-3 cups of lukewarm green tea on a daily basis to protect your arteries from the bad LDL cholesterol. You can also take Tocotrienols and Quercetin in order to ensure the progress in unblocking your arteries and normalizing your blood flow.
12. Coconut Oil
Most individuals have gotten used to believing that all saturated fats no good, as they supposedly represent the main cause of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.
Well, surprise! Coconut oil proves just the opposite. It has more than a few beneficial effects when it comes to our heart health.
This is thanks to the fact that it contains both medium-chain triglyceride & lauric acid, which is great for improving blood coagulation and thus, eases the process of carrying out antioxidant functions in one’s bloodstream.
Which, naturally, reduces one’s risk of heart disease. Moderate consumption of coconut oil is best. That translates to 1-2 tbsp. a day and can successfully reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
We hope these natural home remedies will help in clearing up both your arteries and any other cardiovascular issues you may be dealing with. You can try all of them and see what works best for you personally. Stay healthy out there, dear readers.