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Life Lessons: 4 foods to unclog arteries

Published On: May 31 2013 05:00:00 AM EDT

four foods can reduce clogged arteries

Clogged arteries result from a buildup of plaque on the inner walls of the arteries.

For most people, it can mean an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Doctors recommend not smoking, more exercise, and a healthy diet as standard treatment for the condition, but they say there are four foods that could actually help unclog your arteries.


Studies show 600,000 people die each year from heart disease.

Clogged arteries kill one in four people.

To unclog those arteries, new research shows antioxidant-rich foods like kiwi and cantaloupe might be helpful. They reduce toxic LDL cholesterol. Just eat one cup of cantaloupe or one kiwi a day.

Three glasses of cranberry juice a week or one cup of red-skinned grapes a day can improve the blood cells' ability to absorb fat and use it for energy production, instead of having fat build up in the blood vessels.

Shrimp can also be helpful for your heart, even though it is a source of cholesterol.

They contain an amino acid called taurine, which acts like plastic wrap so that fats can't cross the intestinal wall and get into your arteries.

Try five medium-sized grilled or steamed shrimp twice a week to help unclog those arteries, but skip the cocktail sauce.