Avocados, whole grains, nuts, plant sterols, fish, asparagus, pomegranate, broccoli, persimmons, spirulina, cranberries and watermelon all have positive effects on the circulatory system and aid in the reduction of fatty deposits in the arteries, according to Jessica Smith for Shape magazine. Green tea also has positive artery-cleaning benefits.Continue Reading
Over time, the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart develop plaque comprised of cholesterol, fat, calcium and other bloodborne substances, explains the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This plaque buildup causes a hardening of the arterial walls and constricts blood flow leading to a heart attack.
Eating healthy nuts such as walnuts or almonds, or fruits such as persimmons and cranberries, reduces the amount of low-density lipoproteins in the body, notes Smith. Reducing these low-density lipoproteins reduces the buildup of plaque-developing cholesterol in the body. Ingesting fatty fish such as tuna or salmon in addition to these foods increases the presence of high-density lipoproteins that then flush the cholesterol already present in the body into the liver. Eat avocados; whole grains such as oatmeal and brown rice; broccoli; and foods fortified with plant sterols to reduce overall cholesterol levels in the body. Plant sterols are found in fortified margarine and orange juice that are free of trans fats. Add asparagus, pomegranate, cinnamon and watermelon to the diet to protect arterial walls from hardening plaque. The supplement spirulina, a type of blue-green algae, also helps to relax the walls of the arteries.Learn more about Nutrition & Diets
Foods that increase the levels of HDL or good cholesterol levels are those high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, such as certain plant oils, nuts, and oily fish, including salmon, herring, mackerel, menhaden and tuna. Other foods that boost HDL and decrease bad cholesterol or LDL include whole grains, such as oatmeal, oat bran and whole-wheat products; plant sterols, found in certain margarines; and dietary supplements, such as the vitamin, niacin, flaxseed oil and omega-3 supplements.Full Answer >
Foods that contain the most alkaline include honey, margarine, asparagus, white and red wine, mineral water, watermelon, broccoli, apples, zucchini, marmalade, hazelnuts, radishes, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, green beans, cherries, celery, tomatoes, apricots, bananas and spinach. To help promote alkaline in the body, raisins are the best food choice.Full Answer >
Whole grains, coffee, cinnamon, vegetables and fish are good foods for diabetics who are trying to manage high sugar levels, according to WebMD. Generally, foods that convert immediately to sugar in the body, such as white bread, should be avoided, while slower-digesting foods, such as brown rice, are better choices.Full Answer >
Regular consumption of high-fiber items, many types of nuts, olive oil and foods fortified with plant sterols and stenols can improve cholesterol levels and lower the risk for heart disease, according to Mayo Clinic. Some types of fish positively affect cholesterol levels, adds the University of Maryland Medical Center.Full Answer >