Cardiovascular disease claims about 600,000 lives every year

Cardiovascular disease is also known as a silent killer because it does not show any symptoms until it becomes a serious problem. In the U.S., it is the leading cause of death. The most prominent trigger of a cardiovascular disease is clogging of the arteries, or atherosclerosis.

Symptoms will be different depending on which artery is clogged

  • Carotid arteries: These are the arteries in your brain. Blocked carotid arteries cause severe headaches, dizziness, sudden falls, paralysis and problem speaking.
  • Coronary arteries: These heart arteries can cause chest pain when clogged. Also known as angina, the symptom feel like a heavy pressure in the chest, and/or in the arms, shoulders, neck or jaw. Irregular heartbeat and problem breathing can also happen.
  • Renal arteries: When these kidney arteries are clogged, you won’t notice any symptoms until it becomes more serious. As the condition worsens, you can have swelling in hand and feet, inability to focus, itchiness, and lack of appetite.
  • Peripheral arteries: Pain or numbness can occur when the arteries in your arms, legs or pelvis get blocked. Severe infections are another possibly symptom.

Here are the common reasons why your arteries get clogged

There are many reasons plaque builds up in your arteries, eventually clogging them. Factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes weaken your arteries.

Lifestyle also matters. Lack of exercise, consuming too much saturated fats and sugar, being overweight, smoking, and exposure to heavy metal also contribute to clogged arteries.

Another important factor is a lack of vitamin C and other antioxidants in your system. Being deficient in magnesium, potassium, and fiber also cause blocked arteries.

Eat these 10 foods to unclog your arteries

  • Turmeric
    Curcumin in turmeric lowers the bad cholesterol and prevents the plaque from blocking the arteries.
  • Garlic
    A study published in Atherosclerosis in 1999 states that garlic prevents plaque from clogging the arteries.
  • Cayenne pepper
    Capsaicin in cayenne pepper promotes blood circulation and helps prevent stroke and heart attack.
  • Cinnamon
    A 2003 study of 60 diabetic patients concluded that a daily dose of cinnamon lowers triglycerides, overall cholesterol in type 2 diabetics, and LDL cholesterol.
  • Ginger
    Shogaols and gingerols in ginger helps lower total cholesterol, which further prevents plaque buildup in arteries.
  • Flaxseed
    Rich in omega-3 fatty acid, flaxseed helps reduce inflammation and blood pressure.  In 1997, researchers discovered that flaxseed reduced the risk for aortic atherosclerosis in rabbits by 46%.
  • Sesame seed
    According to the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2006, the fatty acid in sesame oil hindered development of atherosclerosis in mice. It also lowered cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Lemon
    Lemon is high in vitamin C and other antioxidants. It strengthens your arteries by preventing oxidative damage.
  • Kimchi
    This Korean fermented cabbage is high in probiotics and delays plaque buildup in the arteries.
  • Pomegranate juice
    This antioxidant rich fruit cuts down plaque formation and unclogs arteries. It’s also high in magnesium and selenium, which are crucial for healthy heart.