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Find out the ways one can keep arteries healthy

It is time to know about some vegetables and fruits that are not just good for the taste buds but are easy on arteries as well
watermelon : A fruit that can help maintain healthy arteries

One of the major reasons of people having cardiac arrest is the blockade in their arteries. We often consume foods that cause this clogging like deep fried chicken, french fries, frozen pies, ice cream, processed flour etc. It is time to know about some vegetables and fruits that are not just good for the taste buds but are easy on arteries as well.

Asparagus
You can either eat it as vegetable or add it to give flavor to soups, salads or pasta. It removes clots and decreases inflammation and thus helps keep the arteries unclogged.

Broccoli
This vegetable can be either cooked as dish or it can be eaten raw as one of the ingredients of salad.
It is rich in vitamin K, which prevents blood clotting. This vegetable lowers bad cholesterol levels and helps in the regulation of healthy blood pressure.

Spinach
One can make a number of dishes with this leafy green vegetable. In north India it is often eaten as saag. You can also eat it as salad after slightly sauteing. Spinach sandwiches made form brown bread are considered quite healthy. Some people also add it to tomato soup.
Spinach is rich in potassium and foliate both of which reduce the risk of developing heart disease by as much as 11 per cent. It helps unclog the arteries and also lowers high blood pressure.

Cranberries
You can either eat the fruit or drink its juice.
Cranberries are a good source of potassium. Regular eating of cranberries reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol level. Regular drinking of cranberry juice is shown to decrease the risk of heart disease by 40 per cent.

Watermelon
This can be either eaten alone or as an ingredient of salad.
It is rich in antioxidants that stimulate nitric oxide production, helps widen the blood vessels and hence promote heart health.

Pomegranates
You can consume it as fruit, in fruit salads or make a smoothie. It is also rich in phytochemicals which aid in the production of nitric oxide thus helping to prevent the arteries from getting clogged up. Phytochemicals also regulate blood flow.

Avocados
Avocados can be eaten in salads, sandwiches and can even be added to warm vegetable side dishes.
It is rich in healthy fats and increases good cholesterol along with reducing the bad cholesterol by as much as 17 per cent.

Besides these fruits and vegetables, include nuts, cinnamon and turmeric in your diet to keep the blood flowing freely in your arteries.

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