High cholesterol is the major contributor to arterial plaque, for other substances bind with cholesterol to form fat.
Consumption of foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol such as deep fried foods, foods high in trans-fat, refined foods, processed foods, alcohol, and red meat cause artery plaque build-up.
Nutrient dense foods high in fiber, low in sodium, and low in saturated fat such as whole grains, oat brain, most fruits, nuts, and vegetables help avoid and reverse arterial plaque. Fiber blocks the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and contributes to a feeling of fullness that results in lower food consumption, and consequently lower cholesterol intake.
Omega-3 Fatty acids contain antioxidants that attack free radicals and destroy plaque. Foods rich in Omega-3 include krill, walnut, fish, flaxseed and flaxseed oil.
Studies at the University of Medicine, Berlin show that daily consumption of garlic helps reduce existing arterial plaque by 20 percent. Garlic contains allicin, a potent compound that destroys arterial plaque build-up.
Recent research at University of Montpelliar suggests that pure juice could reduce arterial plaque. Consumption of four glasses of fresh, additive-free, high-antioxidant content juice a day help flush the arteries of plaque. The Molecular Nutrition and Food Research suggest purple grape juice as the best juice against arterial plaque build-up. Apple, carrot, and pomegranate juices rank next.
The recommended intake pattern is to consume the juice first thing in the morning and abstain from other foods for around half an hour, to allow absorption of the juice into the body.
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