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6 Low Carb Foods That Clean Your Arteries and Keep You Healthy

What Are Your Arteries—Exactly?

The three layers that make up an artery are the walls, middle piece in between them known as "the endothelial" and finally thickening on top called plaque. Like any other tissue in our body this layer needs nutrients from oxygen rich blood delivered by healthy valves within a system dubbed 'Artery'. Any malfunction here will lead to inflammation which causes scarring resulting eventually into hard plaques buildup leading towards cardiovascular diseases like heart attack or stroke.

Beware of CAD!

The buildup of plaque narrows your arteries and restricts blood flow to the heart. This leads you into a condition called Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). You may experience severe chest pain or angina when this happens, as well shortness of breath from time-to -time. A total blockage can trigger an heart attack or a stroke.

Coronary Artery Calcification

If you're concerned about your heart, consider getting tested for plaque buildup. If tests show signs of it in the coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood through our hearts), then here are six foods to help prevent CACs and keep them clean:

1) Salmon

Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. This powerful nutrient helps lower the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) while simultaneously raising the "good" cholesterol (HDL). Salmon has an added benefit because it contains protein which will help you feel satisfied longer after eating. It can also be baked or grilled easily into different dishes which makes life easier for those who would like to see salmon in their diet.

2) Spinach

Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that can be found in all grocery stores and supermarkets year-round. It's also one of the healthiest foods on the planet, filled with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It contains a compound called oxalic acid which helps prevent calcium from being absorbed into your joints making it great for arthritis sufferers. Also, spinach is rich in Vitamin C which will help build collagen while providing antioxidant protection against pesky aging free radicals.

3) Nuts

Nuts are low in carbs and high in protein which will make you feel full longer after eating nuts as opposed to bread or rice. Almonds are very versatile nut because they can be used in cooking, baking, eaten by themselves or turned into almond milk. They are also great for the heart because they contain magnesium which will help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of a heart attack.

4) Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the most versatile vegetables out there, it can be steamed, boiled, sautéed in different sauces or even put in soup! It's low in calories but jam-packed with Vitamin K which has been known to reduce fracture risks when combined with calcium intake. Macular degeneration is another issue that broccoli can have positive effects on because it contains lutein which helps protect your eyesight. Broccoli also contains high concentrations of vitamins C and A making them great antioxidants that can fight those free radicals.

5) Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a great low-carb substitute for potatoes or rice that can be eaten as a side dish or added to casseroles and soups. The phytochemicals in cauliflower can help fight cancer because they will boost your immune system and provide antioxidant effects to reduce the risk of developing these types of cancers. Also, it's rich in Vitamin K which will help strengthen your bones so you can avoid fractures from osteoporosis or other bone conditions. The last benefit cauliflower offers is for those who have arthritis because it will help decrease inflammation due to its high concentration of glucosinolates – a type of phytonutrient that acts as an anti-inflammatory.

6) Eggs

Eggs are a staple in most diets because they are easy to cook, delicious and contain all nine essential amino acids making it complete protein. They can be fried, scrambled or boiled with different vegetables so there are multiple options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Eggs contain lutein which is great for your eyesight, Vitamin A which is important for your skin's repair process along with omega-3 fatty acids that will help lower the risk of cancer by reducing inflammation in your body. Lastly, eggs can also help cure colon cancer because they have high concentrations of selenium which help prevent colon cells from becoming malignant.

I hope these 6 low-carb foods help guide you to make healthier choices while keeping your arteries clean.

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