Gold Member Badge


  • You're all caught up!

Which Foods Will Help Clear Out Clogged Arteries?

author image Lynn Hetzler
Lynn Hetzler has been a writer since 2000. She was editor in chief and head writer for the online publication Eye on Cameraware. She owns a computer store offering repair, websites, instruction, and more. Hetzler is a certified medical assistant with experience in oncology, laboratory testing and protocol writing.
Which Foods Will Help Clear Out Clogged Arteries?
woman selecting pears Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images

Atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries, is a very serious medical condition that can result in heart disease or stroke. Cholesterol and other fatty substances collect along arterial walls, narrowing your vessels and preventing blood from flowing to your heart, lungs, brain and other organs. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute states that diet and exercise are two of the best lifestyle changes you can make to treat atherosclerosis. Many delicious, natural foods can help stop the progression of atherosclerosis and even clear out your clogged arteries.

Video of the Day


baked mackerel
baked mackerel Photo Credit: VankaD/iStock/Getty Images

Some fish contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, known to have a positive influence on high blood cholesterol levels that lead to clogged arteries. Eating these fish -- herring, tuna, trout, mackerel and salmon -- reduces atherosclerosis in some segments of the population. In a study reported in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition," researchers from Oregon Health & Science University found that women who ate two or more servings of fatty fish each week or one or more servings of tuna had arteries that were less clogged than women who did not eat fish regularly. The report attributes this benefit to omega-3 eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids.

Flax Seed

flax seeds
flax seeds Photo Credit: YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Getty Images

Flax seed is another source of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Purchase dry, ground flax seed or flax seed oil supplements made from natural flax to reduce atherosclerosis. Sprinkle flax seed into soups and stews to clean out your arteries while you enjoy dinner.

Citrus Fruit

sliced grapefruit
sliced grapefruit Photo Credit: michalz86/iStock/Getty Images

Eat oranges and grapefruit to reduce stenosis, or narrowing of the arterial space due to build-up of cholesterol and other fatty deposits. A study by researchers from the University of Southern California Department of Preventative Medicine found that foods high in viscous fiber, especially foods containing pectin, appear to protect your arteries from clogging.


oatmeal with fruit
oatmeal with fruit Photo Credit: Wiktory/iStock/Getty Images

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute suggests you eat oatmeal and whole grain cereals to reduce atherosclerosis. The soluble fiber in oatmeal binds to cholesterol before your body has a chance to absorb the cholesterol from food. Lower cholesterol absorption results in less accumulation along your arterial walls. Bananas, oranges, kidney beans and black-eyed peas are also good sources of soluble fiber. Include pears, prunes, raisins and lima beans on your next grocery list.

Olive Oil

spoonful of olive oil
spoonful of olive oil Photo Credit: InĂ¡cio Pires/Hemera/Getty Images

Replace butter and margarine with olive oil whenever possible. Butter and margarine contain unhealthy saturated and trans fats which can raise your risk of heart disease and clogged arteries, according to the American Heart Association. A healthy diet includes small quantities of healthy, polyunsaturated fats that help lower your cholesterol levels. The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests consuming 2 to 3 teaspoons of olive oil per day as a replacement for other types of unhealthy fats.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.


Demand Media