The most common cause of premature death in the US is heart disease. Other than genetic issues, most heart disease is derived from poor eating habits. Basically too many eat people eat garbage aka junk food. There are several foods, most can be grown in your own backyard, that can reverse the effects of years of abuse through poor eating habits and outright gluttony.
Hot and Spicy foods can help remove plaque and unclog your arteries. The substance capsaicin found in hot peppers, in particular chili peppers will help reduce LDL cholesterol in the blood. They also lower your risk of stroke and heart attack, and improve blood circulation. A common medical therapy currently used involves what is known as HAART drugs [highly-active antiretroviral therapy], unfortunatley some of the drugs used in this HAART therapy are known to accelerate atherosclerosis and pulmonary artery hypertension. Capsaicin found in chilli peppers is believed to prevent complications from this therapy.
Cultures where chilli peppers are used more commonly tend to have a much lower instance of heart attack and certain types of cardiovascular disease. Studies have demonstrated that they reduce blood cholesterol as well as triglyceride levels.
Triglycerides are a form of fat in our blood that our bodies use for energy. Elevated triglyceride levels, beyond what our bodies need, can raise your risk of heart disease. The compounds in chilli peppers also help our bodies dissolve fibrin, a protein our body uses to form blood clots.
Turmeric is a common ingredient in many Indian and middle eastern cuisines. It is used as a substitute for ginger to which it is closely related and is found in many recipes that call for curry as well. The entire turmeric plant is edible. Turmeric roots are dried and ground up to make turmeric spice. The leaves and the flowers are also used. Multiple Health benefits have been attributed to this herb / spice which include its anti-oxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic qualities of some of the compounds found within it.
One of the compounds present abundantly in turmeric is a polyphenol known as curcumin. Curcumin is also found in some types of Ginger and curry powder, but the most common source is turmeric. It is an anti inflammatory, inflammation is the main underlying factor at the root of just about every chronic health issue. There is a long list of other health benefits associated with curcumin among which are its cardio protective properties. Multiple studies have proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that turmeric is beneficial to heart health. In particular a 2011 study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research demonstrated that turmeric reduces cholesterol and suppresses the effects of Atherosclerosis better than the expensive prescription medication lovastatin.
Where as Turmeric will reduce cholesterol and suppresses the effects of Atherosclerosis. Garlic can actually unclog arteries that are already damaged from years of abuse. Multiple studies have proven that garlic helps to prevent heart disease by suppressing atherosclerosis and lowering blood pressure. More recent studies have shown that it also prevents new plaque buildup in the arteries. Garlic also acts as a blood thinner, which reduces the risks of heart attack and stroke by up to 50%.
A little cinnamon goes a long way, a half teaspoon daily [pure cinnamon no sugar added] will help regulate blood sugar levels. Stronger doses are beneficial for improving heart disease. It reduces levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, HDL cholesterol [Good cholesterol] remains steady.
The anti oxidant properties of Lemon via its high vitamin C content is well known and well documented. There are multiple other benefits of Lemon as well. Lemon can reduce blood cholesterol levels, and enhances artery health by preventing oxidative damage. Blood vessels are strengthened by the vitamin P found in lemons which helps prevent internal hemorrhages frequently caused by High blood pressure.
Punicic acid in pomegranate is believed to be useful in decreasing body plaque and combating atherosclerosis, it also has a very high antioxidant content as well as heart healthy substances such as selenium and magnesium.