Foods that help thin the arteries

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Berries: Berries, including strawberries and blueberries, are fruits associated with an impressive roll call of health benefits.

Herring: This recommendation is based on research that shows people who eat two or more servings of fish per week are less likely to develop atherosclerosis in their carotid arteries.

Flaxseed: Flaxseeds are the unsung heroes of powerhouse nutrition.

Fatty fish: atty, or oily, fish, including salmon (pictured), anchovies, sardines, and herring, are loaded with essential nutrients.

Sardines: Furthermore, omega-3s can reduce the risk of blood clots, lower triglyceride levels—a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood—and increase levels of good HDL  cholesterol.

Extra virgin olive oil: Those who regularly follow a Mediterranean diet will be aware of the fabulous health benefits afforded by olive oil.

Anchovies: Omega-3 fats help reduce the expression of cellular adhesion molecules.

Mixed berry breakfast: A super healthy way to start the day is with a bowl of high fiber cereal garnished with mixed berries.

Blueberries: Berries are known to reduce inflammation and improve heart health.

Lemon with water: Citrus flavonoids can decrease inflammation and help prevent free radicals in the body from oxidizing LDL cholesterol.

Citrus fruits: The tangy citrus fruit family is packed full of goodness. 

Natural yogurt with flaxseed: Most nutrition experts recommend ground over whole flaxseed because the ground form is easier to digest.

Olive oil on salad: Olive oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenol antioxidant compounds.

Avocados: Okay, so avocado does contain some saturated fat.

Avocado and egg on rye: Bursting with nutrients, including fiber, potassium and magnesium.

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