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10 Artery-Cleaning Foods to Protect Your Heart

8. Citrus

Both antioxidants and vitamin C are good news for artery health — and citrus fruits have plenty of both.

Studies have shown that vitamin C has a powerful role in reducing heart disease risk and the flavonoids found in them help protect arterial walls.

Add it to your diet: Drink plenty of lemon water throughout the day or start your morning with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or a grapefruit half.

9. Whole Grains

Whole grains contain soluble fiber, which binds to the excess LDL cholesterol in your digestive tract and removes it from your body. Whole grains also contain magnesium, which dilates blood vessels and keeps your blood pressure at regular levels.

The AHA recommends at least six daily servings of whole grains, so trade your carbs for whole-grain alternatives like whole-grain bread, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa, barley, and oatmeal to improve cholesterol levels and keep your arteries clear.

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