According to Dr. Jim McDougall, switching to a heart-healthy diet, and adopting judicious use of medications if necessary, can begin reversing arteriosclerosis and reduce risk of heart attack and stroke within days or even hours. Cardiologist Richard Flemming concurs that the key is embracing a low-fat, high-fiber, plant-based diet high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Eat orange vegetables and leafy greens, which are high in healing properties which help renew artery flexibility, allowing for expanded blood flow. These vegetables as well as whole-grain breads and cereals and soy-based products like vegetarian burgers or tempeh are low in fat and sugar and additional plaque isn't added to the arteries by consuming them. Their nutrients also help the body flush out existing plaque naturally.
Avoid butter, gravies and cheese sauces that counteract the healthful effects of the low-fat, plant-based diet. Avoid hydrogenated fats and processed foods, but eat healthful amounts of nuts, seeds and avocados along with fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Switch to healthful eating and begin to clear your blood vessels almost immediately.