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15 Foods That Naturally Unclog Your Arteries

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Carol is reiki sacred drummer, musician, and visual artist from Canada passionate about spirituality and wellness.

Organic Produce is Best and Safest

Organic Produce is Best and Safest

There Are Natural Ways to Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke

Your arteries are the rivers within you that continually transport essential nutrients and oxygen from your heart to the rest of your body.

A big part of staying healthy and keeping your arteries clean is your diet. After all, as they say, you are what you eat—it makes sense that your health reflects what you put into your body.

If you eat a lot of processed foods laden with saturated fats, chemicals, and toxins, all that gunk is going to cling to and clog up your arteries over time—increasing your risk of a serious heart-related problem, such as a heart attack or devastating stroke.

It’s been reported over and over that eating a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) can really help prevent heart disease and other life-threatening ailments. It also helps scrub away built-up clogging plaque in our arteries.

There’s power in knowing that we have the choice to eat and consume healing, healthy foods that can help keep us healthy and strong.

Below is a list of some very special foods that are particularly effective in keeping arteries clean.


Eat garlic and eat it regularly—at least a clove a day. Raw or cooked, garlic adds a wonderful flavouring to all kinds of recipes, from soups and casseroles to salad dressing and roasted vegetables.

Dating back to ancient times, garlic has a long history of use in treating all kinds of heart-related diseases and hypertension. Studies have shown that high doses of garlic (2,400 mg of deoderized garlic per day) significantly lowers both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

Also, studies have shown that eating it regularly can reduce harmful cholesterol by 10 percent or more and may prevent blood clots from forming.

Eating one to four cloves a day is estimated to provide 4,000 mcg of allicin, one of garlic’s most beneficial compounds. If you prefer to take a garlic supplement instead of eating raw garlic because of the strong smell, look for one with the active ingredient “alliin,” because this substance is relatively odorless until it is converted into allicin in the body.


Red seedless grapes are a good source of lutein—a carotenoid that’s been shown to help reduce early atherosclerosis. Recent studies have shown that lutein also helps prevent thickening of the carotid artery in the neck, an indication of atherolscrosis. It also lowers inflammation of LDL cholesterol in artery walls.

Concord Grape Juice

Juice made from whole Concord grapes is a powerful artery-clearing wonder—both grape-skin and grape-seed extract together have excellent heart health properties. They contain:

  • Quercetin, an antioxidant that prevents LDL cholesterol from sticking to the walls of arteries
  • Resveratrol, which removes inflammation and blood clots
  • Procyanidins, which helps keep blood vessels clear

You may have heard of red wine's relaxing effect on the arteries. A new study indicates that Concord grape juice stimulates arterial relaxation in a similar manner—in fact, it even induced a prolonged relaxation effect (up to six hours) that has not yet been reported with red wine.

Dr. Valérie Schini-Kerth and a team of researchers of the Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg, France, found that Concord grape juice stimulated the production of nitric oxide in endothelial cells, providing a vasorelaxation effect. It is known that nitric oxide is important in the body’s natural system for maintaining healthy, flexible blood vessels and supporting healthy blood pressure.


This small but potent fruit contains over 17 compounds that help clear clogged arteries of plaque even better than vitamin supplements. These compounds are found in the anthocyanins that give cherries their red colour.

Cherries hold more antioxident power than well-known vitamin C and E supplements. What's more, because cherries are whole food, they contain fiber and it is easier to absorb all of their wonderful nutrients.


Perfect to toss into your breakfast cereal, strawberries are also loaded with antioxidants, including vitamin C and E, ellagic acid, assorted carotenoids, and anthocyanins. They can cut cholesterol levels by 10 percent. Try to buy organic strawberries as non-organic strawberries tend to be heavily sprayed with pesticides.

Apples and Grapefruit

Both of these fruits contain pectin, a soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol. It has been shown in animal studies that pectin will slow down the progression of atherosclerosis and the clogging of arteries.

Apples are a rich source of “quercetin,” including potassium and magnesium—minerals that keep your blood pressure under control. A French study found that eating two apples a day can help prevent and reverse “hardening” of the arteries. The red delicious and granny smith varieties are also rich in procyanidins.

Sweet Potatoes

Full of cholesterol-lowering fiber, potassium, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C, sweet potatoes help to lower your blood pressure and keep your arteries clear.

Green Tea

Drinking just one cup a day will give great antioxident protection. The flavonoids in green tea are known as “polyphenols," powerful antioxidants.

Green tea also contains procyanidins, which prevents blood clots from forming and promotes healthy endothelium—the tissues that line your blood vessels and heart.

Hawthorn Tea

Hawthorn berry extract can calm palpitations, help restore blood vessel elasticity, ease fluid build-up and stop fatty degeneration in the heart, help dilate coronary arteries, and reduce blood pressure.

Hawthorne can be used by those already on cardiac medication and may help you decrease your dosage.

To make a tea from them, buy a bag of organically grown berries at a natural food store and steep them in hot water. Hawthorn has not been shown to have any adverse side effects.

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Olive Oil

Research has shown that not all fats are created equal. Olive oil, a monounsaturated fat, is on the list of “good” oils (other good sources of monounsaturated fats include avocados and nuts). Studies have shown that particles of LDL (bad) cholesterol that contain monounsaturated fats are less likely to become oxidized. This is important because only oxidized cholesterol is able to stick to your artery walls and form plaques.

Using a “cold-pressed” organic olive oil as your main source of oil may cut your risk of coronary heart disease almost in half.

Of course, remember—no matter how "healthy" the fat, it is still fattening. So go easy and do not eat to much. A good strategy is to avoid the bad fats, such as the cookies, ice cream, red meats, salt-laden cheese and butter, and to replace them with the healthier unsaturated fats.

While we're on the subject of oils, a tip: Don't use canola oil—unless it is organic, the overwhelming odds are that it is made from genetically modified canola.


Again, not all fats are alike. Omega-6 and omega-3 are both fatty acids; while the former has inflammatory effects, the latter fights inflammation. Most people eat diets overloaded with omega-6, which is found in vegetable oils like soybean or corn oil.

However, fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, herring, and tuna, are some of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acid nutrients. The American Heart Association recommends including two fatty-fish meals a week in your diet.

Wild salmon, in addition to tasting great, is really rich in omega-3, which makes the blood less likely to clot within your arteries, thus preventing cholesterol from becoming damaged or oxidized. (Farmed salmon is not recommended because it is full of toxins and far less omega-3s).

A nice combination for dinner is to include salmon and spinach—which will give you plenty of omega-3, vitamin C, and vitamin A, all very good for your arteries.

Note: It’s recommended to limit your consumption of tuna and halibut, as deep-water fish are known to have more toxins—salmon is definitely better.


We've already mentioned spinach. Why is it so good for you? It's chock full of vitamins C and A. Both of these vitamins help prevent cholesterol from becoming “oxidized,” which in turn prevents clogging plaque from building up in your arteries.

Swiss Chard

This alternate leafy green is an excellent source of vitamin E, another antioxidant that helps prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol. Eating a diet rich in vitamin E has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing clogged arteries.


Tomatoes are rich in carotenoid lycopene, an antioxidant that can nearly halve your risk of atherosclerosis. Tomato juice, soup, and ketchup (low-sodium choices) give you a more concentrated form of the antioxidant than fresh tomatoes.

Also, antioxidant-rich tomatoes may make LDL cholesterol much less susceptible to becoming oxidized—a first step in the formation of artery-clogging plaque formation.

Garbanzo Beans

All beans contain both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, two important parts of your diet that help remove cholesterol-containing bile rom your body. However, garbanzo beans are one of the best on the fiber front. They are also known to help prevent heart disease.

Happy Eating!

So, those are a few foods that are particularly cleansing—there are also several effective herbs that are easy to add to your diet. Happy eating folks! I wish you all great heart health!

Most sincerely, weaver x

Note: This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner. Please do not copy without written permission of the author, thank you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2009 weaver


Ramesh Sharma on July 30, 2020:

Excellent information on health care.

Abdul Qader on May 13, 2019:

Excellent information

Cristina Santander from Manila on February 19, 2019:

Nice hub !! Great information!! Thanks for sharing this.

Desertdan on February 19, 2018:

Just watch the sugar content and the amount you eat, Drink a lot of water.

jandee from Liverpool.U.K on December 26, 2017:

Thanks for confirming the good benefits of tomatoes.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on December 18, 2017:

Thanks for sharing all this helpful information on healthy foods and oils. So glad Olive oil is a good thing because I use all the time.

Mobguu on July 22, 2016:

Those concerned about the smell of garlic can always use black garlic, which is much less strong in flavor while retaining all the nutritional values of regular white garlic.

Richard Lindsay from California on March 31, 2016:

This post has a lot of good information to it. I eat a lot of these different type of foods. But there are some that I need to start concentrating on more.

Jacobb9205 on April 02, 2015:

Great list! I'm going to eat more cherries, drink more green tea and eat more apples now, thank you!

jandee from Liverpool.U.K on November 20, 2014:

Thanks! Look forward to reading more,

best regards,


weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on November 13, 2014:

thank you jandee... for your kind words - i also plan to add more soon! ...wishing you and your dear friend the best... in essence.. if we eat clean, our arteries will be clean/cleaner... bright blessings... wx (((o)))

chez on May 15, 2014:

excellent imformation will try i

james couch on May 11, 2014:

I take cayenne pepper capsules kyolic garlic capsules and eat organic apples n red grapes everyday ! have to walk at least 30 mins a day too !

Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on April 14, 2014:

The 3 pungent spices or herbs for keeping the arteries clean are cayenne pepper, ginger and garlic.

Fad on April 14, 2014:

This is great! Thanks and God Bless

j on January 14, 2014:

notice how all these are basic healthy foods

oracle on October 29, 2013:

You forgot a did most of the so called professionals(lol)..lecithin..awesome cider vinegar(mother)..gods nectar..these two are the ducks guts for cleaning blocked for heart attack wana come back to the land of living..faster than any ambulance call out(hehe)..cayenne pepper in warm water str8 down the throat..awesome stuff..anyway power to the people... open your minds..if you can:) yellasmeni anthropi pou eimaste:)

str8chopper on August 10, 2013:

thanks for the information i am glad to see that grapes ,salmon and strawberries are all on the list because they are my favorite foods

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on July 08, 2013:

hi chuck... going meatless certainly makes good sense as a veggie diet is so much cleaner... thanks for sharing this good info! :o)

Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on July 08, 2013:

PubMed has an article saying that meat eating animals do not get clogged arteries. Only plant eating animals get it. So it says that the best way to avoid clogged arteries is not to eat any animal foods.

It explains the reasons that meat eating animals do not get clogged arteries and how these reasons do not apply to humans. For example meat eating animals produce their own vitamin C, unlike plant eating animals.

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on February 05, 2013:

....thank you everyone for your wonderful comments - it was a good hub for me to write as i was researching for my own heart health and so thought it was good to share so it can help others... the gifts the great mother earth provides us with fresh food can help keep us healthy and strong... bright blessings to all... wx (((o)))

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on February 05, 2013:

You have listed some really good information here. I have heard for years how good concord grapes are for you, as well as garlic, and it still stands true. This is a very informative and well written hub. Voting up and more! :)

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on February 05, 2013:

Good article - I didn't realize that grapes had so many beneficial properties. I'll have to add them to my diet. Voted up, useful and interesting, and sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 04, 2013:

Hi Carol,

This hub is filled with good information about how to eat healthy and hopefully prevent heart disease. Voted up, useful, interesting and will also share.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on February 04, 2013:

What an interesting hub filled with very useful information here. The list is very beneficial to look at those important foods at a quick glance. You've offered a solid explanation as to their purpose. Thanks-Up/I/U and sharing.

valnaples on December 22, 2012:

Nice article and list...just saw an article in the New York Times about niacin FAILING to help clear arteries...soooo come on, folks, "let FOOD by thy medicine."

haddy on September 17, 2012:

great info. thanks !

david on September 06, 2012:

One thing that I don't think has been mentioned yet is foods that reduce inflammation in the body. Pineapple is a good source of Bromelain which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Oh and one thing that has really helped me is a spoonful of natural jungle honey in a cupof tea each morning. It very difficult to get, I mean the type straight from the bush, not the processed supermarket type. Lastly I can't stress enough about the importance of good dental health. Gum disease is a source of bacteria that contributes to inflammation in the arteries. There are some people that also think root canal treatments can also be a source of this problem. There are quite a few references on this on the web. I would be interested to know how many of the respondents on here with artery problems have chronic dental issues. I have found that a sore tooth often correlates with my health problems. So good food is so important but also good teeth. Cheers.

david on September 06, 2012:

One word.....Sleep

LoriSoard from Henryville, Indiana on September 06, 2012:

Great hub. I learned a lot and already love many of these foods, so will incorporate them into my diet a bit more.

Mahesh on April 23, 2012:

Thanks a Lot for this information, its really helpful

follower on April 22, 2012:

I love whole foods. :-)

grace j on April 21, 2012:

So does the garlic really work 2 help unclog ur artery s??

Ava on March 28, 2012:

Waaw! i thank u guys n dols 4 ur comments n suggestions u realy helpd m a lot. . . . . @ Hub God bless u. . . . . (HONEY is sweet so is t good whn mixed wth lemon juice?)

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on March 25, 2012:

try the above recommendations - by eating live, fresh and organic vegetables and fruits.....and also a simple remedy called heart and body extract - it really helped me.... - hope you're feeling better soon!

Celia Cristina on March 24, 2012:

First of all I'd like to thk U for sharing these information with us! I'he always been a healthy person a part from some digestive problems; born to a Brazilian family who used to live in a farm,i learned how to eat healthly and even nowadays with all the processed food available and even cheaper than the health ones,i still appreciate the natural sources.

It all makes sense that we r what we eat,as for my self,after have left my country and changing lifestyle,2years ago i started having problem with cholesterol(i refused tablets and managed lowering it a bit by eating a lots of grapes,orange and cutting doughnuts and croissant).i still coooking,I avoid @ all costs take away foods ,do not like restaurant.but...

I put it down to the fact that i do not cook the same anymore and just realised that when reading this page and noticing that i decreased the consumption of some things.I'll try to insert those food on my diet again.tks very much for ur life saving posting dear.

fdvjkvhfjk on January 15, 2012:

good job

Dianna Mendez on December 30, 2011:

this is great info! I am into natural foods and find your advice to support this well. So glad that garlic is there... love it! I also agree with Hotpepper31 on cayenne pepper. It's great in many ways. Thanks for the tips.

Raja on December 21, 2011:

sir. My Bp is 150/120 and my echo scan reports "concentric diastolic disfunction" i also suffers from diabetes. is there any natural remedy for that. I am taking garlic supplements as pills and the dosage is 2 pills a day along with my bp and sugqr tablets. is there any natural remedy? please help me. My cholestral is in control

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on November 16, 2011:

dear ayah... re your weight gain... i would recommend you visit your health practitioner to have a check that something isn't awry with your health....

William Collier on November 16, 2011:

Very helpful tips

Ayah on October 20, 2011:

thanks honey this is really reassuring as all of these things are already in my diet, but i still struggle lowering my cholesterol and any ideas of how to stop my hunger, i always feel hungry even after i've eaten. when i was younger i hardly ever ate and i was never hungry and now i'm gaining weight very fast (i'm 40 now) 2 stones in four months. help my father died of a stroke because of blocked artires...

Hotpepper31 on October 07, 2011:

Cayenne pepper is known to rush blood to areas where it is needed. Also it reduce cholesterol and it dialates the arteries. I have also heard that in other countries cayenne is used to revive heart attack victims by acting like a dose of nitroglycerine.

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on October 03, 2011:

yes surj... it's always best to buy your produce organic if you can.... and if you can't... always wash very well first before consuming!

surj on October 03, 2011:

Try to buy organic strawberries as they tend to be heavily sprayed with pesticides.

Is this correct or error

sunshine on July 09, 2011:

Thank all who made responses. I have a clogged carotid artery; my doctor put me on Crestor. I believe in natural healing so I haven't taken it. I am starting to eat garlic every day and also lemon juice every morning. Anyone else have this problem

Thank yu

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on March 20, 2011:

you're so welcome vir handa - thank you for your kind words... i like to share what i've learned so others can benefit... blessings with much light, weaver (((o)))

vir handa on March 05, 2011:

Excellent, Weaver.

Good Souls like you do immense service to society. Pl keep it up. Could you also intimate as to what foods are best to keep our high BP normal.


weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on February 17, 2011:

you're most welcome charlotte - just passing on my own learnings that i found out for myself initially... so it could help others too... i didn't know this info either as it's been really helpful for me - thank you for your kind words...

wishing you the best of health!!! weaver (((o)))

charlotte on February 16, 2011:

weaver, this is awesome!!!! I found you by searching info on unclogging arteries which I really need, and yours was the most helpful.... how does somebody with great cholesterol (me!) end up with arteriosclerosis? I'm still in shock. But I'm excited to start working with your suggestions and begin the cleansing. Lots of Love to you my darling!!!!!!

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on January 31, 2011:

thank you everyone for your wonderful comments and replies...

my reply to donna... is this... doing anything natural will take time - also depending on how well one is being consistent... it took a long time for our arteries to get clogged up and it's not going to be overnight to unclog them either... plus, everybody's body is different, so one can't predict how long it would take.. nor would i want to guess or predict that..... the suggestion is to get back to a clean and natural diet as much as possible and to stop eating the stuff that clogs us up..

and to reply to stephanie.... thanks for adding your note about lemons...i'm sure lemons (and limes) would assist as well because they are so cleansing on many levels... also...

lemons and limes are acidic fruits... But what's really wonderful is that when we eat and ingest lemons and limes, the transformation that occurs within our body actually becomes alkaline... and, how cool is that?

in my own research, i found out that lemon and lime juice promote the release of natural sodium bicarbonate from the pancreas to support much-needed enzyme activity.

Also, lemon and/or lime juice converts to potassium citrate within the intestines - which is also very alkalizing! ... and alkaline foods are very beneficial to the body...

blessings to you all...

weaver (((o)))

stephenie on January 31, 2011:

Could lemons squeezed in water be good too for arteries? There is a lot of C in them so was curious. I know its a good cleanser.

Donna on January 19, 2011:



chin on December 31, 2010:

i put ketchup on almost everything that i eat. so i'm a bit pleased to see it on the list. very interesting.

jill of alltrades from Philippines on December 20, 2010:

Thanks for this very useful list Carol!

Rated up and useful!

MARY on November 13, 2010:





Dawn on October 20, 2010:

I have never heard of non-sugar honey. Where can i purchase that? I love hub it always has great information i can use.

Rob on October 19, 2010:

Great info, thank you so much, did a search on how to unclog arteries, and this popped up, great info. Thank You.

teel on October 18, 2010:

This is great information. I really needed this. I am finally starting to eat more of the helpful foods after getting my cholesterol test back (224! oh my gosh!). Incorporating good foods, removing the bad and daily exercise has become my life time goal. It was sooooo hard to give up the cheese pizza(my weakness)Is there healthy cheese on the market?

Douglas on October 18, 2010:

Our family doctor usually gets his patients to try some natural remedies before pills. To keep arteries unclogged and flexible, he suggests that after each meal, take three teaspoons of pure lemon and three teaspoons of non-sugar honey sprinkled with cinnamon. Do not eat or drink anything else for an hour. Make this a regular routine every day. If you cannot do this after lunch because of working or school, then doing this after breakfast and dinner is the next best thing. The combination of pure lemon juice, non-sugar honey, and cinnamon have other good health benefits too. This doctor also suggests eating good healthy meals.

ddhatt on October 08, 2010:

A very useful information for healthy heart. Natural food remedies are very much better than statin drugs which have so many side effects.

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on August 27, 2010:

All of the foods i mention above are really good especially if you can get them in an organic form without pesticides and antibiotics… Our bodies really crave “whole foods” and absorb them so much better and more readily than foreign man-made vitamins which we hardly absorb.…

Anyway, thanks again everyone for all your wonderful comments… Have had fun putting this together… becuz i really wanted to know more for my own health... sooo glad to share to help get the word out!

And, also, thanks for your note Joe too... wondered if you’ve heard about Isagenix at all?... never have i ever received such a result from such a simple nutritional (cleansing & replenishing) program... i believe it's definitely from eating this dense micro-nutrient rich organic food – which i believe is really feeding my body finally… I don’t crave the filler-foods and junk much anymore – yeah!...

blessings, weaver (((o)))

Joe Daniels on August 27, 2010:

Good remedies of natural fruits and vegetables, great facts. Post to be bookmarked.

Suze B on July 11, 2010:

I always kenew this food are great but I didn't know how great!!

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on July 07, 2010:

thanks elizabeth for your comment - with appreciation.. my above research and list is meant as some information to the natural foods and herbs that are specific for heart health and artery health - of course we don't want to forget healthy carbs and protein including healthy fats - with a balanced diet - another hub for sure! ...and high quality cold-pressed (preferably organic) olive oil... also thank you for your referral too... blessings, weaver (((o)))

Elizabeth on July 07, 2010:

This is good info the most part, but don't forget that the body needs carbs, protein and fat (even some saturated fat and cholesterol) and I would suggest looking into the research by Dr Mary Enig and the Weston A Price Foundation.

yynnoott46 on April 02, 2010:


healthgoji on February 03, 2010:

Some good information - may I add that Vitamin C in larger does is very good for helping to prevent heart problems

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on January 23, 2010:

hey great folk.. many thanks for all your wonderful comments... it was a fun hub to write and knowing this info has really helped me lower my blood pressure including knowing they're helping unclog my arteries naturally... wishing you all a healthy wonderful new year too! weaver (((o)))

Martin V on January 23, 2010:

great hub!

hossamreffat on January 23, 2010:

Good luck with your new hub

healthgoji on December 10, 2009:

Great information - you've mentioned some great natural health ingredients.

Neil777 on November 29, 2009:

good hub info thanks

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 06, 2009:

Great and informative hub. Thank you.

EcoAsh from Hemet on September 22, 2009:

great hub! i love fruit so that should help me out. lol

Lynna on August 29, 2009:

This is so great. Thanks for such a concise and helpful article

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on August 21, 2009:

Thank you for the wonderful comments and for visiting my hub...

Tuna is a great and nutritious food... however, I have learned that because Tuna is a deep water fish that these fish tend to have more heavy metal toxins in their meat... the same with Halibut too... so, it's recommended that we not eat too much Tuna - but only once in a while...

beccas90 from New York on August 21, 2009:

Great list - and glad to see garlic - the wonder food - on the list.

Alhub on August 21, 2009:

Very informative hub,let's eat more salmon and tuna,thanks for sharing.

Healthtotal on July 26, 2009:

Good to know this, am printing this and keeping as reference.

WAHMNicola on June 17, 2009:

Thanks for the hub. It's so true that there's always a cure in nature if you know where to look.

Thanks for sharing,


franciaonline from Philippines on June 06, 2009:

Very helpful hub! It's good to know that sweet potatoes clear the arteries!

Ashley Joy on May 08, 2009:

Lucky for me many of these things are some of my favs. Of course lots of them are basic good for you foods that you should be eating anyway.

weaver (author) from our blessed earth mother... on April 28, 2009:

Thanks for your comment... i guess i see vitamin C as a vitamin... not a "whole food" as such... tho' vitamin C is truly wonderful and very beneficial... but whole foods are so much more absorbed more readily into our bodies because our bodies recognize whole foods... vitamins absorb much less because the body sees vitamins almost as a "foreign" substance not being a whole food - absorbing maybe around 2-5% at the best of times... so, why not get the best you can get - i recommend eating natural whole foods which can absorb up to 90%... kind of saying i guess... more bang for your buck!

ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on April 28, 2009:

interesting. I remember vividly reading prevention magazine about 20 years ago that vitamin C was number one. Medical advances and more testing changed that I guess. No problem, though.As my favorites I use almost daily are there; grapes and garlic.