How does olive oil help to clean out my arteries?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats, which help raise your HDL cholesterol-the "healthy" cholesterol carried through your body by high-density lipoproteins. It actually helps clean out your arteries as it moves through. When it comes to HDL, higher is better-so an HDL level of 60 versus one of 39 will make the average 55-year-old woman four years younger.

Vegetables and flavonoids have also been shown to raise HDL. In fact, you should make sure that healthy fat makes up about 25 percent of your daily calories.
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