Good blood circulation is important in supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally and remain in good health. Our circulatory system is a complex network that transports everything to its proper place: Oxygen is delivered to the organs, heat is moved to the skin to regulate temperature, antibodies are carried around to protect us from illness, and waste products are sent for detoxification through the liver and kidneys. With poor circulation we suffer a decrease in efficiency of many of our body’s important functions.
We’ve highlighted five foods that are known to help improve blood circulation and discussed the primary essential nutrients that make them stand out.
Oranges (Vitamin C)
As well as many other citrus fruits including lemon, grapefruit and lime, oranges are high in vitamin C; a powerful antioxidant that helps the body form and maintain blood vessels. Vitamin C defends against plaque buildup, which can decrease circulation, and for these reasons is an important nutrient when discussing circulation.
There are many supplements on the market that can help to keep up with daily required amounts of vitamin C. We did some research and a common favourite from recent reviews is Bulk Supplements Vitamin C, which is available directly from Bulk Supplements’ website and from numerous other retailers.
Garlic is high in sulfur, an essential mineral known to cleanse the blood and build flexible cells in the arteries and veins. Much like other foods in the bulb group including onions, leeks and radishes, garlic stimulates blood flow and contributes to a healthy and efficient circulatory system.
Salmon (Omega 3)
Salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which has been proven to benefit the cardiovascular system and improve circulation. Omega 3 can reduce blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure, decrease likelihood of blood clotting, and can help to keep the arteries smooth and flexible by preventing plaque buildup.
Omega 3 is one of the most popular dietary supplements on the market today. It’s tough to recommended just one as the options and variations are limitless. This guide from Authority Nutrition, however, did present some good information on what to look for from an omega 3 source/supplement and how to understand the many options out there.
Sunflower Seeds (Vitamin E)
Vitamin E is known to help keep blood clots from forming and contributes to healthy circulation. Other high vitamin E foods include olives, nuts and pumpkin seeds, although sunflower seeds are a great addition to any diet for their richness in other essential nutrients including copper and B vitamins like thiamine, phosphorus, and selenium.
Vitamin E is made up of eight compounds that are all necessary in a balanced diet. Synthetic vitamin E supplements are said to focus on only 12% of these, and for this reason supplemental alternatives aren’t nearly as effective as the whole foods listed here. Our thoughts: go straight to source and start eating sunflower seeds!
Dark Chocolate (Antioxidant flavonoids)
Dark chocolate, made from the seed of the cocoa tree, is one of the highest sources of antioxidants on earth and has been proven to lower the risk of heart disease. It has a higher cocoa/lower sugar content than other styles of chocolate (look for >70% cocoa content) and is jam-packed with minerals including fibre, iron, magnesium and copper. There are limits to how much dark chocolate can be advisably consumed in a day--it’s still chocolate!--but in moderation this can be a great way to relax whilst actively contributing to your body’s well-being.
Everybody reacts differently to different foods and what works for one person may not work for someone else. The expectation can be made that, if eaten in moderation, the foods listed here will have beneficial effects on blood circulation and Internal Age. Experimental tests can be done with iHeart to individually assess how each of these foods is affecting your body. As always, please consult your doctor before introducing supplements into your diet.