BAppSc (Naturopathic Studies)
Your body’s circulation system is responsible for sending blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body. When your blood flow to a specific part of your body is reduced, you may experience the symptoms of poor circulation.
But don’t be afraid because there are a lot of foods that you can add to your diet to aid in improving blood circulation.
Blood Circulation SUPER FOODS
Blueberries: Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants. The antioxidants in blueberries strengthen and protect capillaries and larger blood vessels which are beneficial in aiding in strengthening blood circulation.
Oranges: We all know that oranges are a great source of Vitamin C to aid with immunity but did you know that the high Vitamin C content in oranges can aid with blood circulation too? Vitamin C has a natural blood thinning ability which may aid in increasing circulation and strengthening capillaries.
Watermelon: Watermelon is rich in lycopene which is a natural antioxidant linked to improving circulation. It also contains a great source of Vitamin C which is beneficial in Blood circulation.
Garlic: Garlic boosts circulation by aiding in thinning the blood and preserving the elasticity of arteries and capillaries.
Onion: Onions are a rich source of flavonoids, which are substances known to provide protection against cardiovascular disease. Onions also contain sulfur compounds, which improve red blood cell function and lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
Cayeen pepper: Known for both flavour and health benefits, cayenne aids the circulatory system by adding strength to blood vessels and arteries.
Ginger: Acts as a natural anti-inflammatory by improving circulation while inhibiting the release of prostaglandins a hormone that promotes inflammation and pain.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon has been used for many years in western herbal medicine to promote circulation in the peripheral areas.
Dark chocolate: Having one piece a day of 70-90% cocoa dark chocolate can aid in blood circulation. Cocoa contains flavonoids which is naturally found in plants and fruits and has been well linked to improving blood circulation.
Salmon: Salmon is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which has shown to be beneficial in increasing blood circulation.
Try these nutritious circulatory foods and watch your body warm to it by thanking you.
*If you are taking any pharmaceutical medication consult your doctor before introducing these foods in your diet.