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Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010
Foods that Boost Circulation
Posted by Isaac Eliaz of Amitabha Medical Clinic & Healing Center

Maintaining proper blood circulation is vital for your overall health, as healthy blood flow helps transport nutrients and oxygen to your organs and removes wastes. The process also aids in the healing of wounds and reduces the risk of infection. While the state of your circulation and health of your arteries are indicative of your cardiovascular health and blood pressure, they are often overlooked, so it is important to follow these simple diet guidelines to help improve blood flow.


Herbs

A variety of herbs and extracts are shown to relieve occasional stagnation, or blood that is not flowing properly. Experiencing cold hands and feet, or pains in your legs or chest can be serious signs of a problem, but modern research demonstrates that certain natural compounds such as basil, saffron and garlic can effectively support healthy circulation and help combat plaque buildup on the arterial walls.

 

Fruits

Citrus fruits, kiwis, strawberries, and cantaloupes are all high in Vitamin C, which is a natural blood thinner. Citrus fruits also contain bioflavonoids which can help strengthen your capillaries. Watermelon is rich in lycopene, which discourages the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Blackberries are also known to promote new blood cell formation and purify the blood.

 

Nuts and Seeds

Certain nuts and seeds, particularly pumpkin seeds, are high in Vitamin E, which may lower the stickiness of blood and therefore lower the likelihood of blood clot formation. Pumpkin seeds are also a source of carnitine, which can support cardiovascular health and regulate inflammation responses.

 

Since the cardiovascular system is complex and influences all areas of the body, a protocol that embraces the concept of balance and total-body wellness (that is, not just treating single symptoms individually) is going to be your most effective solution.

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