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Foods to Improve Blood Flow and Circulation

Foods to Improve Blood Flow and Circulation
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By Barbara Ross

TP 202008 NURTITION 01Blood circulation is one of the most important bodily functions; in fact, it supports and promotes other bodily functions as well.

 

To start with, it is through blood flow that our vital organs get enough oxygen to function. Blood also distributes nutrients and minerals throughout the body, and supplies all the resources necessary for cell growth and development. Circulation also helps supply enough blood for the other organs of the body.

 

Clearly, it is an essential process without which a number of things can go wrong. Improper blood circulation can cause many problems including digestive issues, muscle cramps and numbness. In some cases there will also be pain.

 

Hence, it鈥檚 essential to consume foods that maintain and improve your blood circulation at all times. Here is a list of some of the best foods that will improve and optimize circulation.

 

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Pomegranate

TP 202008 NURTITION 02Pomegranates are the number one option in terms of foods to improve blood flow. These juicy fruits are very rich in polyphenol antioxidants and nitrates, both of which boost the flow. They also help in supplying more oxygen to muscle tissues, which especially benefits active people.

 

You can consume pomegranates in fruit form or juiced, and they are delicious any way.

 

Cayenne pepper

TP 202008 NURTITION 03Cayenne pepper is a spice that gets most of its flavour from a phytochemical substance called capsaicin. It helps in releasing nitric oxide and other compounds that act as vasodilators, things that help your blood vessels to expand and stimulate blood flow.

 

Capsaicin also lowers blood pressure and allows blood to flow more easily through the arteries and veins. Additionally, it reduces plaque build-up in the arteries, further easing circulation.



Beets

TP 202008 NURTITION 04Beets are primarily rich in nitrates, which get converted into nitric oxide in our bodies. And nitric oxide acts as a vasodilator, again relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow.

 

Furthermore, beets also help improve the supply of oxygen to muscle tissue. This is why beet supplements are recommended for active individuals. Sometimes, beets are also suggested for inclusion in the diet of older adults who may have blood circulation issues.

 

Ginger

TP 202008 NURTITION 05Ginger has long been known to have high medicinal properties. In fact, ginger has been a part of traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for more than a thousand years.

 

It helps reduce blood pressure and, in turn, improve blood circulation. For this reason, it is recommended for patients with high blood pressure, which is a common hindrance for optimized blood flow.

 

It can easily be added to your diet as a taste enhancer or a spice. You can also add ginger to your tea for some extra flavour.

 

Citrus fruits

TP 202008 NURTITION 06Citrus fruits such as grapefruits, oranges and lemons are among the richest sources of antioxidants. They also contain flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. They decrease inflammation, help reduce blood pressure and relax the arteries, stimulating the production of nitric oxide and improving circulation.

 

As a bonus, citrus fruits also reduce the risk of issues like stroke. Apart from consuming these foods, you also need to avoid habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Reducing salt intake and caffeine, too, can improve blood circulation. Most importantly, maintaining an active lifestyle and exercising regularly can effectively optimize blood flow.

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