As discussed in ‘poor circulation causes’, diet plays an incredibly important role in improving and maintaining healthy circulation in the body.
A diet high in fat, salt and sugar is sure to lead to poor circulation. A simple step towards better circulation therefore, is simply to cut down on an excessive intake of these foods.
Simply replacing these foods with complex carbohydrates such as brown rice and wholegrain bread, will go some way towards lowering your cholesterol levels, seeing as rice and bread are often staples in our diet.
In addition to these simple changes, below is a list of foods that actively promote better circulation. Including any, or all of these into your diet will help you warm up those feet and hands and help to prevent circulation problems worsening or occurring in the first place. Remember. It is always better to prevent a problem rather than to wait and have to cure it. Even if you don’t have any visible circulation problems, it’s never too early to start eating these foods and changing your diet in general.
- Contains Vitamin B3 (niacin). This helps to prevent the buildup of fatty, cholesterol deposits on the inside of the arteries and liver. It also relaxes blood vessels, further promoting circulation
- Contain fantastic antioxidant. One of these: ‘anthocyanin’ promotes elasticity of the arteries and helps to thin the blood.
- Nuts are rich in Vitamin B3 (niacin) and omega 3.
- Black currant
- Contain large amounts of ‘anthocyanin’, which promotes bloodflow to the extremities.
- Effective in helping to control blood pressure.
- Acai berries
- Another great source of anthocyanin. A great source of fiber and Vitamins E and C. Acai berries also have more powerful antioxidant properties than blueberries. Acai berries also contain fatty acids, which decrease LDL cholesterol levels.
- A fantastic source of ‘lycopene’, which helps to stave of cholesterol plaque buildup in your blood vessels. Watermelon also contains ‘citrulline’, which helps blood vessels to relax.
- Contains ‘lutein’, which helps to prevent buildup of fatty plaques in blood vessels.
- Dark green vegetables
- Contain ‘Vitamin E’, which aids in dilating your blood vessels and helps to prevent your blood clotting.
- Oranges and other citrus fruits
- A great source of Vitamin C and ‘rutin’, a bioflavonoid, which promotes strength and elasticity in your capillaries. Rutin can also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels keep blood pressure in check.
- Another great source of omega 3.
- Pumpkin seeds
- A great source of Vitamin E, which helps to reduce the risk of blod clots.
- Help to lower blood pressure, promote HDL (good cholesterol) levels, and prevent blot clots.
- Dark chocolate
- A great source of ‘flavonoids’, which help to lower cholesterol, relaxes and promotes elasticity in blood vessels. It also contains ‘magnesium’, which helps to lower blood pressure.
- Red Grapes
- Contain ‘anthocyanins’, giving them their red colour. Great for healthy bloodflow to your extremities.
- Aids in dilating blood vessels and aids in lowering cholesterol.
- A great source of omega 3 and Vitamin B3
There are many more foods that are effective promoters of good circulation (celery for instance), but I have included foods that are either better or simply the tastier alternative. Let’s face it, you don’t want to kill your taste buds to keep yourself alive. A good diet can be achieved with along with a happy tongue.
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This information is for educational purposes and should not be used in place of professional medical advice.