Foods That Boost Circulation

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.


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.


  • 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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Dr. Isaac Eliaz

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  1. Carl says

    My wife has taken garlic for high blood pressure for years with poor results. That garlic was from the supermarket and seemed weak. We tried planting it in our compost fortified garden with little improvement. For seed we used the same supermarket cloves. Last fall we planted cloves from an organic garlic seed supplier. Wow! What a difference! We just harvested and dried 150 bulbs and started using it. We roasted a head and it tasted far superior. In less than one week, taking a teaspoon, chopped fresh each day, she has seen results. Her pressures have gone down from 190/98 to 160/86 and are lower every day. She takes no meds and has changed nothing else. We have never seen organic garlic in health food stores or the organic section of markets. This has worked better than anything she has tried including prescription meds.

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