Maintaining proper blood circulation is vital for your overall health. 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 the health of your arteries are critical to your overall cardiovascular health–they can help prevent blood clots and help you maintain healthy blood pressure–they’re all to often overlooked.
But, believe it or not, some simple diet choices can help you significantly improve your blood flow naturally.
It’s true, certain foods can improve your circulation–no drugs required. And don’t worry, your going to love them… their delicious!
3 herbs to help jump start circulation
A variety of herbs and herbal extracts have been shown to relieve occasional stagnation, or blood that’s pooling and not flowing properly.
Do you experience cold hands and feet or pains in your legs or chest? These can be signs of a serious blood circulation problem.
But modern research has found that three herbs in particular can naturally help jump start your circulation…
Basil is rich in magnesium which is proven to promote cardiovascular health. Magnesium encourages your blood vessels and muscles to relax naturally leading to better blood flow.
Add fresh organic basil to soups, salads, sandwiches and all kinds of savory dishes to support healthy circulation.
A number of studies have demonstrated saffron’s ability to support better blood flow. In one study a saffron extract significantly reduced blood pressure in animal subjects. The herb was also shown to improve blood flow in a study on retinas,
Garlic’s ability to relax blood vessels and increase blood flow is well documented. Numerous studies have demonstrated the pungent herb’s ability to fight heart disease and high blood pressure by reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol and promoting better blood flow.
Use fresh garlic in soups, stir fries, chicken pork and beef dishes and more. Garlic is also delicious roasted in the oven with just a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.
All three of these herbs can effectively support healthy circulation and help combat plaque buildup on the arterial walls.
Get better blood flow with fruit
Vitamin C is a natural blood thinner. As a result fruits high in this vital vitamin can help with blood flow.
Fruits to consider…
- citrus fruits,
- and cantaloupes
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.
No more sticky blood with 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. Choosing to make these foods a part of your regular diet is a great–not to mention delicious–way to start.
Dr. Isaac Eliaz, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980's, is a respected author, lecturer, researcher, product formulator and clinical practitioner.
Since 1991 Dr. Eliaz has maintained a busy private practice in northern California that focuses primarily on integrative, holistic protocols for cancer patients. He leads an integrative medical team at Amitabha Clinic in Sebastopol, California with focus on cancer and other chronic ailments.
To learn more, please visit www.dreliaz.org.
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