We know having good circulation is critical to good health. When we can improve circulation and decrease inflammation, we aid other bodily functions and help support our immune system. Exercising while also resting injured muscles plays into your overall health. But did you know the foods you eat also contribute to your circulation and blood flow?
It’s true. Though many individuals may rely on medication to improve the circulatory system, certain foods contain healing elements.
Want to eat your way to good circulation? Read on!
Berries – Antioxidants and Improved Circulation
It’s a berry good idea to increase your berry consumption. Why? Berries contain a lot of really great antioxidants and compounds that can improve heart health and manage chronic conditions. This superfood does a lot!
- Heart Health: Berries contain chemical compounds that can fight inflammation and reduce blood pressure. In a 2013 study by the American Heart Association, “Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack by as much as one-third.”
- Diabetes Management: Though berries contain natural sugars, they contain a significantly smaller amount than other fruits. They also contain fiber which can help control blood sugar spikes, help with insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.
You don’t have to tell us twice to indulge in some dark chocolate– in moderation, of course. Studies suggest that consuming dark chocolate helps the body produce nitric oxide, which protects your heart and veins. Cocoa also contains antioxidants that help manage blood pressure, cholesterol and can improve blood flow.
Beets. Bears. Blood pressure? You got that right. Athletes have been eating beets to increase their levels of nitric oxide which increases blood flow and gets oxygen to the muscles. But just because you aren’t on the field daily anymore doesn’t mean you can’t reap the benefits.
Have you ever wondered what gives cayenne pepper its kick? This spicy flavor is caused by capsaicin. Studies show the compound can affect blood pressure and improve blood flow.
However, if you take a blood thinner, seek medical attention before adding more peppers to your diet as capsaicin has natural blood-thinning capabilities.
Garlic has been used in medicine since ancient Greek physician Hippocrates began to give patients garlic to treat a variety of conditions. Studies have shown that garlic has a significant impact on reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure and in some cases was more effective than prescribed blood pressure medications.
Have your grocery list ready? It’s time to combat poor circulation and increase blood flow with these delicious foods.
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NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.