Poor circulation is a common problem caused by many conditions, like peripheral artery disease (PAD), diabetes, obesity, smoking and Raynaud’s disease. Low blood flow can lead to pain, muscle cramps, numbness, digestive issues and a feeling of coldness in the hands and feet.
Circulatory issues are often treated with medication, but eating certain foods can also help optimize blood flow. Here are nine of the best foods to help increase blood flow and circulation in your body:
- Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants, which help open the blood vessels to allow more blood to flow through. It is also known for keeping the arteries from becoming stiff and thick.
Onions are an excellent source of flavonoid antioxidants, which benefit heart health and circulation by helping your arteries and veins widen when blood flow increases.
- Fatty fish
A diet rich in fish that are low in saturated fat and high in Omega-3 fatty acids has been associated with improved blood flow and a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
Beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. Through a chain reaction, the body converts these nitrates into nitric oxide, a chemical that helps improve blood flow and blood pressure.
- Leafy greens
Leafy greens thin the blood and help oxygen circulate around the body more efficiently.
- Citrus fruits
Consuming flavonoid-rich citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruit may decrease inflammation in your body, which can reduce blood pressure and stiffness in your arteries while improving blood flow. Watermelon can also improve blood flow, as it contains lycopene, a natural antioxidant linked to improving circulation.
Nuts like walnuts and almonds help improve circulation by reducing inflammation and oxidative damage in the arteries.
The lycopene in tomatoes can protect against cardiovascular disease. The vitamin K in tomatoes helps control bleeding and blood clotting as well as improves circulation.
Blueberries and strawberries contain flavonoids, which help dilate arteries, reduce plaque buildup and increase blood flow.
If you or a loved one needs to increase blood flow and circulation, but needs additional support from a skilled specialist, please call Carolina Vein Specialists at 336-218-8346. We are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders and interventional procedures.