Superfoods That Encourage Blood Circulation

By Stepy Kamei

There are all kinds of health ailments and conditions you need to guard against. Poor blood circulation is one that's often overlooked. Unfortunately, it's also a very common problem many people face every year. What exactly causes poor blood flow anyway? Common related conditions include obesity, smoking, peripheral artery disease, and Raynaud's disease.

Whether you've recently received a diagnosis of poor blood circulation, or you think you may be at risk, you could benefit from learning about the steps you can take to manage or prevent this health issue from affecting your life. In fact, a big way you can fight against poor blood circulation is through your diet. Read on to learn more about how eating the right kinds of foods can make a big difference when fighting and treating this health condition.

Foods to Boost Blood Flow

Surprisingly enough, some foods are so good for you that they actually have the power to improve blood circulation! Here are some truly super foods.

Cayenne Pepper

Or more specifically, any food with the compound called capsaicin (hint: if it's spicy, it's probably got capsaicin in it!). Capsaicin works in amazing ways. It lowers blood pressure, and it also stimulates the release of vasodilators such as nitric oxide. Vasodilators work by relaxing the muscles within the walls of blood vessels. Therefore, blood is able to pass through the vessels more easily. This is why, interestingly enough, many pain-relief products such as cream include spicy peppers!

Onions

Onions not only provide amazing flavor to your favorite dishes, but they can help improve circulation as well! Onions are naturally anti-inflammatory, which means they reduce inflammation buildup around the heart and within the arteries. This gives blood more room to flow freely!

Salmon

This delicious and healthy fish is good for yet another reason -- blood circulation! You may know that salmon (as well as mackerel) is a fatty fish, meaning it contains loads of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. These fats encourage the release of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels and therefore improves blood flow. Just taking fish oil supplements has been shown in clinical studies to have a positive effect on circulation within the body.

Citrus Fruits

Delicious citrus fruits are loaded with antioxidants such as flavonoids. These compounds also act as anti-inflammatory agents. Studies have shown that when regularly consumed, citrus fruits (even just the juices!) can improve artery dilation and blood flow.

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