Delicious Foods to Increase Blood Flow and Circulation
Posted by: Tampa Cardio
On: March 8, 2021
If you are reading this congratulations on taking a step towards your best health yet. Poor circulation can be very troubling. It can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms such as muscle cramps, pain, numbness, digestive issues, and cold hands and feet.
It can be brought on by Peripheral artery disease, obesity, smoking, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, or other health issues. Though often treated with medications it has been shown that changing up your diet to include certain foods can enhance blood flow and when added to a regular exercise or movement regimen can make a good bit of difference.
Here are the top foods to enhance blood flow and circulation throughout the body.
Cayenne Pepper – Capsaicin is a vasodilator. It can help reduce plaque build up as well as strengthen blood vessels and encourage blood flow.
Pomegranate – are high in polyphenol antioxidants as well as nitrates which are strong vasodilators.
Onion – Onions benefit heart health. They are an excellent source of flavonoid antioxidants boosting blood flow by reducing inflammation in the heart and veins.
Cinnamon – This warm spice helps dilate blood vessels improving the flow to the heart.
Garlic – Studies suggest that its sulfur compounds, including allicin can increase tissue blood flow and lower blood pressure by relaxing your blood vessels.
Omega 3 Fatty Fish – Salmon and Mackerel. These fats are especially beneficial for boosting circulation. They promote the release of nitric oxide which dilates the blood vessels increasing the flow.
Turmeric – Research suggests that a compound found in turmeric called curcumin helps increase nitric oxide production, reduce oxidative stress and decrease inflammation.
Greens – spinach, swiss chard, rhubarb, and other leafy greens help control blood pressure and cause blood to flow more smoothly.
Tomatoes – have been shown to help reduce the activity of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) which causes blood vessels to constrict to control blood pressure.
Ginger – is a staple in Chinese medicine. It has been used for thousands of years to help improve circulation and lower blood pressure.
Adding in these foods to your diet can help your body work more easily moving blood to your organs and back to the heart for recirculation. The better your blood flows the better you feel.
At Tampa Cardiovascular Associates we are always here for you. Nutritional services as well as medical care and testing. Give us a call to schedule 813-975-2800. www.tampacardio.com.
Posted by: Tampa Cardio