Blood clots, organ malfunctions and poor blood flow may often lead to circulation problems, and this, in turn, can lead to several potentially dangerous health conditions.
A healthy circulatory system cannot just ensure cardiovascular health, but also improve overall health.
Here we’ve listed down some great herbs that are known to deal with problems associated with the circulation of blood.
Gingko biloba is well known for its valuable anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and is thought to be one of the best herbs that improve blood circulation in the body. It is believed that the extracts of Gingko work by lessening the stickiness of the blood platelets, thereby improving blood flow.
Fresh gingko is thought to be the most effective way to deal with circulatory system problems.
It may sound surprising, but dark chocolate could actually help improve blood circulation. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that speed up the flow of blood through the blood vessels and reduce free radical damage.
Many herbal medicine practitioners often recommend bilberry extracts as a natural treatment for conditions associated with the circulatory system. The extracts of this herb are thought to thin blood and improve circulation; in fact, those suffering from atherosclerosis can also notice improved blood circulation after taking the extracts of this herb.
Willow bark is known to contain a compound known as salicin, which is in many ways, similar to aspirin. It can be used as a natural treatment for inflammation and pain, and it has the same blood thinning action as aspirin. Extracts of willow bark do not just help thin blood and improve blood circulation but also lessen the risk of many associated cardiovascular diseases.
Ginger is known for its valuable anti-inflammatory action, and it is believed that it also contains certain important antioxidants that boost blood circulation and help keep the blood clean and free of toxins.
Ginger extracts can be added to tea or taken in the crushed form with honey before meals to improve blood circulation.
Cayenne peppers are usually available in their dried form, and are used as a spice to impart hotness to the food. The extracts of this pepper are believed to boost metabolic rate and strengthen the arteries and other blood vessels.
Oranges, along with other citrus fruits too, are amazing natural remedies when it comes to thinning the blood and improving its flow throughout the body. Rich in vitamin C, oranges are a natural blood thinner and they help strengthen the walls of the capillaries and reduce the build-up of plaque- all of which are linked to poor circulation.
Rich in vitamin E, sunflower seeds are one of the best natural remedies that help prevent the formation of blood clots and boost blood circulation. Other seeds and vitamin E rich foods like olives, nuts and pumpkin seeds may also help improve blood circulation.
Avocados are a rich source of the heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids that strengthen the immune system and cardiovascular system. Consumption of avocados is believed to improve blood circulation too! Best of all, avocados are very versatile and you can easily add them to your foods!
Watermelon is a rich natural source of lycopene- a natural antioxidant that improves blood circulation. Lycopene is responsible for giving the reddish color to this fruit, and it contains important nutrients that strengthen the vessels of the heart. Tomatoes, apricot and grapefruit are all good sources of lycopene.
Easily available at most health specialty stores, goji berry are similar to natural raisins, and are rich in fiber and other important minerals that boost the immune system and improve circulation of blood through the blood vessels.
Hawthorn extracts are thought to be one of the best natural treatments when it comes to guarding heart health- they improve blood circulation, strengthen the muscles of the heart and also help regulate the heart rhythm, thereby bring hypertension and other heart problems in control.
The roots and flowers of this herb are thought to be the most effective heart-boosting agents.
Garlic is believed to possess blood cleansing and thinning properties, and also helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, which in turn, prevents the build-up of plaque and decreases the risk of many heart conditions.