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12 Herbs That will Really Get Your Blood Going
Poor circulation doesn’t sound like much of a problem — until you consider what can happen to your body if your blood isn’t making the rounds like it should. If your fingers and toes always seem to be cold, or if your knees, knuckles, or ankles seem to be as well for no reason, you probably suffer from poor circulation.
However, those are the minor problems. Poor circulation can increase your risk for heart attack, stroke and even vein thrombosis. Getting the proper blood supply to the organs is vital for a healthy body.
Although poor circulation can sometimes occur due to health problems such as liver disease, diabetes, kidney problems and heart disease, many times it is caused by nothing more than a poor diet, a lack of certain nutrients or unhealthy habits such as smoking.
There are natural ways to improve your circulation with simple herbs and vitamins you are likely to have on your kitchen shelves, or that you can find in your garden or at your local health food store.
Keep reading! We made a list of 12 best ways to naturally improve circulation and get your blood pumping again!
1. Cayenne Pepper
You will find that many herbal practitioners suggest using cayenne pepper to encourage better blood circulation. Cayenne pepper is a natural blood cleanser; additionally, it supports the circulatory system. This is a great way to help those with rheumatoid arthritis or regular bouts of arthritis, as it warms the arms and legs. This herb stimulates the circulatory system by dilating the blood vessels, bringing warm and new blood throughout the body. You can add a bit of this peppery spice to your cooking or try supplements if you can’t stomach the thought of eating anything too spicy.
2. Co-Enzyme Q10
This antioxidant has certainly gotten a great deal of attention lately. Co-Q10 is found in lean meat, and it greatly diminishes the effects of stress and illness, filling people with more energy and making them feel younger. This antioxidant — which the body does not make so we must consume it — strengthens the heart muscle, which makes it easier for the heart to pump blood to the body’s extremities. If you decide to take a supplement, talk to your doctor about the right dose for your condition.
Ginger is a nice alternative for those who find cayenne pepper too strong for their tastes. This is a much gentler warming agent that works by thinning the blood slightly, improving blood circulation. One Japanese study out found that the herbal medicine Dai-kenchu-to had a beneficial effect on the blood flow within the intestines. This was mostly due to the dried ginger found in this herbal treatment. Drink ginger tea several times each day to improve your blood circulation.
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