Throughout the body is a complex system of arteries, veins and capillaries through which the blood transports nutrients to cells, carries heat from the inner body to the skin and moves waste material to channels of elimination. The circulatory system is like a network of heavily traveled highways that keeps all components of the body connected and up to speed. Our goal is to maintain the condition and tone of the blood vessels so the “traffic” flows freely.
Keep the Roads Wide and in Good Repair
One of the best ways to keep your circulatory system in tip-top health is by strengthening the walls of the various blood vessels, which are largely comprised of collagen protein tissue. Below are several supplements that help accomplish this goal.
OPCs—Grapeseed extract and Pycnogenol both contain compounds known as OPCs that significantly help to strengthen the collagen fibers that form arterial walls.
Silica—This mineral compound of silcon dioxide gives arterial walls elasticity.
Gotu Kola—Helps strengthen the connective tissue of veins.
Horse Chestnut—The aescin content of this herb tones veins and makes them less permeable.
Nattozime—A natural enzyme that promotes circulatory function.
Garlic—Helps keep blood flowing through arteries.
Lecithin—Emulsifies (breaks up) fats in the blood.
Three Great Supplements for Heart Strength
Blood doesn’t lie stagnant within the walls of vessels; it courses through them due to the pumping action of the heart. Therefore, good circulation largely depends on a strong healthy heart. Three outstanding supplements for promoting cardiovascular health are CoQ10, L‑Carnitine, and D‑Ribose.
5 Key Ways to Effectively Maintain Circulatory Flow
Exercise—This is still one of the best ways to keep arteries healthy and blood flowing.
Liquids—Drink plenty of liquids with a preference for distilled water and herbal teas.
Massage—A fifteen minute massage with jojoba oil infused with essential oils of rosemary, sage, or juniper really gets the circulation going.
Manage Stress—Stress constricts the blood vessels. Vow to manage stress by whatever means it takes. Deep breathing exercises and learning to view life with a deep sense of appreciation have worked well for many individuals. Check out books on stress at your local bookstore or library.
Supplements—Several dietary supplements are very effective at revving up circulation including Ginkgo biloba, Butcher’s Broom, Chickweed, Ginger, Hawthorn, Turmeric and Cayenne.