The 12 Best Foods to Increase Blood Circulation

Blood circulation helps remove waste and deliver oxygen and nutrients to every cell in the body, making it vital to health. Diet as well as activity and weight are important for circulation. Here are 12 of the finest foods for blood circulation.


1. Berries

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries include antioxidants such flavonoids and anthocyanins that reduce inflammation and strengthen blood vessel walls, promoting blood flow.

2. Leafy Greens

Nitrates in spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and other leafy greens widen blood vessels, boosting blood flow and decreasing blood pressure.

3. Fatty Fish

Salmon, mackerel, sardines, and other fatty fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and blood clots, improving circulation.

4. Seeds and nuts

Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds include omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants that improve blood flow and heart health.

5. Citrus Fruits

Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes contain vitamin C, which helps produce collagen, a blood vessel-maintaining protein. Flavonoids in citrus fruits boost circulation.

6. Garlic

The anti-inflammatory and vasodilatory component allicin in garlic can relax blood vessels, increase circulation, and reduce blood pressure.

7. Beets

Beets contain nitrates, which the body converts into nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and promotes blood flow. Regular beetroot or juice consumption improves circulation.

8. Turmeric

Curcumin, an anti-inflammatory component in turmeric, reduces inflammation and prevents blood clots, improving circulation.

9. Dark Chocolate

High-cocoa dark chocolate contains flavonoids, especially flavonols, which dilate blood vessels and reduce inflammation, improving circulation.

10. Tomatoes

Lycopene, an antioxidant in tomatoes, improves circulation, reduces inflammation, and lowers cholesterol.

11. Ginger

Gingerol is anti-inflammatory and vasodilatory, improving blood circulation and reducing blood clot risk.

12. Watermelon

Watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that the body converts into arginine, a precursor to nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation.

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