Better Circulation equals better life. That sounds like hype, so let’s boost the stakes a bit.
Circulation is life.
Have you noticed what the paramedics do first when they come upon an unconscious patient? First they check to see if the patient is breathing, and if not, they check to see if there is a pulse. If there is no pulse there is no circulation. If there is no circulation then no blood is reaching the patient’s brain and other vital organs, in which case, for all intents and purposes, the patient is no longer with us.
Circulation is life. Better circulation equals better life.
There is a saying among practitioners involved with erectile dysfunction: “Healthy penis, healthy heart.” Just what do those expensive little blue pills do? In a nutshell, they are designed to improve circulation, particularly “down there”. Better circulation is better life.
Less obvious signs of poor circulation may be an occasional tingling feeling in the feet and hands, or trouble keeping your hands and feet warm on cool days. Often, a general feeling of tiredness or lethargy accompanies poor circulation. Among the many jobs of the circulatory system is regulating body temperature, as well as supplying the cells with nutrients and carrying away waste.
The single best method for improving circulation may simply be exercise. Exercise, almost by definition, “gets the ol’ heart pumping”. Adding as little as thirty minutes of moderate exercise daily to a sedentary lifestyle can add years to your life.
Adding a Vitamin C supplement to your daily regimen may be beneficial to circulation. A study published in a 2010 article in The Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology Cardiovascular Interventions noted that post-heart surgery blood flow appeared to improve with Vitamin C usage.
Vitamin E is thought to suppress blood clotting with in blood vessels; clots can effectively block circulation. Blood vessels have also been shown to widen with Vitamin E use, further enhancing circulation.
Ginger may ease inflammation in the body according to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s website, including inflammation involving the blood vessels. Ginger has been a folk remedy for poor circulation for generations, and its anti-inflammatory properties may be the reason why.
According to research available through the US National Library of Medicine, capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper (and other chili peppers) may help to lower blood pressure. Cayenne appears to work as both a stimulant and an anti-inflammatory, both of which contribute to improved circulation. Useful in both medicinal and culinary applications, cayenne registers between 30,000 and 50,000 on the Scoville scale of “chili hotness”. The average jalapeno rates 2,000 to 8,000 on the Scoville scale.
Garlic is another folk remedy that is receiving more attention from medical science. Like Vitamin E supplements, garlic seems to have the effect of widening the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more freely. Garlic also appears to prevent blood platelets from clumping together, avoiding clots in the bloodstream. Garlic supplements are available in odorless capsules.