Most experts agree that proper blood circulation is a key factor in health, fitness, and longevity. Unfortunately, most people over the age of 30 suffer from poor blood flow.
Typical symptoms are cold hands and feet, headaches, fatigue, memory problems, poor sleep, muscle loss, and lowered libido for both men and women, causing erectile dysfunction in men.
There are a number of different ways to improve your blood flow — such as diet, exercise, massage, stretching, and taking supplements. Which is what I’m going to discuss in today’s article – the 10 best vitamins, minerals, and herbs, that are clinically proven to help improve blood flow and help strengthen your arteries and blood vessels.
I’ll do a quick summary of these ingredients in today’s article.
Carnitine helps your body produce energy and plays an important role in heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes. It’s especially important for improving blood flow to your brain and heart.
Most people have heard of the cheaper form, which is L-Carnitine. However, what’s important to note is that there are different forms of Carnitine and the best are:
- Acetyl L-Carnitine
- L-Carnitine Fumarate
- Glycine Propionyl L-Carnitine (GPLC)
A specific combination of these 3 forms has been clinically validated to improve blood flow. Again, I’ll give you more details in a minute.
Most people do not obtain adequate amounts of magnesium in their diets and this is unfortunate because magnesium is one of the body’s most important minerals. It is required as a cofactor in hundreds of enzymatic processes within cells.
In regards to improving blood flow, what’s important to note is that magnesium helps:
- Relax smooth muscles within blood vessels, which improves blood circulation
- Balance out calcium and thus, prevent calcium buildup in the arteries and vessels
Similar to carnitine, there are different forms of Magnesium and each has a specific function. The optimal blend contains Magnesium Glycinate Chelate, Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Aspartate, and Magnesium Oxide.
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC)
One of my favorite supplements is an amino acid called, NAC. It helps:
- Detox your liver and kidney
- Removes heavy metals and toxins
- Boosts your immune system by increasing Glutathione
All of this improves circulation.
Nattokinase is an enzyme (a protein that speeds up reactions in the body) that is extracted from a popular Japanese food called natto. It’s nature’s very own natural blood thinner, which helps support healthy blood pressure and improved circulation.
However, what’s very special about it is that it fights fibrin buildup, which is a fibrous mesh that reduces blood flow, which can over time, lead to heart failure and a heart attack.
White Willow Extract
Do you know how Aspirin was first discovered? … It was in nature from the White Willow Extract, which is the original (or natural form of) aspirin because it contains a natural ingredient called “salicin” that’s similar to aspirin, but without the usual negative side-effects.
Used in small dosages, it also helps naturally thin the blood and improves blood flow. It also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Tea (Green & Black)
The antioxidants in tea promote cardiovascular health and improve circulation. This is true for both black tea and green tea.
Black tea improves blood vessel health1, while green tea has been associated with a lower rate of coronary artery disease.2 Both have been shown to improve circulation.1,2
Make sure you get the “extract” version, which is high in Polyphenols and antioxidants.
Vitamin D, E, and K2-7
Finally, 3 of the best vitamins for improving blood flow are
- D3 – which should be taken for overall health benefits, including blood flow
- E – it helps reduce inflammation and thins the blood. In fact, in a clinical study, it was found that there was a nearly 50% reduction in heart attacks in people who take Vit E daily.
- K2-7 – a special form of Vitamin K, which takes excess calcium OUT of your blood vessels and put it into your bones, where it’s needed.
So there you have it, the best ingredients and supplements, which are clinically proven to help improve your blood flow and circulation, while also strengthening your vessels and making them more flexible and pliable.
However, what’s important to note is that there is a special synergy when these ingredients are combined. More positive effects and benefits, at a much lower dosage.
You can get more details about this in this article — so you can save yourself time and lots of money, while dramatically improving the benefits.
- Cambridge Heart Antioxidant Study (CHAOS)