It’s a well-known and often documented fact that iron is a metal that is essential for life. As part of the proteins and enzymes found throughout your body, iron comes from food and helps carry oxygen in the blood.
As necessary as iron is to blood flow, here are some other healthy foods that will ensure you are getting the most of your blood:
Fruit has a plethora of nutrients and enzymes that help improve blood circulation. It contains antioxidants that prevent free radical damage in your circulatory system. Fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, oranges and goji berries contain some of the most antioxidants of all fruits. Another little known, but beneficial fruit is Watermelon. It contains lycopene, which helps to eliminate arterial plaque and increases blood flow.
Why is Vitamin E important?
It can prevent the occurrence of blood clots, aid in the formation of red blood cells and fight free radical damage. This antioxidant can help fight off many cancers and prevent heart disease.
Good sources of Vitamin E include: Almonds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, hazelnuts, olives, and organ meats.
Vegetables and vegetable juices are known to offer plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that improve blood flood in many ways. First off, they lower LDL, which is known as the “bad” cholesterol, and they strengthen blood vessels and capillaries.
Carrots, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and onions are some of the healthiest, most nutrient rich vegetables to improve circulation.
Herbs and Spices
Hotter herbs and spices improve blood circulation. One example is cayenne pepper, which promotes better circulation by warming your body from the inside. It is considered a blood thinner and an anti-inflammatory agent.
So although the most popular topic for blood health usually relates to iron, don’t forget these other vital components to blood health! If you or someone you know wants to schedule to donate, give us a call at 1800-Donate-4 or visit us online to book an appointment.