As we age, maintaining healthy blood circulation becomes increasingly important. Reduced blood flow can lead to various health concerns, including the risk of developing blood clots, which can be life-threatening. While pharmaceutical blood thinners are effective, they may have potential side effects and interactions with other medications. This article explores natural alternatives such as fruits, spices, and vegetables that may support healthy blood circulation. However, you must consult an alternative healthcare provider before changing your medical regimen.
One of my personal recipes from my alternative Doctor
Eating sauerkraut with fresh garlic, Tahini, and olive oil could offer several benefits for blood circulation. Still, it’s important to consult with a “natural” healthcare provider for personalized medical advice. Here’s a breakdown of how each ingredient could contribute to better circulatory health:
Fermented foods like sauerkraut are rich in probiotics, which can help support gut health. A healthy gut will contribute to better blood circulation by reducing inflammation.
Caution: Be aware that sauerkraut contains vitamin K, which can interfere with your efforts to keep your blood thin and healthy.
- Fresh Garlic
Garlic contains allicin, a compound found to have blood-thinning properties.
Tahini, made from sesame seeds, is rich in nutrients like magnesium that can help to relax blood vessels, potentially improving blood flow.
Caution: High in calories and fat, so portion control is advised.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation and improve blood vessel function.
Caution: Like Tahini, olive oil is calorie-dense, so moderation is key.
- Eating on an Empty Stomach
Consuming these foods on an empty stomach will amplify their absorption. Still, it can also cause stomach discomfort for some people, particularly due to the strong flavours and acidity of garlic and sauerkraut.
Considerations for Blood Clots
These foods contain various compounds that have been researched for their potential to improve blood circulation and possibly reduce clot formation.
I also include the following in my weekly diet:
Fruits for Better Blood Circulation
Examples: Blueberries, strawberries, cranberries
They are high in antioxidants and salicylates that can have a blood-thinning effect.
They contain resveratrol, which has a blood-thinning impact and helps improve blood flow.
They are rich in antioxidants and nitrates known to improve blood flow.
Examples: Oranges, grapefruits, lemons
They are high in flavonoids that may have blood-thinning properties.
Spices to Spice Up Your Circulatory Health
Garlic contains allicin, which acts as a natural blood thinner.
Ginger contains gingerol, which will help prevent blood clotting.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning properties.
It contains coumarin, which can act as a blood thinner but should be used in moderation.
Veggies for Vascular Health
Examples: Spinach, kale, swiss chard
Why They Help: They are rich in Vitamin K, but they don’t necessarily act as clotting agents when consumed in moderation.
Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and low in Vitamin K, which is beneficial for better blood circulation.
Beets are high in dietary nitrates, which help to dilate blood vessels, improving blood flow.
Why They Help: They contain compounds that can act as natural blood thinners.
Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil: Rich in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. Ground flaxseeds can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, and baked goods, which can have a blood-thinning effect.
Almonds and walnuts are good sources of Vitamin E, which will help prevent clotting.
Natural alternatives offer an exciting avenue to support healthy blood circulation and avoid clots and strokes. Incorporating these fruits, spices, and vegetables into your diet can be an alternative to pharmaceutical solutions. Always consult your alternative healthcare provider for personalized advice.