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What Are the Best Vitamins for Circulation?

Vitamin C, which can be found in most citrus fruits, can help circulation.
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Among the best vitamins for circulation are vitamins A, C, E, niacin and thiamine. Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is essential for the normal secretion of mucus by cells that line the respiratory tract. Although it might not be readily obvious why vitamin A figures on the list of vitamins for circulation, its benefits for this vital function come into light when considering that one of the principle roles of circulation is to provide oxygen-rich blood to every cell of the body. The respiratory system cannot be ignored or even dismissed when speaking of circulation, which affects the entire body.

Vitamin C, which is ascorbic acid, is one of the best vitamins for circulation because it increases absorption of the mineral iron, and it is necessary to maintain the integrity of blood vessel walls. Iron is a vital part of the hemoglobin responsible for carrying oxygen to the body's tissues, and oxygenated blood must travel through an amazing network of blood vessels on its way to cells. This scenario of how one nutrient depends on another helps to illustrate that vitamins for circulation or any other vital function almost always need the presence of additional vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

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Tocopherols, better known as vitamin E, assist in the preservation of red blood cells, helping to prevent their premature destruction. They also help to slow the aging process and have proved to be beneficial in heart disease patients. Although health problems can occur at any age, the mature population tends to suffer more health problems than younger people.

Retarding the aging process should be considered an indirect way in which nutrients can strengthen circulation. Preventing the early destruction of blood cells favors circulation, because without an adequate supply of these cells, proper circulation cannot take place. Niacin, also referred to as vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid, is another of the vitamins for circulation that might seem unrelated to the circulatory system. Anemia is one of the symptoms that present with a niacin deficiency, however. Thiamine, which is vitamin B1, is essential to the overall proper function of the cardiovascular system.

Food sources for vitamin A include dark green vegetables, carrots, yellow fruits such as apricots, potatoes and yellow corn. Vitamin C is abundantly found in citrus fruits and fruit juices. It also is found abundantly in many vegetables. The B complex family of vitamins and vitamin E are available in whole heirloom grains such as spelt, barley and kamut. Eating a diet consisting mainly of organically grown vegetables, heirloom grains and fruits is the best way to ensure adequate amounts of vitamins for circulation.

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bluedolphin
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@literally45-- I try to eat a balanced diet but I still can't get all the vitamins I need through food because of my health condition. I have a genetic problem that prevents vitamin absorption in my intestines. I also have anemia. So I literally have to take vitamins on a regular basis. I get vitamin B shots periodically and I have to take iron daily. Otherwise, I will have a low red blood cell count and many other problems.

Considering how many Americans eat though, I'm sure that most people would benefit from a multivitamin to improve their blood circulation. Heart disease an high blood pressure are very common issues among Americans now.

literally45
Post 2

It sounds like all the major vitamins improve blood circulation. So someone who has a balanced diet with healthy fat, proteins, vegetables and fruit shouldn't have circulation problems right?

fify
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I have poor circulation due to diabetes and I'm taking a multi-herb supplement for it. The supplement has garlic, parsley, ginger and cayenne in it. I think it works because I used to have very cold feet before I started taking this and I don't have this problem any more. My feet are actually warm and look healthy.

I do recommend these herbs, but no one should take them without checking with a doctor first. And the supplement should be pure, with high quality ingredients. I think the cure to everything is in nature but we don't always know how to look for it.

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