Your arteries carry blood from your heart out to the rest of your body. Your veins carry blood back to the heart, and valves in the veins stop the blood from flowing backward.
When your veins have trouble sending blood from your limbs to the heart, it’s known as venous insufficiency. In this condition, blood doesn’t flow back properly to the heart, causing blood to pool in the veins in your legs.
Venous insufficiency can be caused by several different vein disorders, but it’s most often caused by either blood clots or varicose veins.
Symptoms of venous insufficiency include: swelling of the legs or ankles (edema); pain that gets worse when you stand and gets better when you raise your legs; leg cramps; itchy legs; weak legs; skin that is changing color, especially around the ankles; varicose veins.
Foods that Improve Circulation in the Legs
- Dark Chocolate
Cocoa contains flavonoids which is naturally found in plants and fruits and has been well linked to improving blood circulation.
A study published in the Circulation Journal showed that dark chocolate rich in natural flavonoids improved blood circulation when compared with white chocolate with no flavonoids.
- Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a natural source of vitamin E, which is vital for promoting healthy tissue production and providing elasticity for your veins and arteries.
They promote better circulation, which helps prevent blood clots.
- Foods that are rich in vitamin C
Oranges, lemons, and papayas are very rich in vitamin C, and this vitamin can help improve your circulation by:
strengthening the veins and capillaries; preventing the accumulation of fat in the bloodstream; promoting good circulation and reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol levels; strengthening the immune system.
Ginger is very efficient when it comes to the treatment of poor blood circulation. It’s a natural analgesic,reducing pain and inflammation.
Always consume fresh ginger to take full advantage of its medicinal properties.
Garlic has many uses and one of them is it cleanses the blood and helps prevent plaque build-up. Other foods in the bulb group such as radishes, onions and leeks are also good at stimulating blood flow.
Notice: Visiting your medical expert is very important before any medicine or herb (including the ones mentioned above). This is especially if you are already under treatment and you are taking specific medicines.
He should be able to inform you if the foods and herbs you are eating are working for you or if you will have to go through series of tests to boost the circulation of blood in your legs.