Poor circulation is quite common in the peripheral parts, or outer reaches of your body, including your hands, feet, legs and brain, as they are quite distant from the heart and at greatest risk of inadequate blood supply. Inadequate blood supply can occur at these sites due to muscle contraction in the small blood vessels, or the capillaries themselves may be weak. Diet and lifestyle choices such as poor diet, dehydration, smoking and physical inactivity may all contribute to problems with peripheral circulation.
Top 4 herbs & nutrients to assist peripheral circulation
1. Ginkgo assists blood circulation and helps maintain the health of the capillaries and circulation to the peripheral areas of the body such as the legs, hands and feet. Maintaining healthy peripheral circulation helps relieve cold hands and feet and may assist pain-free walking capacity by maintaining circulation to the leg muscles.
Ginkgo helps maintain blood flow to the brain, assisting in the maintenance of cognitive function, memory, focus and concentration. Ginkgo helps maintain cognitive function and memory during ageing and may enhance cognitive performance in healthy individuals. By supporting peripheral circulation, Ginkgo may assist in the relief of vertigo or dizziness and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
2. Coenzyme Q10 or Ubiquinol (an activated form of coenzyme Q10) helps maintain a healthy circulatory system, heart function and heart health.
3. Grape seed supports healthy veins, blood vessels and microcirculation, including to peripheral areas, helping to relieve swelling, heaviness and tingling of the legs. Grape seed helps maintain heart health and a healthy cardiovascular system and may assist in the maintenance of normal blood pressure in healthy individuals.
4. Oils, including evening primrose, flaxseed and fish oils, may all assist in the maintenance of peripheral circulation to the hands, feet and legs. These oils may also help to relieve cold hands and feet.