Natural circulation boosters

Author: Amber Houghton   Date Posted:9 October 2015 

Do you suffer from varicose veins, poor circulation or cold hands and feet?

These natural circulation boosters might be just what you need to get your blood pumping.


Horse chestnut and butcher’s broom help relieve varicose veins

In European herbal medicine, butcher’s broom and horse chestnut have a traditionally been used for vein disorders such as varicose veins and haemorrhoids. In clinical studies, both herbs have been shown to relieve a wide range of symptoms of varicose veins and venous insufficiency, including itching, tension, swelling and fluid retention.


Ginkgo and bilberry support peripheral circulation

Ginkgo is best known for helping to improve memory, concentration and alertness, and bilberry as an eye tonic that supports visual function. But did you know that these herbs may also help maintain peripheral blood circulation? In addition, ginkgo may assist in the symptomatic relief of legs that ache and become tired after walking long distances.



Vitamin E helps prevent free radical damage

As an antioxidant, vitamin E helps protect the linings of the arteries, veins and capillaries from free radical damage. By helping inhibit the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol, it also helps to maintain the health of artery walls and support healthy blood flow.


Grape seed – antioxidant support for the blood vessels

Like vitamin E, grape seed has potent antioxidant properties and is regarded as being particularly protective against free radical damage to the blood vessels. It may even help protect vitamin E and support its conversion back to its antioxidant form after the vitamin E has performed its important free radical-quenching functions. Grape seed may also help to relieve some of the symptoms of varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.


Fish oil supports blood vessel function

Fish oil supports healthy arteries and peripheral blood circulation, and in clinical trials, taking fish oil supplements has been shown to have a beneficial effect on blood vessel function, even in normal, healthy individuals.


Written by Amber Houghton
Amber Houghton

Amber holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Naturopathy, and has a particular passion for nutritious, whole-food eating. She feels education surrounding the best dietary and lifestyle choices are fundamental in allowing people to take responsibility for their own health, and to help with the maintenance of their well-being.

Although passionate about wholesome food, Amber does confess to having a particular fondness for cake, and enjoys a slice every now and then.