Monday, August 17, 2015

Poor Circulation: A Serious Problem

Are you cold all the time? Do your legs cramp? Do your fingers and toes tingle sometimes? You might have poor circulation.

A lot of symptoms that have to do with extremities can be chalked up to poor circulation. Poor circulation may be fairly common, but it shouldn't be thought of as something you have to live with. It is more serious than that.

Poor circulation is where the body can't move blood through various vessels efficiently enough to meet the body's needs. The bottom line is that it is poor blood flow to and from the heart.

Poor Circulation Can Indicate More Serious Health Problems

Poor circulation is often a side effect when there is a problem with blood pressure, which can also indicate cardiovascular disease. It is also a common side effect of diabetes. Other possible health problems are peripheral artery disease or Raynaud's syndrome.

If you notice symptoms of poor circulation regularly, it is a good idea to visit your doctor. Poor circulation prevents parts of the body from getting enough oxygen. 

What You Can Do About Poor Circulation

Since poor circulation is often the result of something else like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, or peripheral artery disease, the best thing you can do is to change your lifestyle to be more heart healthy. This mostly consists of changes to your diet and activity level.

Efforts to improve circulation include:
  • eat a low fat diet
  • get plenty of fiber
  • cut back on alcohol
  • no smoking
  • cut back on sodium
  • exercise
  • take a nitric oxide supplement

L-arginine and Blood Circulation

Of course we also recommend supplementing with l-arginine. L-arginine Plus is an ideal supplement because it contains l-arginine and l-citrulline, both of which help your body produce more nitric oxide. L-arginine Plus has shown that it provides support for overall cardiovascular health. Find out more about L-arginine at