Circulatory disorders are quite common in middle-aged and older people. Hypertension is the most common circulatory disease and is caused by cholesterol plaque deposits along the walls of the arteries which make them harden and constrict. Because the arteries are constricted, the blood exerts great force against the walls of the blood vessels, causing blood pressure to rise.
Hardening of the Arteries
Hardening of the arteries is another consequence of plaque buildup due to these same fatty deposits. Buergers disease, common to those who smoke, is a chronic inflammation of the veins and arteries in the lower extremities. Raynauds disease is marked by constriction and spasm of the blood vessels in the extremities. The fingers toes and tip of the nose. If left untreated this disease can lead to gangrene.
In addition, poor circulation can result from varicose veins that develop because of a loss of elasticity if the walls of the veins. Circulatory problems are very prevalent in this age of bad food, little exercise and higher stress levels.
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Ginkgo Biloba is an all-round circulation booster. It is most widely know for its ability to improve memory, due to its ability to increase blood flow through the brain. In Germany, Gingko is used by physicians to treat varicose veins. It improves blood flow and strengthens blood vessels. Gingko is also anti-inflammatory, relaxes the lungs, improves blood flow to the heart and lessens coronary demand for oxygen reducing shortness of breath. It has also been found to be helpful in asthma. Use it to treat poor circulation, thrombosis, varicose veins, cramps, and spontaneous bruising.
Probably the ultimate and most potent combination to combat poor circulation is Garlic. Modern research shows that a regular intake of Garlic lowers cholesterol levels in the blood and has many other curative properties. It cleanses the blood, tones the heart and circulatory system, helps prevent heart disease, helps to control high blood pressure and reduces the risk of atherosclerosis.