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Blood Circulation & Your Diet Print

The three major factors that cause poor blood circulation and heart disease are smoking, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol levels. Fortunately, a healthy diet can significantly reduce these risk factors.

Studies link excessive consumption of fats to heart disease and other circulatory problems. Foods which are high in saturated fats include butter, cheese and fatty meats; less obvious sources include sausages, pork, biscuits, potato chips, ice cream and chocolate. Sugar promotes weight gain, but excessive fat is the prime cause of obesity. In addition to the other physical, mental and spiritual harms of alcohol, it also encourages weight gain.

If consumed in the right quantities, all fats are not unhealthy. In fact, some fats can actually help prevent circulation problems. Fats from oily fish such as sardines, mackerel herring, tuna, trout and salmon may help to avoid arterial blood clots. Replacing saturated fats in the diet with monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats can offset cholesterol build-up.

There is some evidence that garlic and onions, and hot foods such as chillies, can act as anticoagulants and may help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. A diet that is high in whole grains, fruit and vegetables also helps to lower cholesterol - their soluble fibre binds with cholesterol in the gut and helps the body to expel it as waste.

Large quantities of percolated or brewed coffee can raise cholesterol levels. Excess salt has been linked to high blood pressure, hardening of arteries and heart disease. High levels of salt can be found in tinned soup, stock cubes and certain snacks. Nicotine also weakens blood circulation.

Blood Circulation - An amazing handicraft of Allah

If the arteries, veins and vessels, which carry blood through the body, were laid end to end, they would cover 160,000 km. This is 4 times the length of the equator! The heart powers this entire system. Since the bodyís extremities are furthest away from the heart, they are most prone to circulatory problems.

The most common serious problem associated with poor circulation is when the walls of the arteries develop fatty deposits, increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes etc. Other problems include chest pains, restless legs, Raynaudís disease (fingers and toes become numb and ache when blood returns) and chilblains (a painful inflammation).

Beneficial Foods  

Oily fish, wholegrain cereals, bread, pasta, fruit, vegetables, garlic, onions, low-fat dairy.

Harmful Foods
Fatty meat, poultry skin, processed fatty meats, high-fat dairy, alcohol, brewed coffee and salt.


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