Blood accounts for nearly 8 percent of an adult’s body weight and requires a regular source of heme-iron to stay healthy. Carrying nearly all of the body’s vital nutrients, blood is one of the three essential components of a healthy cardiovascular system. The health of your blood is often determined by your general health and importantly, your diet. Blood-friendly foods are typically fortified with a type of iron known as heme-iron—a form that is usually available in plant-based food and is easily absorbed by the body.
Almost all types of greens are rich in chlorophyll and are an excellent source of vitamins K and C. Vitamin K is essential to the healthy clotting process and blood flow. Greens are also a rich source of dietary iron for vegetarians. Chlorophyll from greens is nearly identical to the body’s hemoglobin and contributes to the delivery of nutrients and efficient oxygen transport. A healthy serving of leafy green vegetables can do wonders to your blood as they supply sufficient folate.
In moderation, red meat is a great source of protein and heme iron that is absorbed faster than nonheme iron from plant sources. Turkey and chicken are good sources of vitamin B12 and folic acid, a vitamin that prevents anemia.
Raw seeds from pumpkins, sunflowers, flax, and chia do wonders to the nutrient composition of the blood by loading them with anti-inflammatory properties. Seeds are also ideal sources of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Given their vibrant red coloring, it is no surprise that these root vegetables are good for your circulatory system. Red beetroot contains three of the most important nutrients needed for the healthy production and circulation of blood: iron, vitamin B6, and folic acid.
Shrimp, oysters, sardines, mackerel and several other varieties of seafood are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and iron. When served with greens, the chlorophyll and vitamin C from the greens aids in the absorption of iron.
Choosing the right food can improve your circulatory system and help you avoid the need for supplements.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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