How to Maintain a Healthy Blood Flow

You probably don’t spend all that much time thinking about your blood flow—except for maybe when you cut yourself. But circulation plays a key role in your overall health. Put simply, healthy blood flow is important to a healthy you.

Your cardiovascular system, which involves your heart and blood vessels, is responsible for delivering blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout your entire body. When your cardiovascular system is in optimal shape and your blood is flowing well, all parts of your body—including your heart, brain, organs, muscles, and skin—get the nutrients and oxygen needed to function properly.

Your heart obviously gets a lot of attention, but without your blood vessels (think of these as little highways that connect your heart to the rest of your body), oxygen and nutrients couldn’t get to where they’re needed. You have more than 60,000 blood vessels in your body, which transport more than 2,000 gallons of blood each day—that’s the equivalent of 10,092 bottles of wine (a fun fact to impress your friends with at a cocktail party)! The more flexible and elastic your blood vessels are, the more efficient they are at their job.

Unfortunately, many factors contribute to making blood vessels less flexible, such as smoking, a poor diet and getting older. When blood vessels stiffen and become less efficient, the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the heart, brain and other areas of your body are impacted. But there are things you can do to keep your blood vessels in tiptop shape, including:

  • Maintaining an ideal weight. Carrying excess weight can increase your risk for a variety of health concerns. Getting down to a healthy weight is key to protecting your blood vessels.
  • Giving up cigarettes if you smoke. Smoking affects the health of your blood vessels, and in turn, the health of your heart and entire being.
  • Eating a healthy diet. This includes foods shown to support healthy circulation like produce, nuts and (yes!) cocoa flavanols. Numerous studies have demonstrated that cocoa flavanols, such as those found in CocoaVia®supplement, promote healthy blood flow from head to toe*. Cocoa flavanols work with your body to maintain healthy levels of nitric oxide and the flow of vital oxygen and nutrients to all parts of your body.
  • Exercising regularly. One study showed that older folks who exercised regularly had blood vessels that were similar to people half their age (pretty incredible!). Thus, consistent physical activity helps protect blood vessels against the typical effects of aging.
  • Cutting back on salt. Salt pulls water into the bloodstream and puts more pressure on blood vessels. Limiting your intake can help reduce the extra pressure and keep them healthy.

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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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